Pennsylvania lawyers finally have some guidance from the state Supreme Court about the status of the attorney-client privilege after the justices ruled Thursday that it attaches not only to communication from the client to the lawyer, but to communication going the other way around as well.

"We hold that, in Pennsylvania, the attorney-client privilege operates in a two-way fashion to protect confidential client-to-attorney or attorney-to-client communications made for the purpose of obtaining or providing professional legal advice," Justice Thomas G. Saylor said for the 5-2 majority in Gillard v. AIG Insurance Co.

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