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982 F2d 1255 Carroll v. Southwestern Bell Corporation

982 F.2d 1255

James CARROLL, Appellant,
v.
SOUTHWESTERN BELL CORPORATION; Southwestern Bell Telephone
Company; Sickness and Accident Disability Benefits Plan,
Medical Plan; Group Life Insurance Plan; The Benefit Plan
Committee of the Sickness and Accident Disability Benefits
Plan; The Employee Benefit Committee of the Pension Plan, Appellees.

No. 92-3189.

United States Court of Appeals,
Eighth Circuit.

Jan. 11, 1993.

1

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

2

Appellant's motion to seal his opening brief on appeal and Volumes I and IV of his appendix is granted.

3

JOHN R. GIBSON, dissenting.

4

I respectfully dissent.

5

This case involves a dispute over attorneys' fees in an ERISA claim that was settled. All of the settlement papers in the ERISA claim were sealed by the district court.

6

I feel strongly that the business of the courts is public business. I would require the parties to air their dispute in public. This case does not involve trade secrets, just a desire to keep the terms of a settlement secret. This the parties may do, but when they ask the court's blessing, they ask too much. I have serious concerns about propriety of the district court order sealing the terms of the settlement. This court should not perpetuate this ruling.