Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 5:09am
Delaware Chancery Court judges appeal secrecy ruling
- Attorneys for Delaware's Chancery Court judges are appealing a federal court decision declaring that secret arbitration overseen by the judges is unconstitutional.
Attorneys for the state filed a notice of appeal Monday in a lawsuit brought by the Delaware Coalition for Open Government.
A federal judge in August agreed with the coalition that the secret proceedings violated the rights of citizens to attend judicial proceedings and access court records. The judge said the Chancery Court, which often presides over high-profile business disputes involving some of the world's largest corporations, cannot conduct secret arbitration.
The law allowed secret arbitration in disputes involving damage claims exceeding $1 million. Attorneys for the state argued that secret arbitration made the court more efficient and generated revenue for Delaware, corporate home to thousands of companies.
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