Public Justice has just filed comments with the Federal Rules Committee strongly opposing the proposed changes to Rule 30(b)(6), one of the most powerful and important tools for finding out the truth and pinning down corporations. Our comments reflect the serious damage these changes would inflict on consumers, workers and the legal advocates who are their voice and champions. We’re committed to ensuring our Members and their clients have a voice in this process, and our team is working to ensure these proposed changes never become law.
There’s something the First Amendment does that lawyers tend to forget about. Here in the Ninth Circuit, the First Amendment also grants every member of the public a presumptive right of access to court records—a right that forbids the sealing of court records except in the rarest of circumstances.