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July 25, 2014

Media Highlights Transparency Ruling in Garlock Case

Yesterday, we reported about a federal judge’s ruling that “evidence of alleged fraud” on the part of asbestos attorneys in the Garlock case should not have been sealed. That ruling was in response to a motion filed by Legal Newsline “to keep the bankruptcy estimation trial of Garlock Sealing Technologies open to the public.”

A number of media outlets have followed up on this story today, including:

This ruling “offers rare reason for cheer in an otherwise grim realm … It’s the plaintiffs’ bar that deserves skeptical public attention for its methods in late-stage asbestos litigation. The Cogburn ruling enables that attention and the hard truths it will reveal.” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

“Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, called the decision an important step toward bringing greater transparency to asbestos litigation.” (Reuters)

“U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn sided with arguments by the legal journal Legal Newsline … citing the public’s fundamental right to view documents filed in public courts.” (Law360)

“Legal Newsline, a business-oriented news outlet owned by the Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was the media outlet that sought access to the Garlock case.” (National Law Journal)

Read the initial Legal Newsline report here.

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