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Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Inapplicable to Corporate Custodian Under Collective Entity Doctrine

In In re: In the Matter of the Grand Jury Empaneled on May9, 2014, 2015 WL 2262650, No. 15-1264 (3d Cir., May 15, 2015), a clinical blood laboratory in New Jersey had been charged with bribing area doctors to refer their patients to the lab for blood testing. Two of the defendants, a medical doctor and his incorporated medical practice, were charged with accepting said bribes. A grand jury subpoenaed the custodian of records for the medical practice seeking to obtain documents related to, inter alia, the medical practice’s patient list and corporate records. The medical practice initially maintained a staff of six; however, due to financial difficulties arising as a result of the instant matter, the doctor was forced to terminate the staff. Consequently, the doctor ultimately served as the sole owner and employee of the medical practice, as well as its custodian of records. The doctor moved to quash the grand jury subpoena, arguing that compelled disclosure of the corporate records wo…