Pennsylvania judge rejects QVC privilege offer in Suzanne Somers trial

Law360 (Aug 10, 2021, 4:15 p.m. EDT) – Amid a dispute over alleged efforts to oust Suzanne Somers from the dietary supplement market, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that QVC and the Home Shopping Network relationship as a sister business did not mean that solicitor-client privilege could be used to protect communications between QVC employees and a lawyer representing only HSN.

U.S. District Judge Chad Kenney dismissed arguments that QVC and HSN both shared the same legal interests as parent company Qurate Retail Group and that, therefore, communications between QVC employees and an internal HSN lawyer should be considered privileged in the same way. …

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