No. 01-35126.

307 F.3d 1206 (2002)

Alvin K. PHILLIPS, as Personal Representative of the ESTATES OF Timothy BYRD, Darrell L. Byrd, and Angela Byrd, deceased, and as Guardian of Samuel Byrd, minor child, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, Defendant-Appellant, with Los Angeles Times, Intervenor-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed October 15, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William E. Jones & Lucy T. France, Garlington Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, Missoula, MO; Richard A. Cordray, Andrew B. Clubok & Eric R. Claeys, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, DC, for the defendant-appellant.

James H. Goetz, Goetz, Gallik, Baldwin & Dolan, P.C., Bozeman, MO; James E. Butler, Jr. & Peter J. Daughtery, Butler, Wooten, Overby, Pearson, Fryhofer & Daughtery, Columbus, GA, for the plaintiffs-appellees.

Kelli L. Sager & Rochelle L. Wilcox, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Peter M. Meloy & Jennifer S. Hendricks, Meloy Law Firm, Helena, MO, for the intervenor-appellee.

Lee Levine & Seth D. Berlin, Levine Sullivan & Koch, L.L.P., Washington, DC; David A. Schulz, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP, New York, NY; Thomas W. Newton & James W. Ewert, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc., Sacramento, CA; Harold W. Fuson, Jr., Judith L. Fanshaw & Scott A. Wahrenbrock, The Copley Press, Inc., La Jolla, CA; Nancy Gillespie, Dow Jones & Co., Inc., New York, NY; Karole Morgan-Prager & Stephen J. Burns, McClatchy Newspapers, Inc., Sacramento, CA; George Freeman, The New York Times, New York, NY; Guy Kerr, Belo Corp., Dallas, TX; Alan Lewis, The Herst Corp., New York, NY; Edward P. Davis, Jr., Guylyn R. Cummins, James M. Chadwick, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, Palo Alto, CA; Mary Ann Werner, Eric Lieberman, The Washington Post, Washington, DC, for the Amici Curiae.

Before ALARCÓN and SILVERMAN, Circuit Judges, and BREWSTER, Senior District Judge.


BREWSTER, Senior District Judge.

General Motors Corporation ("GM") appeals an order of the district court granting the intervenor, the Los Angeles Times, access to confidential settlement information produced by GM under a protective order during discovery in the underlying action. In ordering the documents released to the public, the district court determined (1) the protective order to prevent disclosure...


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