Heavy on the Ink: Redacted Ruling for HP

Heavy on the Ink: Redacted Ruling for HP

A dispute between Hewlett-Packard and its shareholders lasting three years and including almost 400 fillings ended with a printer-cartridge bang when Judge Charles Breyer responded to HP’s motions for thousands of pages of heavily redacted documents to be sealed with a heavily redacted ruling of his own. Well played, sir. Redacted Doc

Unsurprisingly, the redacted response by the judge has been making the rounds to the delight of many, including Above the Law, Techdirt and this very blog.

Amid the levity, the judge does offer instructions in the final page’s footnote should HP wish to still pursue the sealing of its documents.

No motion for reconsideration will be entertained unless HP identifies within three days “a limited amount of exceptionally sensitive information that truly deserves protection” under the “compelling reasons” standard of Kamakana v. City and Cty. of Honolulu […] outlined by page and line number and including “specific factual findings” for each. See O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. […].

In light of the “public interest in understanding the judicial process” as it relates to the settlement of these claims, the Court will not countenance arguments that public filing would put HP at a competitive or legal disadvantage. See Kamakana, […].

What did you think of the judge’s creative denial? Please post below.



Share this entry


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

LLM unifies the legal process by combining legal holds, case strategy, matter and budget management, review and analytics in a single, web-based platform. We connect legal strategy to tactics in a way no one else can, so every part of the process is actionable. Our product scales to help corporate and law firm teams gain cost-savings and eliminate inefficiencies.
Send this to a friend