National Products, Inc. v. Arkon Resources, Inc.

Filing 130

ORDER denying Plaintiff's 117 Motion to Seal, by Judge Robert S. Lasnik.The Clerk of Court is directed to unseal Dkt. 118 . (SWT)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE _________________________________ ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) v. ) ) ARKON RESOURCES, INC., ) ) Defendant. ) _________________________________ ) NATIONAL PRODUCTS, INC., No. C15-1553RSL ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO SEAL 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on plaintiff’s “Motion to Seal Documents Related to 16 its Reply in Support of its Motions in Limine.” Dkt. # 117. Although plaintiff is the moving 17 party, it takes no position on the whether the documents designated as confidential by Arkon 18 should remain sealed. Arkon has not responded to this motion. 19 “There is a strong presumption of public access to the court’s files,” and the party who 20 designates a document as confidential must identify “the applicable legal standard and the 21 reasons for keeping a document.” LCR 5(g). In its motion, National Products simply notes that 22 the documents were designated as confidential during discovery. Neither plaintiff nor Arkon has 23 attempted to justify the designation or the proposed seal. A party’s unilateral designation of a 24 document as “confidential” does not, in and of itself, establish the necessary showing under LCR 25 5(g). In the absence of any discussion regarding the actual confidentiality of the information, the 26 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO SEAL 1 possible implications of public disclosure, and the public’s interest in access to these records, the 2 Court will not assume that a seal is justified. 3 4 5 For all of the foregoing reasons, the motion to seal (Dkt. # 117) is DENIED. The Clerk of Court is directed to unseal Dkt. # 118. 6 7 8 Dated this 11th day of May, 2017. A Robert S. Lasnik 9 United States District Judge 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO SEAL -2-

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