DigiDeal Corporation v. Poydras-Talrick Holdings LLC et al
ORDER DENYING STIPULATED MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER - denying 29 Motion for Protective Order Signed by Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush. (VR, Courtroom Deputy)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
DIGIDEAL CORPORATION, a
ORDER DENYING STIPULATED
MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
SHUFFLE TECH INT’L LLC, an
Illinois Limited Liability Company,
RICHARD SHULTZ, an individual,
LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability
MICHAEL J. KUHN, an individual,
BEFORE THE COURT is the parties’ Stipulated Protective Order Governing
Confidential Information (ECF No. 29). The Proposed Order is broad and intended to
ensure that “confidential information exchanged during discovery or potentially submitted
to the Court by the Parties is not disclosed or used for any purpose outside of the above-
captioned lawsuit.” The Proposed Order allows the parties to designate portions of
discovery as “confidential.”
It is not this court’s general policy to enter ‘blanket’ protective orders. The Ninth
Circuit also does not generally approve of ‘blanket’ protective orders. See Foltz v. State
Farm Auto Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122 (9th Cir. 2003) (finding it could not sustain the district
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1 court’s blanket protective order because the district court did not require a specific
2 showing as to particular documents). Rule 26(c) provides that upon a showing of “good
3 cause” the court may enter a protective order. “A party asserting good cause bears the
4 burden, for each particular document it seeks to protect, of a showing that specific
5 prejudice or harm will result if no protective order is granted.” Foltz, 331 F.3d at 1130. No
6 documents have been provided to the court for a determination of whether good cause
7 exists for a protective order. The parties are free to enter into an agreement as to
8 confidential documents without invoking the jurisdiction and supervision of the court.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. The Stipulated Protective Order Governing Confidential Information (ECF No.
11 29) is DENIED.
2. The parties are free to make agreements concerning the conduct of discovery, and
13 apparently have so agreed. The court will not enter a Protective Order without a
14 particularized showing of other need as to specific documents. The denial of court
15 participation in the agreement between the parties does not affect the validity of any
16 agreement between the parties. The parties have stipulated to certain terms and conditions
17 to maintain the confidentiality of certain documents. Should the parties have need to file
18 any of the alleged confidential documents with the court, they may file the documents
19 under seal along with a motion to seal. At that time the court will determine if it is
20 appropriate to seal the referenced documents. The parties shall also comply with
21 Fed.R.Civ.P. 5.2 concerning privacy protections for filings made with the court.
IT IS SO ORDERED. The Clerk is hereby directed to enter this Order and furnish
23 copies to counsel.
DATED this 28th day of April, 2015.
s/ Justin L. Quackenbush
JUSTIN L. QUACKENBUSH
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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