Susan Nicholson Hofheinz v. A V E L A Inc et al

Filing 61

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky re Stipulation for Protective Order 60 . (Note: Changes have been made to the proposed order). (ib)

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1 8 Stephen M. Doniger (SBN 179314) Scott A. Burroughs (SBN 235718) Annie Aboulian (SBN 280693) DONIGER / BURROUGHS APC 300 Corporate Pointe, Suite 355 Culver City, California 90230 Telephone: (310) 590-1820 Facsimile: (310) 417-3538 9 Attorneys for Plaintiff 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 12 13 SUSAN NICHOLSON HOFHEINZ 14 15 Plaintiff, v. 16 A.VE.L.A., INC.; et al., 17 Defendants. Case No.: CV12-06546 SJO (RZx) Honorable Ralph Zarefsky Presiding STIPULATION AND REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER; [PROPOSED] ORDER 18 19 20 21 22 23 NOTE: CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THIS DOCUMENT 24 25 26 27 28 PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Plaintiff and Defendants(collectively, the “Parties”) hereby STIPULATE and 2 AGREE pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), subject to approval of 3 the Court, to the following Stipulated Protective Order (“Order”): 4 1. STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE: This action involves claims for 5 copyright infringement under the Copyright Act of 1976, Title 17 U.S.C., § 101 et 6 seq. and other claims. The Parties are direct and/or indirect competitors of each 7 other. A primary element of this case is related to plaintiff’s claim that because of 8 defendants’ alleged wrongful acts, plaintiff has lost substantial business relating to 9 its copyrighted designs. The Parties therefore recognize that extensive discovery 10 requesting information from the Parties, their vendors, customers and clients, 11 including financial information, market information and other commercially and 12 competitively sensitive information may be necessary to prove and/or disprove 13 plaintiff’s claims and defendants’ defenses thereto. There will also potentially be 14 multiple depositions of the Parties’ employees or agents and third party vendors, 15 customers or clients and such persons will likely be asked to answer questions on 16 these potentially sensitive subject areas. The Parties, as competitors, will likely be 17 placed at a competitive or economic disadvantage if such confidential and/or 18 proprietary information is disclosed to other Parties and/or the public at large. This 19 Order is therefore necessary to avoid any prejudice or harm in the form of loss of 20 competitive advantage which would likely result if such information was disclosed 21 in the absence of the protections set forth herein. This Order is also necessary for 22 the orderly management of this litigation. Without this Order, the exchange of Party 23 information, as well as information needed from third parties, including most 24 importantly the Parties’ vendors, customers or clients may become logistically very 25 difficult, time consuming and expensive. The Parties acknowledge that this Order 26 does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and 27 that the protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that 28 are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. -1PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2. In connection with discovery and the trial of this action, the Parties 2 may designate certain documents and testimony, or other information derived 3 therefrom, as “Confidential” under the terms of this Order. 4 3. “Confidential” information is information which has not been made 5 public and which concerns or relates to the Parties’ business practices and falls 6 within Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G), including within the following 7 categories: material protected under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, California 8 Civil Code section 3426, et seq., in that such information derives independent 9 economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not 10 being readily ascertainable by proper means, by other persons, who can obtain 11 economic value from its disclosures or use; information that is the subject of efforts 12 that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy; material that is 13 regarded by a Party as being confidential, private, or proprietary in nature, customer 14 lists, confidential financial information of the Parties (including but not limited to 15 profit margins, sales data, profits, and retail sales information); vendor lists; order 16 summaries; 17 documents describing concepts, ideas, proposals, designs, inventions, devices, 18 methods of manufacturing, techniques, development processes, marketing 19 programs, and trade secrets; and customer-confidential information, agreements or 20 relationships with non-parties designated as confidential between the parties to such 21 agreements. 22 4. confidential contracts; proprietary fabric/style specifications; A party receiving (“Receiving Party”) material protected under this 23 agreement (“Protected Material”) may use Protected Material disclosed or produced 24 by another Party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for 25 prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. 26 5. By designating a document, testimony or other information derived 27 therefrom as Protected Material labeled “Confidential” under the terms of this 28 Order, the Parties are certifying that there is a good faith basis both in law and in -2PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 fact for the designation. Such “Confidential” materials shall be used solely in 2 connection with this lawsuit, and not for any business, competitive, or 3 governmental purpose or function, and such information shall not be disclosed to 4 anyone except as provided herein. 5 6. Except as otherwise provided in this Order, or as otherwise stipulated 6 or ordered, material that qualifies for protection under this Order should be clearly 7 so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 8 conformity with this Order requires: 9 (a) Designation in for information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of 10 depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the party producing Protected 11 Material (“Producing Party”) affix the legend “Confidential” on each page that 12 contains protected material, or prominently on each electronic media that contains 13 protected material. 14 (b) for testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial 15 proceedings, testimony taken at a deposition may be designated as “Confidential” 16 by making a statement to that effect on the record at the deposition or other 17 proceeding. 18 testimony as Protected Material (“Designating Party”) shall have 30 days, after the 19 transcript becomes available, to identify the specific portions of the testimony as to 20 which protection is sought. 21 appropriately designated for protection within the 30 days shall be covered by the 22 provisions of this Order. 23 Following the deposition, the party wishing to designate certain (c) Only those portions of the testimony that are for information produced in any other form, including any 24 tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of 25 the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the legend 26 “Confidential.” If only portions of the information or item warrant protection, the 27 Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portions. 28 7. Information or material produced which -3PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER is designated as 1 “Confidential” may be disclosed or made available only to the Court, to counsel for 2 a party (including the paralegal, clerical, and secretarial staff employed by such 3 counsel), and to the “qualified persons” designated below: 4 a. in-house counsel of a party, or an officer, director, or employee of a party 5 deemed necessary by counsel to aid in the prosecution, defense, or 6 settlement of this action; 7 b. experts or consultants (together with their clerical staff) retained to assist 8 in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action who sign an 9 undertaking, in the form of Exhibit A hereto, confirming that they have 10 reviewed and agree to be bound by the terms of this Order; 11 c. court reporter(s) employed in this action; 12 d. a witness at any proceeding in this action; and, 13 e. any other person as to whom the Disclosing Party agrees in writing. 14 8. Nothing herein shall impose any restrictions on the use or disclosure 15 by a party of material obtained by such party independent of discovery in this 16 action, whether or not such material is also obtained through discovery in this 17 action, or from disclosing its own Protected Material as it deems appropriate. 18 9. In the event that any Protected Material is used in any proceeding in 19 this action, it shall not lose its confidential status through such use, and the party 20 using such shall take all reasonable steps to maintain its confidentiality during such 21 use; however, this Paragraph does not apply where the Protected Material appears 22 in the public record. 23 10. Without written permission from the Designating Party or a court 24 order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file 25 in the public record in this action any Protected Material. If any Protected Material 26 are to be filed with the Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application 27 to file the papers, or the confidential portions thereof, under seal. The application 28 must show good cause for the under seal filing. The application shall be directed to -4PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 the judge to whom the papers are directed. Pending the ruling on the application, 2 the papers or portions thereof subject to the sealing application shall be lodged 3 under seal. A Party that seeks to file under seal any Protected Material must 4 comply with Local Rule 79-5 and this Court’s published procedures requiring an 5 application to the Court for an order to seal documents. 6 11. This Stipulation is entered solely for the purpose of facilitating the 7 exchange of documents and information between the Parties to this action without 8 involving the Court unnecessarily in the process. Nothing in this Stipulation nor 9 the production of any information or document under the terms of this Stipulation 10 nor any proceedings pursuant to this Stipulation shall be deemed to have the effect 11 of an admission or waiver by any party or of altering the confidentiality or non- 12 confidentiality of any such document or information or altering any existing 13 obligation of any party or the absence thereof. Neither the stipulation nor its 14 contents, nor designation of a document as “Confidential”, nor any party’s 15 objection or failure to object to such a designation is admissible as evidence for the 16 purpose of proving or disproving any matter at issue in the litigation. Further, the 17 Parties agree that the “Confidential” designations provided on documents for 18 purposes of production under this Order are not admissible for any purpose. In 19 addition, the parties agree that the “Confidential” designations added pursuant to 20 this Order shall not appear on any trial exhibit or any other document shown to the 21 jury. 22 12. Inadvertent production of privileged material, or the inadvertent failure 23 to designation material as “Confidential”, does not waive the privileged or 24 confidential status of the document or information. 25 26 13. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified 27 information or items as “Confidential” does not, standing alone, waive the 28 Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. If -5PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 material is appropriately designated as “Confidential” after the material was 2 initially produced, the Receiving Party, on timely notification of the designation, 3 must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance 4 with the provisions of this Order, and must immediately (a) notify in writing the 5 Designating Party of any disclosures of such Protected Material, (b) use its best 6 efforts to retrieve all copies of the Protected Material, and (c) inform the person or 7 persons to whom disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order. If the 8 undesignated documents have already been filed with the Court without the 9 confidential designation, the Designating Party may move the court for filing of the 10 11 document under seal. 14. Any party may challenge the confidentiality designation of the other 12 party, but shall be required to maintain the confidentiality of the information unless 13 and until a ruling issues designating that the information ought not be deemed 14 “Confidential”, or the Designating Party fails to seek a ruling on the confidentiality 15 of the designated material. 16 15. A party that elects to initiate a challenge to a Designating Party’s 17 confidentiality designation must begin the process by conferring directly with 18 counsel for the Designating Party, pursuant to the Local Rules. In conferring, the 19 challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality 20 designation was not proper and must give the Designating Party an opportunity to 21 review the designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change 22 in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the chosen designation. 23 16. If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute regarding the 24 confidentiality of the designated material following the meet and confer process set 25 forth herein, the Designating Party must, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil 26 Procedure 26, and the rules of this Court, file and serve a motion for a protective 27 order that identifies the material designated as confidential and affirms that the 28 movant has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the -6PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 preceding paragraph. The Designating Party bears the burden of persuading the 2 Court that the information is Confidential within the definition of that term set forth 3 above. In the event a motion for protective order is filed, the Parties will comply 4 with the requirements and procedures set forth in Local Rule 37 and will file the 5 motion in the form of a Joint Stipulation. If the Parties, or a Party, wishes to file 6 the Joint Stipulation under seal, the Parties may file a stipulation to that effect, or 7 the moving party may file an ex parte application making the appropriate request. 8 The Parties must set forth good cause in the stipulation or ex parte application as to 9 why the Joint Stipulation or portions thereof should be filed under seal. 10 17. In the case of a dispute, the material designated as confidential will be 11 deemed confidential until thirty (30) days following the start of the meet and confer 12 process set forth herein. If the Designating Party files a motion for a protective 13 order, the designated material maintains its confidentiality designation until the 14 court orders otherwise. 15 protective order following the meet and confer process, after thirty days from the 16 start of the meet and confer process, the material is no longer considered 17 confidential. 18 18. If the Designating Party fails to file a motion for a Upon written request, at the conclusion of this matter, the Parties 19 hereby agree to promptly return all copies of all Protected Material received; or, in 20 the alternative, such parties may shred all copies of all such Protected Material and 21 promptly send written confirmation from the other Party that it has complied with 22 the terms of this Stipulation. Notwithstanding, Counsel shall be able to retain a 23 copy of confidential information that has been submitted in a pleading or marked as 24 an exhibit in a deposition. 25 26 19. In the event this action proceeds to trial, if a Party wishes to maintain 27 the confidential nature of any Protected Material, that Party must apply to the 28 district judge in advance of the trial to seal any exhibits or testimony of a -7PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 confidential nature, or any other Protected Material. Good cause must be shown in 2 order to secure such an order. 3 commencement of trial, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall 4 remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court 5 order otherwise directs, and this Court will retain and shall have jurisdiction over 6 the Parties, their attorneys and all recipients of material designated “Confidential” 7 for the enforcement of the provisions of this Order following termination of this 8 case prior to trial, and/or to terminate all or some of the provisions of this Order on 9 application by any party. 10 20. If this litigation is terminated prior to the This Order shall not preclude a party from exercising any rights or 11 raising any objections otherwise available to them under the rules of discovery and 12 evidence. 13 21. This Order shall be binding upon the Parties to this action, the 14 attorneys for each party and upon any recipient of discovery designated as 15 “Confidential” and upon any successor, executor, personal representative, 16 administrator, heir, legal representative, assignee, subsidiaries, division, employee, 17 agent, independent contractor, or other person or legal entity over which any party 18 or attorney or recipient of documents covered by this Order may have control. 19 IT IS SO STIPULATED by counsel of record: 20 21 Dated: April 10, 2013 22 23 By: /s/ Scott A. Burroughs Scott A. Burroughs, Esq. DONIGER /BURROUGHS APC Attorneys for Plaintiff SUSAN NICHOLSON HOFHEINZ 24 25 26 27 Dated: April 10, 2013 /s/ Melissa W. Woo Melissa W. Woo, Esq. Attorney for Defendants A.V.E.L.A., INC., X ONE X MOVIE ARCHIVE, INC., AND ARTNOSTALGIA.COM, INC. 28 -8PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Dated: April 10, 2013 /s/ Bruce McDermott Bruce McDermott, Esq. GARVEY SCHUBERT BARER Attorneys for Defendant FUNKO, LLC 2 3 4 5 6 7 PROPOSED] ORDER: 8 9 10 The terms and condition set forth in this stipulation and request for entry of a protective order are hereby so ordered. 11 12 As modified above, IT IS SO ORDERED. 13 14 15 Dated: April 24, 2013 By: United States Magistrate Judge Honorable Ralph Zarefsky 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -9PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 EXHIBIT A AGREEMENT CONCERNING MATERIAL COVERED BY CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER ENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he or she has read the attached Protective Order ("Protective Order") entered in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, in the litigation bearing Central District Case No. 10 2:2012-cv-06546 SJO (RZx), and understands the terms thereof and agrees to be 11 bound by such terms. The undersigned further acknowledges and understands that a 12 13 violation of the Protective Order could be punishable as a contempt of Court. 14 15 Dated:________________ _____________________________ [Signature] 16 _____________________________ [Print Name] 17 18 19 20 Executed in ____________________________, ______________________. [City] [State] 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -10PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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