Senne et al v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, et al

Filing 468

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO FILE CERTAIN DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL IN SUPPORT OF JOINT LETTER BRIEF SHOULD NOT BE DENIED. Defendants may file supplemental declaration in support of request to seal no later than January 6, 2016. Signed by Judge Joseph C. Spero on December 30, 2015. (jcslc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/30/2015)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 AARON SENNE, et al., Case No. 14-cv-00608-JCS Plaintiffs, 8 v. 9 KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL CORP., et al., 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 Defendants. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO FILE CERTAIN DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL IN SUPPORT OF JOINT LETTER BRIEF SHOULD NOT BE DENIED 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Plaintiffs have filed an Administrative Motion to File Under Seal Certain Documents in Support of Joint Letter Brief Regarding Defendants‟ Documentary Production and Interrogatory Responses (“Motion”). See Docket No. 463. In the Motion, Plaintiffs seek to file under seal deposition excerpts of Shane Turner and Christopher Gwynn on the basis that this testimony was designated as “Confidential” under the parties‟ Stipulated Protective Order. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5(e)(1), Defendants filed a declaration in support of the Motion on December 28, 2015. The declaration states, in relevant part, that the redacted portions of the two depositions: 20 21 22 23 24 25 are . . . entitled to protection under the law because they contain confidential and proprietary information with respect to the manner in which the Designating Parties evaluate baseball players, how they compile those evaluations and the systems where those evaluations are maintained. Such information is not publicly available. Docket No. 464 (Bloom Decl.) ¶ 7. Defendants‟ declaration is not sufficient to meet the “good cause” standard that applies to 26 requests to seal documents filed in connection with discovery disputes. See In re Midland Nat. 27 Life Ins. Co. Annuity Sales Practices Litig., 686 F.3d 1115, 1119 (9th Cir. 2012) (“a particularized 28 showing of „good cause‟ under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) is sufficient to preserve the 1 secrecy of sealed discovery documents attached to non-dispositive motions”). To meet this 2 standard, “the party seeking protection bears the burden of showing specific prejudice or harm will 3 result if no protective order is granted.” Phillips ex rel. Estates of Byrd v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 4 F.3d 1206, 1210-11 (9th Cir. 2002) (citations omitted). Where a party demonstrates that 5 particularized harm will result from disclosure of information to the public, the court must 6 balance the public and private interests to decide whether protection from disclosure is necessary. 7 Id. 8 “„[S]ources of business information that might harm a litigant‟s competitive standing‟ may often warrant protection under seal.” In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing 10 Litig., No. 09-CV-01967 CW NC, 2013 WL 1997252, at *1 (N.D. Cal. May 13, 2013) (quoting 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 9 Nixon v. Warner Commc'ns, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 598 (1978)). Here, however, the declaration 12 supplied by Defendants does not identify any harm to their competitive standing that will result 13 from public disclosure of the testimony for which protection is sought. Nor does it identify any 14 other specific harm that will result from its disclosure. As a result, the Court is unable to 15 determine whether there is good cause for permitting the deposition excerpts attached to the 16 Motion to be filed under seal. 17 Defendants may file, no later than January 6, 2016, a supplemental declaration in support 18 of the Motion addressing any specific harm that may result from the public disclosure of the 19 information contained in the redacted portions of the Turner and Gwynn deposition excerpts. 20 Otherwise, the Motion will be denied. 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. 22 23 24 25 Dated: December 30, 2015 ______________________________________ JOSEPH C. SPERO Chief Magistrate Judge 26 27 28 2

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