The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jennifer L. Thurston United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS' REQUEST TO SEAL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO MOTION TO STRIKE OPINION OF GERALD FORD (Doc. 145)
Before the Court is the Request to Seal Documents, filed by Defendants (Doc. 145) related to its motion strike the opinion of Gerald Ford. (Doc. 144) To make this determination, the Court must evaluate whether "'good cause' exists to protect th[e] information from being disclosed to the public by balancing the needs for discovery against the need for confidentiality.'" Pintos v. Pacific Creditors Ass'n, 605 F.3d 665, 678 (9th Cir. 2010) (quoting Phillips ex rel. Estates of Byrd v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1213 (9th Cir. 2002))
Here, Defendants seek to seal the full opinions of experts Gerald Ford and Henry Ostberg and the portions of the points and authorities that details these opinions. Because some portions of these documents contain confidential information not otherwise available or known to the public, the Court finds that the need to maintain the confidentiality of this material, outweighs the need for public disclosure. Therefore, as to these materials, the motion is GRANTED. On the other hand, other portions of the documents, set forth below--sought to be sealed--do not reveal confidential information regarding Defendant's operations. As to those portions, the motion is DENIED.
Therefore, good cause appearing,
1. The Court ORDERS the following to be SEALED:
a. Exhibit A to Coppola declaration (Ford opinion), at:
ii. Page 14 through paragraph 35 of page 23;
b. Exhibit B to Coppola declaration (Ostberg opinion), at:
i. Paragraph 2 on pages 1-2;
ii. Paragraph 13 on page 4;
iii. Paragraph 23 on page 8;
c. Portions of the Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion to Preclude the ...