"The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation"

Filing 368

RESPONSE in Support re 364 MOTION to Seal Defendant's Response to Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to Seal filed byApple Inc.. (Scott, Michael) (Filed on 5/3/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Robert A. Mittelstaedt #60359 ramittelstaedt@jonesday.com Craig E. Stewart #129530 cestewart@jonesday.com David C. Kiernan #215335 dkiernan@jonesday.com Michael Scott #255282 michaelscott@jonesday.com JONES DAY 555 California Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 626-3939 Facsimile: (415) 875-5700 Attorneys for Defendant APPLE INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION THE APPLE iPOD iTUNES ANTI-TRUST LITIGATION. Case No. C 05-00037 JW (HRL) C 06-04457 JW (HRL) DEFENDANT'S RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL Date: Time: Place: May 10, 2010 9:00 A.M. Courtroom 8, 4th floor I. INTRODUCTION Pursuant to Local Rule 79-5(c) and (d), Apple supports Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to File Under Seal (Dkt. 364) the redacted portions of Plaintiffs' Reply In Support Of Their Motion For Additional Discovery Pursuant To Rule 56(f) ("Reply") and the Merrick Declaration in support thereof, specifically the portions of that motion and declaration which refer to information that Apple designated as "Confidential--Attorneys Eyes Only" under the Stipulation and Protective Order Regarding Confidential Information ("Protective Order") entered June 13, 2007 (Document No. 112), and which the Court previously sealed in Apple's Motion to Dismiss and the declaration of Jeffrey Robbin in support thereof. See Dkt. 340. 1 Defendant's Response to Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to Seal C 05-00037 JW (HRL); C 06-04457 JW (HRL) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Apple files this response and the accompanying declaration in support of a narrowly tailored order authorizing sealing those documents, on the grounds that there is good cause to protect the confidentiality of that information. The proposed sealing order is based on the Protective Order and proof that particularized injury to Apple will result if the sensitive information is publicly released. II. STANDARD Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), this Court has broad discretion to permit sealing of court documents to protect "a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information." Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). Based on this authority, the Ninth Circuit has "carved out an exception to the presumption of access to judicial records for a sealed discovery document [attached] to a non-dispositive motion." Navarro v. Eskanos & Adler, No. C-06 02231 WHA (EDL), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24864, at *6 (N.D. Cal. March 22, 2007) (citing Kamakana v. Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1179 (9th Cir. 2006)). III. ARGUMENT A. There Is Good Cause To Support Filing Under Seal. Apple previously moved to seal descriptions of updates to its FairPlay technology in the declaration of Jeffrey Robbin in Support of Motion to Dismiss or, Alternatively, for Summary Judgment and the documents attached thereto, and Apple's Motion to Dismiss, which referred to the Robbin declaration. Dkt. 327. Both documents were ordered sealed on March 12, 2010. Dkt. 340. Apple now moves to seal the redacted portions of Plaintiffs' Reply and the Merrick Declaration that refer to this information. (Declaration of Michael Scott, 2.) As established by the Robbin declaration filed in support of the motion to seal (Dkt. 328), compelling reasons justify filing this information under seal. The redacted portions contain highly confidential and commercially sensitive business information, including confidential details of Apple's FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) technology and updates to that technology. (Robbin Decl. (Dkt 328), 3; Scott Decl., 2). Apple keeps this information highly confidential, does not disclose it to the public, and has designated it "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only." Id. Defendant's Response to Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to Seal C 05-00037 JW (HRL); C 06-04457 JW (HRL) -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 FairPlay's technology is a highly protected trade secret, and Apple uses physical and electronic controls to protect it. The efficacy of FairPlay is dependent on the confidentiality of information regarding its operation and maintenance. Only a few Apple employees have access to and work on FairPlay technology, and they work in a restricted area at Apple's headquarters. Information regarding FairPlay is non-public, proprietary information from a public company that should remain confidential. Harm to Apple, including potential use of the information by hackers attempting to circumvent FairPlay, would result from the public disclosure of the information. (Robbin Decl., 3.) IV. CONCLUSION Apple respectfully requests that this Court grant Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to File Under Seal. Dated: May 3, 2010 Jones Day By: /s/ Michael Scott Michael Scott Attorneys for Defendant APPLE INC. SFI-640537v1 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3Defendant's Response to Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to Seal C 05-00037 JW (HRL); C 06-04457 JW (HRL)