IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
July 6, 2006
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EX REL., ANTHONY J. CAMILLO AND ANTHONY CAMILLO, INDIVIDUALLY, PLAINTIFF,
ANCILLA SYSTEMS, INC., D/B/A ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL OF EAST ST. LOUIS AND ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL OF EAST ST. LOUIS, INC., N/K/A KENNETH HALL REGIONAL HOSPITAL, INC., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's motion for order placing certain exhibits under seal (Doc. 231). Plaintiff requests that the Court place under seal Exhibit B to Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and the memo in support of summary judgment because these documents could be protected by HIPPA regulations. The Court DENIES Plaintiffs' motion. While a district court may issue a protective order sealing a document, it may do so only on a showing of good cause. FED.R.CIV.P.26(c); see also Seattle Times Co. v. Rhinehart, 467 U.S. 20 (1984); Worrell Newspapers of Indiana, Inc. v. Westhafer, 739 F.2d 1219, 1224 n.4 (7th Cir. 1984). Here, Plaintiff has not explained specifically how these documents are protected by HIPPA. Further, the information that Plaintiff seeks to have sealed seems to be a small portion of what is intended to be concealed by this motion to seal. The Court ALLOWS Plaintiff leave to file another motion for protective order that properly addresses the provisions of Rule 26(c) and that does not ignore this Court's role and duty in issuing protective orders.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R Herndon United States District Judge
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