High Court Won’t Hear Chrysler Confidentiality Case

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By Martina Barash

Oct. 3 — A fight over a safety group’s access to Chrysler documents produced in a class action won’t go to the nation’s high court ( FCA US LLC v. Ctr. for Auto Safety, U.S., No. 15-1211, review denied 10/3/16 )

The U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 3 denied a petition by FCA US LLC, the successor to Chrysler Group LLC. FCA US had asked the court to toss an appeals-court ruling requiring the company to provide “compelling reasons” to keep the defect-related documents sealed ( 44 PSLR 801, 8/1/16 ).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit should have said the documents could stay sealed on a showing of good cause, the automaker argued.

“While we are disappointed that the Supreme Court declined review, we look forward to presenting our case in the district court,” Michael Palese, a spokesman for FCA US, said in an e-mailed statement.

The documents sought by the Center for Auto Safety are part of a proposed class action over vehicle power systems. FCA US and the plaintiffs in the underlying case agreed to a settlement and obtained preliminary approval from the district court.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Thompson Coburn LLP represented FCA US.

Public Justice P.C. represented the Center for Auto Safety.

To contact the reporter on this story: Martina Barash at MBarash@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Patrick at spatrick@bna.com

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