6th Circuit Requires Disclosure of Attorney Work Product Provided to Expert Witnesses

September 8, 2006

The 6th Circuit Blog posted an interesting analysis regarding the disclosure of work product provided to expert witnesses:

In a ruling of first impression in the Sixth Circuit on whether attorney opinion work product given to expert witnesses is discoverable under Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court joined the Federal Circuit and a majority of district courts in holding that the expert disclosure requirements of Rule 26(a)(2)(B) establish a “bright-line” rule mandating the disclosure of all documents given to testifying experts, specifically including attorney opinion work product.

In affirming the discovery order of the Western District of Kentucky in Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County v. LFG, LLC, Case No. 05-5754 (6th Cir. Aug. 17, 2006), the Court expressly relied on the text of Rule 26(a)(2)(B) as amended and on the Advisory Committee Notes from the 1993 amendments to the Civil Rules that added the expert disclosure requirements.

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