The deal’s specifics must be published in a local paper with a call for people to make their voices heard. “Because the settlement abandons disputed rights of public access, the court raised the issue of whether, and to what extent, notice must, or should, be provided to the affected public,” the ruling explains. “The court is concerned that … affected members of the public would not have sufficient knowledge of the existence of this action and settlement to exercise rights to request intervention should any affected member of the public want to do so. “If any motion to intervene is filed, the court can address the merits of the motion(s) at that time,” the ruling stated. “A full inquiry into the fairness of the proposed settlement occurs at the final approval hearing.
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