The Fourth Circuit Rules on Public Access to Court Records

16 Apr

In 2011, a company sued the Consumer Product Safety Commission to keep a report about one of its products out of the CPSC’s database. The company filed a motion to have the case litigated under a seal, with the company proceeding under a pseudonym. North Carolina Policy Watch’s legal analyst Sharon McCloskey reports:

In a decision released today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond held that the public and press right of access to court records trumps a corporation’s desire to keep quiet complaints about one of its products — regardless of whether those complaints are inaccurate or unfounded.

NCPW’s McCloskey explains the decision and its importance here.

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