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Friday, March 28, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on "No privilege on Wartell report, appeals court rules"

The March 24th COA opinion in Purdue University v. Michael A. Wartell occasioned this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headed "Purdue putdown: Court delivers black eye to black and gold." Some quotes:

Purdue University not only lost its appeal in a complaint involving former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell, it also got spanked by the appeals court for its legal “tactics.” * * *

“Purdue frets that recognizing equitable estoppel as an exception to the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine ‘would have a chilling effect on the very principles on which (they) were founded,’ ” Judge Terry Crone wrote in a footnote. “On the contrary, one would hope that it would have a chilling effect on the tactics used by Purdue in this case.”

If the university appeals the latest ruling to the Indiana Supreme Court after that slapdown, it would appear that Trimble’s report is something that Purdue officials really don’t want Wartell and his attorney to see.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 28, 2014 09:38 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions