Bill To Probe Sealed Product Liability Deals Advances

Law360, New York (May 19, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would require judges to consider public health and safety concerns before sealing legal agreements and settlements in product liability suits.

The committee voted 12-6 to pass S. 623, the Sunshine in Litigation Act, with Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, joining all 10 Democrat committee members in support.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. said he reintroduced the bill to curb the ongoing abuse of protective orders and secret settlements in federal court....
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