By Lilly Fowler, courtsecrecy

It’s about as secret as a lawsuit can get.

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission two years ago launched, a database allowing consumers to report and learn about hazardous products, it was inevitable that some business would go to court to keep a customer’s complaint private.

But the first legal challenge is blazing new trails in judicial secrecy.

By Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica 

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency.

Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

“It’s a mixed bag,” said Patrice McDermott, executive director of, a consortium of right-to-know groups. “I think they’ve made progress, but a whole lot more remains to be done.”


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