Stone et al v. Government Employees Insurance Company et al

Filing 136

ORDER signed by Judge Benjamin H. Settle denying 116 Motion to Seal; denying 122 Motion to Seal; denying 131 Motion to Seal; and removing documents listed in order from the record. (TG) (Main Document 136 replaced on 9/21/2017) (TG).

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 6 7 8 MEGAN STONE and CHRISTINE CAROSI, 9 Plaintiffs, v. 10 11 CASE NO. C16-5383 BHS ORDER DENYING MOTIONS TO SEAL AND REMOVING DOCUMENTS FROM THE RECORD GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 This matter comes before the Court on Defendant Government Employees Insurance Company’s (“GEICO”) motions to seal (Dkts. 116, 122) and Plaintiffs Megan Stone and Christine Carosi’s (“Plaintiffs”) motion to seal (Dkt. 131). Although the Court will normally entertain contested motions to seal, the parties in this matter have taken these disputes to another level. The Court declines to engage in unnecessary mini-disputes when the substance underlying the dispute was in itself unnecessary to the Court’s ultimate resolution of the issue. In denying Plaintiffs’ motion to remand, the Court did not rely on any of the currently sealed material. See Dkt. 135. Moreover, the Court declines to provide any additional basis for unnecessary collateral ORDER - 1 1 proceedings alleging misuse of trade secrets. See Government Employees Insurance Co., 2 v. Scott P. Nealey, CV 17-807, 2017 WL 2572519 (E.D. Pa. June 13, 2017). Therefore, 3 the Court DENIES the motions (Dkts. 116, 122, 131) as moot and the Clerk shall remove 4 the documents from the record (Dkts. 118–121, 123–124, 127–129). 5 Dated this 21st day of September, 2017. A 6 7 BENJAMIN H. SETTLE United States District Judge 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ORDER - 2

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