United States District Court, N.D. Mississippi, Greenville Division
BRENDA J. COOPER, et al. PLAINTIFFS
MERITOR, INC., et al. DEFENDANTS
M. BROWN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
consolidated actions are before the Court for consideration of
“Defendant Meritor Inc.'s Unopposed Motion to Seal
Transcript Exhibit to Objections to Magistrate Judge's
Ruling (DKT. #484) and Appeal to the District Court.”
February 1, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge Jane M.
Virden held oral arguments regarding the plaintiffs'
motion to compel certain allegedly privileged documents
disclosed by Meritor, Inc., during discovery which were
subsequently sequestered by the plaintiffs' counsel. Doc.
#482. At the outset of the hearing, Judge Virden sealed the
proceedings and provided the parties ninety days to request
continuance of the seal. Doc. #497-1 at 4.
February 7, 2018, Judge Virden issued an order granting the
motion to compel as to all but one of the relevant documents.
Doc. #484. On February 26, 2018, Meritor filed an objection
to Judge Virden's order, Doc. #498, and a motion to seal
the transcript from the February 1, 2018, hearing, Doc. #496.
The motion represents that the plaintiffs and Textron, Inc.,
do not oppose the requested relief.
of the Uniform Local Civil Rules provides that no document
may be filed under seal without a court order. L.U. Civ. R.
79(b). In this regard, Local Rule 79(d) instructs that
“[n]o document may be sealed merely by stipulation of
the parties.” Though “[a] confidentiality order
or protective order entered by the court to govern discovery
will not qualify as an order to seal documents for purposes
of this rule, ” “[a] statute mandating or
permitting the non-disclosure of a class of documents
provides sufficient authority to support an order sealing
documents.” L.U. Civ. R. 79(b), (d).
Any motion to seal must be accompanied by a non-confidential
supporting memorandum, a notice that identifies the motion as
a sealing motion, and a proposed order. A party may also
submit a confidential memorandum for in camera review. The
non-confidential memorandum and the proposed order must
(A) A non-confidential description of what is to be sealed;
(B) A specific request that the document or case:
(1) Be sealed from any access by the public and the