Wise v. State Farm General Insurance Company

Filing 60

ORDER (as modified) by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 48 Administrative Motion to File Under Seal. (ndr, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/6/2024)

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1 2 3 4 5 J. Edward Kerley (175695) Dylan L. Schaffer (153612) Kerley Schaffer LLP 1939 Harrison Street, #900 Oakland, California 94612 Telephone: (510) 379-5801 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 E VERRICK WISE an individual, NOEL RUSSELL, an individual, 14 15 ORDER (AS MODIFIED) GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION Plaintiffs, 12 13 Case No. 4:23-cv-00163-HSG v. STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, an Illinois corporation, and DOES 1 through 10, Dkt. No. 48 Defendants. 16 17 On January 9, 2024, Plaintiffs E Verrick Wise and Noel Russell (“Plaintiffs”) filed an 18 19 Administrative Motion to Consider Whether Another Party’s Material Should Be Sealed, 20 accompanied by the supporting declaration of Christopher Carlin. Dkt. No. 48. The 21 administrative motion moves to seal Exhibit R and Exhibit X to Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial 22 Summary Judgment, Dkt. No. 47 – two internal State Farm training and resource documents that 23 together total ten pages in length. On February 2, 2024, as directed by the Court, Defendant 24 State Farm filed a statement articulating the various justifications for maintaining Exhibits R and 25 X under seal. Dkt. No. 58. That same day, the parties stipulated to dismiss the case in its 26 entirety. Dkt. No. 59. This result mooted Plaintiffs’ Partial Summary Judgment motion before 27 the Court ruled on it or had occasion to consider the exhibits at issue. 28 // 1 Order (as Modified) 1 The Court, having read and considered Plaintiffs’ Administrative Motion and the 2 supporting declaration, Dkt. No. 48, and the statement filed by Defendant State Farm Gen. Ins. 3 Co. and the supporting declaration, Dkt. No. 58, hereby rules on Plaintiffs’ Administrative 4 Motion, Dkt. No. 48, as follows: 5 6 Docket No. Public/(Sealed) 7 Dkt. No. 47-1/ (Dkt. No. 48-3) Plaintiffs’ Evidence in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment Dkt. No. 47-1/ (Dkt. No. 48-3) Plaintiffs’ Evidence in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 8 9 10 11 12 13 Document Portion Sought to be Sealed Exhibit R (Dkt. No. 47-1 at 361) Exhibit X (Dkt. No. 47-1 at 522) Basis to Seal Exhibits Ruling Contain confidential materials that could injure Defendant’s competitive advantage and cannot be protected through more narrowly tailored means. Dkt. No. 58. Finding good cause, the Court GRANTS the request to seal these documents in this now-closed case. Kamakana v. City & Cty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178 (9th Cir. 2006) 14 15 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: February 6, 2024 18 HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. United States District Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 Order (as Modified)

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