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Civil Procedure Keyed to Erichson
Hickman v. Taylor
Citation:329 U.S. 495 (1947)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Five of Taylor (Defendant’s) employees drowned when a tug boat they were working on sank. Before any litigation had commenced, Taylor hired a law firm to help them prepare for potential lawsuits. The firm privately interviewed the surviving employees and recorded their statements. Hickman (Plaintiff) filed suit against Taylor for damages, and requested these statements by the surviving employees during discovery. Taylor refused, stating that the statements were privileged because they were obtained in preparation for litigation.
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