The Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously endorsed broad protections for the common-interest privilege in O'Boyle v. Borough of Longport. There, Martin O'Boyle, a citizen in New Jersey with active interest in his town's affairs, sued a former planning and zoning board member and two town residents. Their lawyer suggested to the town's attorney that they work together to defend against O'Boyle's current and anticipated claims. The town attorney agreed. Their lawyer also prepared a joint strategy memorandum and compendium of documents and provided them to the town's attorney. O'Boyle later sought that memorandum, but the defendants claimed it was protected by the common-interest privilege. On appeal, the Supreme Court endorsed the rule that had been set down by the New Jersey Appellate Division: "The common interest exception to waiver of confidential attorney-client communications or work product due to disclosure to third parties applies to communications between attorneys for different parties if the disclosure is made due to actual or anticipated litigation for the purpose of furthering a common interest, and the disclosure is made in a manner to preserve the confidentiality of the disclosed material and to prevent disclosure to adverse parties." The court also clarified that "[t]he disclosure may occur prior to the commencement of litigation" and "the common interest need not be identical; a common purpose will suffice."