Secrecy in Litigation – the Ongoing AT&T/Al Jazeera Saga in Delaware

Issues continue to boil regarding secrecy in litigation. Due to Delaware’s outsized role in corporate litigation, it’s especially worth noting and watching for further developments in efforts to keep secret various pleadings filed in litigation between AT&T and Al Jazeera. The case itself was settled after media attention ramped up, and others are still seeking access to the papers. A June 7, 2014 post from Francis Pileggi provides an update on the ongoing story, with useful links to summaries of the past events.

The remaining issue seems to boil down to:  Does settlement before a ruling immunize previously filed papers from public access? Stay tuned for an answer from at least one Delaware jurist.


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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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