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Broken Chinese Business Deal Triggers Sealed Filings In SDNY Before Judge Furman

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 22 – Two men agreed to share consulting fees earned by jointly assisting non-Chinese companies entering the Chinese market.

 But Eberhard Kornotzki sued Tariq Jawad for not sharing the fees with him. 

   In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York litigation before Judge Jesse M. Furman, both parties are seeking to seal from the public and press documents they are filing. Judge Furman on May 20 granted the requests to redact, temporarily he wrote, until he decides the underlying motion they are related to.

   But the presumptively public nature of filing in Federal court, including in civil cases, is not limited to the documents being unsealed after the motion or case is decided. Inner City Press only this week has moved forward with getting unsealed even subpoena information in a criminal case concerning North Korea sanctions.

Should a China business case be so different? On May 22 Judge Furman held a telephone conference with the parties, and still the documents were not released.

The case is Kornotzki v. Jawad, 19-cv-6689 (Furman).


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