University of Pittsburgh

Rhonda Wasserman on a Court Sealing All Documents Regarding a Settlement

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March 29, 2011

Professor Rhonda Wasserman commented on a federal court order permitting lawyers to file under seal all documents relating to a class action settlement.   The order shields from public scrutiny not only the terms of the settlement, but also the notice of the settlement, any transcripts of hearings regarding the fairness of the settlement, and any objections to the settlement filed by class members.  Professor Wasserman told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that such secrecy is at odds with the public scrutiny needed to protect the interests of absent class members who are not directly involved in the negotiation of the settlement.

 

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