Cameron v. General Motors Corp., United States District Court of South Carolina (12/16/94)
The federal judge ordered that GM's lawyers be deposed with respect to a GM project in the early 80's to "retrieve, catalogue, and review" documents pertinent to such cases. A GM engineer swore that documents were destroyed by GM. In this case, counsel for plaintiffs commenced the investigation into whether GM's "privilege" claims, advanced as a reason to conceal documents from plaintiffs, were waived under the "crime-fraud exception" to the privilege, applicable where the privilege has been used to commit a crime or perpetrate a fraud. The case was settled prior to a final determination of that issue in this case. Amount of settlement is confidential at defendant's request.