Right of Access
The lawsuit had been filed against the University of Colorado; the Scheduling Order, which the professor had sought to seal, referred to allegations of improper conduct on the professor's part.
"The district court should not be a party to concealing this information from the public, especially as it concerns an arbitration organization that holds itself out to the public as impartial. These documents would be useful to the public in evaluating the true extent to which the organization is impartial."
"Judge Who Sealed Documents Relating to Her Home in Beach Community Gets Reversed by Appellate Court"
An update on that Connecticut unsealing case.
(and perhaps to other government records).
"The public may well have an interest in how litigation is funded by third parties," the judge concludes. A law firm and two litigation finance companies are disputing (among other things) whether the litigation finance agreements are illegally usurious.
So a New Jersey tax court held last week, in a case brought by prominent bank founder Vernon W. Hill.
No dice, says the District Court.
Interesting Sealing Decision in Divorce-Related Case of a Powerful Washington Public Affairs Consultant
The ex-wife had withdrawn her complaint before the court took any substantive action, under circumstances that cast doubt on its accuracy; because of that, a Virginia court agreed that it should be sealed.
"While such documents may be unflattering to Defendant's business, Defendant has not satisfied the burden of showing that the documents are proprietary in nature. Nor has Defendant satisfied the burden necessary to show that any interest in maintaining secrecy is outweighed by the presumption of access."
And does a Vermont statute mandating such sealing apply in cases that are being litigated in federal court?
Lawsuits are matters of public record -- and you generally can't hide them from prospective business partners, employers, house buyers, or others.
"The logical conclusion of Plaintiff's argument is that whenever someone sues for defamation because of potentially embarrassing comments, the plaintiff should be allowed to sue anonymously and with the case under seal."
"If the Court sealed the disputed materials, it would essentially conceal the very mechanism that REA used to perpetuate the scheme, leaving the public with little more than the judgment itself to establish the existence of the scheme."
... if you're asserting your own rights of access (which all of us have) to court records.
... by a federal district court decision yesterday, in a case brought by a pro se litigant in New Jersey.
Stephanie Gilliard argued "that offers of employment have been rescinded after Google searches of her name revealed the events of this case, namely her surreptitious recordings of her co-workers."
Unsurprisingly, the exact allegations that are said to be libelous don't appear in the complaint.
Court Refuses to Issue Gag Order and Sealing Order in Sexual Harassment Suit Against YMCA of Pikes Peak
(Disclosure: I had filed an objection, on my own behalf, to the motion to seal.)
More than just a mixed metaphor -- it's a legal doctrine.
The plaintiff had pleaded guilty to, among other things, having sex with a minor (apparently when he was 21 and the minor was 15); the alleged libel stemmed from, among other things, reports of that crime.
That's what a New York trial court decision just posted online today held -- correctly, I think.
(1) If they're alleging sexual abuse. (2) If they're alleging they were libeled as sexual abusers. (3) Both. (4) Neither.
Since I've been blogging today about public rights of access to sealed files, I thought I'd pass this along.