Authored by: Ollie Lammers
According to Public Justice, Hertz filed bankruptcy in May 2020, claiming the pandemic impacted the business.
Judges will unseal court documents if they think a company harms the public and potentially leads to class-action lawsuits.
Recent allegations against the company could lead to Hertz's bankruptcy case files not being sealed.
Hertz customers claim the company leads to being accused, arrested, or jailed for renting their vehicles. Customers are claiming Hertz is falsely reporting that their vehicles are missing. The company allegedly is filing false police reports, leading to customers' arrests when they rent the vehicle.
According to CBSNews.com, a customer in California was at a gas station in 2019 when the police placed them under arrest. After an accident, the customer had the car rented for them by their insurance company.
The police took them to jail and charged the customer with felony car theft. The charges were dropped against the customer. The customer lost their real estate license for a year because of the false charges.
According to Public Justice, some individuals have filed suit against Hertz before filing bankruptcy. Other customers have filed suit after the company has filed bankruptcy. Those who filed their cases after Hertz filed bankruptcy asked the court to consider their claims promptly to recover damages from the company.
Hertz requested the bankruptcy court seal their information filed with the bankruptcy court, including the false police reports. The company claims making the information public would cause the company competitive harm.
Anna Werner of CBS reports, "A Delaware bankruptcy court judge has ruled that rental car company Hertz must make public the number of renters it accuses of stealing its cars."
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