A reinsurance dispute we have covered previously was voluntarily dismissed shortly after the Western District of Michigan ordered that cedent’s amended motion for partial stay and accompanying memorandum, affidavits, and exhibits be unsealed. Plaintiff/counter-defendant Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company (MMMIC), the cedent, had filed its amended motion for partial stay and accompanying documents under seal. When the district court discovered this fact, the court directed MMMIC to “either file with the Court a notice informing the Court of the order authorizing the sealing of it’s [sic] motion and accompanying materials, or file a motion consistent with the provisions of Rule 10.6(b) establishing ‘good cause’ for sealing them.”
In response, MMMIC filed a motion to maintain under seal certain redacted passages in its motion for partial stay and accompanying exhibits. The court denied that motion and ordered the motion for partial stay and accompanying documents to be unsealed because MMMIC failed to establish either a need or good cause to seal these documents. Soon thereafter, the parties voluntarily dismissed the suit.