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Chinese Wall

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A Chinese Wall (also called an "ethical wall") refers to procedures taken by a company to prevent information being disclosed which could be a conflict with their current business.

An example is: Company A represents client X in lawsuit X v Y. An employee from company A is hired by company B, who represents Y. The employee may have knowledge of privileged information about the case, so company B will construct a Chinese Wall around the new employee. Specific procedures may include the new employee not working on the case, talking with any employee about the case, and being prohibited from seeing case.

Chinese Walls also exist in finance, engineering firms, and journalism (where editorial and advertising departments are kept independent).

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