I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL, Inc. et al

Filing 215

Memorandum in Support re 214 MOTION to Seal Motion To Seal Portions Of Defendants Brief In Opposition To Plaintiff's Motion For Discovery Sanctions And Various Exhibits To The Declaration Of Emily OBrien In Support Thereof filed by Gannett Company, Inc., Google Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Target Corporation. (Noona, Stephen)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA NORFOLK DIVISION I/P ENGINE, INC. Plaintiff, v. Civil Action No. 2:11-cv-512 AOL, INC., et al., Defendants. MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO SEAL PORTIONS OF DEFENDANTS’ BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR DISCOVERY SANCTIONS AND VARIOUS EXHIBITS TO THE DECLARATION OF EMILY O’BRIEN IN SUPPORT THEREOF In support of its Motion to Seal pursuant to Local Rule 5, and the Protective Order [Dk. 85] entered in this matter, Defendants, Google Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc. and Target Corporation (“Defendants”) state the following: 1. Defendants have moved the Court for leave to file under seal (1) Portions of Defendants’ Brief in Opposition To Plaintiff's Motion For Discovery Sanctions (“Defendants’ Opposition Brief”) and (2) Exhibits M and N to the Declaration of Emily O’Brien in Support thereof (“Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration”). Defendants’ Opposition Brief and Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration contain data that is confidential under the Protective Order entered in this matter on January 23, 2012 (Dkt. No. 85) (“Protective Order”). 2. There are three requirements for sealing court findings: (1) public notice with an opportunity to object; (2) consideration of less drastic alternatives; and (3) a statement of specific findings in support of a decision to seal and rejecting alternatives to sealing. See, e.g., Flexible Benefits Council v. Feldman, No. 1:08-CV-371, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93039 (E.D. Va. Nov. 13, 2008) (citing Ashcraft v. Conoco, Inc., 218 F.3d 282, 288 (4th Cir. 2000)). Defendants contend that Defendants’ Opposition Brief and Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration contain data that is and should be kept confidential. In camera copies of Defendants’ Opposition Brief and Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration are being provided to the Court. In light of the Defendants’ concerns and the Protective Order, there appears to be no alternative that appropriately serves Defendants expressed confidentiality concerns. 3. For the sake of consistency with practices governing the case as a whole, Defendants believe Defendants’ Opposition Brief and Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration should remain sealed and be treated in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Protective Order. Accordingly, and in satisfaction of the requirements of Local Rule 5, Defendants respectfully ask the Court to seal Defendants’ Opposition Brief and Certain Exhibits to the O’Brien Declaration. DATED: August 17, 2012 /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624.3000 Facsimile: (757) 624.3169 senoona@kaufcan.com David Bilsker David A. Perlson QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & 2 SULLIVAN, LLP 50 California Street, 22nd Floor San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 875-6600 Facsimile: (415) 875-6700 davidbilsker@quinnemanuel.com davidperlson@quinnemanuel.com Counsel for Defendants GOOGLE INC., IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC., TARGET CORP., AND GANNETT CO., INC. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on August 17, 2012, I will electronically file the foregoing with the Clerk of Court using the CM/ECF system, which will send a notification of such filing (NEF) to the following: Jeffrey K. Sherwood Kenneth W. Brothers DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO LLP 1825 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Telephone: (202) 420-2200 Facsimile: (202) 420-2201 sherwoodj@dicksteinshapiro.com brothersk@dicksteinshapiro.com Donald C. Schultz W. Ryan Snow Steven Stancliff CRENSHAW, WARE & MARTIN, P.L.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 1500 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 623-3000 Facsimile: (757) 623-5735 dschultz@cwm-law.cm wrsnow@cwm-law.com sstancliff@cwm-law.com Counsel for Plaintiff, I/P Engine, Inc. Stephen E. Noona 3 Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624-3000 Facsimile: (757) 624-3169 senoona@kaufcan.com Counsel for Google Inc., Target Corporation, IAC Search & Media, Inc., AOL Inc. and Gannet Co., Inc. Robert L. Burns FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, LLP Two Freedom Square 11955 Freedom Drive Reston, VA 20190 Telephone: (571) 203-2700 Facsimile: (202) 408-4400 Courtney S. Alexander FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, LLP 3500 SunTrust Plaza 303 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 94111 Telephone: (404) 653-6400 Facsimile: (415) 653-6444 Counsel for Defendant AOL Inc. /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624.3000 Facsimile: (757) 624.3169 senoona@kaufcan.com 11872288_1.DOC 4 5