United States District Court, D. Massachusetts
March 11, 2015
ANGELINE MEJIA, Plaintiff,
FERTILITY SOLUTIONS, P.C., et al., Defendants.
INDIRA TALWANI, District Judge.
This court treats the Parties' filing entitled Stipulation and Confidentiality Order [#20] as a motion for entry of a protective order and hereby orders that the motion 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. To that end, the motion is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to a party making a particularized showing for the need for impoundment.
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 thus 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. This court "will not enter blanket orders" for impoundment.
The court further orders the parties to file a proposed Protective Order, with a signature line for the court and without any signature lines for the Parties' attorneys, by March 20, 2015.
IT IS SO ORDERED.