A federal district court in New York has held that the attorney-client and work-product privileges apply to coverage memoranda sought by an insured from AIG Specialty Insurance in an ongoing coverage and bad faith litigation where AIG declined coverage for claims brought under a pollution liability policy. The insured first sought production of a memorandum prepared by AIG’s own coverage counsel, which the court found “unquestionably” came within the attorney-client privilege. The insured then sought production of a memorandum prepared by coverage counsel for an additional insured named on the policy, who AIG had covered in the underlying lawsuit. The court found the memorandum was protected by the work-product privilege and because the insured neither demonstrated a “substantial need” for the document nor an “undue hardship” in obtaining equivalent information elsewhere, it was not discoverable. The court further held that certain “executive claim summaries” previously produced by AIG in redacted form were not discoverable. The redacted information concerned only reinsurance calculations and was therefore irrelevant. The court did, however, direct AIG to produce drafts of a coverage letter and any metadata pertaining to that letter, rejecting application of any privilege to that information.Broadrock Gas Services, LLC v. AIG Specialty Insurance Co., Case No. 1:14-cv-03927 (USDC S.D.N.Y. March 2, 2015).