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For Taxi Insurance Trial Requests To Close Courtroom Portend Virtual Sidebars Without Press

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 17 – AmTrust and Wesco Insurance Company sued KF&B in a dispute about selling insurance to limousine and taxi companies. Now a trial is looming - a virtual bench trial.

  On September 17 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York  Judge Lewis J. Liman held a pre-trial proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  He was asked, What about sealing the (virtual) courtroom when talk turns to purportedly confidential information?

 To his credit, he declined to rule in advance. But he said that while the trial is going on, if the issue arises, he plan to convene a "virtual sidebar" then rule whether to seal the courtroom or not.

   That would mean turning off the phone access of the public and press. But would either have an opportunity to be heard?

Other formal written press opposition to sealing, for example is the publicly-important case of US v. Ray, remains pending.

This case is AmTrust North America, Inc. et al v. KF&B, Inc., 17-cv-5340 (Liman)


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