staffed a team of approximately four associates (the “SRZ Document Review Team”) to review the tens of thousands of potentially responsive documents that Brant Publications and/or Interview provided to SRZ. Specifically, each associate was assigned a sub-set of documents to review both for relevance and potential privilege issues. All of the associates understood attorney-client privilege and were familiar with identifying privileged documents. During the review process, documents that were identified as privileged were tagged as such and separated out from those documents SRZ intended to produce. During the time period between early October 2007 and early December 2007, the SRZ Document Review Team spent approximately 250 hours reviewing an estimated 70,000 pages.
*7 In our view, the district court may well have erred in ordering the disclosure of the communications at issue. In particular, compelled disclosure of privileged attorney-client communications, absent waiver or an applicable exception, is contrary to well established precedent. Assuming—as the district court did—that the unredacted minutes and testimony about them are privileged, the sanctity of that privilege is established not only by this Court's jurisprudence, but by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure .... [A] protective order is an inadequate surrogate for the privilege. If an adverse party is provided access to privileged material, then a pertinent aspect of confidentiality will be lost.
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