The Seattle Times has begun trying to open the sealed files that could be hiding potential dangers from the public. They have found that one judge in particular has sealed at least a dozen files, possibly without meeting the “compelling circumstances” standard required to seal a case. However, the judge is highly regarded and with the exception of a reporter, no one has objected to the sealing of the cases. Nevertheless, the Times has fought to unseal some cases. One shareholder case against Infospace was unsealed after the Washington Supreme Court unanimously overturned the judge’s ruling to seal the documents.
If you believe you have a personal injury claim, please contact a personal injury attorney right away. Personal injury attorneys affiliated with groups like the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association can frequently find out about cases that have been sealed.
For more information, see: Penchant for secrecy: One judge has sealed 12 cases from view.