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Confidential settlements create thorny issues. Lawyers who represent injured people do not like confidentiality agreements. Those agreements help culpable defendants prevent other injured parties from learning how strong their cases really are. However, when the client is offered a fair settlement in exchange for a release and confidentiality agreement many clients are so happy to put the matter behind them that they agree to keep the terms of settlement – and sometimes the underlying facts – secret. Such is the case with Bausch & Lomb’s eye fungus cases. http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/05/31/ap6485916.html Thanks to AP’s Ben Dobbin for shedding some light on this litigation.

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