• May 6, 2010

There are very few litigants with the litigation budget of the U.S. Government.  The desire to ride on the government’s coattails, get a leg up, or benefit from “your tax dollars at work,” (pick you preferred metaphor) is understandable.

On the other hand, the U.S. Government has its own concept of “the public interest,” which might not coincide with particular litigants’ preferences or interests.  It has the privacy interests of crime victims, the secrecy of on-going criminal investigations, along with many other concerns to keep in mind.  Litigants at the epicenter of the Thomas J. Petters huge Ponzi fraud litigation sought emergency relief for access to Government information about victim losses.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle, Sr.  (D. Minn.) rebuffed the self-styled “emergency motion.”  (See briefing here, here, here.)  (The exchange is also noteworthy for the speed of the Court’s ruling.  Judge Kyle tends not to let much dust collect on papers before recycling them.)

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