Courts Can Approve Settlement Orders Sealing Case Files
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Geller v. Branic Intern. Realty Corp.
When a district court "so orders" a settlement that provides the case file will be sealed, it is obliged to seal the case file, and cannot require a further showing of good cause. While the court has great discretion in granting or denying such a request in the first instance, once it has approved the request as part of a settlement, it must carry it out, absent a showing of compelling circumstances. See: Geller v. Branic Intern. Realty Corp., 212 F.3d 734 (2d Cir. 2000).