National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA et al v. Seagate Technology, Inc.

Filing 390

ORDER DENYING MOTION TO SEAL by Hon. William Alsup denying 385 Administrative Motion to File Under Seal.(whalc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/19/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 NATIONAL UNION FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY OF PITTSBURGH, PA, et al., No. C 04-01593 WHA 12 13 14 15 16 17 Plaintiffs, v. ORDER DENYING MOTION TO SEAL SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, INC., Defendant. / Defendant has filed a motion to seal documents in connection with its motion to vacate. 18 The information defendant seeks to seal describes work conducted by defendants’ counsel in the 19 litigation underlying this action. According to defendant’s counsel, the materials include 20 “confidential attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product related to 21 the underlying action. In addition, the information discloses the precise amounts that Seagate 22 has been charged and paid for defense counsel’s work” (Dkt. 385-1 ¶ 4). 23 Upon review, the approximately 85 pages of documents defendant seeks to seal pertain 24 exclusively to negotiations between counsel over billing rates and amounts charged for attorney 25 services. This constitutes neither attorney-client privileged communications, nor work product, 26 nor information that is otherwise sealable as a trade secret. Defendant’s boilerplate claim that 27 disclosure of this information “could harm Seagate if discovered by its litigation adversaries . . . 28 1 [and] result in harm to Seagate and its defense of the underlying action” is vague and 2 unsubstantiated. 3 Good cause not shown, the motion is DENIED. 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 7 Dated: March 18, 2013. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 8 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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