Judge: Wal-Mart Can't Seal Filings In Multimillion-dollar NC Case

A state judge has denied Wal-Mart's request to prevent public access to court documents in the company's multimillion-dollar tax fight with the state.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Clarence Horton Junior refused to grant the company a protective order. That order would have seal future documents in the case.

Wal-Mart filed a lawsuit last year against the state Department of Revenue seeking a $30 million income tax refund. The company says it was overcharged.

But state officials say Wal-Mart used tax shelters to obscure its true earnings in North Carolina.

The judge sided with state prosecutors in his ruling. Prosecutors argued that Wal-Mart didn't prove that circumstances existed to justify sealing the court document and overriding First Amendment rights.

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