Oracle Corporation et al v. SAP AG et al

Filing 580

Response To 575 Plaintiffs Administrative Motion To Permit Plaintiffs To File Under Seal Defendants Information Supporting Plaintiffs Motion To Modify The Protective Order And To Compel Deposition Testimony And Further Responses To Requests For Admissions filed by SAP AG, SAP America Inc, Tomorrownow Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Delahunty, Patrick) (Filed on 12/16/2009) Modified on 12/16/2009 (vlk, COURT STAFF). Modified on 12/16/2009 (vlk, COURT STAFF).

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Oracle Corporation et al v. SAP AG et al Doc. 580 Case4:07-cv-01658-PJH Document580 Filed12/16/09 Page1 of 4 1 2 3 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 Robert A. Mittelstaedt (SBN 060359) Jason McDonell (SBN 115084) Elaine Wallace (SBN 197882) JONES DAY 555 California Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 626-3939 Facsimile: (415) 875-5700 ramittelstaedt@jonesday.com jmcdonell@jonesday.com ewallace@jonesday.com Tharan Gregory Lanier (SBN 138784) Jane L. Froyd (SBN 220776) JONES DAY 1755 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 Telephone: (650) 739-3939 Facsimile: (650) 739-3900 tglanier@jonesday.com jfroyd@jonesday.com John W. Cowan (Admitted Pro Hac Vice) Joshua L. Fuchs (Admitted Pro Hac Vice) JONES DAY 717 Texas, Suite 3300 Houston, TX 77002 Telephone: (832) 239-3939 Facsimile: (832) 239-3600 swcowan@jonesday.com jlfuchs@jonesday.com Attorneys for Defendants SAP AG, SAP AMERICA, INC., and TOMORROWNOW, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA; OAKLAND DIVISION ORACLE USA, INC., et al., Plaintiffs, v. SAP AG, et al., Defendants. Case No. 07-CV-1658 PJH (EDL) DEFENDANTS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO PERMIT PLAINTIFFS TO FILE UNDER SEAL DEFENDANTS' INFORMATION SUPPORTING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO MODIFY THE PROTECTIVE ORDER AND TO COMPEL DEPOSITION TESTIMONY AND FURTHER RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR ADMISSIONS Date: N/A Time: N/A Courtroom: E, 15th Floor Judge: Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte SFI-625776v1 DEFS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMIN. MOTION Case No. 07-CV-1658 PJH (EDL) Dockets.Justia.com Case4:07-cv-01658-PJH Document580 Filed12/16/09 Page2 of 4 1 2 3 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 I. INTRODUCTION Plaintiffs filed an Administrative Motion to Permit Plaintiffs to File Under Seal Defendants' Information Supporting Plaintiffs' Motion to Modify the Protective Order and to Compel Deposition Testimony and Further Responses to Requests for Admissions (D.I. 575, and hereafter "Administrative Motion"), specifically Plaintiffs moved to file under seal Exhibit T to the Declaration of Chad Russell in Support of Oracle's Motion to Modify the Protective Order and to Compel Deposition Testimony and Further Responses to Requests for Admissions ("Exhibit T"). Additionally, Plaintiffs filed a proposed order granting their Administrative Motion (D.I. 575-1). Pursuant to Local Rule 79-5, Defendants file this Response, the accompanying declaration of John Youri, and a proposed order in support of a narrowly tailored order authorizing the sealing of Exhibit T on the grounds that there is good cause to protect the confidentiality of information contained in Plaintiffs' non-dispositive discovery motion. The sealing order Defendants seek is not based simply on the blanket Protective Order in this action, but rather rests on proof1 that particularized injury to Defendants will result if the sensitive information contained in Exhibit T is publicly released. II. STANDARD Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) provides broad discretion for a trial court to permit sealing of court documents for, inter alia, the protection of "a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information." Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). Based on this authority, the Ninth Circuit has "carved out an exception to the presumption of access to judicial records for a sealed discovery document [attached] to a non-dispositive motion." Navarro v. Eskanos & Adler, No. C-06 02231 WHA (EDL), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24864, at *6 (N.D. Cal. March 22, 2007) (emphasis in original) (citing Kamakana v. Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1179 (9th Cir. 2006)). In such cases, a "particularized showing of good cause" is sufficient to justify protection under Rule 26(c). See Navarro, at *7. To make such a showing, the party seeking Because the Local Rules require Court approval based on a declaration supporting sealing even when the parties agree as to the confidential status of the document, Defendants submit the Youri Declaration. SFI-625776v1 1 2 DEFS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMIN. MOTION Case No. 07-CV-1658 PJH (EDL) Case4:07-cv-01658-PJH Document580 Filed12/16/09 Page3 of 4 1 2 3 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 protection from disclosure under the rule must demonstrate that harm or prejudice would result from disclosure of the trade secret or other information contained in each document the party seeks to have sealed. See, e.g., Phillips v. General Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11 (9th Cir. 2006). III. ARGUMENT Good Cause Supports Filing Exhibit T Under Seal Through the declaration of John Youri, an employee of SAP AG, that accompanies this Response, Defendants establish good cause to permit filing Exhibit T under seal. As a threshold matter, Defendants provide testimony that Mr. Youri, who is familiar with the information contained in Exhibit T, considers that information to be confidential and non-public. See Declaration of John Youri in Support of Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Administrative Motion to Permit Plaintiffs to File Under Seal Defendants' Information Supporting Plaintiffs' Motion to Modify the Protective Order and to Compel Deposition Testimony and Further Responses to Requests for Admissions ("Youri Declaration"), 1. Moreover, the Youri Declaration demonstrates good cause to protect and seal Exhibit T because revelation of its contents would likely cause Defendants to suffer a competitive injury. Exhibit T is a Microsoft PowerPoint document. A number of the slides reference and describe SAP's standard license agreements with its customers, the terms of which are non-public. Public release of this information could adversely effect SAP's future bargaining position with customers and provide competitive advantage to SAP's business competitors. Because of the competitively sensitive information contained in the document, the disclosure of it could likely cause competitive and business injury. Id. The Youri Declaration establishes that Defendants consider and treat the information as highly confidential. Defendants have continued to protect the information contained in Exhibit T from improper public disclosure since the initiation of this litigation through a Stipulated Protective Order (D.I. 32) to prevent their private commercial information from being improperly disclosed. Under the terms of that Order, Defendants could designate documents, deposition transcripts, and discovery responses containing private DEFS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMIN. MOTION Case No. 07-CV-1658 PJH (EDL) SFI-625776v1 3 Case4:07-cv-01658-PJH Document580 Filed12/16/09 Page4 of 4 1 2 3 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 information as "Confidential" or "Highly Confidential" prior to producing such documents in the course of discovery. Exhibit T was designated "Highly Confidential." IV. CONCLUSION Defendants respectfully request that this Court order to be filed under seal Exhibit T, which Defendants designated as "Highly Confidential Information Attorneys' Eyes Only" under the Stipulated Protective Order in this action. Dated: December 16, 2009 Respectfully submitted, JONES DAY By: /s/ Patrick Delahunty Patrick Delahunty Counsel for Defendants SAP AG, SAP AMERICA, INC., and TOMORROWNOW, INC. SFI-625776v1 4 DEFS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' ADMIN. MOTION Case No. 07-CV-1658 PJH (EDL)

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