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.