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LR 83.4 Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interest

(a)Parties Required to Make Disclosure. With the exception of the United States Government or agencies thereof, or a state government or agencies or political subdivisions thereof, all corporate parties to a civil case and all corporate defendants in a criminal case must file a Statement of Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interest. A negative report is also required.

(b)Financial Interest to be Disclosed. (1) Whenever a corporation which is a party to a case is a subsidiary or affiliate of any publicly owned corporation not named in the case, counsel for the corporation which is a party must file the statement of disclosure provided in (c) identifying the parent corporation or affiliate and the relationship between it and the corporation which is a party to the case. A corporation is considered an affiliate of a publicly owned corporation for purposes of this Rule if it controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with a publicly owned corporation. (2) Whenever, by reason of insurance, a franchise agreement, lease, profit sharing agreement, or indemnity agreement, a publicly owned corporation or its affiliate, not a party to the case, has a substantial financial interest in the outcome of the litigation, counsel for the party whose interest is aligned with that of the publicly owned corporation or its affiliate must file the statement of disclosure provided in (c) identifying the publicly owned corporation and the nature of its or its affiliate's substantial financial interest in the outcome of the litigation. (3)The duty of disclosure by the corporate parties described in this Rule is continuing.

(c) Statement of Disclosure. The statement of disclosure must be made on a form provided by the Clerk and filed, as part of the first pleading or paper filed by the party in this Court, or as soon as the party becomes aware of the corporate affiliation or financial interest, or as otherwise ordered by the judge to whom the case is assigned.

COMMENT: LR 83.4 is based on 6th Cir. R. 26.1. It is the responsibility of the courtroom deputy clerk for the judge to whom the case is assigned to monitor compliance with this Rule, including but not limited to sending out copies of the statement of disclosure to new defendants, third-party defendants, and others affected under (b).

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