The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that records generated by a claims adjuster for Greyhound Lines Inc. were not protected by attorney-client privilege. The ruling was in litigation over a bus crash that injured 42 people. The panel affirmed three trial court orders obligating Greyhound and its adjuster to turn over documents and a fourth order pertaining to a videotaped practice deposition of the bus driver involved in the accident. That decision followed an in camera review of thousands of documents submitted to the court after a March 2015 discovery order.
The consolidated lawsuits are from a 2013 accident in which the Greyhound bus traveling from New York City to Cleveland rear-ended a tractor trailer that lacked operating headlights, taillights, hazard lights and reflectors. The truck’s owners and operator are also named as additional defendants. Greyhound and its driver filed an appeal to the orders on the documents as did FirstGroup America, whom the plaintiffs say owns Greyhound. But both raised different issues.
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