Court rules on discoverability of draft expert reports
Abstract: When experts perform valuations for litigation purposes, issues can arise over the discoverability of their draft reports and their duty to preserve them as well as correspondence related to the drafts. A recent federal district court decision, University of Pittsburgh v. Townsend (E.D. Tenn. 2007), provides valuable guidance for attorneys and accounting experts by clarifying experts’ duties to preserve and disclose draft reports. This article discusses the case and the court’s findings.