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Judge Thomas Thrash, U.S District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Photo: John Disney/ALM) Chief Judge Thomas Thrash, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

The federal judge presiding over massive multidistrict litigation stemming from last year’s data breach at Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. has signed a protective order warning lawyers that, while some highly sensitive materials may be sealed during the litigation, they should treat documents filed in the case as “presumptively public.”

R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars. A Duke University graduate, she has won more than 50 news awards and is a five-time Pulitzer nominee.

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