Wynnv.Eighth Judicial Dist. Court of Nev.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADAJan 11, 2018
No. 74184 (Nev. Jan. 11, 2018)

No. 74184

01-11-2018

ELAINE P. WYNN, AN INDIVIDUAL, Petitioner, v. THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF CLARK; AND THE HONORABLE ELIZABETH GOFF GONZALEZ, Respondents, and STEPHEN A. WYNN; WYNN RESORTS, LIMITED, A NEVADA CORPORATION; LINDA CHEN; RUSSELL GOLDSMITH; RAY R. IRANI; ROBERT J. MILLER; JOHN A. MORAN; MARC D. SCHORR; ALVIN V. SHOEMAKER; KIM-MARIE SINATRA; D. BOONE WAYSON; AND ALLAN ZEMAN, Real Parties in Interest.


ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF PROHIBITION

This original petition for a writ of prohibition challenges a district court order compelling disclosure of notes created by Petitioner Elaine P. Wynn during her previous 2009 divorce litigation. Ms. Wynn claims that the notes are protected under the work-product doctrine, and contends that the district court erred when it ordered her to disclose the notes.

Having reviewed the petition, response, and appendices, and without reaching the issue of whether the notes are covered by the work-product doctrine, we conclude that to the extent there was any work-product protection, that protection was waived. See NRS 50.125; Las Vegas Dev. Assocs. v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 130 Nev. 334, 343, 325 P.3d 1259, 1265 (2014) ("[W]hen a witness uses a privileged document to refresh his or her recollection prior to giving testimony at a deposition, an adverse party is entitled to have the writing produced at the deposition pursuant to NRS 50.125."). Having considered the record, briefing, and oral arguments, we conclude that Ms. Wynn's use of the notes to refresh her recollection on matters relevant to the underlying litigation, prior to her deposition testimony, brings them under the exception expressed in Las Vegas Development Associates. Ms. Wynn has failed to demonstrate that mandamus relief is warranted, and the petition is thus denied.

It is so ORDERED.

/s/_________, C.J.


Douglas /s/_________, J.
Cherry /s/_________, J.
Gibbons /s/_________, J.
Hardesty /s/_________, J.
Stiglich cc: Hon. Elizabeth Goff Gonzalez, Chief Judge


Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP/Las Vegas


Sidley Austin LLP/Washington, DC


Greenberg Traurig, LLP/Las Vegas


Sidley Austin LLP/Chicago


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


Pisanelli Bice, PLLC


Campbell & Williams


Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro, LLC/Los Angeles


Eighth District Court Clerk