United States District Court, D. Massachusetts
December 22, 2014
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC., Plaintiff,
NORFOLK MED. PRODUCTS, INC., Defendant.
INDIRA TALWANI, District Judge.
This court hereby orders that the parties' Joint Motion for Protective Order [#28] is ALLOWED IN PART and DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART. To the extent that the proposed protective order governs the exchange of documents and information between the parties, the motion is ALLOWED.
Insofar as the proposed protective order governs the use of confidential information in any court proceeding or court filing, however, nothing in the protective order limits this court's power to make orders concerning the disclosure or impoundment of documents produced in discovery or at trial. This court is guided in this regard by First Circuit precedent and Local Rule 7.2. Because the public has a "presumptive" right of access to judicial documents,  "only the most compelling reasons can justify non-disclosure of judicial records that come within the scope of the common-law right of access.'" The burden is on the impoundment-seeking party to show that impoundment will not violate the public's presumptive right of access. For that reason, when seeking to file under seal any confidential information, a party must show this court good cause for the impoundment. Specifically, the party seeking impoundment must make "a particular factual demonstration of potential harm, not... conclusory statements'" as to why a document should be sealed.
To that end, as to any portion of the proposed protective order that purports to govern the impoundment of documents before the court, the motion is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to the party seeking to keep those materials under seal making a particularized showing of the need for impoundment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.