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Sens. Introduce Bill To Limit Protective Orders

Law360 (March 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Two lawmakers have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would require courts to weigh public health and safety against secrecy concerns before sealing certain information included in litigation settlements.

Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the Sunshine in Litigation Act, S. 537, on Thursday. The proposed bill, which was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, would “curb the ongoing abuse of secrecy orders in the federal courts,” Kohl told the Senate.

Under the bill, judges must consider public health and safety before...
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