Smart Wearable Technologies Inc. v. Fitbit, Inc.
ORDER ON ADMINISTRATIVE MOTIONS TO FILE UNDER SEAL 79 94 99 101 107 by Judge Vince Chhabria (vclc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/7/2018)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SMART WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES
Case No. 17-cv-05068-VC
ORDER ON ADMINISTRATIVE
MOTIONS TO FILE UNDER SEAL
Re: Dkt. Nos. 79, 94, 99, 101, 107
1. Fitbit's administrative motions to file under seal filed in connection with its summary
judgment and sanctions briefing (Dkt. Nos. 79, 99, 101) are granted in part and denied in part.
Fitbit has not demonstrated why it needs to seal all of the excerpted deposition transcripts of
Logan Niehaus, since the entire deposition does not relate to the source code and schematics.
Additionally, Fitbit has not provided adequate justification for sealing the entirety of the May
2016 letter from Fitbit's counsel. See Ctr. for Auto Safety v. Chrysler Grp., LLC, 809 F.3d 1092
(9th Cir. 2016); In re Hewlett-Packard Co. Shareholder Derivative Litigation, No. 12-cv-06003CRB, Dkt. No. 411 (N.D. Cal. July 28, 2015). Only the references to the source code,
schematics, and the bills of materials appear sealable (although it is not clear why anything more
than the names of the source code functions and the values to which they are set needs to be
sealed). Fitbit may refile appropriately narrowed motions to seal within 7 days. If Fitbit chooses
not to seek to seal these documents, it is ordered to re-file unredacted versions of these
documents within 7 days.
2. Smart Wearable Technologies's ("SWT") administrative motions to file under seal in
connection with its opposition to the motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No. 94) and its
opposition to the motion for sanctions (Dkt. No. 107) are denied under Local Rule 79-5(e), since
Fitbit did not file responsive declarations explaining why these documents should be sealed.
SWT is ordered to re-file unredacted versions of these documents within 7 days.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: February 7, 2018
United States District Judge
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