Thomas v. East Bay Law et al

Filing 5

ORDER sealing 1 Complaint pursuant to Rule 5.2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on February 7, 2018. (Attachments: # 1 Redacted Complaint) (jcslc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/7/2018) (Additional attachment(s) added on 2/7/2018: # 2 Certificate/Proof of Service) (klhS, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 ALEXSIS S. THOMAS, Case No. 18-cv-00502-JCS Plaintiff, 8 v. ORDER SEALING COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO RULE 5.2 9 10 EAST BAY LAW, et al., Re: Dkt. No. 1 Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 In order to protect the privacy of minor children, Rule 5.2(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil 13 Procedure provides that no party may file documents containing “the name of an individual known 14 to be a minor” in the public record of a federal court proceeding, and that a party referring to a 15 minor child must instead use the minor’s initials. Plaintiff Alexsis Thomas’s complaint and its 16 attachments include references to the name of Thomas’s minor daughter in violation of Rule 17 5.2(a). The complaint is hereby SEALED. A redacted version of Thomas’s complaint is attached 18 as an exhibit to this order. Although a party generally waives protection of that party’s own 19 personal information by filing it in the public record, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2(h), the Court in an 20 abundance of caution has also redacted all but the last four digits of Thomas’s social security 21 number and all but the year of her date of birth. Thomas is instructed to comply with Rule 5.2 in 22 any future filings. 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 7, 2018 ______________________________________ JOSEPH C. SPERO Chief Magistrate Judge

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