Secrecy in the Courts

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Secrecy in the Courts 

Shhh…Corporations Hide Behind Secrecy Agreements

In the News

“Did AstraZeneca hide studies that showed its popular anti-psychotic drug Seroquel could lead to large weight gain and diabetes? Did the company illegally try to promote off-label use of the drug? Those are the contentions of attorneys suing the company who Wednesday released dozens of documents that had previously been under court seal.”
“Attorneys Allege AstraZeneca Hid Info from Patients”
ABC News, 05/22/09

"'Secrecy prevents the public from learning about dangerous products,' Blizzard said. 'We want to make sure the public knows how AstraZeneca has conducted itself with respect to Seroquel.'"
“Documents: AstraZeneca hid study results to sell Seroquel”
St. Petersburg Times, 05/21/09

Victims of dangerous products are often forced to sign court secrecy agreements in order to settle product liability cases.  Negligent corporations that produce dangerous and hazardous products use court secrecy agreements to avoid accountability and hide potential public safety issues.  Court secrecy agreements have hidden the dangers of prescription drugs, hazardous toys, deadly tires and collapsing baby cribs.  And these are only the dangers that have been made public.    

Read how secrecy in the courts hurts consumers »


Background

The Facts—Corporations Hide the Dangers of Products Behind Secrecy Agreements

Testimony of Richard Meadow before the  House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Hearing entitled: “The Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2008”

Research

Eight Deadly Secrets—How Court Secrecy Harms Families and Children  

Trial Magazine—“The Assault Upon the Citadel” by James E. Rooks Jr 

In Their Own Words

Key Quotes on Court Secrecy From “The Assault Upon the Citadel”

What People Are Saying about Court Secrecy and the Sunshine in Litigation Act 


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