Fed. Circ. Skeptical Of Bid For Apple, Samsung Secret Docs

Law360, Washington (March 26, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday weighed whether news organizations and the public should have access to potentially sensitive financial information and market research data in Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s high-profile smartphone patent fight, saying they must balance transparency with the companies' right to confidentiality.

Although the three-judge panel acknowledged that the public and media have an interest in understanding how courts weigh evidence and arguments in legal proceedings, it criticized First Amendment advocates and several news organizations for applying that transparency request too...
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