In The News Today - August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges released instructions and deadlines for the process of unsealing evidence introduced last year by Garlock Sealing Technologies that alleged fraud on the part of asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys. Any party wishing to keep documents under seal must file a motion to seal by Sept. 11. The motions to seal must identify and describe each document or testimony it believes should be sealed or redacted and the reasons the materials should be kept confidential. They must also explain why no means less restrictive than sealing are available and how long the materials should be maintained under seal. (Legal Newsline)

General Motors lost a bid to dismiss a suit in Georgia state court that claims the automaker negotiated a confidential settlement in a wrongful death action last fall by hiding key details about its defective ignition switches. Judge Kathryn Tanksley ruled "the plaintiffs' allegations of fraud are sufficient to proceed to a jury." (Law360)

A lawsuit has been filed against the National Hockey League after a former player claims the NHL concealed the dangers of concussions and did not pass rules designed to reduce the risk of brain injury until recent seasons. (Legal Newsline)