Blink, et al. v. Kern High School District, et al.

Filing 49

ORDER GRANTING 48 Plaintiff's Request to Seal, signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on 3/26/2024. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 M.H., by and through his Guardian ad Litem, TIFFANY ARTERBERRY, et al., 12 Plaintiffs, Case No. 1:23-cv-00531-ADA-CDB ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ REQUEST TO SEAL 13 v. (Doc. 48) 14 15 16 KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al., Defendants. 17 18 Pending before the Court is Plaintiffs’ notice and request to seal a document, filed (Doc. 19 48) and emailed to the undersigned’s chambers on March 25, 2024, described as an attorney 20 declaration containing information protected by attorney-client privilege and confidential 21 information submitted at the Court’s direction (Doc. 43) in connection with counsel for Plaintiffs’ 22 pending motion to be relieved as counsel of record (Doc. 42). 23 The Court has considered the factors set forth in Oregonian Publ’g Co. v. U.S. Dist. Court 24 for Dist. of Or., 920 F.2d 1462 (9th Cir. 1990). The Court finds that, for the reasons stated in 25 Plaintiffs’ notice and request, sealing the declaration of counsel serves a compelling interest. The 26 Court further finds that, in the absence of closure, the compelling interests identified by Plaintiffs 27 would be harmed. Due to the privileged and confidential nature of the information contained 28 throughout the declaration, the Court further finds that there are no additional alternatives to 1 sealing the declaration that would adequately protect the compelling interests identified by 2 Plaintiffs. 3 Consistent with Local Rule 141, Plaintiffs provided to chambers of the undersigned the 4 declaration sought to be sealed, which the undersigned has reviewed. See Local Rule 141(b) (“all 5 documents covered by the Request shall be … e-mailed to the appropriate Judge or Magistrate 6 Judge’s proposed orders e-mail box”). 7 Accordingly, pursuant to Local Rule 141 and based upon the representations contained in 8 Plaintiffs’ notice and request, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the declaration of counsel for 9 Plaintiffs dated March 25, 2024, shall be SEALED until further order of this Court. 10 It is FURTHER ORDERED within five days of the date of this Order, Plaintiffs shall 11 submit a copy of this Order, the request for sealing and the document to be sealed (counsel for 12 Plaintiffs’ declaration) by email to the Operations Section of the Clerk of the Court: 13 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Dated: 16 March 26, 2024 ___________________ _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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