Justices deny Del. court appeal over secrecy

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 8:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes.

The justices on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the judges on the Delaware court that hears cases involving some of the world's largest corporations.

The judges had sought to revive a 2009 law giving them authority to hold secret arbitration proceedings to resolve disputes exceeding $1 million.

Lower courts said the law violated the constitutional right of citizens to have access to court proceedings and records.

The case is Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, 13-869.

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