By Stewart Ackerly (March 15, 2022, 3:09 PM EDT) — Recent decisions from the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the Northern District of Illinois are the latest in a string of rulings denying discovery into litigation funding documents.
The Massachusetts case, Neural Magic Inc. v. Facebook Inc., involves claims for trade secret misappropriation brought by a startup, Neural Magic, against social media giant Facebook, now called Meta Platforms Inc.
Facebook sought discovery of documents regarding Neural Magic’s litigation funding arrangements. On Dec. 21, 2021, the court denied Facebook’s request in its entirety.
As a threshold matter, the court determined that the requested documents were largely irrelevant, including as to the identity of the…