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Kemp v. Sedgwick Claims

Court of Workers Compensation of Montana

May 6, 1998

ROBERT C. KEMP Petitioner
v.
SEDGWICK CLAIMS Respondent/Insurer for SLETTEN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Employer.

          Submitted: April 13, 1998

          AMENDED ORDER ON IN CAMERA INSPECTION

          MIKE MCCARTER JUDGE.

         Summary: In opposing production of seventeen documents, respondents claimed attorney/client privilege or work product.

         Held: Based upon hearing examiner's review of individual documents, and applying standards set out in earlier cases, some documents were found protected by privilege or work product. Three documents were surveillance reports. In prior cases, the WCC has found any privilege claim relating to surveillance reports waived with respect to matters covered in an investigator's testimony. Respondent is ordered to produce those portions of surveillance reports which concern any matter to which the investigator may testify at trial.

         Topics:

Discovery: Privileges: Attorney client. Following respondent's objection to production of certain documents, hearing examiner conducted review of documents to determine what they were. Applying standards set out in earlier cases, e.g. Blount v. Conagara, Inc., WCC No. 9304-6769 (March 16, 1994), WCC founds some documents protected by attorney client privilege and others protected by work product doctrine.
Discovery: Privileges: Attorney work product. Following respondent's objection to production of certain documents, hearing examiner conducted review of documents to determine what they were. Applying standards set out in earlier cases, e.g. Blount v. Conagara, Inc., WCC No. 9304-6769 (March 16, 1994), WCC founds some documents protected by attorney client privilege and others protected by work product doctrine.
Discovery: Surveillance. Following respondent's objection to production of certain documents, hearing examiner conducted review of documents to determine what they were. With regard to surveillance reports, respondent was ordered to produce those portions which concern any matter to which the investigator may testify at trial.

         ¶1 In prior discovery orders, the Court has discussed the protection afforded by the attorney/client privilege and work-product doctrine. Blount v. Conagara, Inc., WCC No. 9304-6769 (March 16, 1994); Adels v. Cigna Ins. Co., WCC No. 9307-6831 (February 16, 1994 and March 10, 1994); Yager v. Montana Schools Group Ins., WCC No. 9308-6872 (March 14, 1994). The review of the documents in this matter has been conducted pursuant to the guidelines set forth in those decisions.

         ¶2 Respondent provided the Court with documents identified from 1 through 17. The Court's hearing examiner determined the status of each document.

         ¶3 Document 7 consists of a one page letter with 28 pages of attachments to Mr. Doerr from Mr. Wills. This document is protected by the attorney/client privilege in its entirety as the attachments indicate the thought process of the attorney in conjunction with legal advice being rendered.

         ¶4 Document 9 consists of a one page letter by Mr. Luck and a second document which is not referred to in the letter. It has no names or information on the page. If any part of that document is considered non-discoverable, respondent must provide the Court with a redacted copy and an explanation of why it believes it is protected. Otherwise, the document (not the letter) shall be produced.

         ¶5 Documents 15, 16 and 17 are surveillance reports to which the respondent objects. In Yager v. Montana Schools Group Ins., WCC No. 9308-6872 (March 14, 1994), the Court found that the protection was waived "with respect to matters covered in his (the investigator) testimony." Following the reasoning in Yager, respondent is directed to produce those portions of the surveillance report which concern any matter to which the investigator may testify at a trial. The Court has the complete reports in its file. ...


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