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April 21, 2020

3rd Circ. Is Raising Standards for Sealing Confidential Docs


Thatcher Rahmeier authored an article for Law360 titled “3rd Circ. Is Raising Standards for Sealing Confidential Docs.”

Courts have become increasingly sensitive to parties designating court filings as “under seal” that should be made available to the public under the common law right of access or the First Amendment right of public access. Rahmeier’s article examines the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Avandia Mktg., Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig., 924 F.3d 662 (3d Cir. 2019), as well as a number of recent District Court cases that serve as a warning to litigants that “under seal” designation and redaction of court filings must be undertaken with care and with a view toward removal of only the most sensitive information.

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