United States et al v. W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION and ORDER Plaintiffs' Consent re 72 Motion to File Under Seal Without Prejudice and Ordering Plaintiffs to Show Cause by January 27, 2017, Why Their Combined Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and Response Should Not Be Unsealed - Signed by District Judge Judith E. Levy. (FMos)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
United States of America and
State of Michigan,
Case No. 15-cv-12311
Judith E. Levy
United States District Judge
W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital,
d/b/a Allegiance Health,
Mag. Judge David R. Grand
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFFS’ CONSENT
MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL  WITHOUT PREJUDICE
AND ORDERING PLAINTIFFS TO SHOW CAUSE BY JANUARY
27, 2017, WHY THEIR COMBINED CROSS-MOTION FOR
SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND RESPONSE SHOULD NOT BE
Plaintiffs United States of America and State of Michigan filed a
consent motion for leave to file under seal its combined cross-motion for
summary judgment and response to defendant Allegiance Health’s
motion for partial summary judgment.
For the same
reasons that the Court previously denied defendant’s motion to seal (see
Dkt. 66), the Court also denies this one.
The Court cannot permit the sealing of documents merely because
the parties agreed to keep such documents confidential pursuant to a
protective order during discovery.
“[T]here is a stark difference
between so-called ‘protective orders’ entered pursuant to the discovery
provisions of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26, on the one hand, and
orders to seal court records, on the other.” Shane Grp., Inc. v. Blue
Cross Blue Shield, 825 F.3d 299, 305 (6th Cir. 2016).
“[s]ecrecy is fine at the discovery stage, before the material enters the
considerations apply.” Id. (quoting Baxter Int’l, Inc. v. Abbott Labs., 297
F.3d 544, 545 (7th Cir. 2002); Joy v. North, 692 F.2d 880, 893 (2d Cir.
1982)). That the parties consented to seal is insufficient reason to do so.
See id. at 305-06.
Plaintiffs are directed to review the Court’s previous order
denying defendant’s motion to seal and order to show cause. (Dkt. 66.)
Plaintiffs’ combined cross-motion and response (Dkt. 74) will be
unsealed if plaintiffs do not show cause by January 27, 2017, as to why
they should not be unsealed.
Accordingly, plaintiffs’ motion to seal (Dkt. 72) is DENIED
Plaintiffs are ordered to show cause by January 27, 2017, why
their combined cross-motion and response (Dkt. 74) should not be
Defendant Allegiance Health is invited to also submit a
response at that time.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: January 23, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
s/Judith E. Levy
JUDITH E. LEVY
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served
upon counsel of record and any unrepresented parties via the Court’s
ECF System to their respective email or First Class U.S. mail addresses
disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on January 23, 2017.
s/Felicia M. Moses
FELICIA M. MOSES
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