Articles Tagged with work product rule

The March 8, 2010 edition of the Daily Recorder reports that a divided California appellate court has ruled that witness statements recorded or taken in writing by attorneys or their representatives aren’t privileged work product and, therefore, are open to discovery.  The dissenter ruled that the statements were qualified work product, which means that they are undiscoverable unless a court determines that denial of discovery would unduly prejudice the opposing party.  

The case is Coito v. Superior Court (State of California) , 10 C.D.O.S. 2697 (  5th Dis. Cal. Ct. App. March 4, 2010).  Here is the opinion.

Here is a nice statement of the holding taken directly from the opinion:

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