November 20, 2014
Date Submitted: June 12, 2014
The Plaintiff has sought to vacate confidentiality designations governing several of the documents in this litigation. This proceeding, of course, is a public proceeding and, except as may now be authorized under Court of Chancery Rule 5.1, all pleadings and other documents are available to the public.
The question is whether the confidentiality designations of the documents generally are supported by a showing of "good cause" for confidential treatment. That requires a balancing of the public interest against the harm that public disclosure might entail with respect to sensitive nonpublic information. Many of the documents that have been designated as confidential deserved confidential treatment at one time because they contained information regarding business strategies, product development, and perhaps governmental relationships. They are now well over ten years old, and the need for confidential treatment is no longer apparent. Entity Defendants are correct that age does not necessarily assure that confidential treatment is no longer warranted. The Entity Defendants, however, have not supplied any persuasive reasons for continuing confidential treatment, and, perhaps more importantly, they offer no reason why the need for confidential treatment outweighs the public interest in this Court's proceedings.
Accordingly, the Motion to Maintain Confidential Treatment is denied and documents that have been filed in this action and documents that will be filed in this action, at least without a further and specific showing that confidential treatment is appropriate for any particular document, will be deemed public.
I do not claim to have thoroughly reviewed every document that has a confidentiality designation. Because it is at least conceivable that there may be a very small number of documents that continue to deserve confidential treatment, implementation of this order will be stayed for a period of sixty days. In the absence of further order, the documents will no longer be entitled to a confidential treatment designation at the end of the sixty-day period.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Very truly yours,
John W. Noble Vice Chancellor