Blanket Gag Orders, Secret Deals Could End With Calif. Bill

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By Hannah Albarazi (May 10, 2022, 8:54 PM EDT) — A California bill taking aim at secrecy in the courts could change the face of litigation in the Golden State by creating a presumption against the types of orders and settlements that have kept revelations about seriously defective products and environmental hazards under wraps.

The Public Right to Know Act of 2022 seeks to address the role judges and lawyers have played in helping companies conceal consumer safety issues from public scrutiny.

Supporters of the bill cite as a glaring example the judges who issued protective orders and signed off on confidential settlements that allowed Purdue Pharma LP to conceal its…

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