Allstate Insurance Company et al v. Belsky et al
ORDERED that plaintiffs' motion to seal (ECF No. 371 ) is GRANTED. The clerk of court shall seal plaintiffs' motion to compel(ECF No. 342 ). Plaintiffs must file a redacted copy of the motion to compel (ECF No. 342 ) by 10/10/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman on 10/3/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY,
Case No. 2:15-cv-02265-MMD-CWH
MAJORIE BELSKY, MD, et al.,
Presently before the court is plaintiffs’ emergency motion for leave to file under seal
portions of plaintiff’s motion to compel (ECF No. 371), filed on September 24, 2018. Plaintiffs
move to seal portions of its motion to compel docketed at ECF No. 342.
The court recognizes a strong presumption in favor of the public’s right to access judicial
records. See Kamakana v. City & Cty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178-79 (9th Cir. 2006)
(stating that the “strong presumption of access to judicial records applies fully to dispositive
pleadings, including motions for summary judgment and related attachments.”). An exception
exists for “[a] narrow range of documents” that are “traditionally . . . kept secret for important
policy reasons.” Id. The party moving to seal a dispositive motion must provide compelling
reasons to overcome the presumption. Id. The court then balances the interests of the public and
the interests of the moving party. Id. Exposure to embarrassment, incrimination, or further
litigation, are not compelling reasons to seal a record. Foltz v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 331
F.3d 1122, 1136 (9th Cir. 2003). Under Rule 5.2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and
Local Rule IC 6-1, parties should partially redact personal-data identifiers from court filings.
Personal-identifiers include social security numbers, names of minor children, dates of birth,
financial account numbers, home addresses, and tax identification numbers. LR IC 6-1.
Here, plaintiffs move to seal exhibits A through D attached to its motion to compel, arguing
that the exhibits contain information deemed confidential pursuant to a stipulated confidentiality
agreement and protective order. The exhibits reference the names and dates of birth of non-party
patients of the defendant doctors. The court recognizes plaintiffs’ interests in protecting the
personal information of patients and will therefore order the clerk of court to seal its motion to
compel. (ECF No. 342.) However, plaintiffs must file a redacted version of its motion to compel
(ECF No. 342) for the public record pursuant to LCR IC 6-1.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that plaintiffs’ motion to seal (ECF No. 371) is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk of court must seal plaintiffs’ motion to compel
(ECF No. 342).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiffs must file a redacted copy of the motion to
compel (ECF No. 342) within 7 days of this order.
DATED: October 3, 2018
C.W. HOFFMAN, JR.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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