Bishop Estate says
request too broad
The estate is fighting a subpoenaBy Rick Daysog
seeking records relating to a
Washington, D.C., law firm
Attorneys for the Bishop Estate are fighting a state subpoena that seeks estate financial records relating to a Washington, D.C., law firm that employs former Gov. John Waihee.
Yesterday, estate attorneys William McCorriston and Darolyn Lendio asked Circuit Judge Kevin Chang to quash a subpoena issued by state Attorney General Margery Bronster requesting billing records, contracts and other estate correspondence with the Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson Hand law firm.
Lendio and McCorriston said the subpoenaed documents are protected by attorney-client privilege, and the state's request for information was too broad.
The lawyers also sought a protective order limiting the use of the documents should Chang order the estate to hand over any of the records to Bronster.
The attorney general's office had no immediate comment.
Bronster subpoenaed the Verner Liipfert records in March in her investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement and breaches of fiduciary duties by individual trustees.
The subpoena came after Bronster requested the estate's billing records with the McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai law firm.
Chang in February denied the subpoena for the McCorriston Miho firm's records.
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