Kohl Bill Would Shed Light On Product Liability Suits

Law360, New York (March 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT) -- Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., reintroduced legislation Thursday requiring judges to weigh public health and safety concerns before sealing legal agreements and settlements in product liability suits.

S. 623, the Sunshine in Litigation Act, was drafted in response to dozens of cases in which sealed court settlements concealed critical hazards and threats from the public, contributing to additional accidents, fatalities and injuries, according to Kohl.

“This legislation does not prohibit secrecy agreements across the board, and it does not place an undue burden on judges or on...
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