NJ court: Employee-attorney e-mails were private

(AP) - New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman whose employer read e-mail sent on a company computer between her and her lawyer.

Before she left the Loving Care Agency and filed a discrimination lawsuit, Marina Stengart exchanged e-mails with her lawyer through her personal e-mail account.

Loving Care's attorneys retrieved the e-mails and used them in preparing to defend the lawsuit.

A trial court ruled that Stengart had waived her attorney-client privilege by sending the e-mails on a company computer. An appeals court reversed that decision, ruling that Loving Care's attorneys had violated privacy laws.

The state Supreme Court said Stengart could have reasonably expected the e-mails would remain private.

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