Public Citizen and Allies Win Fight to Reveal “Company Doe”

“Company Doe” sued the Consumer Product Safety Commission in October 2011 to block the agency from posting a complaint about one of its products in the public complaint database. The case was conducted in secret, and the court ruling kept the complaint from being posted publicly. Public Citizen partnered with the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union sued to unmask the company and open up the court proceedings. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the district court to unseal the case and reveal the identity of Company Doe. Learn more about the victory’s implications at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog here.