ERISA Ruling Was Right To Seal Sensitive Records

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By Mark DeBofsky (March 23, 2022, 3:38 PM EDT) — The U.S. judicial system is admired around the world due to the openness and transparency of judicial proceedings. Courtrooms are open to the public, and the pleadings and evidence introduced in court cases are considered public records.[1]

That presumption is founded on the public’s right to monitor the courts in order to assure their integrity.[2]

The right to complete public access is the norm, and may only be limited where it is shown that disclosure would result in a clearly defined and serious injury.[3]

That right includes the public’s right to inspect and copy all court documents.

However, that right is…

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