It is not uncommon for parties in trade secret and non-compete litigation to ask the court for permission to file documents under seal. In a recent post, this blog discussed one court’s reaction, which was based primarily upon the public’s interest in having access to judicial records. The court’s reaction was not surprising given that courts historically have recognized that the public has a “general right to inspect and copy public records and documents, including judicial records and documents.” Nixon v. Warner Communs., Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 597 & n.7 (1978).
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