Miles Morales v. City of Gardena et al

Filing 69

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Michael R. Wilner. (See Order for details) re Stipulation for Protective Order 68 (vm)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 MILES MORALES, an individual 11 12 Plaintiff, Case No.: 2:14-cv-07514-DMG-MRW [DISCOVERY MATTER] PROTECTIVE ORDER RE CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS vs. 13 14 CITY OF GARDENA and DOE DEFENDANTS 1 THROUGH 30. 15 Defendant. 16 Complaint Filed: July 30. 2014 17 18 Plaintiff MILES MORALES, through his counsel of record herein, The Law 19 Offices of Dale K. Galipo, Esq., and defendants, CITY OF GARDENA and 20 OFFICER MICHAEL BERGERON, through their counsel of record herein, 21 Manning and Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez and Trester, LLP, submitted a Stipulation for 22 Protective Order before this Court. 23 The Court has read and considered all of the papers filed in support of this 24 stipulation. Good Cause appearing, this Court makes the following orders. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Stipulation for Protective Order 25 26 Thereon is GRANTED as follows: 27 /// 28 /// 1 2 TERMS OF THE PROTECTIVE ORDER 1. Plaintiff’s counsel shall have sole custody and control over the 3 documents identified in paragraph 1 of the parties' Stipulation for Protective Order. 4 2. Documents set forth in paragraph 1 of the parties' Stipulation for 5 Protective Order are deemed confidential, except to the extent set forth in the 6 Stipulation for Protective Order, and shall be used solely in connection with this 7 litigation and the preparation and trial of this case, or any related appellate 8 proceedings, and not for any other purpose, including any other litigation, and may 9 not be disclosed or disseminated to other persons, including any other counsel other 10 than as set forth herein; 11 3. Plaintiff’s counsel alone will have custody, control and access to the 12 documents, reports and writings, and will be prohibited from releasing or 13 disseminating the reports or files, or the information contained within the reports or 14 files to other persons including legal counsel other than set forth in paragraph 18 of 15 the parties' Stipulation for Protective Order; 16 4. Plaintiff’s counsel may make copies of the reports and files, but 17 plaintiff’s counsel will be prohibited from releasing or disseminating such copies or 18 the information contained within such copies other than as set forth herein; 19 5. The documents identified in paragraph 1 of the parties' Stipulation for 20 Protective Order may be submitted in all law and motion proceedings if done so 21 pursuant to Local Rule 79-5 which states: 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 L.R. 79-5.1 Filing Under Seal or In Camera-Procedures. Except when authorized by statute or federal rule, or the Judicial Conference of the United States, no case or document shall be filed under seal or in camera without prior approval by the Court. Where approval is required, a written application and a proposed order shall be presented to the judge along with the document submitted for filing under seal or in camera. The proposed order shall address the sealing of the application and order itself, if appropriate. The original and judge’s copy of the document shall be sealed in separate envelopes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 with a copy of the title page attached to the front of each envelope. Conformed copies need not be placed in sealed envelopes. Where under-seal or in-camera filings are authorized by statute or rule, the authority therefor shall appear on the title page of the proposed filing. Applications and proposed orders to seal or file in camera, along with the material to be sealed or submitted in camera, shall not be electronically filed but shall be presented to the Clerk for filing in paper format, in the manner prescribed by Local Rule 79-5. Unless the filer is exempted from electronic filing pursuant to L.R. 5-4.2(a), a Notice of Manual Filing shall first be electronically filed identifying the materials being manually filed. A copy of the Notice of Manual Filing, together with its NEF (see L.R. 5-3.3), shall be presented with the documents presented for filing. L.R. 79-5.2 Confidential Court Records - Disclosure. No sealed or confidential record of the Court maintained by the Clerk shall be disclosed except upon written order of the Court. L.R. 79-5.3 Procedure for Disclosure of Confidential Court Records. An application for disclosure of sealed or confidential court records shall be made to the Court in writing and filed by the person seeking disclosure. The application shall set forth with particularity the need for specific information in such records. The procedures of L.R. 7-3 et seq. shall govern the hearing of any such application. 6. All disputes regarding this Protective Order shall be handled pursuant to Local Rule 37. 7. The documents may be disclosed to the following persons: 20 21 22 a. b. 23 c. 24 25 26 27 28 d. e. f. counsel for any party to this action; paralegal, stenographic, clerical and secretarial personnel regularly employed by counsel referred to in paragraph (a); court personnel including stenographic reporters engaged in such proceedings as are necessary incident to preparation for the trial in this action; any outside expert or consultant retained in connection with this action, and not otherwise employed by either parties; any “in-house” or outside experts designated by the defendants to testify at trial in this matter; and any party to this action. 1 8. The documents MAY NOT BE DISCLOSED to any of the following 2 persons: Any documents pursuant to paragraph 1 of the parties' Stipulation for 3 Protective Order are expressly prohibited from being disclosed and/or provided to 4 any members of the press and/or media or anyone who is not directly involved in the 5 instant lawsuit. 6 9. Any documents so disclosed will explicitly require inclusion of a copy 7 of this Protective Order and as well as the parties' Stipulation for Protective Order 8 written instructions from counsel directing compliance with same. 9 10. If, in connection with any deposition taken in this action, plaintiff’s 10 attorneys question a witness regarding materials subject to this Protective Order, or 11 uses confidential material as deposition exhibits, at the request of defense counsel, 12 the transcripts of such deposition testimony and the attached exhibits shall be 13 designated as confidential material and shall be subject to the provisions of the 14 parties' Stipulation for Protective Order. 15 11. All documents disclosed to plaintiff's counsel must be returned to the 16 CITY OF GARDENA's attorneys at Manning and Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez and 17 Trester, LLP, no later than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of this lawsuit with 18 verification that any documents disclosed uploaded to plaintiff's computer system 19 has been removed. 20 12. The purpose of the parties' Stipulation for Protective Order is not 21 intended to prevent officials or employees of the CITY OF GARDENA or other 22 authorized government officials from having access to the documents if they would 23 have had access in the normal course of their job duties. 24 13. The Court notes as follows: Defendants' decision to enter into the 25 parties' Stipulation for Protective Order is made without waiver of the privileges and 26 rights afforded to them, including, but not limited to, the right to privacy embodied 27 by the United States Constitution or the right to object at the time of trial to the 28 1 admissibility of such or to preclude defendants from filing pre-trial motions with 2 regard to the admissibility thereof or the information contained therein. 3 14. The Court further notes: Plaintiff’s counsel agrees and stipulates that 4 any privilege as asserted by defendant herein applies or attaches to the documents 5 which are the subject of the parties' Stipulation for Protective Order. Further, in the 6 interest of case momentum and conserving judicial resources, plaintiff’s counsel 7 agrees to maintain the documents in agreement with the terms of the parties' 8 Stipulation for Protective Order. 9 15. This Order shall not extend to any specific incident-related documents, 10 recordings, or records that were already in the possession of Plaintiff before the date 11 of Plaintiff's service in this action of Plaintiff's initial disclosures (pursuant Fed. R. 12 Civ. P. 26) – including but not necessarily limited to: incident scene or aerial 13 photographs; incident witness and/or officer interviews/statements; incident-related 14 global positioning system ("GPS") tracking digital data; and incident police dispatch 15 radio and/or dispatch/9-1-1 call recordings. This Order is primarily intended to 16 apply to the incident officer-involved shooting ("OIS") file-book prepared by the 17 Gardena Police Department. However, confidential documents as defined in the 18 parties' Stipulation and this Order – except as specifically exempted by this 19 paragraph – may be designated by any of the signatory parties as confidential 20 documents subject to the protection of the parties' Stipulation and this Order 21 16. The provisions of this Protective Order shall be in effect until further 22 Order of the Court or Stipulation by counsel for the parties. 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. January 9, 2017 DATED: ________________ ____________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE MICHAEL R. WILNER 1 Respectfully Submitted By: 2 Eugene P. Ramirez, Esq. (State Bar No. 134865) Courtney R. Arbucci Esq. (State Bar No. 266036) 3 MANNING & KASS ELLROD, RAMIREZ, TRESTER, LLP 4 801 South Figueroa Street 15th Floor at 801 Tower 5 Los Angeles, CA 90017 Telephone: (213) 624-6900 6 Facsimile: (213) 624-6999 and 7 Attorneys for Defendants, 8 CITY OF GARDENA AND OFFICER MICHAEL BERGERON 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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