Kohn v. All City Pharmacy LLC et al
ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that 13 the joint motion to seal is granted in part. The filing at ECF No. 14 shall remain sealed. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED the parties to file a redacted, publicly accessible version of the motion to approve the settlement that does not include the settlement agreement as an exhibit, and redacts only the confidential terms of the settlement. That document must be filed by 1/22/2021. Signed by Judge Andrew P. Gordon on 1/8/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - JQC)
Case 2:20-cv-01956-APG-VCF Document 15 Filed 01/08/21 Page 1 of 2
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
3 JARED KOHN, an individual,
Case No.: 2:20-cv-01956-APG-VCF
Order Granting in Part Motion to Seal
[ECF No. 13]
6 ALL CITY PHARMACY L.L.C.; GAREN
GARARAKHANYAN, an individual;
7 EMPLOYEE(S)/AGENT(S) DOES I-X;
AND ROE CORPORATIONS XI-XX,
The parties move to seal their joint motion for court approval of their settlement. ECF
11 No. 13.
Generally, the public has a right to inspect and copy judicial records. Kamakana v. City
13 and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178 (9th Cir. 2006). A party seeking to seal a judicial
14 record bears the burden of overcoming this strong presumption. Id. In the case of dispositive
15 motions, the party seeking to seal the record must articulate compelling reasons supported by
16 specific factual findings that outweigh the general history of access and the public policies
17 favoring disclosure, such as the public interest in understanding the judicial process. Id. at 117818 79. Among the compelling reasons which may justify sealing a record are when court files
19 might become a vehicle for improper purposes, such as the use of records to gratify private spite,
20 promote public scandal, circulate libelous statements, or release trade secrets. Id. at 1179
21 (quotation omitted). However, avoiding a litigant’s embarrassment, incrimination, or exposure
22 to further litigation will not, without more, compel the court to seal its records. Id.
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The parties contend that the terms of their settlement should remain confidential to avoid
2 improperly influencing future litigants and settlement positions. ECF No. 13 at 2. That is a valid
3 reason to seal the settlement agreement and the portions of the motion that reflect confidential
4 information. But the parties have sealed the entire joint motion to approve, even though most of
5 it (¶¶ 1-5 and most of ¶ 6) contains no confidential information. Only the exhibit and those
6 portions of the motion that specifically reference the terms of the settlement may be sealed. The
7 remainder of the motion must be publicly accessible.
I will grant the motion to seal in part and allow the joint motion to approve the settlement
9 to remain sealed. But the parties must file a redacted, publicly accessible version of the motion
10 to approve the settlement that (1) does not include the settlement agreement as an exhibit, and (2)
11 redacts only the confidential terms of the settlement.
I THEREFORE ORDER that the joint motion to seal (ECF No. 13) is granted in part.
13 The filing at ECF No. 14 shall remain sealed.
I FURTHER ORDER the parties to file a redacted, publicly accessible version of the
15 motion to approve the settlement that (1) does not include the settlement agreement as an exhibit,
16 and (2) redacts only the confidential terms of the settlement. That document must be filed by
17 January 22, 2021.
DATED this 8th day of January, 2021.
ANDREW P. GORDON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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