Julie Horn v. Hot Topic Inc et al
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER [MODIFIED PARAGRAPHS 13, 15, AND 16] by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian, re: Stipulation for Protective Order 64 . SEE ORDER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. (dml)
1 ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN
& DOWD LLP
2 RANDALL J. BARON (150796)
A. RICK ATWOOD, JR. (156529)
3 DAVID T. WISSBROECKER (243867)
EDWARD M. GERGOSIAN (105679)
4 DANIELLE S. MYERS (259916)
655 West Broadway, Suite 1900
5 San Diego, CA 92101-8498
6 619/231-7423 (fax)
Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
In re HOT TOPIC, INC. SECURITIES ) Lead Case No. 2:13-cv-02939) SJO(JCx)
) CLASS ACTION
This Document Relates To:
) CONFIDENTIALITY AND
) PROTECTIVE ORDER
[MODIFIED PARAGRAPHS 13, 15,
Lead Plaintiff City of Livonia Employees’ Retirement System and defendants
2 Hot Topic, Inc., Lisa M. Harper, Steven R. Becker, Matthew A. Drapkin, Evelyn
3 D’An, Terri Funk Graham, John Edward Kyees, Andrew Schuon and Thomas G.
4 Vellios (collectively, the “Parties”) have jointly stipulated to a Confidentiality and
5 Protective Order, and requested that this Court issue such order for the purpose of
6 maintaining confidentiality of certain discovery material.
Having reviewed the Stipulation Regarding Proposed Confidentiality and
8 Protective Order by the Parties, the undersigned, having found that a Confidentiality
9 and Protective Order is appropriate to preserve the confidentiality of sensitive,
10 confidential, proprietary and/or protected information, including, without limitation,
11 competitively sensitive customer or business information, individual personal
12 financial information, non-public and competitively sensitive financial or business
13 information, protected trade secrets, confidential market research, and other
14 proprietary, confidential or otherwise protected information that has been or will be
15 requested and produced in discovery in this matter or otherwise revealed or obtained,
16 and necessary to protect the integrity of this information, the rights of the Parties, and
17 the rights of others not a party to this proceeding,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
Litigation: In re Hot Topic, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 2:13-cv-02939-
21 SJO(JCx) (C.D. Cal.).
Party: any party to this Litigation, including all of its officers,
23 directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record
24 (and their support staffs).
Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation,
26 association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this Litigation.
Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces disclosure or
28 discovery material in this Litigation.
Receiving Party: a Party that receives disclosure or discovery
2 material from a Producing Party.
Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates
4 information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as
Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the
7 designation of information or items under this Order.
In responding to a Party’s discovery request, each Producing Party,
9 acting in good faith, may designate as Confidential any document, thing, or
10 information (including testimony) containing competitively sensitive customer or
11 business information, individual personal financial information, non-public and
12 competitively sensitive financial or business information, protected trade secrets,
13 confidential market research, or any other proprietary, confidential or otherwise
14 protected information.
Publicly available information may not be designated
15 Confidential. If such information is improperly designated Confidential, the Parties
16 may disregard that designation.
All documents, things, or information designated as Confidential,
18 including all copies, extracts, or summaries of and information obtained from any
19 documents, things, or information designated as Confidential (“Confidential
20 Material”), shall be used in connection with the Litigation and appeal of this action
21 only, including enforcement of any judgment or settlement thereon. Confidential
22 Material shall not be used for any other purpose, and shall not be disclosed to any
23 other person or entity except as provided in this Order.
Either of the following methods shall be sufficient to designate material
25 as confidential:
prominently marking each page of each confidential document
27 “Confidential” at or before the time of its production; or
labeling a storage medium of material produced in electronic
2 format as “Confidential.”
The inadvertent failure to make a Confidential designation may be
4 corrected in accordance with ¶12 below.
Non-Parties from whom discovery is sought by the Parties to this
6 Litigation may designate information as “Confidential” consistent with the terms of
7 this Order. Under such circumstances, information designated “Confidential” by a
8 Non-Party is assigned the same protection as information designated by a Party. All
9 obligations applicable to a Party receiving such information from another Party shall
10 apply to any Party receiving such information from a Non-Party.
If a Party disagrees with a Confidential designation, that Party (“Moving
12 Party”) may serve a written notice of objection to the other Party (“Opposing Party”),
13 identifying each issue in dispute and the Moving Party’s position on the issue. Failure
14 to do so before the close of discovery shall waive any contention that the Confidential
15 designation is improper. Subsequently, in accordance with Local Rule 37-1, counsel
16 for the Opposing Party shall confer in good faith with counsel for the Moving Party
17 and attempt to resolve the dispute within 10 days after receipt of the objection. If the
18 Parties are unable to settle their differences they shall file a Joint Stipulation, pursuant
19 to Local Rule 37-2. The Joint Stipulation shall contain all issues in dispute and, with
20 respect to each issue, the contentions and points and authorities of each Party, and a
21 statement of how each Party proposed to resolve the dispute during the conference of
22 counsel. The Joint Stipulation shall be filed with the notice of motion and each Party
23 may file a supplemental memorandum of law not later than 14 days prior to the notice
24 hearing date. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as changing the procedures
25 set forth in the Local Civil Rules.
Confidential Material may be made available to and inspected by the
27 following only:
The Parties and their officers, employees, consultants, and agents
2 that are assisting in the prosecution or defense of this Litigation;
Counsel for the Parties and their employees, consultants, and
Employees of the Court in the scope of their employment only;
Court reporters designated by the Parties or the undersigned;
Expert witnesses for the Parties, their employees, consultants,
9 agents, and counsel, to the extent that such disclosure is necessary for them to prepare
10 for this Litigation;
Any other witnesses and their counsel, to the extent that such
12 disclosure is directly relevant to the testimony of the witness; and
the author(s) of the document and/or any person(s) listed as
Nothing in this Order shall affect the right of any Party at any hearing or
16 trial in this case to offer any document or testimony designated Confidential as
17 evidence in this case.
Disclosure of Confidential Material shall be consistent with this Order.
19 Before any such disclosure is made, the person or entity receiving the material in
20 question shall be provided a copy of this Order and, upon agreement, will be bound by
21 these terms.
This Order shall not be construed as a waiver of any Party’s right to
23 object to admission of the Confidential Material at any hearing. This Order shall not
24 be construed to impair any Party’s right to object to any discovery request.
This Order was agreed to by the Parties, among other reasons, for the
26 purpose of facilitating the exchange of documents and information in such a manner
27 as to limit the need to seek the Court’s involvement in that process. The Parties also
28 contemplate that they will be exchanging significant quantities of documents over the
1 course of the Litigation and wish to adopt procedures to expedite this process. For
2 these reasons, the Parties have agreed that the production of Confidential Material
3 without the appropriate designation will not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of
4 a Party’s prior or subsequent claim of confidentiality. Upon notice that Confidential
5 Material has been produced without the appropriate stamp or legend, the Producing
6 Party may designate the materials as “Confidential” by producing corrected copies of
7 the Confidential Material that bear the required stamp or legend. Disclosure of such
8 information by any other Party prior to such later designation is not a violation of this
At the conclusion of this Litigation, including any appeals, all
11 Confidential Material which has not been introduced into evidence in this case shall
12 be destroyed or returned to the Producing Party within 30 days except insofar as is
13 necessary for counsel to maintain their litigation files or as is technologically
14 infeasible. The foregoing does not apply to Confidential Material in the custody of
15 the Court/Court personnel. To the extent that a Party does not destroy Confidential
16 Material at the conclusion of this Litigation, that Party agrees to maintain the
17 undestroyed Confidential Material in accordance with this Order.
In the event that any additional party is added to this Litigation, each
19 additional party shall, upon agreement with the terms, be governed by this Order.
Good cause exists to issue this protective order because the potential
21 harm to the litigants from the disclosure of Confidential Material outweighs the
22 interest in publicly disclosing Confidential Material at this juncture.
Pursuant to Local Rule 79-5, the Parties consent to file with the Court
24 only those Confidential Materials that they determine are both relevant and necessary.
25 Also, upon submission of such information, the filing Party agrees to request that the
26 Confidential Material be filed under seal pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1, Paragraph 26
27 of the District Judge’s Initial Standing Order (Docket No. 7) and any standing court
28 orders under the Court’s Pilot Project for the Electronic Submission and Filing of
1 Under Seal Documents. Nothing in this Order shall be construed as requiring the
2 Court or its employees to provide any protection for Confidential Material beyond that
3 required by Local Rule 79-5.
Nothing in this Order precludes any Party from seeking to seal any
5 Confidential Material under Local Rule 79-5 or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
6 either before or after the Confidential Material is filed with the Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: August 4, 2014
Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian
United States Magistrate Judge
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