Rabang et al v. Kelly et al

Filing 89

ORDER granting 88 Stipulated Motion for an order restricting publication of evidence on social media. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour. (PM)

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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 MARGRETTY RABANG, et al., 10 Plaintiffs, CASE NO. C17-0088-JCC ORDER v. 11 12 ROBERT KELLY, JR., et al., 13 Defendants. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ stipulated motion for an order 16 restricting publication of evidence on social media (Dkt. No. 88). The parties stipulate as 17 follows. 18 PURPOSE 19 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, private, or 20 sensitive information. Accordingly, Plaintiffs Margretty Rabang, Olive Oshiro, Dominador Aure, 21 Christina Peato, and Elizabeth Oshiro and Defendant Chief Judge Raymond Dodge, Jr. 22 (collectively, the “Parties”) hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following 23 Stipulated Order restricting the publication of evidence exchanged between the Parties in the 24 course of discovery during the pendency of Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant Dodge. 25 SCOPE 26 The Parties agree not to publish or disclose, or cause to be published or disclosed, any ORDER PAGE - 1 1 evidence obtained through the discovery process on any social media site or account, including 2 any social media account belonging to or associated with either Party’s legal counsel while 3 Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant Dodge are pending before this court. “Social media” shall 4 include any website or application in which a user may create and/or share content or participate 5 in social networking, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, 6 Instagram, or any blog or other web page. 7 “Evidence” shall mean testimonial, video or documentary evidence obtained in the course 8 of discovery through production by either Party, including deposition testimony by any party or 9 witness to the litigation, answers to interrogatories, documents produced in response to requests 10 for production, and responses to requests for admission. 11 REMEDY IN EVENT OF BREACH 12 In the event of breach of this Agreement and where the Parties cannot resolve a dispute 13 without court intervention, either Party may file and serve a motion to enjoin or restrain the 14 breaching Party from publishing the evidence in question. Failure to comply with this Agreement 15 may expose the breaching party to sanctions. The obligations imposed by this agreement shall 16 remain in effect until resolution of this Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant Dodge, or until the 17 Parties agree otherwise in writing or the Court orders otherwise. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 DATED this 31st day of July 2017. A 20 21 22 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 23 24 25 26 ORDER PAGE - 2

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