A New York federal magistrate judge has ruled that a controversial executive seminar company cannot invoke attorney-client privilege to prevent disclosure of its efforts to discredit one of its most well-known critics.

NXIVM Corp., formerly known as Executive Success Program Inc., operates a series of seminars that some say are intended to foster a cult-like following. One of the group’s most outspoken critics has been anti-cult blogger and deprogrammer Rick A. Ross. NXIVM has sued Ross in New York and New Jersey for violating its copyright by disseminating NXIVM course materials.

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