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United States District Court for the Northern District of California
September 18, 2019, Decided; September 18, 2019, Filed
Case No. 15-cv-03424-JCS
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO SEAL PORTIONS OF PREVIOUS ORDER
ORDER ALLOWING OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE
Re: Dkt. Nos. 357, 360
I. MOTION TO SEAL
The Court previously filed an order provisionally under seal resolving the parties' motions for summary judgment and motions to exclude [*2] expert testimony, and allowed the parties to propose narrowly tailored redactions from the version that will be filed in the public record. Defendant OptumInsight, Inc. proposed certain redactions.1 Plaintiff Cave Consulting Group ("CCGroup") did not propose any redactions. The Court notes and appreciates the parties' restraint.
OptumInsight's request for redactions is DENIED with respect to attorney-client communications that fall within the scope of the waiver of privilege recognized in previous orders. Absent any showing that such communications are subject to sealing for some independent reason—e.g., discussion of trade secrets or similarly confidential business information—the Court finds no compelling reason to seal attorneys' impressions regarding litigation strategy in a separate, now-closed case to the extent that privilege and work product protection have been waived. The Court therefore declines to seal OptumInsight's proposed redactions on pages 7, 27, 30, 36, 67 through 70, and 77. This order and the material filed in the public record as a result of this order shall not be construed as expanding the scope of the waiver previously recognized.
On page 18, OptumInsight seeks [*3] to seal a passage discussing testimony by a non-party that itself designated such testimony as confidential. The Court GRANTS that request in part, allowing more limited redactions sufficient to conceal the identity of the non-party. OptumInsight's request to seal is also GRANTED with respect to all other proposed redactions, which appear on pages 14 through 17, 80, and 81. Counsel for CCGroup is instructed to restrict all redacted information to attorneys' eyes only, except that counsel may share the redacted material at line 18 of page 81 with CCGroup, based on OptumInsight's concession that CCGroup previously became aware of that information during litigation. To the extent that CCGroup may have been required by a protective order to maintain that information in confidence, such restrictions remain in effect.
A redacted version of the previous order will be filed in the public record.
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2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161113 *
CAVE CONSULTING GROUP, INC., Plaintiff, v. OPTUMINSIGHT, INC., Defendant.
Prior History: Cave Consulting Grp., Inc. v. OptumInsight, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54367 (N.D. Cal., Apr. 22, 2016)
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