Seventh Circuit Frowns on Sealed Settlement Agreements

, The National Law Journal


Judge Richard Posner

Massuda attorney Robert Grabemann, a Chicago partner at Daspin & Aument, maintained that the confidentially terms of settlement agreement should be enforced. “I think it encourages settlement if both sides know the terms of the settlement would not be made public if that’s what both sides want,” he said.

Christopher Dusseault, a partner at Los Angele-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who represented Panda Express and several other defendants, declined to comment. Its lawyer Michael Dockterman, a Chicago partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer of Boston, did not respond.

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