Apple Wants to File Objection to GTAT Motion Secretly

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Apple Inc. asked a court for permission to file under seal its objections to GT Advanced Inc.’s bankruptcy motions, as the iPhone maker seeks to keep information about its business secret.

“The bases for the objection involve confidential research, development, or commercial information regarding Apple’s business processes,” Apple said today in a court filing. The company said it wants to protect sensitive information and comply with the terms of confidentiality agreements with GT Advanced.

GT Advanced, which last year announced a supply agreement with Apple, filed for bankruptcy last week without specifying why. The Merrimack, New Hampshire-based company has asked for court permission to file documents under seal unless a bankruptcy judge directs otherwise.

GT Advanced, which made synthetic sapphire used to strengthen screens on mobile devices, said it risked breaking confidentiality agreements, which it said would cost $50 million in damages per violation.

The state of New Hampshire and the U.S. Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog have objected to GT Advanced’s secrecy.

The company is asking the court to make one of two determinations regarding the filing of documents that may breach confidentiality.

‘Public View’

If the court finds that the redacted materials are “subject to the confidentiality obligations and entitled to be shielded from public view” under the bankruptcy code, GT Advanced wants authorization to file unredacted versions under seal.

If the court determines the information is not subject to the confidentiality obligations, the company asked that the court order it to file unredacted versions. GT Advanced said this decision is in the best interest of creditors and stakeholders and ensures a transparent and fair process in the cases.

The case is In re GT Advanced Technologies Inc., 14-11916, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Hampshire (Manchester).

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