Just prior to the official kickoff to the July 4th holiday weekend Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly filed a response to a motion for a protective order filed by Auto Glass Inspection Services Inc. (AGIS). This is a part of the ongoing lawsuit between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants AGA and Isaly. According to the defendants, AGIS’s protective order requests should be denied.
“AGIS’ motion for protective order should be denied because AGIS has failed to show ‘good cause’ or sufficiently show the testimony or documents it has yet to produce are in fact confidential. AGIS fails to meet its burden to clearly demonstrate the need for a protective order,” a portion of the defendants protective order response reads.
According to the defendants’ response, AGIS has not showed why certain information should be classified as confidential. “AGIS paints its confidentiality objections with broad strokes and believes [a]ll materials that are in possession of AGIS are confidential as prepared solely for clients, expectedly in preparation of litigation” according to the affidavit of Jim Larson, AGIS president and corporate representative.
AGIS allegedly refused to agree to a confidentiality agreement and has failed to show why proposed protections are insufficient, according to the defendants’ response. Which means AGIS should not be granted an order of protection, according to AGA and Isaly. The defendants also claim AGIS used a “blanket objection” when it stated that all of the materials in possession of AGIS are confidential in the company’s amended motion.
“[AGIS’ confidentiality response] amounts to a stonewalling campaign that clearly illustrates AGIS’ motion has nothing to do with protecting confidential information and everything to do with frustrating discovery and the judicial system,” a portion of the defendants’ response reads.
Allstate weighed in on AGIS’ protective order request and state the company will file an official response by July 15, 2020.
Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for continued coverage of this suit.