Washington v. Horning Bros. LLC (May 14, 2018) [pdf]

The Court granted the Plaintiffs- Intervenors’ request for a protective order prohibiting discovery of their U visa immigration status. The Court weighed Plaintiffs-Intervenor’s fears for themselves and others of possible detention, removal, criminal prosecution, and job loss if forced to disclose U visa information. The Court held that the “[…] chilling effect, public policy concerns, and Plaintiffs-Intervenors' fears outweigh any alleged probative value of possible exaggeration.” The District Court considered the Ninth Circuit’s preference for the impermissibility of immigration status information.