A federal judge in New Jersey is being asked to decide whether the community-of-interest doctrine extends the attorney-client privilege to protect communications between a ferry company and the ship’s captain in litigation over the crash of a Wall Street commuter ferry.

Ferry owner SeaStreak LLC is trying to shield its joint defense agreement with the ferry captain, Jason Reimer, and bar the questioning of Reimer about his discussions with SeaStreak’s counsel in the days leading up to his deposition.

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