Compromise on Joe Price’s Work Emails?
On September 10, Kathy Wone’s civil team filed a Motion to Compel Production of Third-Party Documents, regarding several hundred emails that Joe Price sent from his work email account at Arent Fox before and well after Robert’s murder.
Price wants to keep them away from the plaintiffs by claiming privilege under several umbrellas: spousal, attorney work product, attorney-client, joint defense or just plain confidential. Covington says he has no standing – that under Arent Fox employee guidelines emails remain the property of the firm and that he had no reasonable expectation of privacy when sending them.
The guidelines state explicitly that emails are “…subject to subpoena and disclosure in a legal proceeding and to review in the context of a document search…”
Where does Joe Price see daylight in any of that?
For the last two weeks we’ve been expecting the defense to lob in a response to the motion to compel; they haven’t yet and have asked for an extension by filing this consent motion. The deadline is today and there’s been movement in settling the dispute. Price’s guys, Brett Buckwalter and Craig Roswell write:
“Both before and since the filing of Plaintiff’s underlying motion, Plaintiff and Defendant Price have been in communication regarding a possible compromise to the issues raised in the motion, and the Parties are making progress in that regard.”
Compromise and progress; enough so that Covington’s Ben Razi agreed to the extension so that “the parties can continue working toward a resolution.”
Did Price cave? Or is there nothing in there that he feels is really worth fighting for?