Magistrate Judge: Documents Created To Prevent Litigation Are Not Privileged

DETROIT - A federal magistrate judge in Michigan on Sept 27 ruled that Ford Motor Co., which is seeking to recover response costs incurred during environmental remediation at a site it formerly owned, cannot claim that documents allegedly created to prevent litigation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are protected from disclosure by the work product doctrine (Ford Motor Company, et al. v. Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, No. 08-CV-13503, E.D. Mich.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138693).

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