Monday, August 20, 2018

Standards Applicable to Motion to Seal Court Documents Pertaining to a Settlement

In the case of Hughes v. Wilkes-Barre Hospital, No. 16-CV-6463 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Aug. 9, 2018 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon addressed the standards applicable to a defense motion to seal informatio pertaining to a settlement in a medical malpractice case.

In general, a defendant must establish that its interest in secrecy outweighs the well-settled presumption in favor of public access to the records of the taxpayer-supported judicial system.

After weighing various factors, the Court denied the Defendants' motion to seal the record of the settlement in this matter was denied with respect to the Plaintiffs' filed petition for court approval of a minor's settlement.

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