Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein declined Friday to order the release of a fraction of the documents considered peripheral to the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios. The documents most central to the lawsuit are expected to be made public next week.
Banking giant Wells Fargo objected to the release of about 8 percent of the documents it produced in discovery during the lawsuit over 38 Studios. Silverstein indicated he agreed with the company’s argument that releasing the material could help Wells Fargo’s competitors.
The material in question -- more than 1,000 documents representing well more than 10,000 pages -- can still be sought through public records requests by the public or the media.
After the bankruptcy of 38 Studios in 2012, the state went to court in an effort to reduce taxpayers’ more than $100 million in liability.
Silverstein recently ordered the release of the documents considered most central to the state’s pending 38 Studios lawsuit. The documents are expected to be posted on the Rhode Island courts’ web site mid to late next week.