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Secret Settlements

Could the Cosby Settlement Agreement Itself Constitute a Crime?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.21.2016 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Is it not obstruction of justice when one pays a victim or a witness not to disclose important evidence of a crime?

Deaths Caused by Corporations Are Punished by Taking It Out of Their Allowance

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Absent some examples of severe individual punishments, corporations' sales will continue to be more important than safety and profits more important than people. There must be a stronger deterrent and more severe punishment than taking it out of their allowance.

Should Secret Settlements Be Allowed to Conceal Dangerous Products?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

What is needed is an ethical rule that prohibits lawyers from demanding or accepting confidentiality as a condition of settlement if there is a good faith belief that a product is defective and dangerous.

Why Do We Permit the Payment of Hush Money to Conceal Wrongdoing?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I have been railing for years against secret settlements in civil matters that conceal information which the public has a right to know. My ire was re...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Secret Settlement Agreements

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

No matter how these claims play out on the political stage, the practice of hiding wrongdoing through the avenue of non-disclosure settlements agreements is worthy of further consideration.

Letterman Type Blackmail Common in Legal System

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

So many law suits that are settled are designated confidential because they are frequently the result of blackmail and extortion, which has become an accepted and common practice in our legal system.