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US ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co.

United States District Court, District of Columbia

February 21, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ex rel. Harry Barko, Plaintiff,
v.
HALLIBURTON COMPANY, et al., Defendants.

OPINION & ORDER (AMENDED) [Resolving Doc. No. 138].

JAMES S. GWIN, District Judge.

In this qui tam action, Defendants Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., KBR Technical Services, Inc., Kellogg, Brown & Root Engineering Corporation, Kellogg, Brown & Root International, Inc., and Halliburton Company (collectively, "KBR") move this Court to file Exhibit 3 to their Opposition to Relator's Motion to Compel under seal.

While the Court has discretion to seal filings where appropriate, "the general presumption [is] that court documents are to be available to the public."[1]

The Court's earlier order allowed the parties to designate as "confidential" documents they deem confidential. After reviewing Exhibit 3 and weighing the factors, the Court finds the Defendants' interest does not outweigh the strong presumption in favor of public access to judicial proceedings.[2] The Court notes Defendants admit that they do not consider the information to be confidential.

Thus, the Court thus DENIES the Defendants' motion to file Exhibit 3 to their Opposition to Relator's Motion to Compel under seal.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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