Includes all politicians who were in office at any point during the 111th Congress.

S. 537 - Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009

Product defects, Product hazards, Transparency, Litigation, Secrecy agreements, Confidentiality agreements. - Law. 111th Congress (2009-2010) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend chapter 111 of title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, disclosures of discovery information in civil actions, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been introduced. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009

S. 537 — 111th Congress (2009–2010)

Keywords
Product defects, Product hazards, Transparency, Litigation, Secrecy agreements, Confidentiality agreements.
Summary
A bill to amend chapter 111 of title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, disclosures of discovery information in civil actions, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend chapter 111 of title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, disclosures of discovery information in civil actions, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009
Sponsor
Herbert Kohl
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Law
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Freedom of information
  • Government information and archives
  • Health information and medical records
  • Right of privacy
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced3/05/2009
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced3/05/2009
3/05/2009Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
3/05/2009Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S2834-2835)
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

Consumer groups [About]
Attorneys & law firms (split) [About]
$6,100
$6,100
>1,000 times as much
$2,125,744
$8,112,620
$72,563
$2,324,455
$3,101,364
$6,696,197
$2,312,312
$1,441,093
$942,549
$194,540
$211,629
$27,535,066
2 Organizations Supported and 20 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009

2 organizations supported this bill

Public Citizen
(n.d.). Public Citizen support. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Public Justice
(2009, June 4). Public Justice Hearing Testimony. Retrieved June 4, 2009, from .

20 organizations opposed this bill

ACE Group
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
American Insurance Association
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
American Tort Reform Association
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Association of Corporate Counsel
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Beckman Coulter
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Boehringer Ingelheim
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Caterpillar
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Chubb Corporation
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Civil Justice Association of California
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
DRI
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Eli Lilly and Company
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
LyondellBasell
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Mazda North American Operations
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
National Association of Manufacturers
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
Travelers
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
(2009, April 24). Multi Industry Opposition. Retrieved June 3, 2009, from .

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 111th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$47,050
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$264,500
John BarrassoRWY$0$191,939
Max BaucusDMT$0$871,589
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$0$333,652
Mark BegichDAK$0$38,650
Michael BennetDCO$0$293,286
Bob BennettRUT$0$328,194
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$127,882
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$0$45,600
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$228,760
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$246,250
Sam BrownbackRKS$0$9,250
Jim BunningRKY$0$75,533
Richard BurrRNC$0$689,030
Roland BurrisDIL$0$500
Robert ByrdDWV$0$77,400
Maria CantwellDWA$0$93,150
Ben CardinDMD$4,350$195,749
Tom CarperDDE$0$433,370
Bob CaseyDPA$0$334,225
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$455,552
Tom CoburnROK$0$227,551
William Thad CochranRMS$0$153,600
Susan CollinsRME$0$316,650
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$332,825
Bob CorkerRTN$0$554,008
John CornynRTX$0$773,744
Mike CrapoRID$0$378,071
Jim DeMintRSC$0$299,252
Chris DoddDCT$0$612,250
Byron DorganDND$0$82,550
Dick DurbinDIL$0$278,850
John EnsignRNV$0$268,338
Mike EnziRWY$0$265,700
Russ FeingoldDWI$0$102,175
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$181,799
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$0$610,050
Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$225,670
Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$469,300
Judd GreggRNH$0$33,700
Kay HaganDNC$0$108,966
Tom HarkinDIA$0$244,980
Orrin HatchRUT$0$618,050
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$228,450
Jim InhofeROK$0$207,050
Dan InouyeDHI$0$105,600
Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$341,617
Mike JohannsRNE$0$227,000
Tim JohnsonDSD$0$270,397
Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
Ted KennedyDMA$0$259,440
John KerryDMA$0$154,691
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$271,715
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$0$496,370
Mary LandrieuDLA$0$319,928
Frank LautenbergDNJ$0$220,350
Patrick LeahyDVT$0$108,150
Carl LevinDMI$0$209,467
Joe LiebermanICT$0$676,609
Blanche LincolnDAR$1,750$530,752
Dick LugarRIN$0$149,000
Mel MartinezRFL$0$61,600
John McCainRAZ$0$189,275
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$100,539
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$1,070,368
Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$511,520
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$72,533
Barbara MikulskiDMD$0$201,645
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$154,800
Patty MurrayDWA$0$310,460
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$612,778
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$324,597
Mark PryorDAR$0$230,465
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$225,900
Harry ReidDNV$0$766,424
Jim RischRID$0$109,350
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$0$396,749
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$0$169,900
Bernie SandersIVT$0$2,720
Chuck SchumerDNY$0$607,749
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$195,762
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$108,067
Richard ShelbyRAL$0$404,200
Olympia SnoweRME$0$136,111
Arlen SpecterDPA$0$641,073
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$306,727
Jon TesterDMT$0$77,805
John ThuneRSD$0$337,010
Mark UdallDCO$0$252,283
Tom UdallDNM$0$78,100
David VitterRLA$0$298,191
George VoinovichROH$0$227,250
Mark WarnerDVA$0$329,213
Jim WebbDVA$0$46,706
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$62,999
Roger WickerRMS$0$339,500
Ron WydenDOR$0$278,921

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$47,050
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$264,500
John BarrassoRWY$0$191,939
Max BaucusDMT$0$871,589
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$0$333,652
Mark BegichDAK$0$38,650
Michael BennetDCO$0$293,286
Bob BennettRUT$0$328,194
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$127,882
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$0$45,600
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$228,760
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$246,250
Sam BrownbackRKS$0$9,250
Jim BunningRKY$0$75,533
Richard BurrRNC$0$689,030
Roland BurrisDIL$0$500
Robert ByrdDWV$0$77,400
Maria CantwellDWA$0$93,150
Ben CardinDMD$4,350$195,749
Tom CarperDDE$0$433,370
Bob CaseyDPA$0$334,225
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$455,552
Tom CoburnROK$0$227,551
William Thad CochranRMS$0$153,600
Susan CollinsRME$0$316,650
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$332,825
Bob CorkerRTN$0$554,008
John CornynRTX$0$773,744
Mike CrapoRID$0$378,071
Jim DeMintRSC$0$299,252
Chris DoddDCT$0$612,250
Byron DorganDND$0$82,550
Dick DurbinDIL$0$278,850
John EnsignRNV$0$268,338
Mike EnziRWY$0$265,700
Russ FeingoldDWI$0$102,175
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$181,799
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$0$610,050
Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$225,670
Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$469,300
Judd GreggRNH$0$33,700
Kay HaganDNC$0$108,966
Tom HarkinDIA$0$244,980
Orrin HatchRUT$0$618,050
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$228,450
Jim InhofeROK$0$207,050
Dan InouyeDHI$0$105,600
Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$341,617
Mike JohannsRNE$0$227,000
Tim JohnsonDSD$0$270,397
Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
Ted KennedyDMA$0$259,440
John KerryDMA$0$154,691
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$271,715
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$0$496,370
Mary LandrieuDLA$0$319,928
Frank LautenbergDNJ$0$220,350
Patrick LeahyDVT$0$108,150
Carl LevinDMI$0$209,467
Joe LiebermanICT$0$676,609
Blanche LincolnDAR$1,750$530,752
Dick LugarRIN$0$149,000
Mel MartinezRFL$0$61,600
John McCainRAZ$0$189,275
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$100,539
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$1,070,368
Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$511,520
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$72,533
Barbara MikulskiDMD$0$201,645
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$154,800
Patty MurrayDWA$0$310,460
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$612,778
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$324,597
Mark PryorDAR$0$230,465
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$225,900
Harry ReidDNV$0$766,424
Jim RischRID$0$109,350
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$0$396,749
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$0$169,900
Bernie SandersIVT$0$2,720
Chuck SchumerDNY$0$607,749
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$195,762
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$108,067
Richard ShelbyRAL$0$404,200
Olympia SnoweRME$0$136,111
Arlen SpecterDPA$0$641,073
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$306,727
Jon TesterDMT$0$77,805
John ThuneRSD$0$337,010
Mark UdallDCO$0$252,283
Tom UdallDNM$0$78,100
David VitterRLA$0$298,191
George VoinovichROH$0$227,250
Mark WarnerDVA$0$329,213
Jim WebbDVA$0$46,706
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$62,999
Roger WickerRMS$0$339,500
Ron WydenDOR$0$278,921

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Attorneys & law firms$64,802,071
Consumer groups$6,100

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Attorneys & law firms$64,802,071
Insurance companies, brokers & agents$8,112,620
Pharmaceutical manufacturing$6,696,197
Medical supplies manufacturing & sales$3,101,364
Corporate lawyers & law firms$2,324,455
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$2,312,312
Property & casualty insurance$2,125,744
Petroleum refining & marketing$1,441,093
Auto manufacturers$942,549
Chambers of commerce$211,629
Manufacturing$194,540
Pro-business associations$72,563
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