The vice president of one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Paris-based BNP Paribas, got a reprieve Wednesday from a Florida state court from having to reveal conversations with his attorney as part of a vicious fight to recoup money from oil service companies that went out of business.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, Fla., ruled that Paribas Vice President Fletcher Duke was entitled to a hearing on the matter, invoking tobacco litigation as precedent.

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