Dennington v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company et al

Filing 81

ORDER granting in part 80 Motion to File Motion for Class Certification Under Seal. (See Order for specifics.) Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on December 2, 2015. (mll)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION JEFF DENNINGTON and JAMES STUART, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. PLAINTIFFS Case No. 4:14-cv-04001 STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY and STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY DEFENDANTS ORDER Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ Motion to File Motion for Class Certification Under Seal. (ECF No. 80). On April 2, 2015, the Court entered a Stipulated Protective Order. (ECF No. 62). Pursuant to the Order, documents regarding claims submitted by Defendants’ insureds and Defendants’ proprietary information were to be marked “Confidential.” In discovery, Defendants have produced some of these “Confidential” documents, including information concerning its adjusting practices and the claims submitted by its insureds. In support of the Motion for Class Certification, Plaintiffs intend to discuss, cite, and attach as exhibits a number of these documents. Plaintiffs request to file these confidential portions of their Motion and accompanying exhibits under seal. The Court understands that some portions of the Motion for Class Certification and exhibits contain public information that is not covered by the Protective Order, which may be filed on the docket. Because the Motion for Class Certification can be redacted, it is in the best interests of the public for the redacted version of the Motion to be filed on the docket. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion to File Motion for Class Certification Under Seal should be and hereby is GRANTED IN PART. Plaintiffs are directed to file their Motion for Class Certification on the docket and redact all information that is the subject of the Protective Order. Plaintiffs are further directed to provide the Court with an unredacted copy of the Motion and exhibits. IT IS SO ORDERED, this 2nd day of December, 2015. /s/ Susan O. Hickey Susan O. Hickey United States District Judge 2

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