Jonathan Tantype et al v. Gibi, LLC et al

Filing 25

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman re Stipulation for Protective Order 24 (sbu)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA – WESTERN DIVISION 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ) JONATHAN TANTYPE, an individual, ) BIJOYA DAS, an individual, and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOUSING ) RIGHTS CENTER, INC., d/b/a HOUSING ) ) RIGHTS CENTER, INC., a California ) nonprofit corporation, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) vs. ) GIBI, LLC, a California Limited Liability ) ) Company, RUTI MORDECHAI, an ) individual, and AMAR MORDECHAI ) (A.K.A. MOTI AMAR), an individual, ) ) Defendants. Case No.: CV14-05595-JFW (SHx) Assigned to Courtroom: 16 The Hon. John F. Walter CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER Action Commenced: July 18, 2014 Trial Date: 06/30/2015 Discovery Cut-Off: 05/01/2015 Law & Motion Cut-Off: 05/11/2015 22 23 The parties having entered into a Stipulation for the entry of a 24 Confidentiality Order to govern the disclosure, dissemination, and use of 25 “Confidential Information” produced by the parties in this action, and the Court 26 having reviewed the Stipulation and finding good cause for the entry of such an 27 order, HEREBY ORDERS THAT: 28 /// -1CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 1 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 2 1. Plaintiff Southern California Housing Rights Center (“HRC”) 3 contends that information regarding the investigative techniques used by the HRC 4 staff and information relating to any investigation carried out by the HRC is 5 confidential and the public disclosure of such information would jeopardize 6 ongoing and future testing of other property owners’ practices in the City of Santa 7 Monica as well as the City and County of Los Angeles, and would tax the limited 8 resources of the HRC by requiring them to continually find and use new 9 anonymous testers and new investigative techniques. Therefore, Plaintiff HRC 10 seeks to designate documents related to its testers and investigative techniques as 11 confidential. See Shammouh v. Karp, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16334 (E.D. Pa. 12 Nov. 5, 1996) (holding good cause exists to treat information regarding the 13 identities of testers and investigative techniques as confidential). 14 2. Parties also seek to designate as Confidential Information documents 15 pertaining to the ownership or operation of the subject properties, as well as the 16 financial and personal information pertaining to tenants, employees, or 17 independent contractors associated with the management of the subject properties. 18 3. Any documents or things produced in discovery that contain or reveal 19 Confidential Information or that are designated as Confidential Information under 20 the terms of the Order, and all copies, recordings, abstracts, excerpts, analyses, 21 court filings, or other writings that contain, reflect, reveal, suggest, or otherwise 22 disclose such Confidential Information shall be deemed to be Confidential 23 Information until and unless the court rules otherwise. 24 4. The provisions of the Order shall not apply to information which can 25 be shown by competent evidence to be: i) in the public domain at the time of 26 disclosure or, through no fault of the Receiving Party, in the public domain after 27 the time of disclosure; ii) known to or developed by the Receiving Party prior to 28 -2CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 1 the time of disclosure; or iii) obtained from a third party unrelated to the parties or 2 action and not within its employ. 3 DOCUMENTS 4 5. For the purposes of this Confidentiality Order, “Documents” means 5 all written, recorded, computerized, electronic, or graphical material or information 6 and things, whether produced or created by a Party or another person, and whether 7 produced in response to a discovery request, subpoena, agreement, or otherwise. 8 PARTIES 9 6. A “Disclosing Party” is the party who produces or discloses 10 Confidential Information, or on whose behalf such information is disclosed, to a 11 receiving party’s attorneys. A “Receiving Party” is any party (either Plaintiff or a 12 defendant) that receives or is permitted to receive Confidential Information from 13 the Disclosing Party under the Order. 14 DESIGNATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY 15 7. Confidential Information shall be disclosed by the parties and their 16 counsel only in accordance with the terms of this Confidentiality Order and shall 17 be used solely for the purposes of this action and shall not be used by the parties or 18 their counsel for any other purpose. The following describes the procedure for 19 designating “Confidential Information” as “Confidential.” 20 a. Confidential Information may be designated by a Disclosing 21 Party as “Confidential” by marking it as “Confidential” or by designating the 22 information as “Confidential” by any separate writing sufficient to identify the 23 information which is provided to the Receiving Party. 24 b. Where such designation is made by stamping or similar means, 25 it shall be made by placing notice on the document, thing, response to discovery, 26 deposition or court transcript or record, information, or document stored on 27 diskette or otherwise in computer usable form, or tangible thing or object, in such a 28 -3CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 1 manner as will not interfere with the legibility or accessibility of the Confidential 2 Information. c. 3 Information and documents designated as “Confidential 4 Information” shall be subject to the disclosure restrictions of the Order. Any 5 Receiving Party or other person who receives a document so designated is subject 6 to this Confidentiality Order and the jurisdiction of the Central District of 7 California for enforcement of the Order. d. 8 If a party wishes to challenge the designation of a document or 9 portion of a document as “Confidential,” the party challenging the designation 10 shall meet and confer in good faith with the designating party in an attempt to 11 resolve the dispute pursuant to Local Rule 37-1. If the parties are unable to resolve 12 their dispute, they agree to file a joint stipulation, including all issues in dispute 13 and the contentions and points of authorities of each party, prior to seeking 14 adjudication of the matter pursuant to Local Rule 37-2 and Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). 15 Any motion challenging a confidential designation must be filed in strict 16 compliance with Local Rules 37-1 and 37-2 (including the Joint Stipulation 17 requirement). The party seeking confidentiality has the burden of establishing that 18 protection is warranted under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). 19 DISCLOSURE 20 8. Confidential Information disclosed by a Disclosing Party under the 21 Order shall be used by the Receiving Party only for purposes of this litigation and 22 not for any business, commercial, scientific, competitive, or other purpose 23 whatsoever . 9. 24 Nothing in this Confidentiality Order shall be construed to impose 25 affirmative obligations on the Court or court personnel, who are subject only to the 26 Court’s internal procedures regarding the handling of material filed or lodged 27 under seal. Confidential Information shall not be disclosed by the parties or their 28 /// -4CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 1 counsel to anyone other than the Court and its officers, counsel and their agents 2 and employees, and the parties. 10. 3 Counsel may disclose Confidential Information to qualified third- 4 parties employed or retained to assist in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of 5 this action, such as investigators, expert witnesses and technical advisers. Anyone 6 (other than the Court and its personnel) who is allowed to receive Confidential 7 Information shall be provided with a copy of this Confidentiality Order and shall 8 sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement in form set forth below or in a substantially 9 similar form before such disclosure is made: 10 Non-Disclosure Agreement I, (name of individual), have read and fully understand the 11 12 Confidentiality Order dated , in the action TANTYPE et al vs 13 GIBI et al., in the United States District Court for the Central District 14 of California. I am familiar with and agree to comply with and be 15 bound by the provisions of said Order and submit myself to the 16 jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District 17 of California for any proceedings with respect to said Confidentiality 18 Order. I will not divulge to persons other than those specifically 19 authorized by said Order, or copy or use, except solely for the 20 purposes of this action, any material or information obtained pursuant 21 to said Order except as specifically permitted by the Court. 22 Dated: 23 (Signature) 24 (Address) 25 (Telephone) 11. 26 Confidential Information may be filed with the Court under seal only 27 by following the requirements set forth in Local Rule 79-5. 28 /// -5CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 12. 1 Prior to hearings or testimony before the Court in this case, the 2 parties, in the event that it is known reasonably in advance of such hearing or 3 testimony that matters involving “Confidential Information” will be raised, shall so 4 advise the Court. 5 INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE 6 13. In the event that a party discovers after they have produced 7 information that they have inadvertently failed to designate as “Confidential 8 Information,” that was not designated as Confidential, the disclosing party may 9 designate the information as Confidential by a subsequent notice in writing 10 identifying the information and furnishing the correct designation, in which event 11 the parties shall henceforth treat such information as provided in the Order, and 12 shall undertake a best effort to retrieve any disclosure, dissemination, or use of 13 such information prior to re-designation. 14 OTHER 15 14. Nothing in this Confidentiality Order shall affect the admissibility of 16 any Confidential Information in this action. By producing the confidential 17 documents, producing Parties do not waive any objection to the confidential 18 documents’ admissibility, relevance, or any other ground of objection, all of which 19 grounds are specifically reserved. 15. 20 21 Within 30 days after the termination of this action all Confidential Information produced by a party shall be returned to that party’s counsel. 16. 22 Nothing in this Confidentiality Order shall be construed to unduly 23 hamper the rights of the parties to prosecute and defend this action. The execution 24 of this Confidentiality Order shall not preclude any party from objecting to 25 discovery that it believes to be improper, from moving the Court for confidentiality 26 orders in the course of this litigation, or from moving for an order modifying or 27 expanding this Confidentiality Order as needed. 28 /// -6CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER 1 17. This Confidentiality Order shall survive the final termination of this 2 action. The Court shall retain jurisdiction to enforce this Confidentiality Order for 3 six months after the final termination to resolve any dispute concerning the use of 4 Confidential Information. 5 6 18. The parties to this agreement may exercise any rights they may have, at law or in equity, to enforce its terms. 7 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. 9 January 09, 2015 10 11 12 13 __________________________ Hon. Stephen J. Hillman United States Magistrate Judge 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -7CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

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