NC court upholds order on NASCAR CEO divorce docs

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld a judge's order unsealing documents in a bitter divorce case involving the head of stock-car racing.

Lawyers for NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France have fought for years to keep confidential details of his 2008 divorce from Megan France, a Charlotte woman to whom he was twice married.

The appeals court ruled in 2011 that the public's right to know outweighed France's interest in secrecy. District Court Judge Jena Culler then reversed the earlier order of another judge, unsealing the divorce records.

Brian France then appealed again, with his lawyer arguing that allowing one judge to overturn the order of another judge of equal rank would lead to "judicial anarchy."

The three-judge appeals panel ruled unanimously Monday to unseal the divorce records.



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