California Communities Against Toxics v. Armorcast Products Company, Inc.
PROTECTIVE ORDER RE FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS PRODUCED BY DEFENDANT ARMORCAST PRODUCTSCOMPANY, INC. by Magistrate Judge Frederick F. Mumm. *See Order.* (es)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
10 CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES
11 AGAINST TOXICS,
COMPANY, INC., ARI ALEONG,
No. CV 15-5728 PA (FFMx)
PROTECTIVE ORDER RE
PRODUCED BY DEFENDANT
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
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.
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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.
The Financial Documents shall not be shown, revealed, released,
6 disclosed, or communicated in any way to any person or entity, except the following:
(a) All counsel of record engaged in the litigation of this action, and
professional clerical secretarial and other support personnel of such counsel
necessary to assist in this action;
(b) Independent experts or consultants who are retained to consult with
or assist counsel for either party in the preparation of this action for trial;
provided that prior to disclosure, any such expert is provided with a copy of this
Order and acknowledges in writing that he or she agrees to be bound by these
(c) Witnesses in the course of deposition testimony in the reasonable and
good faith belief of counsel that any such witness has prior knowledge of the
information contained in the records;
(d) This Court and its employees and court reporters transcribing
testimony taken in this case and notarizing officers;
(e) Independent outside vendors not affiliated with the parties for
purposes of performing clerical-type services with respect to trial preparation in
connection with this litigation, e.g., photocopying, imaging, computer data
entry, electronic discovery production or processing, preparation of summaries
or graphics, and the like, provided that they have access to the documents only
to the extent necessary to preform their duties;
(f) Any person indicated on the face of the documents to be an
originator, author and/or a recipient of the document; and
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(g) Any person who is determined to have been an author and/or
previous recipient of the document, but is not identified on the face thereof,
provided there is prior testimony of actual authorship or receipt of the document
by such person.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This order does not apply to documents already in the possession of
17 plaintiff or its counsel.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
20 DATED: July 9, 2015
/S/ FREDERICK F. MUMM
FREDERICK F. MUMM
United States Magistrate Judge
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