August 7, 2023

Munger, Tolles & Olson Partner Bethany Kristovich Discusses Important District Court Ruling Involving Privileged Information

Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Bethany Kristovich was quoted in Law360’s recent article, “Covington May Face Uphill Battle If It Appeals SEC Win,” and Reuters’ recent article, “Order to name Covington clients opens new path for SEC.”

The articles focused on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision to deny Covington & Burling LLP’s request to keep the names of its clients out of the hands of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The court ruled that Covington, a Washington D.C. law firm, must reveal the identities of seven clients whose material nonpublic information may have been accessed in a 2020 cyberattack. Commenting in the Law360 article, Ms. Kristovich said that while it is understandable why Covington would be hesitant to reveal the names of its clients, since such revelations could reveal other private information, an appellate court would likely affirm the district court’s ruling, if the law firm appealed. 

Read the Law360 article.

Read the Reuter’s article.