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Judge Amit Priyavadan Mehta, during his confirmation hearing. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta of Washington. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

King & Spalding has withdrawn a request for $665,000 in legal fees in a long-contested public records dispute after a Washington federal trial judge said the law firm cannot shield its billing rates and other information from public scrutiny.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said the public should be able to see two documents the Am Law 100 firm filed in support of its request for attorney fees in a suit involving a medical device client. Those filings, including a declaration from a white-collar partner, would have been made public on April 9 if the law firm had not withdrawn its request for fees.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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