CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR Chairman Brian France has been locked in a nasty divorce battle with his wife, Megan.
He has accused her of wiretapping and she has accused him of harassment. There may be more dirt there, but no one knows about it but the parties because the entire court file was sealed by a judge.
"I've not seen this much procedural back and forth," said media attorney Ray Owens.
He represents News Channel 36 and our partners at the Charlotte Observer. For months we have been fighting to get the files opened, just like they would be for anybody else.
Thursday Judge Jena Culler agreed and unsealed the file.
In talking about the previous order she said, “This is simply not how our courts are supposed to run.”
“This is an important victory for the public and the media in that you now know if you litigate your case the courtrooms will be open documents are not going to be sealed just because of position or privilege," Owens said.
Brian France’s attorneys were disappointed in the decision and have indicated they plan to appeal. The next stop will be the court of appeals.
Our attorneys are optimistic the panel will rule in favor of openness.