Miss. media gets access to Hood/State Farm settlement

U.S. District Judge David Bramlette granted the group’s motion to unseal the settlement on Thursday. Hood fought the group in court, but State Farm’s attorneys have written that the company is indifferent.

“A court-ordered unsealing of the agreement does not void any crucial terms of the settlement, and the parties have failed to show how unsealing the agreement could significantly harm either the plaintiffs or the defendant,” Bramlette wrote.

“Under these circumstances, a generalized interest in encouraging settlements does not outweigh the public’s common law right of access.”

Legal Newsline
9/3/10