Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc v. Ogden et al
LETTER FROM COURT re parties' 37 Stipulated Motion for Protective Order, signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. The Court is declining to sign. (SWT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
W ESTERN DISTRICT OF W ASHINGTON
UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE
700 STEWART STREET
SEATTLE, W ASHINGTON 98101
ROBERT S. LASNIK
April 10, 2018
James G. Zissler
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
One Union Square
600 University Street, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3122
Jaime Cuevas, Jr.
Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101-2393
Delivered Via CM/ECF
USI Insurance Services National, Inc. v. Stanley Ogden, et al., C171394RSL
Stipulated Protective Order
On March 23, 2018, the Court received your proposed Stipulated Protective Order,
Dkt. # 37.
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c), protective orders may be entered to protect parties from
annoyance, embarrassment, or undue burden or to protect confidential commercial
information. Such protective orders may issue upon a showing of good cause.
Although parties may agree on confidentiality among themselves, when they request that
the Court be involved, the proposed order must be narrowly drawn, identifying both the
type of information that is to be protected and, if not obvious, the reason such protection
is warranted. The order must also comply with the applicable federal and local procedural
The agreed protective order submitted in this case is deficient because it is too broad and
gives too much discretion to the parties to designate information as “confidential.” The
categories listed in paragraph 2 of the proposed order are simply examples and do not
limit the scope of the order. In addition, the parties seek protection for anything they
choose to identify as “confidential and/or sensitive business information.” Any protective
order entered by the Court must clearly identify the class or type of documents subject to
the order and the need for confidentiality.
The agreed protective order received by the Court will remain lodged in the file, but will
not be entered. The parties may resubmit a proposed order if they remedy the deficiencies
identified in this letter.
Robert S. Lasnik
United States District Judge
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