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Law Firms Deny Leaving Confidential Docs at Recycling Center

Posted Feb 25, 2010 5:32 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A state government office in Georgia opened a civil investigation yesterday after confidential documents reportedly were dropped off at a recycling center that may have come from law firm files.

But two law firms that reportedly may have left files to be recycled say they are unaware of any wrongdoing, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One firm says an employee left documents yesterday at the Smyrna Recycling Center yesterday, but they were old files that didn't contain confidential information. And a partner of another says his firm contracts with a shredding company and doubts whether the documents in question came from his firm.

The state Business Records Disposal Act provides for fines of up to $10,000 if a violation is determined to have occurred, the newspaper notes.

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