WA Supreme Court: No Ex-Parte contact with docs!
The notion of defense attorney contact with treating docs has been up in the air given what I seem to remember as a court of appeals case saying that, while contact was prohibited, sending information to the treating doc was okay. The court came back and said that this is a bright line, contact is prohibited, including sending documents.
Of course, the end result here was a bitter apple. The court also held that there was no prejudice in this particular contact.
At least we have a good rule moving forward.