Making trade secret claims is a bread and butter tactic for many attorneys. Now we see this legal imprint on recent efforts to keep greenhouse gas emissions data secret, wherein it is claimed that
disclosing details beyond a facility’s total emissions to the public would reveal company secrets by letting competitors know what happens inside their factories.
Give me a break. I just don’t believe this claim is supportable.
Many attorneys take actions like this simply because they are there to be made. This approach makes money for them whether these claims and associated actions (including various legal filings) are justifiable or not. They get paid to make the claim, and then they get paid to fight those who challenge it. If they are wrong, they still are paid, and at a high hourly rate, at that.