Jesus Escochea v. The County of Los Angeles et al

Filing 53

PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION by Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott. re Stipulation for Protective Order 52 . (See Order for Further Details) (kl)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES; ) ) RONALD VALDIVIA, in his ) individual and official capacity; ) STEVE COOLEY, in his official ) capacity; JACKIE LACEY, in her ) official capacity; KEITH ) KAUFFMAN, in his individual and official capacity; and THE CITY OF ) ) HAWTHORNE, ) ) Defendants. ) ) JESUS ESCOCHEA, 2:16-cv-00271 JFW (JEMx) [Assigned to the Hon. John F. Walter, Courtroom 16] PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION Complaint Filed: 01/13/16 Trial Date: 02/07/17 23 24 The Court, having read the proposed protective order by Defendants County of 25 Los Angeles and Ronald Valdivia (hereinafter “County Defendants”) and Defendants 26 City of Hawthorne and Keith Kauffman (hereinafter “City Defendants”) and Plaintiff 27 Jesus Escochea (hereinafter “Plaintiff”), by and through their counsel of record, 28 makes the following rulings thereon: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 1 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 1. Any and all DOCUMENTS in Defendant County of Los Angeles’ 2 possession, custody and/or control relating to the following shall be produced under 3 seal and subject to the confidentiality requirements set forth by this protective order 4 (“DOCUMENT” means a writing as defined by Federal Rules of Evidence 1001(1), 5 and shall include without limitation, the original (and absent the original then a copy 6 thereof), all file copies and copies not identical to the original of any writing or 7 record of every type, form, and description that is in the possession, custody, or 8 control of the responding party, or that no longer is in the responding party’s 9 possession but that the responding party still has knowledge, whether or not said 10 writings or records are claimed to be privileged or otherwise immune from discovery 11 including by way of illustration and not limitation, the following items, whether said 12 writings or records are on paper, magnetic disk, tape, or other computer or digital 13 storage medium, microfilm, microfiche, floppy, or any other storage or recording 14 medium): 15 a) Personnel file for Ronald Valdivia, including, but not limited to: 16 a. Any and all training documents for Ronald Valdivia, including 17 dates of training, descriptions of training and certificates of 18 completion; 19 b. Any and all salary information, including bonus verifications; 20 c. Any and all performance evaluations and related reports; 21 d. Any and all other personnel records contained within Ronald 22 Valdivia’s personnel file. 23 b) The Internal Affairs Bureau investigation file pertaining to Ronald 24 Valdivia’s involvement with the search warrant dated April 27, 2011 25 relating to the address located at 17725 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite #304, 26 Torrance, California 90504. 27 28 Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 2. Any and all DOCUMENTS in Defendant City of Hawthorne’s possession, custody and/or control relating to the following shall be produced under 19908 2 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 seal and subject to the confidentiality requirements set forth by this protective order: 2 a) Personnel file for Keith Kauffman, including, but not limited to: 3 a. Any and all training documents for Keith Kauffman; 4 b. Any and all salary information; 5 c. Any and all performance evaluations; 6 d. Any and all other personnel records contained within Keith 7 Kauffman’s personnel file. 8 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT, 9 1. Any information produced by any party may be designated, pursuant to 10 this Protective Order, “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION,” by the Producing Party1 11 marking (apart from original deposition or trial transcripts) the words 12 “CONFIDENTIAL SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” on each page of such 13 designated material. 14 2. 15 follows: 16 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall be used in this litigation as a. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained 17 therein shall be used solely in connection with this litigation and the 18 preparation of this case, or any related appellate proceeding, and not for 19 any other purpose, including any other litigation or administrative 20 proceedings. Further, the Parties’ Counsel agrees that 21 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained 22 therein shall be for Attorney’s Eyes Only, and shall not be disclosed to 23 their clients. 24 b. Under no circumstances shall the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, 25 or the information contained therein, be retained, compiled, stored, used 26 as a database, or disseminated, in any form, except for purposes of this 27 28 Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 1 For purposes of this Order, the “Producing Party” shall mean the party producing documents and/or seeking to designate the material confidential. The “Receiving Party” shall mean any party receiving discovery material. 19908 3 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 litigated matter in accordance with this Protective Order or by further 2 order of the Court; 3 c. The Producing Party reserves all objections, including but not limited to 4 the following objections: on grounds that particular documents are 5 CONFIDENTIAL by the attorney-client and/or the attorney work 6 product doctrine; official information privilege; are not likely to lead to 7 the discovery of admissible evidence, and as such are not relevant to the 8 causes of action raised by this lawsuit under Federal Rules of Civil 9 Procedure, Rule 26(a)(1)(A)(B); and all remedies under the Federal 10 Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, including 11 the right to recess a deposition to bring a protective order before the 12 Court; 13 d. The parties reserve all rights and remedies under the Federal Rules of 14 Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence pertaining to 15 discovery; 16 e. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained 17 therein may not be disclosed, except as set forth in paragraph 2(f) below; 18 f. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained 19 therein may only be disclosed to the following persons: 20 i. Counsel for the Receiving Party; 21 ii. Paralegal, law clerk, stenographic, clerical and secretarial 22 personnel regularly employed by counsel referred to in paragraph 23 2(f)(i) above; 24 iii. The Court, as set forth below; 25 iv. Any expert, consultant, or law student retained in the instant case 26 by the Receiving Party, provided that each such person sign a 27 Declaration of Compliance (in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 28 “A”) stating that he or she has read and understands the Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 4 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 Stipulation and Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its 2 terms. However, Plaintiff’s counsel may not disclose directly to 3 the Plaintiff, either orally or in writing, the names, addresses, and 4 telephone numbers of any information or witnesses identified in 5 the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, but may discuss with the 6 Plaintiff the information obtained from any investigation 7 conducted as a result of disclosed CONFIDENTIAL 8 INFORMATION; 9 v. Any individual approved by the Court. 10 g. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be divulged to any other 11 person or entities, including but not limited to the print, radio, telephone, 12 world wide web or internet, or television media; 13 h. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be posted on the internet 14 or on any website; 15 i. If any information and/or documents which are the subject of this 16 Protective Order are presented to this or any other court in any other 17 manner prior to the time of trial, said information and/or documents 18 shall be lodged under seal, pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1, and with an 19 appropriate application made to United States District Judge John F. 20 Walter, for lodging under seal, in an envelope clearly marked as follows: 21 “CONFIDENTIAL AND MATERIAL 22 SUBJECT TO A PROTECTIVE ORDER. 23 CASE NO.: 2-16-cv-00271 JFW (JEMx).” 24 j. In the event that any of the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION is used 25 in any Court proceeding in this action and is sealed and does not appear 26 as part of the publicly accessible record, it shall not lose its confidential 27 status through such use, and the party using CONFIDENTIAL 28 INFORMATION shall take all reasonable steps to maintain its Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 5 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 confidentiality during such use; however, nothing in this provision limits 2 the parties from using such materials filed with the Court and part of the 3 publicly accessible record in any way; 4 k. Testimony taken at any deposition, conference, hearing, or trial may be 5 designated as confidential by making a statement to that effect on the 6 record at the deposition or proceeding. The party seeking to designate 7 the transcript as CONFIDENTIAL shall make arrangements with the 8 Court Reporter transcribing such proceedings to separately bind such 9 portions of the transcript containing information designated as 10 confidential, and to label such portions accordingly. 11 l. Nothing in this protective order should be interpreted as stipulating to or 12 requiring the closure of trial proceedings or the sealing of any evidence 13 at trial. To close or seal any trial proceedings, the party seeking closure 14 or sealing must apply to the Court in advance. To better allow such 15 applications, the parties agree to notify each other of their intent to use 16 material designated CONFIDENTIAL at trial, prior to trial for written 17 documents and exhibits, or prior to the use of any prior testimony used 18 for impeachment or admissions; 19 3. Jesus Escochea, the Plaintiff in this case, may not under any 20 circumstances retain or view the following documents or be allowed to make or keep 21 any copies of such documents specified below. This provision shall apply to all 22 Plaintiffs in this case regardless of the status of the case and current counsel. These 23 categories of documents are specifically categorized as follows: 24 a) Personnel file for Ronald Valdivia, including, but not limited to: 25 a. Any and all training documents for Ronald Valdivia, including 26 dates of training, descriptions of training and certificates of 27 completion; 28 Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 b. Any and all salary information, including bonus verifications; 19908 6 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 c. Any and all performance evaluations and related reports; 2 d. Any and all other personnel records contained within Ronald 3 Valdivia’s personnel file. 4 b) The Internal Affairs Bureau investigation file pertaining to Ronald 5 Valdivia’s involvement with the search warrant dated April 27, 2011 6 relating to the address located at 17725 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite #304, 7 Torrance, California 90504. 8 c) Personnel file for Keith Kauffman, including, but not limited to: 9 a. Any and all training documents for Keith Kauffman; 10 b. Any and all salary information; 11 c. Any and all performance evaluations; 12 d. Any and all other personnel records contained within Keith 13 Kauffman’s personnel file. 14 4. Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s Counsel, County Defendants, County Defendants’ 15 Counsel, City Defendants, and City Defendants’ Counsel shall cause the substance of 16 this Protective Order to be communicated and obtain agreement to abide by the 17 Protective Order to each person whom CONFIDENTIAL materials are revealed in 18 accordance with this Order. 19 5. The Receiving Party may challenge the designation as 20 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION of any material so designated by a Producing 21 Party. The Receiving Party must raise a challenge to such designation, in writing, to 22 the Producing Party at any time prior to a judgment in the litigation. The parties 23 must meet and confer in an attempt to resolve any such challenge. Failing informal 24 resolution between parties, the Producing Party may file and serve a Motion for a 25 Protective Order with the Court. The parties agree that if the Motion for Protective 26 Order is filed within 21 days of the written challenge (subject to extension upon 27 agreement of the Parties), the Material will retain its original designation until the 28 Court rules on the Motion for a Protective Order. If the Producing Party does not file Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 7 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 a motion within the 21-day period following a challenge, the material is no longer 2 designated as CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION for purposes of this Order, but that 3 change in designation does not bar the Producing Party from subsequently filing a 4 motion for a protective order. 5 6. After completion of the judicial process in this case, including any 6 appeals or other termination of this litigation, all CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 7 received under the provisions of this Order and copies thereof shall be destroyed or 8 returned to the attorneys of record for the Producing Party. The provisions of this 9 Order shall be in effect until further order of this Court. 10 7. That any counsel, expert or consultant retained in the instant case or 11 investigator retained by counsel for any party to this case, shall not disclose the 12 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION of the information contained therein in any other 13 court proceeding subject to further order of this Court. 14 8. All CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION produced in accordance with 15 this Protective Order shall not be used in any deposition, legal proceeding, or in any 16 other forum than the instant case, nor shall the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 17 be disseminated in any form, except by court order, or until such time as the 18 “CONFIDENTIAL” designation is removed by agreement of counsel for the parties, 19 by operation of Paragraph 5 of this Order, or by further order of this Court. 20 21 9. Provisions of this Order insofar as they restrict disclosure and the use of material shall be in effect until further order of this Court. 22 10. In the event that the terms of this Protective Order are violated, the 23 parties agree that the aggrieved party may immediately apply to the Federal Court to 24 obtain injunctive relief and monetary sanctions against any person violating or 25 threatening to violate any of the terms of this Protective Order. This Court shall 26 retain jurisdiction over the parties for the purpose of enforcing this Protective Order, 27 and the Court shall have the power to modify this Protective Order at any time and to 28 impose whatever penalties it deems appropriate for the violation of this Protective Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 8 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 Order, including but not limited to monetary sanctions, judicial sanctions, issue 2 preclusion, and contempt. Any such request for injunctive relief and/or monetary 3 sanctions must be made by a properly noticed motion and pursuant to statute to the 4 appropriate Court. 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 7 DATED: _______________ 10/11/2016 8 By: ______________________________ : ________________________________ _ HON. JOHN E. MCDERMOTT N UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CO 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 9 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 2 EXHIBIT “A” DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH AND CONSENT TO BE BOUND 3 BY STIPULATION AND PROTECITVE ORDER 4 5 I, declare as follows: 1. 6 I understand that information deemed confidential and private is going 7 to be provided to me pursuant to the terms and restrictions of a Stipulation and 8 Protective Order in the action of Jesus Escochea v. County of Los Angeles, et al., 9 CASE NO. 2:16-cv-00271 JFW (JEMx). 2. 10 I have received and read a copy of the Stipulation and Protective Order 11 dated ______________, and I agree to be bound by its terms and restrictions and to 12 not reveal or otherwise communicate any of the information disclosed to me in 13 connection with this action except in accordance with the terms of the Stipulation and 14 Protective Order. I consent to personal jurisdiction over me by a court of competent 15 jurisdiction for purposes of enforcing the Stipulation and Protective Order dated 16 ______________. 3. 17 I agree that any disclosure of Confidential Information shall be only 18 such as is necessary to accomplish the fundamental purpose of this litigation and on a 19 need to know basis. I agree to take such security precautions to protect from 20 disclosure and keep confidential the Confidential Information as I normally take with 21 regard to any Confidential Information that I desire to keep secret or confidential. I 22 agree to advise any employee or agent to whom a disclosure is made pursuant to the 23 Stipulation and Protective Order dated ______________ that the information is not to 24 be disclosed to third parties except as expressly provided by the Stipulation and 25 Protective Order dated ______________. 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 10 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 2 4. responsible at all times for any unauthorized disclosure. 3 4 Notwithstanding everything above, I agree to continue to be primarily I declare under penalty of perjury pursuant to the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. 5 6 Executed on __________________________________________________ 7 Signed Name 8 9 ____________________________ 10 Printed Name 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP 1100 El Centro Street So. Pasadena, CA 91030 Phone (626) 243-1100 Fax (626) 243-1111 19908 11 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION PROOF OF SERVICE (CCP §§ 1013(a) and 2015.5; FRCP 5) State of California, County of Orange. ) ) ss. ) I am employed in the County of Orange, State of California. I am over the age of 18 and not a party to the within action. My business address is 750 The City Drive, Suite 400, Orange, California 92868. On this date, I served the foregoing document described as [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMARTION on the interested parties in this action by placing same in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows: Thomas M. Ferlauto, Esq. THE LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS M. FERLAUTO, APC 8 Whatney Avenue, Suite 101 Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 334-8650 – FAX: (949) 334-8691 TMF@lawofficeTMF.com Attorneys for Plaintiff, JESUS ESCOCHEA Dana John McCune, Esq. Steven H. Taylor, Esq. McCUNE & HARBER, LLP 515 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 689-2500 – FAX: (213) 689-2501 dmccune@mccuneharber.com staylor@mccuneharber.com Attorneys for Defendants, CITY OF HAWTHORNE and KEITH KAUFFMAN (BY MAIL) - I caused such envelope(s) with postage thereon fully prepaid to be placed in the United States mail in Orange, California to be served on the parties as indicated on the attached service list. I am “readily familiar” with the firm’s practice of collection and processing correspondence for mailing. Under that practice, it would be deposited with the U.S. Postal Service on that same day with postage thereon fully prepaid at: Orange, California in the ordinary course of business. I am aware that on motion of the party served, service is presumed invalid if postal cancellation date or postage meter date is more than one day after date of deposit for mailing in affidavit. (BY CERTIFIED MAIL) – I caused such envelope(s) with postage thereon fully prepaid via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested to be placed in the United States Mail in Orange, California. BY EXPRESS MAIL OR ANOTHER METHOD OF DELIVERY PROVIDING FOR OVERNIGHT DELIVERY (BY ELECTRONIC FILING AND/OR SERVICE) – I served a true copy, with all exhibits, electronically on designated recipients listed on the attached Service List on: October 10, 2016 (Date) at (Time) FEDERAL EXPRESS - I caused the envelope to be delivered to an authorized courier or driver authorized to receive documents with delivery fees provided for. (BY FACSIMILE) - I caused the above-described document(s) to be transmitted to the offices of the interested parties at the facsimile number(s) indicated on the attached Service List and the activity report(s) generated by facsimile number (714) 823-4101 indicated all pages were transmitted. (BY PERSONAL SERVICE) - I caused such envelope(s) to be delivered by hand to the office(s) of the addressee(s). Executed on October 10, 2016 at Orange, California. (STATE) - I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the above is true and correct. (FEDERAL) - I declare that I am employed in the office of a member of the bar of this court at whose direction the service was made. VIVIAN MAXWELL viannotti@ccmslaw.com

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