Bromell v. Rice
A court can warn a party that the court may order a nonsuit or default, if the party fails to file redacted copies of documents that contain personal identifying information, such as dates of birth, health insurance identification and Social Security numbers. The plaintiff, Lachele Bromell, filed a motion to seal. The court granted the plaintiff's motion to seal the plaintiff's responses to interrogatories and production requests and a medical bill, because they allegedly included "personal identifying information." Practice Book §4-7 defines "personal identifying information" as individuals' dates of birth, license numbers, Social Security numbers, mothers' maiden names, personal identification numbers, security codes, health insurance identification or financial account numbers. The court found that Practice Book §4-7 does not extend to a hospital invoice for the plaintiff's urine test on the date of the subject accident. Connecticut General Statutes §52-146o also did not protect the hospital invoice. Although the court granted in part the plaintiff's request to seal the medical invoice, because it included "personal identifying information," the court did not redact the reference to the plaintiff's hospital urine test. If the defendant fails to file redacted copies of documents within 10 days, the court may order a nonsuit or default.