Judge tells San Diego Reader not to publish public records

Friday, January 6, 2006, 12:01 —by Joe Crawford
This item was posted in San Diego News and Local Media category and has 3 Comments so far.

via Poynter.org:

Judge tells San Diego Reader not to publish public records: Judge bars publication of blood project (Associated Press)

A judge has barred the San Diego Reader from publishing information obtained under the California Public Records Act about a synthetic blood substitute undergoing testing, saying it would compromise Evanston, Ill.-based Northfield Laboratories Inc.’s trade secrets. Northfield sued the Reader and publisher James Holman last month to stop the paper from running a story about Polyheme , a synthetic red blood cell substitute designed for trauma victims.

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3 Responses to “Judge tells San Diego Reader not to publish public records”

  1. Jenn said on Monday, January 9, 2006, 12:40

    so much for “public” records and Freedom of Speech

  2. Tom said on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 20:11

    Actually, the system works pretty well. I am all for freedom of speech and the California Public Records Act. However, this case involves documents that should have been released per California Public Records Act, and documents which are expressly forbidden from being released.
    Briefly, the documents that Northfield successfully petitioned the court to have temporarily barred from publication do contain trade secrets, which if acquired by a competitor, would cause harm to Northfield Labs. And, it is common practice that the relief Northfield sought is often done without notification to the other party. These documents include information which should have been redacted, but wasn’t.

  3. G said on Monday, January 23, 2006, 19:09

    trade secrets? i believe the main intention is keeping it a secret from the public, which will be used as guinea pigs. the judge and this companies executives should all be burned at the stake for these biological crimes against the poor. don’t they have anything better to do than to go after a FREE rag, like the reader? how about another secret, “save the real blood for the rich.”

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