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Marc Levy v. Senate of Pennsylvania

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA MIDDLE DISTRICT


May 14, 2012

MARC LEVY, RESPONDENT
v.
SENATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, PETITIONER

Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court

Per curiam.

ORDER

AND NOW, this 14th day of May 2012 , the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is

GRANTED. The issues, as stated by Petitioner, are:

a. Did the Commonwealth Court err in adopting a general rule that client identity is not protected by the attorney-client privilege and by adopting and formulating the "legal advice" or "confidential communications" exception to the general rule?

b. Are descriptions of legal services protectable under Pennsylvania's attorney-client privilege, and if so, under what circumstances?

c. Does the Right-to-Know Law require an agency to assert every challenge it may have to a Right-to-Know request in its initial, pre-appeal response, with all other challenges per se waived thereafter?

d. Did the Commonwealth Court err by not deferring to the final determination of the Senate Appeals Officer and by supplementing the factual record on a Right-to-Know appeal, including by holding an ex parte hearing, conducting in camera review of privileged documents, and soliciting an affidavit in support of the agency's privilege redactions?

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