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Enforcing the Public's Right to Transparency

The following case summaries and select court filings provide a resource for those seeking to enforce public rights of access.

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the Defendant’s sentencing statement and exhibits, including letters of support, in United States v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis, 20-CR-68[...]

Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Maile

This case concerns whether a rule of the Hawaii State Courts violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The U.S. Supreme Court has long[...]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center objected to the proposed sealing of exhibits to a motion to compel discovery in United States v. Leong, 21-CR-142 LEK.  In the motion[...]

N.F. v. Department of Transportation (Confidential Flag)

In 2018, the Law Center learned more about the State Judiciary’s use of a confidential flag.  The confidential flag seals the entire case from public[...]

Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Department of Public Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of incarcerated individuals alleged that conditions within Hawaii prisons were contributing to disease outbreaks.  The parties settled when the[...]

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. v. AOAO Harbor Lights

On May 18, 2022, Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation filed a complaint against AOAO Harbor Lights on Maui demanding over $100,000 in damages for a contract claim.[...]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal search warrants related to the indictment filed in United States v. Michael J. Miske, Jr., et al., 19-CR-99 DKW-KJM.  Search[...]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the sentencing statements and memoranda filed in United States v. Jamie Kalani English, 22-CR-12 SOM RT and in United[...]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the Government’s sentencing memorandum in United States v. Arthur Brun, 20-CR-24 DKW RT.  The memorandum should state the Government’s[...]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal Defendant Daniel Seller’s sentencing memorandum and a motion by the Government filed under seal in United States v. Sellers,[...]