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June 29, 2011

Disclosure of Surveillance - 2

Aherne v. Chang, 2011 ONSC 3846

This is an appeal from Master Short’s recent decision on the issue of ‘when is privilege waived?’.

The defendants argued that if they provided surveillance material to an IME doctor, the privilege was not waived until the doctor released the report. The plaintiff argued that the privilege was waived as soon as the surveillance was given to the IME doctor. The defendant seems to want to avoid having the plaintiff’s lawyer review the surveillance before the plaintiff goes to the IME to make sure that the plaintiff doesn’t embellish during the IME.

It seems that the defendant in this case could have avoided this entire problem if they simply held onto the surveillance materials and let the IME doctor assess the plaintiff and prepare the report. Then, after the report is released, the defendant can provide the IME doctor with the surveillance, and ask the IME doctor if the surveillance changes his/her opinion.

Thanks to M. Edward Key for bringing this appeal to our attention and for the comments.

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