United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
AMY VIKLUND, individually and on behalf of her minor child, T.V., Plaintiffs,
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, LATIA RAY, KIMBERLY ATCHLEY, DAN SCHNEIDER, JENNIFER STRUS, and DEFENDANTS JANE DOES I-IX, Defendants.
ORDER GRANTING DSHS' MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE
Honorable Richard A. Jones, United States District Judge.
matter comes before the Court on Defendant Washington State
Department of Social and Health Services' (DSHS) Motion
for Protective Order (Motion). Dkt. # 15. Plaintiff has not
opposed this motion, and DSHS' motion indicates that
Counsel for Plaintiffs “have reviewed this motion, and
agree to these documents being filed and considered by this
Court.” Id. at 3.
the Court considers Plaintiffs lack of response and potential
affirmative response as “an admission that the motion
has merit.” Local Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 7(b)(2). The
Court has also substantively reviewed DSHS' motion and
agrees that a protective order is warranted in this matter to
ensure the confidentiality of certain information and
records. The Court believes that DSHS has shown good cause
for a protective order under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c)(1).
the Court GRANTS Motion for Protective
Order. Dkt. # 15. The Court hereby orders the following
Protective Order in this matter:
PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS Discovery in this action is
likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or
private information for which special protection may be
warranted. Accordingly, the Court enters this Protective
Order. The parties acknowledge that this Protective Order is
consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket
protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery; the
protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends
only to the limited information or items that are entitled to
confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles;
and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file
confidential information under seal.
CONFERENCE OF PARTIES The parties conferred about
the need for a protective order as required by Fed.R.Civ.P.
26(c)(1) and LCR 26(c)(1).
NEED FOR PRODUCTION The parties' need for
production of privileged and confidential information and
records outweighs any reason for maintaining the privacy and
confidentiality of those records.
“Confidential” material shall include the
following documents and tangible things produced or otherwise
A. Amy Viklund's Children's Administration files;
B. T.V.'s Placement History file;
C. Master Assignment History file;
D. Licensing files of former foster parents of T.V.,
including James Conery, San Yun, Teresa Curtis, and Quinn
Flanegan (aka Quinn Evants);
E. Files for foster homes where T.V. resided;
F. Children's Administration files of Cathy Knoth;
G. Non-privileged e-mails related to this matter; and
H. Any further documents provided by the above-named
Defendants to Plaintiff in this matter that are not currently
identified and/or requested that ...