Beasley Allen asked a federal judge to reject Johnson & Johnson’s demand for a subpoena that was prompted, according to the firm, by “nothing less than a full-blown assault on the attorney-client privilege.”

On May 17, J&J moved to subpoena Beasley Allen after one of its clients emailed its outside counsel, Jim Murdica, asking about a $6.48 billion “prepackaged” bankruptcy plan proposed earlier this month. The subpoena asked for records relating to litigation funders purportedly working with Beasley Allen and Thomson Reuters, which was copied on the client’s email.