Filing 156

ORDER granting 154 Letter Motion to Seal. Granted. So Ordered. (Signed by Judge Kenneth M. Karas on 3/28/23) (yv)

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Case 156 Filed 03/29/23 Page 1 of 3 Case7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK 7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK Document Document 154 Filed 03/28/2~ Page 1 of 3 ~ \ 11 - 1:_ - NIXON Nixon Peabody LLP 677 Bro adway, 10th Floo r Alba ny, NY 12207-2996 -✓,,,._ PEABODY I Attorneys at law nixonpe @N ixonPeabodyLLP Christopher J. Stevens Counsel TI 518.427. 2737 F / 833.755.3041 csteven s@ n ixon pea body .co m March 28, 2023 Hon. Kenneth M. Karas United States District Judge Southern District of New York 300 Quarropas Street White Plains, NY 10601-4150 RE: U.S. and State of New York ex rel. Munford v. Maranatha Human Services (18-cv-8892) Dear Judge Karas: Defendant Maranatha Human Services ("Maranatha") respectfully submits this letter motion, pursuant to Rule IX of Your Honor' s Individual Rules of Practice, to redact/seal portions of certain exhibits submitted in support of its motion for summary judgment. We have conferred with Plaintiffs counsel, who consents to the proposed redactions. The proposed redactions are briefly summarized in the table below. Exhibit1 Summary of'lnformation Redacted B Patient names K Home address L Home address M Patient (or potential patient) names 0 ! Patient (or potential patient) names Q I Patient (or potential patient) names ' ! ; ' EE · Individual cell phone number(s) KK Individual cell phone number(s) NN Home address All Exhibit references are to documents attached to the Declaration of Tina Sciocchetti, dated March 28, 2023 , submitted in support ofMaranatha' s motion for summary j udgment. 1 Case 156 Filed Filed 03/28/23 03/29/23 Page Page22ofof3 3 Case7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK 7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK Document Document 154 March 28, 2023 Page 2 Summary oflnfonnation Redacted 00 Home address pp Home address TT Individual cell phone number(s) As is evident from the above, the proposed redactions are entirely non-substantive and designed exclusively to protect personally identifiable information from public disclosure. Some the proposed redactions (i.e., patient names) relate to the provision, or potential provision, of medical care to third parties. That information is protected from disclosure by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIP AA"), Pub. L. 104-191 (1996), and/or Department of Health Regulations. See 45 C.F.R. § 164.502(a). "Courts in this Circuit have repeatedly held that information protected by HIP AA is not subject to a First Amendment or common-law right of access and thus have sealed docket entries and redacted documents that contain such information." Offor v. Mercy Med. Ctr., 167 F. supp. 3d 414,445 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 10, 2016) aff'd in part, vacated in other part, and remanded, 676 Fed.Appx. 51 (2d Cir. 2017) (summary order). Other proposed redactions cover the personal, private (i.e., home addresses and cell phone numbers) of Plaintiff and/or current or former Maranatha employees. The Southern District has previously granted motions to seal/redact similar information. See Rojas v. Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Auth., 2022 WL 773309, at *3 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 14, 2022) (granting motion to seal to the extent it covered "confidential personal information relating to the plaintiff," including phone number); Anderson v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., 2020 WL 1047054, at *3 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 4, 2020) ("[T]he Court appreciates that there is certain information contained in the resumes, such as the applicants ' home addresses, personal phone numbers, and email addresses, that is not public, has no bearing on this Court's Report and Recommendation on Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, and has been recognized by courts in this Circuit as the type of personal information that should be shielded from public disclosure."). None of the proposed redactions cover material likely to be in any way relevant to the Court's consideration of the instant motion. Maranatha respectfully submits that its unopposed motion to seal/redact should therefore be granted. Respeally f"d, Granted. So Ordered. Christopher J. Stevens Counsel 3/28/23 ~ Case 156 Filed Filed03/28/23 03/29/23 Page Page3 3ofof3 3 Case7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK 7:18-cv-08892-KMK-AEK Document Document 154 March 28, 2023 Page 3 SO ORDERED: Honorable Kenneth M. Karas United States District Judge

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