St Clair et al v. Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC et al

Filing 65

ORDER Denying Without Prejudice 61 Joint Stipulation Requesting the Filing of Exhibits Under Seal. The Clerk is directed to keep those exhibits lodged with docket 59 temporarily under seal until further order of the Court. Signed by Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 8/12/11. (MAP)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Lisa St. Clair and Richard Poulin,) individually and as parents and guardians) ) of H.P., their minor child, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) ) Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC, ) ) Defendant. ) No. CV-10-1275-PHX-LOA ORDER 15 This case arises on the parties’ Joint Stipulation Requesting the Filing of 16 Exhibits Under Seal, doc. 61, requesting an order authorizing Plaintiffs to file under seal 18 17 specific exhibits which will be attached to Plaintiffs’ Response to Defendant Nellcor Puritan 18 Bennett, LLC’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment upon further order of the Court. 19 (Doc. 59, Exhibits 6-8; 15; 17; 18; 27; 30; 31; 33; 35-41; and 43) The Stipulation indicates 20 Plaintiffs have already lodged these exhibits under seal pursuant to LRCiv 5.6(d) pending 21 the Court’s approval. The Court will construe the parties’ Joint Stipulation as a joint motion. 22 As their authority, the Joint Stipulation cites, of course, “Rule 26(c)(1)(G) 23 [which] provides that a district court “may, for good cause, issue an order . . . requiring that 24 a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information not be 25 revealed or be revealed only in a specified way.” (Id. at 2) In the Ninth Circuit, however, 26 “good cause” for sealing exhibits used as a part of a summary judgment or other dispositive 27 motion or response is not the correct and controlling standard. 28 1 In Kamakana v. Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2006), the Ninth Circuit 2 held that more than good cause, indeed, “compelling reasons” are required to seal documents 3 used in dispositive motions such as motions for summary judgment, just as compelling 4 reasons would be needed to justify a closure of a courtroom during trial. Id. at 1179. 5 Otherwise, the Ninth Circuit held, public access to the work of the courts will be unduly 6 compromised. Id. See also, In re National Sec. Agency Telecommunications Records 7 Litigation, 2007 WL 549854 (N.D.Cal., Feb. 20, 2007); Mitchell v. United States, 2009 WL 8 4694010, * 1 (D.Ariz., Dec. 4, 2009). The Ninth Circuit has “carved out an exception to the 9 presumption of access” to judicial records, Foltz v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Insurance 10 Company, 331 F.3d 1122, 1135 (9th Cir. 2003), for a “sealed discovery document [attached] 11 to a non-dispositive motion,” such that “the usual presumption of the public’s right of access 12 is rebutted.” Kamakana, 447 F.3d at 1179 (quoting Phillips v. General Motors Corp., 307 13 F.3d 1206, 1213 (9th Cir. 2002) (emphasis in original); See also, Seattle Times co v. 14 Rhinehart, 467 U.S. 20, 33 (1984). 15 The parties’ counsel are directed to confer, attempt to reach a stipulation 16 regarding sealing some or all of the proposed exhibits to Plaintiffs’ Response upon a 17 showing of compelling reasons, if any, and either jointly communicate to the Court on or 18 before Monday, August 22, 2011 how they wish to proceed on this issue or Defendants 19 must timely move for a protective order. If counsel do not timely communicate to the Court 20 how they wish to proceed or a protective order motion is not timely filed, the Court will 21 direct the Clerk to file all exhibits submitted with Plaintiffs’ Response to Defendant Nellcor 22 Puritan Bennett, LLC’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment for public access. 23 24 There being no showing of “compelling reasons” to seal certain exhibits related to a summary judgment motion, 25 IT IS ORDERED that the parties’ joint motion requesting the filing of 26 exhibits under seal, doc. 61, is DENIED without prejudice. The Clerk is kindly directed to 27 /// 28 /// -2- 1 keep those exhibits lodged with docket 59 temporarily under seal until further order of the 2 Court. 3 Dated this 12th day of August, 2011. 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 -3-

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