The North Carolina Court of Appeals is considering whether the CEO of the NASCAR company is entitled to have hearings and records in his divorce proceedings closed from the public.
All divorce information has traditionally been open to the public because of rules that court proceedings should be transparent. Sometimes North Carolina judges, like judges in other states, will seal legal materials from view at the request of an attorney, but that is usually reserved for high-profile cases.
This is not the first time that NASCAR head Brian France has tried to close his divorce proceedings. The N.C. Court of Appeals judges have heard his case once before, deciding that the information should remain public. Since the first appeals court decision, judges in Mecklenburg County ruled differently in France’s divorce case. One judge ruled in his favor, and another judge reversed that decision.
The request hinges on whether France’s ex-wife, Megan France, violated the terms of a settlement agreement reached during the couple’s 2008 divorce. But it also includes complaints from media companies who have argued that they are entitled to the information contained in the records.
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