Here’s a good update and analysis compliments of the Sixth Circuit Blog regarding expert witnesses and disclosures of privileged materials:
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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