Mozzone et al v., Inc.

Filing 20

Order by Judge James Donato granting 10 Administrative Motion to File Under Seal. (jdlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/29/2022)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 ANTHONY MOZZONE, et al., Plaintiffs, 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Case No. 21-cv-03532-JD ORDER RE SEALING REQUEST v. Re: Dkt. No. 10 SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Defendant. 12 13 The Court has addressed the standards for sealing requests in conjunction with case filings, 14 see In re Google Play Store Antitrust Litigation, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, 2021 WL 4190165, (N.D. Cal. 15 Aug. 25, 2021), and that decision is incorporated here. In pertinent summary, “judicial records are 16 public documents almost by definition, and the public is entitled to access by default.” Id. at *1 17 (quoting Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1180 (9th Cir. 2006)); see 18 also Center for Auto Safety v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 809 F.3d 1092, 1096 (9th Cir. 2016) (when 19 considering a request to seal, “we start with a strong presumption in favor of access to court 20 records.”) (quotation omitted). The party seeking to seal a complaint bears the burden of 21 articulating “compelling reasons supported by specific factual findings that outweigh the general 22 history of access and the public policies favoring disclosure.” Google Play, 2020 WL 4190165, at 23 *1 (quotation and citation omitted). General assertions of potential competitive or commercial 24 harm are not enough to establish good cause for sealing court records, and the “fact that the parties 25 may have designated a document as confidential under a stipulated protective order is also not 26 enough to justify sealing.” Id. (citation omitted). 27 28 Defendant Salesforce has filed an unopposed motion to seal portions of four paragraphs of the complaint, and several pages of Exhibit A. Dkt. No. 10. The proposed redactions are 1 relatively limited, and Salesforce has provided facts indicating that they are related to proprietary 2 information about its client relationships, sales, and compensation structure. Consequently, the 3 motion to seal is granted. The parties are advised that this is an interlocutory determination, and 4 the Court may unseal these materials as warranted later in the case. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 29, 2022 7 8 JAMES DONATO United States District Judge 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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