Circuit Finds 'Crude' Filmmaker Lacked Independence

, New York Law Journal


Independence is the key factor in determining whether journalists can invoke a qualified evidentiary privilege for the information they have gathered. That point was emphasized yesterday as the Second Circuit explained why it upheld a judge's order that filmmaker Joseph Berlinger turn over footage from "Crude," a documentary about the multi-billion dollar litigation over oil company pollution in Ecuador.

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  • Peter C. Lomtevas

    When does the Second Circuit go against its district judges? When?

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