AAJ Seeks Legislative Action to Stop Court Secrecy

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AAJ Seeks Legislative Action to Stop Court Secrecy 

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2008

Contact: Cecelia Prewett
202.965.3500, x369
Washington, DC—The Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 2449, the Sunshine in Litigation Act, out of committee today. The bill seeks to restore public accountability in the judicial system by restricting court secrecy on matters that affect public health and safety. Invoked in countless legal settlements, secrecy provisions prevent people from finding out about dangerous products. The American Association for Justice Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Linda Lipsen said, “From tires that are defective to cribs that collapse on sleeping babies, secrecy agreements have been used to keep safety information away from people. Stopping secrecy in our civil justice system is necessary to ensure that defective products do not injure or kill more people.”
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