Gucci America Inc. could have discovered “with a few clicks of the mouse” that its former general counsel was not licensed to practice law, lawyers for Guess? Inc. argued in court papers submitted Friday.

Since Gucci did not exercise “reasonable precautions,” it could not now claim privilege in its trademark infringement suit against Guess for its communications with Jonathan Moss, its former chief in-house counsel, lawyers for O’Melveny & Myers contended for Guess.