Rethinking Work Product
Elizabeth G. Thornburg
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
Virginia Law Review, Vol. 77, p. 1515, 1991
This article analyzes the traditional and law & economics explanations purporting to justify the exclusion of work product materials from discovery. It argues that none of these arguments are well founded and that, instead, the privilege increases costs and decreases the system's ability to produce appropriate settlements and accurate fact finding. To the extent that the privilege serves legitimate ends, narrower and more narrowly tailored protections would provide the necessary protection.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 70
Keywords: discovery, work product, privilege, deposition, interrogatory, federal rules
JEL Classification: K41Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 11, 2007
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