Mark Summa v. FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. et al

Filing 19

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman re Joint Protective Order 18 (note: change made by court) (sbu)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 Whitney K. Fogerty, TN 20082 Admitted Pro Hac Vice FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 Hacks Cross Road, Bldg. B, 3rd Fl. Memphis, Tennessee 38125 Telephone: (901) 434-8360 Facsimile: (901) 434-9279 E-mail: Attorney for Defendant FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 MARK SUMMA, 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff, v. FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive, 16 Defendants. 17 18 Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMO-SH NOTE CHANGES MADE BY COURT PROTECTIVE ORDER Complaint Filed: June 17, 2013 Fact Discovery Deadline: Mar. 5, 2014 Motion Deadline: June 17, 2014 Pretrial Conference Date: Aug. 29, 2014 Trial Date: Sept. 16, 2014 19 20 Plaintiff Mark Summa (“Plaintiff”) and Defendant FedEx Corporate Services, 21 Inc. (“Defendant”), by and through their respective counsel, stipulate as follows, and 22 jointly move the Court for a Protective Order as follows: 23 1. Purpose of Order. The purpose of this Order is to prevent the disclosure 24 of matters deemed confidential under the terms of this Order to persons or entities 25 other than those involved in the prosecution or defense of this litigation and to 26 facilitate the exchange of information between the parties. The Order is necessary to 27 protect both the parties and other persons from annoyance and embarrassment, as well 28 as maintain the confidentiality of personal and/or proprietary information relating to FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 1 1 the parties and to others. Discovery in this case may seek private information 2 concerning both parties and nonparties, including, for example, but not limited to, 3 Plaintiff’s confidential medical records and private documents regarding Plaintiff’s 4 income, confidential and/or proprietary matters concerning Defendant’s business 5 procedures, policies and training, customers, and current and/or former employees. 6 The privacy interests in such information substantially outweigh the public’s right of 7 access to judicial records. Good cause exists for the issuance of a protective order 8 under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c). 9 2. Confidential Information. The parties have agreed that certain 10 categories of documents and information, if produced or disclosed during this 11 litigation, shall be used only for purposes of this lawsuit and will be treated as 12 confidential. The parties have further agreed that this shall include, but is not 13 necessarily limited to, information relating to the following topics: Plaintiff’s 14 confidential medical information; Plaintiff’s employment records received from third 15 parties; confidential financial information of both Plaintiff and Defendant; 16 Defendant’s confidential, proprietary business information, including but not limited 17 to training materials; confidential information relating to Defendant’s customers and 18 sales practices; and confidential personnel and/or human resource documents 19 regarding any of Defendant’s current or former employees, including but not limited 20 to employee personnel records. This stipulated protective order shall in no way 21 constitute a waiver by any party of any assertion or claims that the documents and 22 information subject to this order are: (1) confidential proprietary information; (2) 23 privileged; or (3) otherwise not discoverable. 24 3. Designating Documents and Interrogatory Answers as Confidential. 25 Any party to this action may designate as “Confidential Information” a document or 26 interrogatory answer produced after entry of this Order by conspicuously stamping or 27 labeling the document or interrogatory answer with the word “Confidential.” In lieu 28 of stamping or labeling the originals of documents, the producing party may stamp or FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 2 1 label the copies that are produced. When producing a multi-page document, all of 2 which it contends is confidential, a party may designate the entire document as 3 confidential by marking the cover page with the word “Confidential.” Documents or 4 information produced by either party shall not be treated as confidential pursuant to 5 this Order unless they are stamped or labeled in such a fashion except as provided in 6 this Order. The inadvertent failure to designate material as “Confidential” does not 7 preclude a party from subsequently making such a designation, and, in that case, the 8 material is treated as confidential only after being properly designated. Unless 9 otherwise ordered by the Court or stipulated by the parties, only documents, 10 interrogatory answers, or deposition testimony relating to the subjects enumerated in 11 Paragraph 1 may be designated as Confidential Information. Parties to this action may 12 also designate deposition testimony relating to the subjects enumerated in Paragraph 1 13 above as “Confidential Information” by advising opposing counsel of record, in 14 writing, within 30 days after receipt of a copy of the transcript, or such other time 15 period as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties, of the pages and lines of the 16 deposition which the party believes fall under paragraph 1and are confidential. 17 Alternatively, any party may, on the record at the deposition, designate deposition 18 testimony as Confidential by advising all persons present that the party believes that 19 the portion of the deposition in question falls under the scope of this Order. All 20 depositions shall be treated as “Confidential” under this Order for a period of at least 21 thirty days after a full and complete transcript of said deposition is available. 4. 22 Disclosure of Confidential Information. Any documents or 23 interrogatory answers which are marked as Confidential are to be treated as such by 24 the party receiving the discovery and shall be utilized by such party only for the 25 prosecution or defense of this case. Except as agreed upon by the parties, or ordered 26 by the Court, disclosure of such material or information contained therein is limited 27 to: 28 (a) The parties; FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 3 1 (b) Their counsel, counsel’s legal and clerical assistants and staff; 2 (c) Persons with prior knowledge of the documents or the Confidential Information contained therein; (d) Court personnel, including court reporters, persons operating video recording equipment at depositions, and any special master or mediator appointed by the Court; (e) Agents, representatives and employees of either party, as is necessary to prepare this case for litigation; (f) Any independent document reproduction services or document or video recording and retrieval services, as is necessary to prepare this case for litigation and subject to their agreement to be bound by the confidentiality and non-disclosure provisions of this Order; (g) Any witness, or expert witness or outside consultant retained or consulted by the parties, as is necessary to prepare this case for litigation. Counsel shall advise all persons to whom discovery materials are disclosed pursuant to this paragraph of the existence of this Order, and they shall agree to be bound prior to sharing this Confidential Information with them. (h) Any court, including this Court, or appellate body which has cause to consider any of the issues raised in this action; (i) Jurors and prospective jurors; and (j) Any other person or entity to whom this Court orders or allows disclosure after notice and opportunity for hearing. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 No person to whom Confidential Information is disclosed shall disclose such Confidential Information to any person to whom disclosure is not authorized by the terms hereof, or make any other disclosure of such Confidential Information for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise. In addition to other restrictions on disclosure contained herein, the parties agree that no Confidential Information may be disclosed to any person (including any consultant, expert or employee of any party but excluding those identified in subparagraph (b) immediately above) until such person has read and signed a copy of this Order, thereby indicating his/her willingness to be bound by its provisions. The disclosing party shall have the obligation to maintain records identifying all such persons to whom information has been disclosed. In the event of a disclosure of Confidential Information, the disclosing party shall arrange 28 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 4 1 for the return of any disclosed documents once the need for the disclosure is complete. 2 Except for disclosures authorized by the terms of this order, the attorneys for the 3 parties shall maintain custody of the confidential documents. 4 5. Disputes Concerning Designation(s) of Confidential Information. In 5 the event that any party to this action disagrees at any stage of the proceedings with 6 the designation of information as confidential, the party shall first try to resolve the 7 matter on an informal basis. If the dispute cannot be resolved informally, the party 8 posing the confidentiality of the information may apply for relief from this Court. 9 6. Binding Effect of This Order. This Order is binding upon the parties, 10 their agents and employees, all counsel for the parties and their agents and employees, 11 and all persons to whom disclosure of discovery materials or testimony are limited 12 pursuant to the terms of this Order. 13 7. Use of Confidential Information. The parties and their counsel shall 14 exercise reasonable care not to disclose Confidential Information contained in these 15 confidential documents by placing them in the public record in this case. If a party 16 wishes to use any information or document identified as Confidential by the opposing 17 party in any affidavit, brief, memorandum, oral argument, or other paper filed in this 18 Court in this case, that party shall notify opposing party of its intent to file 19 Confidential Information prior to the intended filing with the Court. The parties shall 20 attempt to resolve the matter on an informal basis per Paragraph 5 of this Order. If the 21 parties are unable to agree on a manner to submit the document as normal, the party 22 seeking to file Confidential Information may file, an application pursuant to Local 23 Rule 79-5.1 with the Court seeking leave to file such paper or transcript under seal. If 24 the opposing party is unavailable to discuss the matter prior to filing, the party seeking 25 to file Confidential Information shall proceed to seek leave to file such paper or 26 transcript under seal. If the Court grants such motion, the documents shall be filed 27 under seal. If the Court denies such motion on the basis that the documents need not 28 be filed under seal, the filing party can file such paper or transcript as normal. The FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 5 1 parties and their counsel have the right to use any such information contained in these 2 documents, or the documents themselves, in the trial of this case. The parties do not 3 waive any right to object at trial to the admissibility of any document, which falls 4 under the scope of this Order, or portion thereof, or the right to file a motion in limine 5 regarding the use of any such documents. 6 8. Return of Confidential Information. At the conclusion of this 7 litigation the parties’ respective counsel shall, within six months, and upon written 8 request by the other party, return all documents which fall under the scope of this 9 Order. If respective counsel fails to make a written request for the return of 10 documents within six months of the conclusion of this litigation, other counsel shall 11 destroy such records. The parties, however, retain the right to keep any documents 12 that were admitted as exhibits in this case. 13 9. This Protective Order shall not abrogate or diminish any contractual, 14 statutory or other legal obligation or right of any party or person with respect to the 15 confidential information. Specifically, this Protective Order shall not require any 16 party to notify or to obtain permission from other parties before introducing materials 17 designated confidential at trial or examining witnesses about materials designated 18 confidential during depositions or at trial, beyond the notice required by the Federal 19 Rules of Civil Procedure, local court rules or order of Court. 20 10. Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this Protective Order shall be 21 deemed to preclude any party from seeking and obtaining, on an appropriate showing, 22 such additional protection with respect to confidential information as that party may 23 consider appropriate; nor shall any party be precluded from claiming that any matter 24 designated hereunder is not entitled to protection, or is entitled to a more limited form 25 of protection than designated. 26 27 28 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 6 1 DATED: December 4, 2013 Agreed to: 2 By: /s/ Whitney K. Fogerty WHITNEY K. FOGERTY (admitted pro hac vice) Federal Express Corporation 3620 Hacks Cross Road Building B, 3rd Floor Memphis, TN 38125 901-434-8360 901-434-9279 (fax) 3 4 5 6 7 8 and 9 Jane M. Flynn, Bar No. 167466 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 2601 Main Street, Suite 340 Irvine, California 92614 Telephone: (949) 862-4643 Facsimile: (949) 862-4605 E-mail: 10 11 12 13 14 15 Attorneys for Defendant FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DATED: December 4, 2013 Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ Philip Shakhnis (w/permission) PHILIP SHAKHNIS McNicholas and McNicholas LLP 10866 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1400 Los Angeles, CA 90024-4338 310-475-1582 310-475-7871 (fax) Attorney for Plaintiff MARK SUMMA 25 26 27 28 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 7 1 The Court has reviewed the reasons offered in support of entry of this Joint Proposed 2 Protective Order and finds that there is good cause to protect the confidential nature of 3 certain information. Accordingly, the Court adopts the above Protective Order in this 4 action. 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 7 8 DATED: December 4, 2013 U.S. Magistrate Judge STEPHEN J. HILLMAN 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 3620 HACKS CROSS RD. BUILDING B, 3RD FL. MEMPHIS, TN 38135 PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. 2:13-cv-05124-FMP-SH ______ 8

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