Liu v. Kell

Filing 56

ORDER granting Plaintiff's 46 Stipulated Motion to Seal. The documents filed under seal (Dkt. Nos. 47-52) will remain sealed. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour. (TH)

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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 LI LIU, CASE NO. C17-0640-JCC 10 Plaintiff, 11 12 ORDER v. KEEGAN KELL, 13 Defendant. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on Defendant’s unopposed motion to seal (Dkt. No. 16 46) certain exhibits (Dkt. Nos. 47–52) included with Defendant’s motion to dismiss and motion 17 for sanctions (Dkt. No. 44). Defendant filed these documents under seal because they contain 18 Plaintiff’s bank records and other personal financial information. (See Dkt. Nos. 47–52.) 19 The Court starts from the position that “[t]here is a strong presumption of public access to 20 [its] files.” W.D. Wash. Local Civ. R. 5(g)(3); see also Nixon v. Warner Commc’ns, Inc., 435 21 U.S. 589, 597 (1978). However, documents filed in support of a dispositive motion should 22 remain under seal when a party can “articulate[] compelling reasons supported by specific 23 factual findings” that outweigh the public’s interest in access. Kamakana v. City & Cty. of 24 Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178 (9th Cir. 2006). The Court finds that Plaintiff’s need to keep her 25 personal financial records confidential is a compelling reason that outweighs the public’s interest 26 in access to the records. ORDER C17-0640-JCC PAGE - 1 1 2 3 For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to seal (Dkt. No. 46) is GRANTED. The documents filed under seal (Dkt. Nos. 47–52) will remain sealed. DATED this 7th day of February 2018. A 4 5 6 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER C17-0640-JCC PAGE - 2

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