3rd Circ. Told 'Secret' Arbitrations Flout 1st Amendment

Law360, Philadelphia (January 8, 2013, 5:00 PM EST) -- The Delaware Coalition For Open Government asked the Third Circuit Monday to affirm a federal judge’s decision to end the state’s Chancery Court's confidential arbitration proceedings, arguing that the proceedings are essentially civil trials that must be open to the public.

In the brief, the coalition emphasized that U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin had ruled correctly when she determined in September 2012 that the process violates the First Amendment right of access to the courts.

“The district court properly recognized that such trials have been found...
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