Veloz v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company et al

Filing 32

ORDER APPROVING STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER SUBJECT TO STATED CONDITIONS by Hon. William Alsup granting 28 Stipulation.(whalc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/5/2013) Modified on 4/5/2013 (whalc1, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 12 13 No. C 12-06309 WHA RICHARD VELOZ, 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 Plaintiff, v. ORDER APPROVING STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER SUBJECT TO STATED CONDITIONS PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY, et. al., 14 Defendants. 15 / 16 The stipulated protective order submitted by the parties is hereby APPROVED, subject to 17 the following conditions, including adherence to the Ninth Circuit’s strict caution against 18 sealing orders (as set out below): 19 1. The parties must make a good-faith determination that any 20 information designated “confidential” truly warrants protection under Rule 26(c) 21 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Designations of material as 22 “confidential” must be narrowly tailored to include only material for which there 23 is good cause. A pattern of over-designation may lead to an order un-designating 24 all or most materials on a wholesale basis. 25 2. In order to be treated as confidential, any materials filed with the 26 Court must be lodged with a request for filing under seal in compliance with Civil 27 Local Rule 79-5. Please limit your requests for sealing to only those narrowly 28 tailored portions of materials for which good cause to seal exists. Please include 1 all other portions of your materials in the public file and clearly indicate therein 2 where material has been redacted and sealed. Each filing requires an 3 individualized sealing order; blanket prospective authorizations are no longer 4 allowed by Civil Local Rule 79-5. 5 3. Chambers copies should include all material — both redacted and 6 unredacted — so that chambers staff does not have to reassemble the whole brief 7 or declaration. Although chambers copies should clearly designate which 8 portions are confidential, chambers copies with confidential materials will be 9 handled like all other chambers copies of materials without special restriction, and 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 will typically be recycled, not shredded. 4. In Kamakana v. Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1179 (9th Cir. 2006), 12 the Ninth Circuit held that more than good cause, indeed, “compelling reasons” 13 are required to seal documents used in dispositive motions, just as compelling 14 reasons would be needed to justify a closure of a courtroom during trial. 15 Otherwise, the Ninth Circuit held, public access to the work of the courts will be 16 unduly compromised. Therefore, no request for a sealing order will be allowed 17 on summary judgment motions (or other dispositive motions) unless the movant 18 first shows a “compelling reason,” a substantially higher standard than “good 19 cause.” This will be true regardless of any stipulation by the parties. Counsel are 20 warned that most summary judgment motions and supporting material should be 21 completely open to public view. Only social security numbers, names of 22 juveniles, home addresses and phone numbers, and trade secrets of a compelling 23 nature (like the recipe for Coca Cola, for example) will qualify. If the courtroom 24 would not be closed for the information, nor should any summary judgment 25 proceedings, which are, in effect, a substitute for trial. Motions in limine are also 26 part of the trial and must likewise be laid bare absent compelling reasons. Please 27 comply fully. Noncompliant submissions are liable to be stricken in 28 their entirety. 2 1 2 3 5. Any confidential materials used openly in court hearings or trial will not be treated in any special manner absent a further order. 6. This order does not preclude any party from moving to 4 undesignate information or documents that have been designated as confidential. 5 The party seeking to designate material as confidential has the burden of 6 establishing that the material is entitled to protection. 7 7. The Court will retain jurisdiction over disputes arising from the 8 proposed and stipulated protective order for only NINETY DAYS after final 9 termination of the action. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 13 14 Dated: April 5, 2013. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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