In Guest v. Carnival Corp., No. 11-23662 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 7, 2012), a passenger on a cruise ship sued the cruise line for damages suffered during a fall that occurred after the ship had lost power due to a fire.  In discovery, the plaintiff sought materials related to an internal investigation conducted by the cruise line, including photographs and interim internal investigation reports. The cruise line had produced those same materials to the Coast Guard in connection with an investigation conducted by the Coast Guard.  The cruise line argued that the materials were protected from discovery to the plaintiff pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 6308, which provides that “no part of a report of a marine casualty investigation conducted [by the Coast Guard], including findings of fact, opinions, recommendations, deliberations, or conclusions, shall be admissible as evidence of subject to discovery . . . .”  The cruise line argued that this language should be read expansively to include documents it produced to the Coast Guard in connection with the Coast Guard’s investigation.  The court rejected this interpretation and ordered the materials produced, but allowed the cruise line to submit for in camera review any documents which it claimed to be subject to the attorney-client privilege.