In Re Ex Parte Application of Iraq Telecom Limited for an Order to Obtain Discovery for Use in Foreign Proceedings Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 - United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania No 19-175 - Memorandum - 5 November 2021
Iraq Telecom Limited initiated this action by filing an ex parte Application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782. The Application sought an order to obtain limited discovery from Dechert LLP for use in a foreign proceeding. The discovery sought by Iraq Telecom involves an alleged fraud perpetrated by Dechert’s clients. The Court granted the Application on December 9, 2019. Numerous documents were produced to Iraq Telecom and many others were withheld on the basis of privilege. In this Motion, Iraq Telecom moves to compel production of the documents claimed to be privileged. (ECF No. 12.) For the reasons set forth below, the Motion will be granted in part and denied in part. All the documents listed in the privilege log, except for three, are not protected by any privilege and must be produced to Iraq Telecom.