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Foltz v. State Farm

Foltz v. State Farm

On June 18, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a trial court ruling that permitted the blanket sealing of discovery materials and court records in a consumer fraud case against State Farm Insurance Company.  We intervened in the case on behalf of several non-profit groups that monitor insurance fraud, urging the Court to rule as it did.  We also succeeded in having the case file, which had been removed from the courthouse and erased from the court’s data based, restored to the public docket.  Portland, Oregon’s Matthew Whitman and Kathryn Clarke, and Public Justice Attorney Leslie Brueckner were co-counsel. 

Case Documents

  • Opening brief



  • Our Reply

    Our Reply to the Response  that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. filed under seal on November 8, to the Brief of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) in Support of its Motion to Intervene, Vacate or Modify Protective Order and Seek Public Access to Documents.

    Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer County



    Docket: MER-L-003052-99
  • Our memo

    Our memo (HTML format) in support of motion to unseal records which have been almost completely erased from the public record.

    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon



    Docket: CV-94-6293-HO
  • Our memorandum

    Our memorandum (HTML format) in support of renewed motion to unseal court records.

    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon



    Docket: CV-94-6293-HO