Statements that a former executive of Broadcom Corp. made to his lawyers — who represented the company at the same time — were not protected by attorney-client privilege, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.

William Ruehle, the former chief financial officer of Broadcom, had argued that certain statements he made during an internal investigation by Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella of stock options backdating were confidential and should not have ended up in the hands of the U.S. government.

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