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When Secrecy Kills

Courts too often shield information about products and toxic conditions that put our lives at risk.

The Public Right to Know Act (SB 1149) brings transparency to the courts.

Authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva and co-sponsored by Public Justice and Consumer Reports, this bill will ensure Californians are able to learn the facts about dangerous public hazards that are discovered during litigation, ensuring that this vital information cannot be secretly concealed or routinely restricted by over-broad court orders or settlements.

Below are resources and more information on the far-reaching impact of court secrecy. If you live in California, or know someone who does, please contact your senator and Governor Gavin Newsom and urge them to support this bill.

  • Click here to view our response to the Chamber of Commerce and CJAC’s August 4 opposition letter (updated as of August 8, 2022)
  • Click here to view our supporters’ joint floor alert (updated as of August 8, 2022)
  • Click here to view our joint fact sheet with Consumer Attorneys of California (updated as of August 2, 2022)
  • Click here to view our reply to the Chamber of Commerce and CJAC’s opposition letter (updated as of May 13, 2022)
  • Click here to view our Senate floor alert (updated as of May 13, 2022)
  • Click here to read an op-ed from Amy Cooper, a California mother whose son, Jon, died from a preventable opioid overdose.

  • Click here to watch the California Senate Judiciary Committee’s April 5, 2022 hearing on SB 1149.

  • Click here to download a one-pager, featuring case examples across several different industries (also listed below).

  • Click here to read our blog post discussing SB 1149, including a recap of the California Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 5, 2022.

  • Click here to read the press release on the introduction of SB 1149 from Senator Connie Leyva.

  • Click here to read the full text of the bill and to track the bill’s status.

  • Click here to view a comprehensive list of dangerous incidents resulting from court secrecy.

  • Click here to view a one-page fact sheet from the bill’s author, Senator Leyva.

  • If you’re a California resident, click here to contact your state senator. Click here to contact Governor Gavin Newsom and urge him to support SB 1149.

Court Secrecy Kills: Case Examples

Click through the different tabs to read about cases across the country, in which hazardous information on defective or misleading products had harmful – and sometimes even deadly – consequences.

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