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How Plaintiff Lawyers Help Corporate America Keep its Secrets

Paula Lawlor was sifting through piles of internal General Motors Co documents in a hotel room outside of Los Angeles when she hit pay dirt: Company records showing that GM knew for years that stronger roofs on its vehicles could …

Proposed Wildfire Board Could Operate Partly in Secret

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A closely watched wildfire law proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom would exempt a new safety board from some of the state’s government transparency laws. The Wildfire Safety Advisory Board would advise the state’s utility regulator and …

Quest for Food Stamp Data Lands Newspaper at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories …

Transparency: Technology’s Next Gift to the Legal Department

Series Summary Insurance executives should be asking a lot of questions right now. They should wonder why their outside law firms haven’t adopted available technology that could eliminate expenses for routine legal work. They should ask their law firms why, …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Panel Actions Reviewed

Oklahoma’s newly created Workers’ Compensation Commission is scheduled to meet this week to discuss its plan to be more open and transparent amid a review by the attorney general’s office into possible violations of the Open Meetings Act. Attorney General …

OSHA Plan to Make Workplace Safety Reports Public

Large companies would have to commence filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public, under new regulations the government proposed Thursday. Safety advocates said the proposal by the …