Federal Civil Procedure-Discovery-Availability of Attorney-Client Privilege to Corporations

During the pre-trial stage of a civil antitrust suit, plaintiff sought inspection of certain documents in the files of the corporate defendants’ outside counsel. The defendant contended that these documents were protected from discovery by the attorney-client privilege. Upon motion for inspection, held, granted. The attorney-client privilege is not available to any of the corporate parties in this action. Radiant Burners, Inc. v. American Gas Ass’n, 207 F. Supp. 771, aff’d on rehearing, 209 F. Supp. 321 (N.D. Ill. 1962).