U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2014 (S. 2364) to compel federal judges to consider public interest before sealing court records in cases involving public health and safety, thus discouraging “secret settlements.” Blumenthal argues that current federal court rules “make it too easy for bad actors to use protective orders to broadly shield vast amounts of information vital to health and safety from public scrutiny.” Similar legislation has been proposed and debated every few years since 1991, with the most recent iteration, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011, passing out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but never reaching the Senate floor for a vote. See Sen. Richard Blumenthal Press Release, May 20, 2014.