Tillotson v. Meerkerk, 2015 UT App 142 (June 4, 2015)

The Salt Lake Tribune appealed the district court’s denial of its motion to intervene to challenge classification of court records as private in a defamation case. The plaintiff argued that the motion to intervene was moot because the underlying action was dismissed during the pendency of the appeal. The court held the motion to intervene was not rendered moot by the dismissal because the disposition of the motion to intervene would dictate whether the Tribune may challenge the district court’s classification order on appeal, and therefore the requested relief of intervention continued to affect the legal rights of the Tribune. This issue was not resolved or extinguished by the dismissal.