Khanly Saycon, Jr. et al v. City of Long Beach et al

Filing 41

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar re Stipulation for Protective Order 40 . (See document for complete details) (afe)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 Dan Stormer, Esq. [S.B. #101967] Josh Piovia-Scott, Esq. [S.B. #222364] Caitlan McLoon, Esq. [S.B. #302798] HADSELL STORMER & RENICK LLP 128 N. Fair Oaks Avenue Pasadena, California 91103 Tel: (626) 585-9600/Fax: (626) 577-7079 Emails: 10 C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. [S.B. #122397] Karl P. Evangelista, Esq. [S.B. #250685] LAW OFFICES OF C. JOE SAYAS, JR. 500 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 980 Glendale, California 91203 Tel: (818) 291-0088/Fax: (818) 240-9955 Emails: 11 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 7 8 9 12 16 Howard Russell, Esq. [S.B. #163595] Nicholas Masero, Esq. [S.B. #302989] Office of the Long Beach City Attorney 333 West Ocean Blvd., 11th Floor Long Beach, CA 90802 Telephone: (562) 570-2200 Facsimile: (562) 436-1579 Email: 17 Attorneys for Defendants 13 14 15 18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 KHANLY SAYCON, JR., and ANNA LUZ SAYCON, individually and as surviving heirs and successors in interest of MHARLOUN SAYCON (deceased), Plaintiffs, v. CITY OF LONG BEACH, ROBERT LUNA, VUONG NGUYEN, and ROBERT CRUZ, Defendants. 28 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No.: 2:16-cv-05614 JFW (ASx) [Assigned to the Honorable John F. Walter Courtroom 7A] [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Complaint filed: Trial Date: July 28, 2016 November 14, 2017 1 1. 2 PURPOSE AND LIMITATIONS Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, 3 or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use 4 for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. Accordingly, the 5 parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated 6 Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket 7 protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords 8 from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are 9 entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. The parties further 10 acknowledge, as set forth in Section 13.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order 11 does not entitle them to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 12 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when 13 a party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. 14 2. 15 GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT This case revolves around a police officer’s use of lethal force. This action is likely 16 to involve police personnel records, medical records, personal information relating to the 17 nature of the relationship between parents and their deceased adult son, autopsy 18 photographs and other graphic records, employment records, personal financial records, 19 information otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be privileged or 20 otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, court rules, case 21 decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of information, to facilitate 22 the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery materials, to 23 adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep confidential, to ensure that 24 the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of such material in preparation for and 25 in the conduct of trial, to address their handling at the end of the litigation, and serve the 26 ends of justice, a protective order for such information is justified in this matter. It is the 27 intent of the parties that information will not be designated as confidential for tactical 28 reasons and that nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that it has been [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -1- 1 maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should 2 not be part of the public record of this case. 3 3. DEFINITIONS 4 3.1 Action: this pending federal law suit. 5 3.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of 6 7 information or items under this Order. 3.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it 8 is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under 9 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in the Good Cause 10 11 12 13 14 15 Statement. 3.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff). 3.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 3.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the 16 medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other 17 things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in 18 disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 19 3.7 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 20 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an 21 expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 22 23 24 25 26 3.8 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this Action. House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel. 3.9 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 3.10 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party to 27 this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and have appeared 28 in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which has appeared [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -2- 1 on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 2 3.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 3 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 4 support staffs). 5 6 3.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this Action. 7 3.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 8 services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 9 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and 10 their employees and subcontractors. 11 12 3.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 13 3.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from 14 a Producing Party. 15 4. 16 SCOPE The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected 17 Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from 18 Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected 19 Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties or their 20 Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 21 Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the trial 22 judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 23 5. 24 DURATION Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed 25 by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing 26 or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of 27 (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Action, with or without prejudice; and 28 (2) final judgment herein after the completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -3- 1 remands, trials, or reviews of this Action, including the time limits for filing any motions 2 or applications for extension of time pursuant to applicable law. 3 6. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 4 6.1 5 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under 6 this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies 7 under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for protection only 8 those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify 9 so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which 10 protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 11 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that 12 are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., 13 to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to impose unnecessary 14 expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Designating Party to sanctions. 15 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 16 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 17 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 18 6.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 19 Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 6.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 20 ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order 21 must be clearly so designated when the material is disclosed or produced. 22 23 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 24 documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or 25 trial proceedings), that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the 26 legend “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), 27 to each page that contains protected material. If only a portion or 28 portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -4- 1 Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) 2 (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 3 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for 4 inspection need not designate them for protection until after the 5 inspecting Party has indicated which documents it would like copied 6 and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all of 7 the material made available for inspection shall be deemed 8 “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the 9 documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must 10 determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection 11 under this Order. Then, before producing the specified documents, the 12 Producing Party must affix the “CONFIDENTIAL legend” to each 13 page that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of 14 the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also 15 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making 16 appropriate markings in the margins). 17 (b) for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party identify 18 the Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, before the close of 19 the deposition all protected testimony. 20 (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary and for 21 any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent 22 place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the 23 information is stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion 24 or portions of the information warrants protection, the Producing Party, 25 to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 26 6.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure 27 to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the 28 Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -5- 1 timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to 2 assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 3 7. 4 5 7.1 7.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process under Local Rule 37.1 et seq. 8 9 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s Scheduling Order. 6 7 CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 7.3 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 10 harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the 11 Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating Party has waived or withdrawn the 12 confidentiality designation, all parties shall continue to afford the material in question the 13 level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the 14 Court rules on the challenge. 15 8. 16 ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 8.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 17 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this Action 18 only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Action. Such Protected 19 Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions 20 described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a Receiving Party must 21 comply with the provisions of section 14 below (FINAL DISPOSITION). 22 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location 23 and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under 24 this Order 25 8.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 26 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party 27 may disclose any information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 28 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -6- 1 well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is 2 reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this Action; 3 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the 4 Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 5 Action; 6 (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom 7 disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed 8 the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 9 (d) the court and its personnel; 10 (e) court reporters and their staff; 11 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and Professional 12 Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action 13 and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be 14 Bound” (Exhibit A); 15 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 16 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the 17 information; 18 (h) during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, in the 19 Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the 20 deposing party requests that the witness sign the form attached as 21 Exhibit A hereto; and (2) they will not be permitted to keep any 22 confidential information unless they sign the “Acknowledgment and 23 Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the 24 Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed 25 deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected 26 Material may be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be 27 disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this Stipulated 28 Protective Order; and [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -7- 1 (i) any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, 2 mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement 3 discussions. 4 9. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 5 OTHER LITIGATION 6 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that 7 compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 8 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: 9 (a) 10 promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 11 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to 12 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the 13 subpoena or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall 14 include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and 15 (c) 16 cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 17 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the 18 subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action as 19 “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the subpoena or 20 order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s permission. The 21 Designating Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in that court of 22 its confidential material and nothing in these provisions should be construed as 23 authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this Action to disobey a lawful directive 24 from another court. 25 10. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE 26 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 27 (a) 28 The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a NonParty in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -8- 1 produced by Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the 2 remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions 3 should be construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional 4 protections. 5 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce 6 a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 7 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 8 confidential information, then the Party shall: 9 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party that 10 some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality 11 agreement with a Non-Party; 12 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated 13 Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a 14 reasonably specific description of the information requested; and 15 (3) 16 make the information requested available for inspection by the NonParty, if requested. 17 (c) If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 14 18 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving 19 Party may produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to 20 the discovery request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the 21 Receiving Party shall not produce any information in its possession or control 22 that is subject to the confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a 23 determination by the court. Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non- 24 Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in this court of 25 its Protected Material. 26 27 28 11. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -9- 1 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing 2 the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all 3 unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the person or persons to whom 4 unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, and (d) request such 5 person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” that is 6 attached hereto as Exhibit A. 7 12. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 8 PROTECTED MATERIAL 9 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain inadvertently 10 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of 11 the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). 12 This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e- 13 discovery order that provides for production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to 14 Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the 15 effect of disclosure of a communication or information covered by the attorney-client 16 privilege or work product protection, the parties may incorporate their agreement in the 17 stipulated protective order submitted to the court. 18 13. 19 20 21 MISCELLANEOUS 13.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 13.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 22 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing 23 or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this Stipulated 24 Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in 25 evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective Order. 26 13.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any Protected 27 Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material may only be filed 28 under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -10- 1 Material at issue. If a Party's request to file Protected Material under seal is denied by the 2 court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the public record unless 3 otherwise instructed by the court 4 14. 5 FINAL DISPOSITION After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 5, within 60 days 6 of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must return all 7 Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As used in this 8 subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, 9 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. 10 Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party must submit 11 a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the 12 Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies (by category, where 13 appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed and (2)affirms that 14 the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any 15 other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this 16 provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, 17 trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition 18 and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work 19 product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival copies that 20 contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective Order as set forth 21 in Section 5 (DURATION). 22 /// 23 /// 24 /// 25 26 27 28 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -11- 1 15. 2 3 VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary sanctions. 4 5 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 6 7 Dated: January 10, 2017 8 9 By: 10 /s/ - Caitlan McLoon1 Caitlan McLoon Attorneys for Plaintiffs 11 12 LAW OFFICES OF C. JOE SAYAS, JR. HADSELL STORMER & RENICK LLP Dated: January 10, 2017 CHARLES PARKIN, City Attorney 13 By: 14 /s/ - Nicholas Masero Nicholas Masero Deputy City Attorney Attorneys for Defendants 15 16 17 18 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 20 Dated: January 12, 2017 21 / s / Alka Sagar HONORABLE ALKA SAGAR United States Magistrate Judge 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 I hereby attest that the other signatory listed, and on whose behalf the filing is submitted, concurs in the filing’s content and has authorized the filing. [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -12- 1 2 EXHIBIT A I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 3 ________________________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty 4 of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order 5 that was issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California on 6 [date] in the case of Saycon et al. v. City of Long Beach et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-5614- 7 JFW (ASx). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated 8 Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose 9 me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will 10 not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated 11 Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of 12 this Order. I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court 13 for the Central District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this 14 Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination 15 of this action. I hereby appoint __________________________ [print or type full name] 16 of _______________________________________ [print or type full address and 17 telephone number] as my California agent for service of process in connection with this 18 action or any proceedings related to enforcement of this Stipulated Protective Order. 19 20 Date: ______________________________________ 21 City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ 22 23 Printed name: _______________________________ 24 25 Signature: __________________________________ 26 27 28 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER -i-

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