On February 1st, the D.C. Circuit reversed a district court order that would have given a reporter access to an independent consultant's reports concerning AIG's policies and procedures. AIG had hired the consultant in accordance with a consent decree settling an SEC enforcement action. A reporter sought access to the consultant's findings and the trial court held that the reports were judicial records. Reversing, the D.C. Circuit held that the consultant's reports are neither judicial records nor public records. They are not judicial records because the trial court made no decisions about them or otherwise relied on them. The Court noted: "nothing in the record suggests the district court cared a whit about the results of the independent consultant's investigation as long as AIG in fact initiated the investigation. Disclosure of the reports would do nothing to further judicial accountability." And because the reports are not government documents, they are not public records. SEC v. AIG.