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Mohawk Indus., Inc. v. Carpenter, No. 08-678

In an unlawful termination suit wherein defendant-employer appealed from an order granting plaintiff's motion to compel the production of documents that, according to defendant, were protected by the attorney-client privilege, dismissal of the appeal for lack of jurisdiction is affirmed where disclosure orders adverse to the attorney-client privilege do not qualify for immediate appeal under the collateral order doctrine. Postjudgment appeals, together with other review mechanisms, suffice to protect the rights of litigants and preserve the vitality of the attorney-client privilege.

Read Mohawk Indus., Inc. v. Carpenter, No. 08-678

Appellate Information

Argued October 5, 2009

Decided December 8, 2009


Opinion by Justice Sotomayor

Concurrence by Justice Thomas