Bell v. Cross et al

Filing 166

ORDER granting in part 165 Motion. Signed by Judge James D. Whittemore on 10/15/2020. (JHA)

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Case 8:16-cv-00961-JDW-AEP Document 166 Filed 10/15/20 Page 1 of 2 PageID 1070 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ex rel. DELIA BELL, Plaintiffs/Relator, v. Case No: 8:16-cv-961-T-27AEP CROSS GARDEN CARE CENTER, LLC and KARL E. CROSS, Defendants. ___________________________________/ ORDER BEFORE THE COURT is the Parties’ Renewed Joint Motion for Confidentiality Order (Dkt. 165). Upon consideration, the motion is GRANTED in part. The previous motions for entry of a protective order were denied without prejudice because, among other things, the proposed orders were not narrowly tailored. (Dkts. 161, 163). The revised proposed protective order addresses most of the shortcomings of the previous proposed orders, except for paragraph 8, which purports to address the use of confidential information at a hearing or at trial. (Dkt. 165-1 ¶ 8). Local Rule 1.09 sets forth the requirements for filing a document under seal. The right to file a document under seal does not automatically follow a confidentiality designation. See Baxter Int’l, Inc. v. Abbott Labs, 297 F.3d 544 (7th Cir. 2002). A party that intends to present or anticipates that another party may present confidential information at a hearing or trial, and wishes that the information be filed under seal, must therefore 1 Case 8:16-cv-00961-JDW-AEP Document 166 Filed 10/15/20 Page 2 of 2 PageID 1071 make the required showing under Local Rule 1.09(a), notwithstanding that the information was designated confidential during discovery. Accordingly, the motion (Dkt. 165) is GRANTED in part, and the proposed Stipulated Confidentiality and Protective Order (Dkt. 165-1) is APPROVED, with the exception of paragraph 8. DONE AND ORDERED this 15th day of October, 2020. /s/ James D. Whittemore JAMES D. WHITTEMORE United States District Judge Copies to: Counsel of Record 2

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