Del. Chancery Court Sued Over Nonpublic Hearings

Law360, New York (October 25, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT) -- A nonprofit hit the Delaware Chancery Court and five judges with a lawsuit Tuesday over its arbitration program, alleging its privately held proceedings are a violation of federal law.

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government Inc. says in a complaint filed in Delaware federal court that the Chancery Court's arbitration hearings, which are held behind closed doors, violate the public's right to access judicial proceedings and records under the First Amendment.

A Delaware statute adopted in April 2009 allows state courts to arbitrate business disputes when...
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