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United States v. All Assets Held at Bank Julius, Baer & Co., Ltd.

United States District Court, D. Columbia.

December 15, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ALL ASSETS HELD AT BANK JULIUS, Baer & Company, Ltd., Guernsey Branch, account number 121128, in the Name of Pavlo Lazarenko et al., Defendants In Rem

          For United States of America, Plaintiff: Daniel Hocker Claman, Della Grace Sentilles, LEAD ATTORNEYS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC USA; Hector G. Bladuell, LEAD ATTORNEY, Teresa Carol Turner-Jones, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Criminal Division, Washington, DC USA.

         For All Assets Held at Bank Julius, Baer & Company Ltd Guernsey Branch, account number XX1128, in the name of Pavlo Lazarenko, last valued at aproximately at $2 million United States dollars, Defendant: Bryant Everett Gardner, LEAD ATTORNEY, WINSTON & STRAWN LLP, Washington, DC USA; Doron Weinberg, Weinberg & Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA.

         For Alexander Lazarenko, Claimant: Doron Weinberg, Weinberg & Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA; Nina Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA.

         For Pavel Lazarenko, Claimant: Ian Michael Comisky, Matthew David Lee, LEAD ATTORNEYS, BLANK ROME LLP, Philadelphia, PA USA; Dan Rhynhart, Jed M. Silversmith, PRO HAC VICE, BLANK ROME, LLP, Philadelphia, PA USA; David Benjamin Smith, SMITH & ZIMMERMAN, PLLC, Alexandria, VA USA; Doron Weinberg, Weinberg & Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA; Nina Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA.

         For Alexei Ditiatkovsky, Claimant: Nancy Hollander, FREEDMAN BOYD HOLLANDER GOLDBERG URIAS & WARD, P.A., Albuquerque, N.M. USA; Nina J. Ginsberg, DIMURO GINSBERG, PC, Alexandria, VA USA; Vincent J. Ward, PRO HAC VICE, FREEDMAN BOYD HOLLANDER GOLDBERG URIAS & WARD, P.A., Albuquerque, N.M. USA.

         For Eurofed Bank Limited, Claimant: Jason A Levine, LEAD ATTORNEY, VINSON & ELKINS LLP, Washington, DC USA; Paul Michael Thompson, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP, Washington, DC USA; Gordon A. Greenberg, MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY, Los Angeles, CA USA; Matthew J. Jacobs, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Palo Alto, CA USA; Terry W. Ahearn, MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP, Menlo Park, CA USA.

         For Lecia Lazarenko, Ekaterina Lazarenko, Claimants: Doron Weinberg, LEAD ATTORNEY, Weinberg & Wilder, San Francisco, CA USA.

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          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

         PAUL L. FRIEDMAN, United States District Judge.

         This matter is before the Court on Claimant Pavel Lazarenko's Motion For Leave to File Under Seal [Dkt. 513]. On September 29, 2015, the Court issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order [Dkt. 462] granting another motion for leave to file under seal in this case subject to, inter alia, the following three conditions:

         1. If the Court grants a motion for leave to file under seal any documents of any nature, including motions and briefs, that contain confidential material, the party filing the sealed document shall also file on the public record a copy of the document in which the confidential material is redacted within five business days of the filing of the sealed document.

         2. Redactions to public copies of documents shall be made solely to the extent necessary to preserve the confidentiality of the relevant information and in accordance with the principles set forth in this Memorandum Opinion and Order.

         3. Alternatively, if--and only if--the redactions are so extensive as to render a particular document useless to the reader, the party shall file on the public record a notice of the filing of the document under seal in its entirety.

         The Court set those conditions with respect to the motion then under consideration because sealed court proceedings are inconsistent with " this country's strong tradition of access to judicial proceedings," United States v. Hubbard, 650 F.2d 293, 317 n. 89, 208 U.S.App.D.C. 399 (D.C. Cir. 1980). The Court explained that, as a general rule, the courts are not intended to be, nor should they be, secretive places for the resolution of secret disputes. See, e.g., Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 597, 98 S.Ct. 1306, 55 L.Ed.2d 570 (1978) (" It is clear that the courts of this country recognize a general right to inspect and copy public records and documents, including judicial records and documents." ). Finally, the Court noted that, given the policy in favor of public access, and the ease with which confidential and potentially confidential information may be redacted from documents before they are filed publicly, this case can and should be open to the public to the greatest extent possible. See Dkt. 462 at 1-2

         Since issuing the September 29, 2015 Memorandum Opinion and Order, the parties have complied with its conditions in ...


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