Garcia v. Service Employees International Union et al

Filing 183

ORDER that the Clerk's Office is instructed to STRIKE the 173 Motion to Seal. Docket Nos. 173 -1, 173 -2, 173 -3, 173 -4, 173 -5, 173 -6, 173 -7, 173 -8, 173 -9, and 173 -10 remain under seal for the time-being. Plaintiffs sha ll immediately serve Defendants with 173 , the ten exhibits, and shall file a proof of service by 9/24/2018. The Court DEFERS ruling on whether the above exhibits (or portions thereof) warrant secrecy. Supplement due by 9/28/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 9/21/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SLD)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 8 9 RAYMOND GARCIA, et al., Case No.: 2:17-cv-01340-APG-NJK Plaintiff(s), 10 Order v. 11 12 13 14 [Docket No. 173] SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, et al., Defendant(s). Pending before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion to seal that, like its predecessors, is improper 15 for numerous reasons. Docket No. 173. 16 As an initial matter, the motion to seal is itself filed under seal. But see Old Republic Ins. 17 Co. v. City Plan Dev., Inc., 2017 WL 5076515, at *2 (D. Nev. Nov. 2, 2017); In re Western States 18 Wholesale Nat’l Gas Antitrust Litig., 2016 WL 4944086, at *1 n.1 (D. Nev. Sept. 14, 2016). 19 Plaintiffs state without elaboration that the motion to seal is filed under seal because they decided 20 to quote therein from the documents for which sealing is being sought. Docket No. 173 at 11 n.3.1 21 Motions to seal should not ordinarily require explicit discussion of the information for which 22 secrecy is sought, and the instant motion appears almost entirely targeted at impugning the 23 opposing party rather than discussing whether good cause exists for sealing. See, e.g., Docket No. 24 173 at 3 (“Defendants Intentionally Withheld This Evidence Knowing It Was Relevant In 25 Order To Maintain Improper Objections to Plaintiffs’ Discovery Requests” (emphasis in 26 original)). A motion to seal is a vehicle for addressing the Ninth Circuit standards for sealing and 27 1 As the Court has already explained, such reasoning would not warrant sealing and would 28 warrant at most redactions. 1 1 explaining the movant’s position on whether those standards are met; it is not a vehicle to raise 2 other arguments divorced from that inquiry.2 The Court hereby STRIKES the motion to seal itself 3 because it is largely irrelevant to the issue at hand. 4 In addition, several of the exhibits for which sealing is sought are plainly not sealable. By 5 way of example, Plaintiffs attached as Exhibit 1 to the motion to seal a publicly-available transcript 6 of a hearing that was itself open to the public. Compare Docket No. 173-1 (filed under seal) with 7 Docket No. 80. It is not clear why Plaintiffs are seeking to seal a document that is already in the 8 public domain. Similarly, another exhibit appears to be publicly-available printouts of websites. 9 See Docket No. 173-9. 10 Lastly, it is unclear which documents Defendants believe warrant secrecy. Defendants’ 11 declaration in support of sealing request provides argument as to only a single page of one exhibit. 12 Docket No. 173-10 (identifying reasons for redacting SEIU 13239).3 Hence, it is unclear whether 13 Defendants consent to the unsealing of the ten exhibits at issue, except for the one page identified 14 in that declaration. 15 For the time-being, the Court will allow the exhibits thereto to remain under seal. Plaintiffs 16 shall immediately serve Defendants with Docket No. 173 and the ten exhibits thereto.4 Plaintiffs 17 shall file a proof of service to that effect by September 24, 2018. See, e.g., Local Rule IA 10-5(c). 18 To the extent any party believes any exhibit or portion thereof warrants secrecy, that party shall 19 file a supplement that (1) identifies with particularity the information for which secrecy is 20 appropriate, (2) identifies redactions to the extent feasible, and (3) explains why good cause exists 21 for each sealing/redaction request being made. Such supplements shall be limited to the sealing 22 23 To the extent this filing was really a means to supplement Plaintiff’s reply brief on the motion to compel, it is improper. Most obviously, allowing additional argument on that brief 25 would run afoul of the rules governing page limitations. See Docket No. 166 (providing 12-page reply); Local Rule 7-3(b) (replies are limited to 12 pages). 26 3 For unknown reasons, Plaintiffs also filed that declaration under seal. 27 4 Plaintiffs included with the motion to seal a certificate of service for the motion itself, but 28 it is not clear that the exhibits currently at issue were also served. See Docket No. 173 at 12. 24 2 2 1 issues currently before the Court, and shall be filed no later than September 28, 2018.5 Any such 2 supplement must be complete in and of itself, and must provide a basis for each sealing/redaction 3 request being made. 4 The Court has already provided ample guidance to the parties on what should be a routine 5 procedural matter of seeking to file documents under seal. See, e.g., Docket No. 164. The Court 6 will not continue to indulge plainly improper filings moving forward and, to the extent they are 7 unable to understand how to follow the Court’s basic procedures, counsel need to obtain the 8 training and/or professional guidance to competently practice in this Court. 9 10 In light of the above, the Court ORDERS as follows: • 173. 11 12 The Clerk’s Office is INSTRUCTED to STRIKE the motion to seal at Docket No. • The Clerk’s Office is further INSTRUCTED to continue maintaining under seal for 13 the time-being the following: Docket Nos. 173-1, 173-2, 173-3, 173-4, 173-5, 173-6, 14 173-7, 173-8, 173-9, and 173-10. 15 • thereto, and shall file a proof of service by September 24, 2018. 16 17 Plaintiffs shall immediately serve Defendants with Docket No. 173 and the ten exhibits • The Court DEFERS ruling on whether the above exhibits (or portions thereof) warrant 18 secrecy. To the extent either party seeks sealing or redaction to any of the ten exhibits 19 at issue, that party must file a supplement by September 28, 2018, as outlined above. 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 Dated: September 21, 2018 ______________________________ Nancy J. Koppe United States Magistrate Judge 22 23 24 25 26 27 5 To the extent Defendants consent to the unsealing of all of the exhibits except for SEIU 13239, they shall file a notice so indicating. Defendants shall also identify with particularity their 28 proposed redactions with respect to SEIU 13239 3

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