In a short, one-page order, the Court of Chancery denied a motion by defendants to seal the entirety of an upcoming TRO hearing, in the case of Searchlight CST, L.P. v. MediaMath Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 2020-0652-SG (Del. Ch. Aug. 24, 2020).  Vice Chancellor Glasscock ruled that the “Court does not conduct public hearings under seal”, referring to the concept as “oxymoronic.”  However, to the extent that information disclosed at the hearing is subject to confidential treatment under Rule 5.1 of the Rules of the Court of Chancery, the order provides that the public may be excused from such portion of the hearing.

Carl D. Neff is a partner with the law firm of Pierson Ferdinand LLP, and practices in Delaware. You can reach Carl at (302) 482-4244 or at