Anderson et al v. Hansen
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER : IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs' Motion for Protective Order 19 is GRANTED. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 11/20/2020. (CLO)
Case: 4:20-cv-00991-JAR Doc. #: 27 Filed: 11/20/20 Page: 1 of 2 PageID #: 387
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
KATHERINE ANDERSON, et al.,
Case No. 4:20-cv-00991-JAR
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Protective Order. (Doc. No. 19.)
Defendant opposes the motion (Doc. No. 24), and Plaintiff has replied (Doc. No. 25).
Under the facts of this case, a protective order is necessary and appropriate. “The court
may, for good cause, issue an order to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment,
oppression, or undue burden or expense…” Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). The Court finds there are a
number of types of confidential information including medical records, psychological records, tax
records, and employment records that will be exchanged and disclosed which should be subject to
a protective order.
Defendant argues “that because Plaintiffs have chosen to make their allegations against
[Defendant] in a public forum without seeking any privacy protections it would be manifestly
unfair to Defendant for the Court to grant Plaintiff’s blanket request for privacy,” and “Defendant
should not be required to Come to this Court in order to access this information.” (Doc No. 24 at
1). Defendant misunderstands the purpose and intent of a protective order. A protective order is
appropriate in this case. Defendant may still object to the designation of confidential information.
Case: 4:20-cv-00991-JAR Doc. #: 27 Filed: 11/20/20 Page: 2 of 2 PageID #: 388
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Protective Order  is
Dated this 20th day of November, 2020.
JOHN A. ROSS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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