Stenson v. King County et al
ORDER denying Parties' 13 Stipulated MOTION for Protective Order without prejudice. Signed by Judge Marsha J. Pechman. (SB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CASE NO. C23-1316 MJP
ORDER DENYING STIPULATED
KING COUNTY, et al.,
This matter comes before the Court on the Parties’ Stipulated Protective Order. (Dkt. No.
13.) Having reviewed the Order and all supporting materials, the Court DENIES entry of the
Order without prejudice.
The Court appreciates that the Parties have submitted a proposed protective order that
largely tracks the District’s Model Protective Order. But the Parties propose an overbroad and
vague definition of “confidential material” to include “[a]ny other material enjoying special legal
protection from disclosure that is relevant to the claims or defenses in this case.” As the Model
Protective Order instructs, the Parties “must include a list of specific documents such as
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‘company’s customer list’ or ‘plaintiff’s medical records;’” and may not “list broad categories of
documents such as “sensitive business material.’” Model Stipulated Protective Order at 2,
Court will consider a more specific and narrow definition of “confidential material” that tracks
the Model Protective Order and identifies specific documents, rather than an open-ended and
overbroad category of documents.
The Court also rejects the Parties’ proposed “Acknowledgment.” The Parties have
revised and altered the language of the “Acknowledgment” from the Model Protective Order in
material ways that do not appear to be either necessary or prudent. Without some explanation as
to why the proposed revisions are necessary, the Court rejects this deviation from the Model
Protective Order. The Court will consider a revised “Acknowledgment” that mirrors the one
included in the Model Protective Order.
For these two reasons, the Court DENIES the Order without prejudice. The Court will
consider entry of a revised Stipulated Protective Order that addresses the Court’s concerns set
forth in this Order.
The clerk is ordered to provide copies of this order to all counsel.
Dated November 13, 2023.
Marsha J. Pechman
United States Senior District Judge
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