California Communities Against Toxics v. Armorcast Products Company, Inc.

Filing 83


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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES 11 AGAINST TOXICS, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 15 ) ) ) ) ) v. ) ) ARMORCAST PRODUCTS ) COMPANY, INC., ARI ALEONG, ) ) Defendants. _________________________________ ) No. CV 15-5728 PA (FFMx) PROTECTIVE ORDER RE FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS PRODUCED BY DEFENDANT ARMORCAST PRODUCTS COMPANY, INC. 16 17 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the following procedures shall govern the 18 disclosure of information by defendant Armorcast Products Company, Inc. 19 (“Defendant”) in response to the Court’s order compelling the production of financial 20 documents: 21 1. Any material (the “Financial Documents”) produced by Defendant in 22 response to the Court’s order compelling production of financial documents shall 23 presumptively be deemed CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY’S EYES ONLY, and 24 shall be so marked prior to production. The presumption is rebuttable. In the event of 25 any dispute over the confidential nature of any of the Financial Documents (or the 26 propriety of an ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY designation) Defendant bears the burden 27 of demonstrating that the material is entitled to such designation. 28 / / / -1PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2. Until and unless the designation CONFIDENTIAL and/or (as the case 2 may be) CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY’S EYES ONLY is removed from any of 3 the Financial Documents, such material shall be used solely for the purposes of this 4 action and for no other purpose. 5 3. The Financial Documents shall not be shown, revealed, released, 6 disclosed, or communicated in any way to any person or entity, except the following: 7 (a) All counsel of record engaged in the litigation of this action, and 8 professional clerical secretarial and other support personnel of such counsel 9 necessary to assist in this action; 10 (b) Independent experts or consultants who are retained to consult with 11 or assist counsel for either party in the preparation of this action for trial; 12 provided that prior to disclosure, any such expert is provided with a copy of this 13 Order and acknowledges in writing that he or she agrees to be bound by these 14 terms; 15 (c) Witnesses in the course of deposition testimony in the reasonable and 16 good faith belief of counsel that any such witness has prior knowledge of the 17 information contained in the records; 18 19 (d) This Court and its employees and court reporters transcribing testimony taken in this case and notarizing officers; 20 (e) Independent outside vendors not affiliated with the parties for 21 purposes of performing clerical-type services with respect to trial preparation in 22 connection with this litigation, e.g., photocopying, imaging, computer data 23 entry, electronic discovery production or processing, preparation of summaries 24 or graphics, and the like, provided that they have access to the documents only 25 to the extent necessary to preform their duties; 26 27 (f) Any person indicated on the face of the documents to be an originator, author and/or a recipient of the document; and 28 / / / -2PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 (g) Any person who is determined to have been an author and/or 2 previous recipient of the document, but is not identified on the face thereof, 3 provided there is prior testimony of actual authorship or receipt of the document 4 by such person. 5 4. To the extent the ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY designation is removed 6 by stipulation or Court order from any portion of the Financial Documents, that 7 portion of the Financial Documents may be shown to plaintiff, to the extent such 8 disclosure is necessary in connection with the litigation. 9 5. Prior to disclosure to any person pursuant to subparagraphs (b) and/or (e) 10 of paragraph 3, such person must be given a copy of this order and must acknowledge 11 that he is aware that he is bound by the terms hereof by signing and dating a document 12 confirming those facts. A copy of such document and an up-to-date curriculum vitae 13 of such person, including an identification of any past or present business relationship 14 or affiliation with any party to this action, shall be served on defendants in this action. 15 No material designated “CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” may be 16 shown to that person until ten business days after such service in order to allow any 17 defendant the opportunity to object to the disclosure of the records to such person. An 18 objection may only be made when the objecting party believes in good faith that good 19 cause exists for the objections. 20 6. If objection to disclosure is made within the time specified, the parties 21 shall meet and confer within five business days of service of such objection. If the 22 issue is not resolved, the party seeking to prevent disclosure of the records may seek 23 an order within ten business days thereafter. Any such motion must comply with 24 Local Rule 37 and include a joint stipulation. Where an objection is made, the records 25 shall not be disclosed to such person until the day after the last day to file a motion 26 seeking an order preventing disclosure to the person (where no such order is sought), 27 or upon entry of the Court order denying the party’s motion. If the parties wish to file 28 the Joint Stipulation required by Local Rule 37 under seal, the parties may file a -3PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 stipulation along with an application pursuant to Local Rule 79-5, or the moving party 2 may file an ex parte application making the appropriate request pursuant to Local Rule 3 7-5. Good cause must be set forth in the stipulation or ex parte application as to why 4 the Joint Stipulation or portions thereof should be filed under seal. 5 7. If any party wishes to use any information derived from Financial 6 Documents in connection with any pleading, motion, brief, appendix or other paper 7 filed with the Court, the paper containing such information shall be submitted along 8 with an application pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1. If the application is granted, the 9 portions of the filing affected by such order shall be maintained by the Clerk of this 10 Court under seal, and such portions of the filing shall not be made available to anyone 11 except pursuant to order of the Court. The party seeking to file the paper under seal 12 shall simultaneously file and serve a public version of the paper with such information 13 redacted. 14 8. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Defendant or ordered by the Court, 15 within sixty (60) days after final settlement or determination of this action, including 16 all appeals, each person receiving the Financial Documents, or any portion of it, shall 17 return to defendants all such records in its possession or control and all copies thereof; 18 or at its option shall destroy and certify to defendants the destruction of all documents 19 and other material or portions thereof containing or reflecting any of the information 20 contained on such records. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing contained in this 21 provision shall require that any party’s counsel destroy its own attorney work product 22 or turn over its own attorney work product to another party. 23 9. Outside counsel for the parties shall be permitted to retain a file copy of 24 materials created during the course of the litigation, including pleadings and all other 25 materials made a part of the record, deposition and trial transcripts and exhibits, and 26 any attorney work product created by the attorney which includes such information. 27 However, the confidentiality of such material must be maintained in accordance with 28 the provisions of this Protective Order. Such retained material shall not be used for -4PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 any purpose, except in connection with any action arising directly out of this action, or 2 pursuant to a Court order for good cause shown. Upon request, counsel for each party 3 shall verify in writing that they have complied with the provision of this paragraph. 4 10. In the event any person or receiving party having possession, custody or 5 control of any of the Financial Documents receives a subpoena or other process or 6 order to produce such information, the party to whom the subpoena or other request is 7 directed shall immediately give written notice thereof to Defendant and shall afford 8 Defendant a reasonable opportunity to pursue formal objections to such disclosures. 9 The party to whom the subpoena or other request is directed shall not produce any of 10 the Financial Documents prior to the date of production specified in the subpoena or 11 other process. 12 11. The provisions of this protective order shall not apply to any trial 13 proceedings herein. Any protection of information contained in the Financial 14 Documents in connections with such proceedings must be obtained from the judicial 15 officer conducting the proceedings. 16 12. This order does not apply to documents already in the possession of 17 plaintiff or its counsel. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 20 DATED: July 9, 2015 21 22 23 /S/ FREDERICK F. MUMM FREDERICK F. MUMM United States Magistrate Judge 24 25 26 27 28 -5PROTECTIVE ORDER

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