When Corporations Don’t Deserve Privacy

Our courts are designed to settle disputes, but civil actions also serve the public good by exposing and deterring wrongdoing. Court cases can reveal dangerous activities and deadly products that corporations otherwise try to keep secret.

But sometimes the public never learns these facts. All too often, courts seal evidence on corporate wrongdoing, leaving the public in the dark about serious threats to health and safety. Sometimes courts even seal all records of a case – erasing all evidence that a company was sued at all!

It’s time to end harmful court secrecy.

The “Sunshine in Litigation Act” was introduced into Congress by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) to ensure that judges consider the public’s health and safety when deciding whether to grant confidentiality requests. This commonsense measure has the bipartisan support of senators like Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), but more senators need to join them!

Litigation often leads to the discovery of information that is vital to our health and safety – and this information should be available to the public. Please take moment to personalize the letter below to your senators, urging them to support this bill by becoming a co-sponsor.

March 19, 2018


Dear Senator,

We will add your signature from the information you provide.

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