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Legal Notes


Are any of these documents subject to a protective order?

While searching this database, you may find a few documents with this stamp "Confidential: Subject to Protective Order in Ross v. Conoco." Through EWG's conversations with the firm of Baggett McCall and our own investigation of the Ross v. Conoco docket, it is our well-grounded belief that these documents are no longer subject to a protective order.

The vast majority of documents contained in the Chemical Industry Archives were received in connection with legal proceedings against the chemical industry in the case of Ross v. Conoco, 90-4837, 14th Judicial District, Parish of Calcasieu, Lake Charles, Louisiana. The parties did not sign a confidentiality agreement with respect to documents exchanged during discovery. Before 1995, the Chemical Manufacturers Association produced several hundred documents with a stamp "Confidential: Subject to Protective Order in Ross v. Conoco."

Although the parties battled over discovery, the Chemical Manufacturers Association voluntarily withdrew its stamped designation of confidentiality. The Chemical Manufacturers Association then produced the documents without the protective order stamp. You may find two versions of some documents -- one with a stamp and one without. The latter is the document "re-produced" after the withdrawal of confidentiality. Thus, it is the understanding of EWG that these documents are no longer subject to a protective order.



last updated: march.27.2009

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