Yesterday, our colleague Eugene Volokh wrote at his blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, about a fascinating case involving the employee of a company that contracted to clean food processing plants. The employee threatened to release some damaging information about a food processing plant at which he had worked and his employer was granted a temporary restraining order to block this release. The court also granted the company’s request to seal the case. Volokh raises some super interesting questions, including whether it is appropriate for a dispute regarding the release of information that may seriously affect the public health to be litigated under seal, and the relevance of the allegation that the person seeking to release the information was looking to extort money in exchange for keeping the information secret.
The case is Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. v. Acosta, and you can read the blog post here.