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New Lessons from Cosby: Confidential Doesn’t Always Mean Confidential

How, after all these years, did the truth about Bill Cosby finally come out? It happened on July 6, 2015 when a federal judge in Philadelphia ordered that documents filed in a lawsuit by one of Cosby’s accusers 10 years...more

Maintaining Trade Secret Confidentiality in Litigation

Early Monday morning you learn that Jane, your former employee, has stolen your company’s confidential information and her new employer is using it. You call your lawyer and tell her that you want to put Jane in jail. Your...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: SJC Adopts New Lower Standard for Motions to Seal Criminal Records

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently revisited a nearly 20 year old opinion that imposed an onerous burden of proof on former defendants trying to seal their criminal records in the Commonwealth. Previously,...more

ESPN Productions Scores Win with Indiana Tax Court’s Ruling Prohibiting Public Access to its Tax Returns and Trade Secrets

On April 9, 2015, ESPN Productions, Inc. recorded its biggest play of the day in the Indiana Tax Court, when the Court granted the Company’s request to seal from public disclosure tax returns, a production services agreement,...more

Penalty! The California Court of Appeal Calls Foul on the NCAA’s Attempt to Seal Records of the USC/Reggie Bush Investigation

In a significant victory for open court filings, the California Court of Appeal rejected an effort by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to seal 400 pages of documents in a dispute between the NCAA and a...more

Court Affirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award But Directs Further Briefing On The Issue Of Sealing Documents

A federal district court in New York confirmed an arbitration panel’s final award, but directed the parties to brief the issue of whether the continued sealing of supporting documents, filed in connection with the petition to...more

No 'Hiding the Ball' - Court Prohibits NCAA from Sealing Trial Record

In McNair v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (filed 2/16/2015, No. B245475), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District, held that the NCAA may not limit public access to certain documents...more

PTAB Applies Balancing Test in Deciding Motions to Seal Evidence

Search Am., Inc. v. TransUnion Intelligence, LLC - In an recent covered business method (CBM) patent review proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the parties’...more

Court Refuses To Seal “Substantive Rulings” In Arbitration Award

A federal court in Michigan was recently presented with a motion to seal the briefing associated with a motion to confirm an arbitration award. The arbitration concerned a reinsurance dispute and had been conducted pursuant...more

Product Safety Groups Seek Transparency in Whistleblower Suit

A pair of organizations that advocate for safe consumer products have asked for the unsealing of court documents related to a major whistleblower case. ...more

Appeals Court Rules Fingerprint Impressions Are Records Of Arrest That Can Be Sealed and Destroyed

Arrestees Factually Innocent Under Penal Code Section 851.8 Can Have Fingerprints Sealed and Destroyed - Overview: The California Court of Appeal held that fingerprint impressions taken of suspects at the time of their...more

Confidentiality & Sealing Orders in Software Disputes

Two software companies wanted to integrate their software products. The relationship soured and one of the parties - McHenry - purported to terminate the Software Licensing and Development Agreement and then launched a...more

7th Cir. Confirms Protections for Sealing Parties' Confidential Documents

A common concern for business litigants is protecting legitimately confidential matter contained in documents produced during discovery from dissemination to non-parties. The Supreme Court’s decision in Seattle Times Co. v....more

Motion for Leave to File Billing Statements Under Seal Denied Where Billing Descriptions Were Not Protected by the Attorney-Client...

Plaintiffs filed a motion to permit them to file an affidavit, along with billing documents, under seal. The affidavit, along with its exhibits, was forty-seven pages in length. In the motion, the Plaintiffs contend that "the...more

Oliner v. Kontrabecki: The 9th Circuit Reminds Parties of the Potential Risks of Filing Sensitive Documents Under Seal in Court

The recent decision of Oliner v. Kontrabecki, 745 F.3d 1024 (9th Cir. 2014) highlights the potential risks of filing sensitive documents under seal in court. In Oliner, the parties agreed to seal all documents related to the...more

Keeping Other People’s Secrets: Motions to Seal

In Corning Gilbert Inc. v. PPC Broadband, Inc., IPR2013-00347, Paper 32, IPR 2013-00340, Paper 34 (April 3, 2014), the Board instructed the parties two try again to resolve their issues before it ruled on their motions to...more

Court Declines To Seal Confidential Reinsurance Provisions

A New York federal court declined to seal portions of a reinsurance agreement at the request of intervening reinsurer Battenkill Insurance Co., LLC (“Battenkill”). Battenkill intervened in an interpleader action brought by...more

Filing Damage Expert's Reports Under Seal: Some Bright Line Rules

There are two trends increasing the costs of patent litigation. The first is the increased use of Daubert motions to exclude the opinion of opposing damage experts as unqualified or unreliable. The practical result...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases

Trends and Analysis: ..We have identified 21 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, two were filed in 2013, 15 were filed in 2011 or 2012, and four were filed in 2010 or...more

New California Laws Restrict the Discretion Employers Have to Inquire Into and Use Criminal Record Information

On October 10, 2013, California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill (SB 530) amending the California Labor Code.1 ...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update -- Recent Developments and Unsealed Cases: September 2013

Trends and Analysis - ..We have identified 24 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, only 2 were filed in 2013. Nearly half were filed before 2011. ..Among the 24...more

New Illinois Law Gives Employers Incentives To Hire Ex-Offenders And Allows Ex-Offenders To Seal Criminal Records

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill into law that gives employers greater financial incentives to hire persons with criminal records and makes it easier for ex-offenders to seal or expunge their criminal...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments and Unsealed Cases

Trends and Analysis: ..We have identified 20 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed in July 2013. About a quarter of those were filed in 2013. ..Among the cases unsealed in July, the government has declined to...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lawyers Must Disclose What Clients Pay  [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Lawyers may object to disclosing how much they actually collect per hour from non-bankrupt clients, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on...more

Indiana and North Carolina Limit Employer Inquiries into Criminal Records

A new Indiana law takes effect on July 1, 2013 to prohibit employers from asking about (or otherwise considering) expunged or sealed arrests and convictions. Similarly, a new North Carolina law takes effect December 1, 2013...more

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