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      RS 37:89     


§89.  Right of licensees to discard documents three years after completion of engagement

A.  No licensee who has retained documents generated during, or relevant to, the performance of an engagement for at least three years after completion of that engagement shall have any obligation to a client or any other party to continue to retain such documents.  After the expiration of three years from the completion of any engagement, such licensee performing that engagement may dispose of all documents generated during the course of, or relevant to, that engagement by any means, including physical destruction, without thereby incurring liability for damages in tort, contract, or quasi contract to any person.

B.  The term "document" is used in this Section as it is encompassed in Code of Civil Procedure Article 1461.

C.  If a licensee receives written notice of the commencement of a review panel pursuant to Part II of this Chapter or any judicial proceeding or ethical investigation arising out of or relating to his or its performance of any engagement, then the effect of Subsections A and B of this Section shall be suspended until the termination of the review panel, judicial proceeding, or ethical investigation.  A judicial proceeding shall be terminated by final judgment.  An investigation or administrative proceeding arising therefrom shall be terminated by written notice by the administrative, regulatory, or professional society of termination of the investigation or proceeding.  A review panel shall be terminated as provided in Part II of this Chapter.

D.  Nothing in this Section shall impair the right of any person to demand production of any document which has not been disposed of in accordance with the provisions of Subsection A of this Section.

Acts 1991, No. 880, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 473, §1, eff. June 18, 1999.

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