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

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

Consumer groups [About]
Attorneys & law firms (split) [About]
$10,500
$10,500
>1,000 times as much
$2,293,950
$8,750,438
$85,613
$4,746,261
$3,346,530
$6,949,048
$2,067,282
$1,587,947
$945,729
$297,589
$222,314
$31,292,701
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$49,250
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$279,100
John BarrassoRWY$0$187,989
Max BaucusDMT$0$940,022
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$0$403,463
Mark BegichDAK$0$55,750
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$301,036
Bob BennettRUT$0$349,444
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$139,132
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$0$54,450
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$250,660
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$262,825
Sam BrownbackRKS$0$12,750
Jim BunningRKY$0$86,016
Richard BurrRNC$0$731,851
Roland BurrisDIL$0$500
Robert ByrdDWV$0$103,450
Maria CantwellDWA$0$141,185
Ben CardinDMD$4,350$243,131
Tom CarperDDE$0$464,000
Bob CaseyDPA$0$613,275
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$547,387
Tom CoburnROK$0$227,001
William Thad CochranRMS$0$133,350
Susan M. CollinsRME$0$367,149
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$395,891
Bob CorkerRTN$0$652,808
John CornynRTX$0$829,454
Mike CrapoRID$0$388,771
Jim DeMintRSC$0$331,702
Chris DoddDCT$0$854,800
Byron DorganDND$0$112,500
Dick DurbinDIL$0$369,999
John EnsignRNV$0$292,663
Mike EnziRWY$0$263,200
Russ FeingoldDWI$0$111,155
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$206,650
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$0$669,200
Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$219,605
Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$480,900
Judd GreggRNH$0$33,700
Kay R. HaganDNC$0$150,116
Tom HarkinDIA$0$257,830
Orrin G. HatchRUT$0$706,250
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$248,050
Jim InhofeROK$0$221,831
Dan InouyeDHI$0$106,450
Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$376,017
Mike JohannsRNE$0$249,600
Tim JohnsonDSD$0$262,397
Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
Ted KennedyDMA$0$324,288
John F. KerryDMA$0$166,790
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$369,207
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$0$573,037
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$0$353,928
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$0$278,550
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$117,700
Carl LevinDMI$0$219,467
Joe LiebermanICT$0$746,869
Blanche LincolnDAR$1,750$562,102
Dick LugarRIN$0$172,675
Mel MartinezRFL$0$74,900
John McCainRAZ$0$241,325
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$131,489
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$1,141,368
Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$671,714
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$95,883
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$4,400$216,045
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$156,150
Patty MurrayDWA$0$313,710
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$654,828
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$467,609
Mark L. PryorDAR$0$263,350
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$240,815
Harry ReidDNV$0$851,707
Jim RischRID$0$112,200
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$0$419,349
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$0$221,874
Bernie SandersIVT$0$8,470
Chuck SchumerDNY$0$621,299
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$215,771
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$123,267
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$409,500
Olympia J. SnoweRME$0$139,686
Arlen SpecterDPA$0$808,023
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$337,177
Jon TesterDMT$0$92,305
John ThuneRSD$0$376,760
Mark UdallDCO$0$264,715
Tom UdallDNM$0$120,929
David VitterRLA$0$353,491
George VoinovichROH$0$249,400
Mark R. WarnerDVA$0$432,173
Jim WebbDVA$0$85,156
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$103,499
Roger F. WickerRMS$0$365,950
Ron WydenDOR$0$290,496

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$49,250
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$279,100
John BarrassoRWY$0$187,989
Max BaucusDMT$0$940,022
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$0$403,463
Mark BegichDAK$0$55,750
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$301,036
Bob BennettRUT$0$349,444
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$139,132
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$0$54,450
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$250,660
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$262,825
Sam BrownbackRKS$0$12,750
Jim BunningRKY$0$86,016
Richard BurrRNC$0$731,851
Roland BurrisDIL$0$500
Robert ByrdDWV$0$103,450
Maria CantwellDWA$0$141,185
Ben CardinDMD$4,350$243,131
Tom CarperDDE$0$464,000
Bob CaseyDPA$0$613,275
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$547,387
Tom CoburnROK$0$227,001
William Thad CochranRMS$0$133,350
Susan M. CollinsRME$0$367,149
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$395,891
Bob CorkerRTN$0$652,808
John CornynRTX$0$829,454
Mike CrapoRID$0$388,771
Jim DeMintRSC$0$331,702
Chris DoddDCT$0$854,800
Byron DorganDND$0$112,500
Dick DurbinDIL$0$369,999
John EnsignRNV$0$292,663
Mike EnziRWY$0$263,200
Russ FeingoldDWI$0$111,155
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$206,650
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$0$669,200
Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$219,605
Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$480,900
Judd GreggRNH$0$33,700
Kay R. HaganDNC$0$150,116
Tom HarkinDIA$0$257,830
Orrin G. HatchRUT$0$706,250
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$248,050
Jim InhofeROK$0$221,831
Dan InouyeDHI$0$106,450
Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$376,017
Mike JohannsRNE$0$249,600
Tim JohnsonDSD$0$262,397
Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
Ted KennedyDMA$0$324,288
John F. KerryDMA$0$166,790
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$369,207
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$0$573,037
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$0$353,928
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$0$278,550
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$117,700
Carl LevinDMI$0$219,467
Joe LiebermanICT$0$746,869
Blanche LincolnDAR$1,750$562,102
Dick LugarRIN$0$172,675
Mel MartinezRFL$0$74,900
John McCainRAZ$0$241,325
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$131,489
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$1,141,368
Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$671,714
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$95,883
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$4,400$216,045
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$156,150
Patty MurrayDWA$0$313,710
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$654,828
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$467,609
Mark L. PryorDAR$0$263,350
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$240,815
Harry ReidDNV$0$851,707
Jim RischRID$0$112,200
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$0$419,349
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$0$221,874
Bernie SandersIVT$0$8,470
Chuck SchumerDNY$0$621,299
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$215,771
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$123,267
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$409,500
Olympia J. SnoweRME$0$139,686
Arlen SpecterDPA$0$808,023
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$337,177
Jon TesterDMT$0$92,305
John ThuneRSD$0$376,760
Mark UdallDCO$0$264,715
Tom UdallDNM$0$120,929
David VitterRLA$0$353,491
George VoinovichROH$0$249,400
Mark R. WarnerDVA$0$432,173
Jim WebbDVA$0$85,156
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$103,499
Roger F. WickerRMS$0$365,950
Ron WydenDOR$0$290,496

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Attorneys & law firms$64,537,184
Consumer groups$10,500

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Attorneys & law firms$64,537,184
Insurance companies, brokers & agents$8,750,438
Pharmaceutical manufacturing$6,949,048
Corporate lawyers & law firms$4,746,261
Medical Devices & Supplies$3,346,530
Property & casualty insurance$2,293,950
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$2,067,282
Petroleum refining & marketing$1,587,947
Auto manufacturers$945,729
Manufacturing$297,589
Chambers of commerce$222,314
Pro-business associations$85,613
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