It is clear by now that the federal courts in Tennessee are not a safe place for most sensitive business information. Legitimate trade secrets are safe. Well-established privileges (e.g., attorney-client privilege) still apply. And the courts still respect statutory requirements to protect things like personal health information. But unless your sensitive business information is a
Jeff Sheehan joined Bradley’s Appellate Practice Group from a clerkship in Nashville with the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he interned with the Honorable William C. Koch, Jr., of the Tennessee Supreme Court and spent a year with the Vanderbilt Appellate Clinic. Now Jeff collaborates with attorneys across the litigation group to help protect clients’ interests from the initial stages of conflicts through the final resolutions of appeals.
It used to be fairly simply to share a secret with a federal court in Tennessee by filing a sensitive document “under seal.” It isn’t anymore. The courts don’t care about keeping your secrets, at least not as much as they care about preserving public access to the courts.
Before a recent trio of Sixth…