The Boundaries of Sealing in Trade Secret Lawsuits

Judge Beth Phillips, decision in Kyndryl, Inc. v. Cannady (W.D. Mo), suggests that Plaintiff’s interests do not provide sufficient reason to seal the entire case to prevent the public from knowing about the lawsuit. The Court also denied Plaintiff’s request to seal documents related to the basis for the lawsuit and Plaintiff’s requests for relief, arguing that these documents are essential to the case and denying the public’s interests. The Court warns that sealing documents simply because one party prefers to keep the allegations private would undermine the presumption of public access and the interests served by that access. The Court concludes most of the sealed documents don’t justify being sealed and should be unsealed. Only documents 1-1, 2-2, and 18-1 should remain sealed, and Defendant’s counterclaim should not be sealed or redacted, according to the Court’s review of the case.