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Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter

Docket No.: 08-678
Certiorari Granted: Jan 26 2009
Argued: October 5, 2009
Decided: December 8, 2009

PartyNames: Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Norman Carpenter
Petitioner: Mohawk Industries, Inc.
Respondent: Norman Carpenter

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Mohawk Industries, Inc.
v.
Norman Carpenter
Question Presented:

Whether a party has an immediate appeal under the collateral order doctrine, as set forth in Cohen v. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541 (1949), of a district court's order finding waiver of the attorney-client privilege and compelling production of privileged materials.

Question:

Is an order for discovery involving attorney-client privilege eligible for immediate appeal under the Supreme Court's decision in Cohen v. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp.?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Read MOHAWK INDUSTRIES V. CARPENTER opinion (PDF)