May 12, 2016 – Matt Dixon
TALLAHASSEE — The Seminole Tribe is asking a federal court to seal a deposition given by CEO Jim Allen because the state did not redact information it says is protected trade secrets prior to releasing the documents to POLITICO Florida.
Deposition transcripts released Tuesday to POLITICO Florida from the Department of Business Regulations included revenue information that both the Tribe and state says is a protected trade secret. Both the Tribe and state agreed that the dollar figures were part of a March 9 “confidentiality stipulation” that exempted trade secrets from public record laws.
On Tuesday DBPR provided copies of depositions requested by POLITICO Florida that did not have the revenue figured redacted. The Tribe says it did not have the opportunity to redact the information before DBPR released the transcript.
POLITICO Florida received a letter from Michael Moody, an outside attorney with GreenbergTraurig who represents the Tribe, on Wednesday asking the organization to turn over the unredacted depositions, a request it declined. [READ MORE]