Federal court orders requiring litigants to disclose information that they believe is protected by the attorney-client privilege do not qualify for immediate appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In her first opinion since joining the Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that permitting successive, piecemeal appeals of all adverse attorney-client privilege rulings “would unduly delay the resolution of district court litigation and needlessly burden the Courts of Appeals.”

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