Saturday, December 03, 2005, 12/03/2005 11:19:00 AM

Ford Pushed on Safety Data it Claims are Trade Secrets

From the Detroit Free Press, an article concerning efforts of Public Citizen to convince the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to release Ford data regarding the safety of roofs in passenger cars for its Volvo division.

According to the Free Press: "Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, filed a motion Thursday in a Florida state court to release the documents. They were made public briefly earlier this year, in a trial in which a jury ordered Ford to pay $10.2 million for a woman's death in a Ford Explorer rollover accident. The judge in the case ordered the documents resealed, but not before several groups received copies."

And: "Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen's president, said the group had planned to put the documents on its Web site earlier this year but stopped after Ford threatened to sue."

The effort appears to be another in a long-series where consumer groups, teaming with plaintiff's lawyers, seek to force companies to reveal information provided to governmental entities. Expect more on this story.

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