Alpert v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC et al

Filing 122

ORDER granting Defendants' 119 Motion to Seal. Defendants may maintain Exhibit 3-A to the Declaration of Jason E. Anderson under seal. Signed by Judge Richard A. Jones. (TH)

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1 2 3 HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES 4 5 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 10 11 12 SPENCER ALPERT, 13 Plaintiff, 14 16 17 ORDER v. 15 CASE NO. C15-1164 RAJ NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, et al., Defendants. 18 19 20 This matter comes before the Court on Defendants’ Second Motion to File Exhibit 21 3-A to the Declaration of Jason E. Anderson Under Seal (“Motion to Seal”). Dkt. # 119. 22 Defendants seeks to file under seal certain exhibits to a declaration in support of its 23 summary judgment motion. Dkt. # 106. Initially, these documents were the subject of a 24 Motion to Seal filed by Plaintiffs, to which Defendants did not respond. Dkt. # 107. The 25 Court denied this motion and required Defendants to explain why the documents in 26 question should be filed under seal. Dkt. # 118. Defendants’ Motion followed. Dkt. # 27 119. For the reasons that follow, the Court GRANTS Defendants’ Motion. ORDER- 1 1 “There is a strong presumption of public access to the court’s files.” Western 2 District of Washington Local Civil Rule (“LCR”) 5(g). “Only in rare circumstances 3 should a party file a motion, opposition, or reply under seal.” LCR 5(g)(5). Normally the 4 moving party must include “a specific statement of the applicable legal standard and the 5 reasons for keeping a document under seal, with evidentiary support from declarations 6 where necessary.” LCR 5(g)(3)(B). However, where parties have entered a stipulated 7 protective order governing the exchange in discovery of documents that a party deems 8 confidential, “a party wishing to file a confidential document it obtained from another 9 party in discovery may file a motion to seal but need not satisfy subpart (3)(B) above. 10 Instead, the party who designated the document confidential must satisfy subpart (3)(B) 11 in its response to the motion to seal or in a stipulated motion.” LCR 5(g)(3). A “good 12 cause” showing under Rule 26(c) will suffice to keep sealed records attached to non13 dispositive motions. Kamakana v. City & County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1180 (9th 14 Cir. 2006) (internal citations omitted). For dispositive motions, the presumption may be 15 overcome by demonstrating “compelling reasons.” Id.; Foltz v. State Farm Mutual Auto. 16 Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1135-36 (9th Cir. 2003). 17 The Court finds that Defendants have made the requisite showing to support the 18 sealing of these documents. Defendants adequately show that the documents in question 19 contain proprietary business information, the public release of which may cause harm to 20 Defendants. Defendants have also apparently sought to minimize the amount of 21 information kept under seal, seeking only to seal a small portion of the many pages of 22 documents filed in this case. Moreover, Plaintiff did not file an opposition to the motion, 23 therefore admitting to the motion’s merit. Local Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 7(b)(2). 24 25 26 27 ORDER- 2 1 The Court accordingly GRANTS Defendants’ Motion to Seal. Dkt. # 119. 2 Defendants may maintain Exhibit 3-A to the Declaration of Jason E. Anderson under 3 seal. 4 Dated this 11th day of March, 2019. 5 A 6 7 The Honorable Richard A. Jones United States District Judge 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 ORDER- 3

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