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United States of America Ex Rel Brian Hastings v. Wells Fargo Bank

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 23, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EX REL BRIAN HASTINGS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (INC.), INDIVIDUALLY AS S/B/M WITH WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC.; COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.; COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP N/K/A BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP; BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, WHICH ACQUIRED AND IS A S/B/, WITH CHASE HOME FINANCE,LLC S/B/M WITH CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORP.; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N/K/A JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, WHICH ACQUIRED AND IS A S/B/M WITH WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA; SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; FIRST TENNESSEE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (IN.), WHICH ACQUIRED AND IS A S/B/M WITH FIRST HORIZON HOME LOAN CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dean D. Pregerson United States District Judge

ORDER DENYING EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR ORDER TO CONTINUE SEAL [Dkt. No. 20]

Presently before the court is qui tam Plaintiff Brian Hasting's Ex Parte Application for Order to Continue Seal with Partial Lifting. The court does not dispute qui tam Plaintiff's right to pursue the action or to negotiate a settlement but finds that Plaintiff has not demonstrated good cause to reseal the complaint. The sole reason Plaintiff has offered for resealing the complaint is that it will facilitate settlement negotiations. This alone does not outweigh the public interest in having access to complaints filed in federal court. For this reason, the application is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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