Protective Orders

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All proposed protective orders that are submitted for the Court's approval shall contain the following language with regard to the filing of documents under seal:

This order does not authorize the filing of any documents or other matter under seal. Documents or other matter may be sealed only if authorized by statute, rule, or order of the Court. A party seeking to file such items under seal shall file and serve a motion or submit a proposed stipulated order that sets forth

  1. the authority for sealing;
  2. an identification and description of each item proposed for sealing;
  3. the reason that sealing each item is necessary;
  4. the reason that means other than sealing are not available or unsatisfactory to preserve the interest advanced by the movant in support of sealing;
  5. a memorandum of legal authority supporting sealing.

See Local Rule 5.3. A party shall not file or otherwise tender to the Clerk any item proposed for sealing unless the Court has granted the motion or entered the proposed stipulated order required by this section.

Whenever a motion to seal is filed, the movant shall comply with the requirements of Local Rule 5.3 set forth above and submit a proposed order which states the particular reason the sealing is required. The proposed order shall be submitted to the undersigned district judge or to the magistrate judge to whom the matter is referred, via the link located under the “Utilities” section of CM/ECF. If a motion to seal is granted, the documents to be filed under seal shall be filed electronically by the movant with an appropriate designation that the documents are to be held under seal.