Janson et al v. LegalZoom.com, Inc.

Filing 4

MOTION to seal document filed by John Michael Clear on behalf of LegalZoom.com, Inc.. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 2/22/2010 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Clear, John)

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Janson et al v. LegalZoom.com, Inc. Doc. 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI CENTRAL DIVISION TODD JANSON, GERALD T. ARDREY, CHAD M. FERRELL, and C & J REMODELING, on behalf of themselves and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC., Defendant. UNOPPOSED MOTION TO FILE DOCUMENT UNDER SEAL Defendant LegalZoom, Inc. ("LegalZoom"), respectfully requests that the Court grant LegalZoom leave to file under seal the Declaration of Edward R. Hartman submitted as a separate part of LegalZoom's Notice of Removal ("Hartman Declaration on Removal"). The Hartman Declaration on Removal contains proprietary trade secrets and confidential commercial information. 1. On December 17, 2009, Plaintiff Todd Janson commenced this action by filing a Case No. 2:10-cv-04018-NKL petition against LegalZoom in the Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri, captioned Todd Janson on behalf of Himself and all Missourians similarly Situated v. LegalZoom, Inc., No. 09AC-CC00737. On January 15, 2009, Mr. Janson and additional Plaintiffs Gerald T. Ardrey, Chad M. Ferrell and C & J Remodeling LLC filed an Amended Class-Action Petition captioned Todd Janson, Gerald T. Ardrey, Chad M. Ferrell and C & J Remodeling LLC, on behalf of themselves and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Legalzoom.com, Inc., No. 09ACCC00737 ("Amended Petition"). In the Amended Petition, Plaintiffs seek to represent a class 1 C072748/0306506/986731.1 Case 2:10-cv-04018-NKL Document 4 Filed 02/05/10 Page 1 of 4 Dockets.Justia.com consisting of "[a]ll persons or entities in the state of Missouri that paid fees to LegalZoom for the preparation of legal documents from December 18, 2004 to the present." 2. On February 5, 2010, LegalZoom timely removed the case to this Court. This Court has jurisdiction over the Amended Petition pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act ("CAFA"), 28 U.S.C. 1332(d). 3. On February 3, 2010, Edward R. Hartman, LegalZoom's Chief Strategy Officer, executed the Hartman Declaration on Removal, in which he provided, based on personal knowledge, information demonstrating that the amount in controversy over the five-year period applicable to the case exceeds the $5,000,000 required by CAFA, and that the number of Missouri residents who paid fees to LegalZoom over that period exceeds the 100 represented persons required by CAFA. 4. As is set forth more fully in the accompanying Suggestions in Support of Unopposed Motion to File Under Seal, the information contained in the Hartman Declaration on Removal is proprietary and confidential to LegalZoom and constitutes LegalZoom's trade secrets and confidential commercial information. 5. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G) empowers district courts to protect trade secrets and other proprietary and confidential commercial information from disclosure to third parties. Among the ways such information is protected is to permit it to be filed under seal. 6. The Hartman Declaration on Removal contains information of the type commonly protected by Rule 26(c)(1)(G). 7. Counsel for Plaintiffs does not oppose this motion. 2 C072748/0306506/986731.1 Case 2:10-cv-04018-NKL Document 4 Filed 02/05/10 Page 2 of 4 WHEREFORE, LegalZoom respectfully requests that the Court grant LegalZoom leave to file the Hartman Declaration on Removal under seal. Dated: February 5, 2010 Respectfully submitted, BRYAN CAVE LLP By: /s/ John Michael Clear John Michael Clear Michael G. Biggers James R. Wyrsch One Metropolitan Square Suite 3600 211 North Broadway St. Louis, MO 63102 Telephone: (314) 259-2000 Facsimile: (314) 259-2020 jmclear@bryancave.com mgbiggers@bryancave.com james.wyrsch@bryancave.com Robert M. Thompson James T. Wicks 3500 One Kansas City Place 1200 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64105 Telephone: (816) 374-3200 Facsimile: (816) 374-3300 rmthompson@bryancave.com james.wicks@bryancave.com ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT LEGALZOOM.COM, INC. 3 C072748/0306506/986731.1 Case 2:10-cv-04018-NKL Document 4 Filed 02/05/10 Page 3 of 4 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on February 5, 2010, the foregoing was served by overnight mail on the individuals listed below and electronically with the Clerk of Court to be served by operation of the Court's electronic filing system upon all counsel of record. Timothy Van Ronzelen Matthew A. Clement Kari A. Schulte COOK, VETTER, DOERHOFF & LANDWEHR, PC 231 Madison Jefferson City, MO 65101 tvanronzelen@cvdl.net mclement@cvdl.net kschulte@cvdl.net David T. Butsch James J. Simeri Mathew R. Fields BUTSCH SIMERI FIELDS LLC 231 South Bemiston Ave., Suite 260 Clayton, MO 63105 butsch@bsflawfirm.com simeri@bsflawfirm.com fields@bsflawfirm.com Edward D. Robertson, Jr. Mary Doerhoff Winter BARTIMUS, FRICKLETON, ROBERTSON & GORNY 715 Swifts Highway Jefferson City, MO 65109 chiprob@earthlink.net marywinter@earthlink.net Randall O. Barnes RANDALL O. BARNES & ASSOCIATES 219 East Dunklin Street, Suite A. Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 rbarnesjclaw@aol.com Steven E. Dyer 10805 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63127 jdcpamba@gmail.com /s/ John Michael Clear 4 C072748/0306506/986731.1 Case 2:10-cv-04018-NKL Document 4 Filed 02/05/10 Page 4 of 4

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