Brown v. Maxwell, No. 18-2868 (2d Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Intervenors appealed the district court's order denying their respective motions to unseal filings in a defamation suit. The Second Circuit vacated the district court's order and held that the district court failed to conduct the requisite particularized review when ordering the sealing of the materials at issue. Nevertheless, the court recognized the potential damage to privacy and reputation that may accompany public disclosure of hard‐fought, sensitive litigation. Therefore, the court clarified the legal tools that district courts should use in safeguarding the integrity of their dockets. The court remanded for the district court to conduct a particularized review of the remaining sealed materials.