Indiana Supreme Court Orders Records Unsealed on Insurance Cases

October 13, 2008

The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday, October 10 ordered opened to the public hundreds of pages of documents that had been sealed at the request of corporations involved in an insurance dispute.

The case, Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. vs. U.S. Filter Corp. and several others, involves whether corporations defending claims of exposure to silica have insurance coverage for those claims. The case is pending before the state Supreme Court.

Marion Superior Court had deemed certain documents in the case confidential in April 2005 at the request of virtually all the parties involved. Under that order, parties also could request those documents to be purged from court records at the end of the case.

But the high court ordered the records opened Friday, finding that the request to seal records was not properly justified according to Indiana legal rules.

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