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Paterno Ruling Highlights Broad Pa. Work Product Protections

By Matt Fair (July 28, 2017, 6:55 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court's recent decision scaling back the scope of discoverable documents in a defamation suit stemming from Penn State University's internal probe of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal is being hailed by attorneys as a critical affirmance of the state's broad protection of attorney work product.

The state's Superior Court ruled Tuesday that notes and interview summaries prepared by attorneys with Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP during the course of the investigation should not have been turned over to the estate of Joe Paterno, the university's revered former football coach, despite not having been prepared in anticipation of...

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