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Sunshine in Litigation Act Filed to Limit Sealing of Records

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Rep. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc) filed a “Sunshine in Litigation Act” (S 1348), saying he wants to assure that important health…

Rep. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc) filed a “Sunshine in Litigation Act” (S 1348), saying he wants to assure that important health and safety information is not kept from the public through the sealing of federal court files. The bill requires that before sealing court documents, a court must first find that the public’s interest in disclosure is outweighed by public health and safety needs. It puts the burden of proof on the requester and requires any protective order be narrowly drawn. It also mandates a separate finding to keep information sealed after the case is concluded.

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