Reed v. Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER GRANTING 8 Motion to Seal. Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 1/18/2017. (sat, Chambers)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
Civil Action No. DKC 16-2442
STRATEGISTS, INC. and MANAGEMENT
SOLUTIONS CONSULTING GROUP, INC.:
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Presently pending and ready for resolution is an unopposed
reasons, the motion to seal will be granted.
In connection with its motions to dismiss or for summary
judgment (ECF Nos. 12; 20), IMS filed a redacted version of its
2014 tax returns to show ownership information relevant to the
Consulting Group, Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 (“Title VII”), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.
(ECF No. 8 ¶¶
Upon filing the sealed document, IMS complied with Local
Rule 105.11 and explained to the court that the tax returns
contained confidential financial and ownership information about
integrated employer arguments, meaning no alternative to sealing
documents, Nixon v. Warner Commc’ns, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 597
outweigh the public’s right of access, In re Knight Publ’g Co.,
743 F.2d 231, 235 (4th Cir. 1984).
In its Memorandum Opinion,
Plaintiff’s Title VII claim without referencing the materials
IMS moves to seal or addressing the integrated employer issue
for which IMS introduced them.
(See ECF No. 36).
decision, the public’s interest in the information is outweighed
See Randolph v. ADT Sec. Servs., Inc., No. DKC-09-
1790, 2012 WL 2234362, at *11 (D.Md. June 14, 2012) (holding
that confidentiality was warranted for tax returns and granting
a consent motion to seal); TransPacific Tire & Wheel, Inc. v.
Orteck Int’l, Inc., No. DKC-06–0187, 2010 WL 2774445, at *3
(D.Md. July 13, 2010) (finding that tax returns may contain
seal), aff’d on other grounds, 457 F.App’x 256 (4th Cir. 2011)
For the foregoing reasons, it is this 18th day of January,
2017, by the United States District Court for the District of
Maryland, ORDERED that:
Management Strategists, Inc. (ECF No. 8) BE, and the same hereby
IS, GRANTED; and
Opinion and Order to counsel for the parties.
DEBORAH K. CHASANOW
United States District Judge
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