Nevada lawmakers consider limits on lawsuit sealing

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CARSON CITY (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill
targeting the discretion that Clark County judges claim they have
to seal lawsuits from public view.

Assembly Judiciary Chairman Bernie Anderson says Democrats and
Republicans on his committee have asked legislative staff to
research the issue and draft a bill that is "in the best interest
of the public."

Anderson says the call for legislation was prompted by lawmakers
who read articles about Clark County District Court judges sealing
115 lawsuits from 2000 to late 2006 from public view.

The judges claimed to have the inherent authority to seal
lawsuits, but critics say the practice of keeping lawsuits from
public view is generally prohibited by Nevada law.