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

Filing 688

Memorandum in Support re 687 MOTION to Seal Portions of the Order on the Final Pretrial Conference filed by AOL Inc., 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 THE ORDER ON THE FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE In support of their Motion to Seal pursuant to Local Rule 5, and the Protective Order entered in this matter on January 23, 2012 (Dkt. No. 85), Defendants Google Inc., Target Corporation, IAC Search & Media, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc. and AOL Inc. (collectively “Defendants”) state the following: 1. Defendants have moved the court for leave to file under seal Portions of the Order on the Final Pretrial Conference (“Portions of the Final Pretrial Order”). 2. Portions of the Final Pretrial Order contain data that is confidential under the Protective Order. 3. 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 Portions of the Final Pretrial Order contain data that is confidential under the Protective Order. Defendants specifically state as reasons for sealing the requested pleadings that the Portions of the Final Pretrial Order contain confidential Google technical information and confidential financial that is not generally known, that has economic value, and would cause competitive harm if made public. In particular, proposed Exhibit E contains lengthy descriptions of the operations of the Google accused systems which Google contends are highly confidential for all the reasons set forth in their Motion to Close the Courtroom, and Declarations filed in Support thereof (Dkt. Nos. 346 and 348-351). In addition, the proposed Final Pretrial Order contains third-party information that is confidential. Defendants have made all reasonable efforts to limit their redactions in compliance with the law of this Circuit. 4. In camera copies of the Portions of the Final Pretrial Order have been forwarded to the Court. In light of Defendants’ concerns and the Protective Order, there appears to be no alternative that appropriately serves Defendants’ expressed confidentiality concerns. 5. For the sake of consistency with practices governing the case as a whole, Portions of the Final Pretrial Order 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 Portions of the Final Pretrial Order. DATED: October 8, 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 & 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 Google Inc., Target Corporation, IAC Search & Media, Inc., and Gannett Co., Inc. By: /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 W. Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624-3000 Facsimile: (757) 624-3169 senoona@kaufcan.com 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 Cortney 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. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on October 8, 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. Craig C. Reilly Esq. Law Office of Craig C. Reilly 111 Oronoco Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Telephone: (703) 549-5354 Facsimile: (703) 549-2604 craig.reilly@ccreillylaw.com Craig T. Merritt Christian & Barton, LLP 909 E. Main Street, Suite 1200 Richmond VA 23219-3095 Telephone: (804) 697-4128 Facsimile: (804) 697-6128 cmerritt@cblaw.com Roderick G. Dorman (pro hac vice) Jeanne Irving (pro hac vice) Alan P. Block (pro hac vice) Jeffrey Huang (pro hac vice) McKool Smith Hennigan P.C. 865 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2900 Los Angeles, CA 90017 Telephone: (213) 694-1200 Facsimile: (213) 694-1234 rdorman@mckoolsmithhennigan.com jirving@mckoolsmithhennigan.com ablock@mckoolsmithhennigan.com jhuang@mckoolsmithhennigan.com Douglas A. Cawley (pro hac vice) McKool Smith P.C. 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, TX 75201 Telephone: (214) 978-4000 Facsimile: (214) 978-4044 dcawley@mckoolsmithhennigan.com acurry@mckoolsmithhennigan.com Counsel for Plaintiff Suffolk Technologies, LLC /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 11966888v1