Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC v. Atticus, LLC
ORDER granting 306 Motion to Seal. Signed by US Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank on 1/9/2022. (Sellers, N.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION, LLC,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to seal portions
of its memorandum in support of its motion to stay discovery and Exhibit 1 thereto.
Plaintiff seeks to seal these filings on the ground they “contain or reference sensitive
communications with third parties, and Syngenta’s strategies on sales, marketing,
generic competition.” (Mot. Seal [DE #306] at 1.) Plaintiff has filed proposed redacted
versions of the filings, omitting the portions it contends should not be available to the
For the reasons set forth in Plaintiff’s motion and supporting memorandum,
the court finds that the public’s common law right of access is outweighed by
Plaintiff’s interests in protecting against competitive and/or financial harm were such
information made public. In re Knight Publ’g Co., 743 F.2d 231 (4th Cir. 1984). Public
notice of Plaintiff’s request to seal and a reasonable opportunity to object have been
provided by the filing of its motion, and no objections have been filed with the court.
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Plaintiff has narrowly tailored its request to remove only information that is sensitive
and confidential and not otherwise publicly known. Plaintiff’s motion is therefore
For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s Motion to Seal [DE #306] is GRANTED
and it is ORDERED that Plaintiff’s memorandum in support of its motion to stay
discovery [DE #302] and Exhibit 1 thereto [DE #303] shall be SEALED. Redacted
versions of these filings are available to the public on the court’s docket at DE ## 3073 and 307-4.
This 9th day of January 2022.
KIMBERLY A. SWANK
United States Magistrate Judge
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