Zurich American Insurance Company v. Fluor Corporation et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Fluor produce the remainder of John Wilson's handwritten Notepad to the Court for in camera review by June 7, 2021. Signed by District Judge E. Richard Webber on 6/4/2021. (JMP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ZURICH AMERICAN INSURANCE
No. 4:16CV00429 ERW
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Fluor Corporation’s Request for
Guidance on the Court’s May 26, 2021 Order  and Defendant Zurich American Insurance
Company’s Response to Fluor’s Request for Guidance .
In the Court’s May 26, 2021 Memorandum and Order compelling discovery, the Court
ordered Fluor to immediately produce John Wilson’s contemporaneous e-mail communications
with Fluor to Zurich (corresponding to Fluor’s Privilege Log Entries 1711, 1717, and 1718). The
Court noted in its Order it had previously reviewed in camera all the e-mail communications
requested by Zurich, except 1717. The Court further found Fluor had not waived privilege with
regard to Mr. Wilson’s policy analyses sought by Zurich as their disclosure went beyond what
was necessary to challenge the sufficiency of Mr. Wilson’s averments.
In response to the Court’s Memorandum and Order, Fluor sought the Court’s guidance
regarding document 1717 and provided it for in camera review to the Court. The document is an
email chain between John Wilson and Ron Stuff, in-house counsel at Fluor. The email chain
discusses Mr. Wilson’s policy analysis, which the Court deemed not subject to waiver in its
Order. Accordingly, pursuant to its in camera review, the Court finds no waiver of privilege
with regard to document 1717. Fluor need not produce 1717 to Zurich as previously ordered.
In Zurich’s response to Fluor’s request for guidance, Zurich stated it believed there were
additional documents subject to the Court’s Order compelling production (specifically Privilege
Log Nos. 652, 654, 655, 656, 657, 659, 692, and 1723) and asks that the Court examine them.
The Court previously conducted an in camera review of all the requested documents.
Documents 652, 657, and 659 were deemed not privileged by the Court and ordered produced to
Zurich. Document 692 was deemed privileged and documents 654, 655, 656, and 1723
contained redactions ruled by the Court to be privileged. The Court has reviewed the privileged
document (692) and the redacted portions of the other documents (654, 655, 656, and 1723)
requested by Zurich. The Court does not find document 692 or the redacted portions of
documents 654, 655, 656, and 1723 to be subject to a waiver of privilege. The contents of the
emails contained therein do not relate to the subject matter of Mr. Wilson’s declaration.
Finally, in its May 26, 2021 Memorandum and Order, the Court ordered Fluor to
immediately produce John Wilson’s scanned handwritten notes to Zurich and to provide the
remainder of John Wilson’s handwritten Notepad to the Court for in camera review. Fluor has
not yet submitted the documents ordered produced for in camera review to the Court.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Fluor produce the remainder of John Wilson’s
handwritten Notepad to the Court for in camera review by June 7, 2021.
Dated this 4th Day of June 2021.
E. RICHARD WEBBER
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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