State of Washington v. Matheson Flight Extenders Inc

Filing 101

ORDER granting 75 Motion to Seal. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour.(ELS)

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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 STATE OF WASHINGTON, 10 v. 11 12 Plaintiff, CASE NO. C17-1925-JCC ORDER MATHESON FLIGHT EXTENDERS, INC., 13 Defendant. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on the State of Washington’s unopposed motion to 16 seal exhibits attached to its motion in limine that disclose a former employee’s private medical 17 conditions (Dkt. No. 75). “There is a strong presumption of public access to the court’s files.” 18 W.D. Wash. Local Civ. R. 5(g). To overcome that presumption, a party must show “good cause” 19 for sealing a document attached to a non-dispositive motion and “compelling reasons” to seal a 20 document attached to a dispositive motion. Kamakana v. City and Cnty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 21 1172, 1178–81 (9th Cir. 2006). The motion in limine is a non-dispositive motion, and the Court 22 finds good cause to seal the exhibits because the State’s interest in keeping the employee’s 23 private medical conditions under seal outweighs the public’s interest in their disclosure, 24 particularly because the parties have reached a settlement and the records will not be used in the 25 litigation. Therefore, the Court GRANTS the motion. 26 // ORDER C17-1925-JCC PAGE - 1 1 DATED this 31st day of March 2021. A 2 3 4 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER C17-1925-JCC PAGE - 2

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