Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

In re Qwest Communications International

450 F.3d 1179 (2006)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...

In re Qwest Communications International

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

450 F.3d 1179 (2006)

Facts

Private parties (plaintiffs) filed civil claims against Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Qwest) (defendant) relating to securities issues. The federal government was also investigating Qwest regarding securities issues. In order to cooperate with the government investigation, Qwest voluntarily gave the government 220,000 pages of attorney-client-privileged documents pursuant to a confidentiality agreement. This agreement allowed the government to use the documents in a variety of contexts to further investigations and legal proceedings, and the agreement did not require the government to distribute or file the documents only under seal or to otherwise shield them during its usage. Qwest chose not to disclose an additional 390,000 pages of attorney-client-privileged documents to the government. The private parties in one civil lawsuit then moved to compel Qwest to give them the same 220,000 pages of disclosed documents. Qwest objected, claiming that the documents were still privileged and confidential. Qwest argued that it had engaged in only a limited, selective waiver of its privilege for the purpose of assisting the government, and that the confidentiality agreement meant that the documents had not lost their confidential nature. Qwest also argued that allowing a selective waiver for governmental investigations was necessary to promote cooperation with those investigations. The district court found that Qwest’s voluntary disclosure had waived any attorney-client privilege for the documents and ordered Qwest to give them to the private parties. At Qwest’s request, the Tenth Circuit agreed to review the issue.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Murphy, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 603,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 603,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 603,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 33,600 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership