Judge Connolly Repeats Concerns over Potential “Fraud”, Orders Hearing for Attorneys Seeking an Offramp

May 7, 2023

Since late last year, a growing web of plaintiffs associated with IP Edge LLC have become tangled in compliance issues over heightened disclosure requirements imposed by Delaware Chief Judge Colm F. Connolly in a pair of April 2022 standing orders. Now, Judge Connolly has rejected motions from two more IP Edge-linked plaintiffs, Backertop Licensing LLC and Mellaconic IP LLC, that sought to overturn a related set of production orders requiring them to disclose reams of information on their corporate control, assets, and legal representation. Not only did those decisions reject objections related to jurisdiction and allegations of overbreadth, Judge Connolly also ominously suggested that their claims of attorney-client privilege are undercut by the crime/fraud exception—which allows the disclosure of communications between a party and counsel that relate to legal advice used in furtherance of illegal activity.

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