R.C.C. et al v. City of Los Angeles et al

Filing 26

PROTECTIVE ORDER [CHANGES MADE BY COURT TO PARAGRAPHS 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, & 17] by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian re Stipulation for Protective Order 25 (dml)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 R.C.C., a minor, by and through her 11 guardian ad litem ELVIA CHAIDEZ, individually and as heir at law and 12 successor in interest to FLORENCIO CHAIDEZ CORONEL; C.R.C., a 13 minor, by and through her guardian ad litem ELVIA CHAIDEZ, individually 14 and as heir at law and successor in interest to FLORENCIO CHAIDEZ 15 CORONEL; and ELVIA CHAIDEZ, an individual, 16 Plaintiffs, 17 v. 18 CITY OF LOS ANGELES, an entity; 19 CITY OF LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, an entity; PATRICIA 20 BARAJAS, an individual; BRADY CUELLAR, an individual and DOES 1 21 Through 10, Inclusive, 22 CASE NO. CV16-07376 GW (JCx) PROTECTIVE ORDER RE: DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION [CHANGES MADE BY COURT TO PARAGRAPHS 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, &17] Defendants. 23 24 25 WHEREAS, Plaintiff is seeking materials and information that Defendant 26 City of Los Angeles (“City”) maintains as confidential, such as personnel files of the 27 police officers involved in this incident, Force Investigation Division materials (i.e., 28 -1- 1 Use of Force Report) and information, Internal Affairs materials and information, 2 video recordings, and other administrative materials and information currently in the 3 possession of the City and which the City believes need special protection from 4 public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation; 5 WHEREAS, Plaintiff is also seeking official information contained in the 6 personnel files of the police officers involved in the subject incident, which the City 7 maintains as strictly confidential and which the City believes need special protection 8 from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this 9 litigation; 10 WHEREAS, the City asserts that the confidentiality of the materials and 11 information sought by Plaintiff is recognized by California and federal law, as 12 evidenced inter alia by California Penal Code section 832.7 and Kerr v. United 13 States Dist. Ct. for N.D. Cal., 511 F.2d 192, 198 (9th Cir. 1975), aff'd, 426 U.S. 394 14 (1976); 15 WHEREAS, the City has not publicly released the materials and information 16 referenced above except under protective order or pursuant to court order, if at all; 17 WHEREAS, the City contends that these materials and information are of the 18 type that has been used to initiate disciplinary action against Los Angeles Police 19 Department (“LAPD”) officers, and has been used as evidence in disciplinary 20 proceedings, where the officers’ conduct was considered to be contrary to LAPD 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 policy; WHEREAS, the City contends that absent a protective order delineating the responsibilities of nondisclosure on the part of the parties hereto, there is a specific risk of unnecessary and undue disclosure by one or more of the many attorneys, secretaries, law clerks, paralegals and expert witnesses involved in this case, as well as the corollary risk of embarrassment, harassment and professional and legal harm on the part of the LAPD officers referenced in the materials and information; -2- 1 WHEREAS, the City contends that unfettered disclosure of the materials and 2 information, absent a protective order, would allow the media to share this 3 information with potential jurors in the area, impacting the rights of the City herein 4 to receive a fair trial. ORDER ON STIPULATION 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The Court, having found good cause, ORDERS as follows: 1. Defendants (hereinafter “Disclosing Party(ies)”) may designate and redact as confidential any personnel files, videos, Force Investigation Division materials, Internal Affairs materials or any other materials or writing that they, in good faith, believe is protected from disclosure within the meaning of FRCivP 26(c), in that they believe the material contains confidential or private information. Such materials may be classified as subject to this protective order by marking and redacting each document or writing, or portions thereof, with a watermark that 13 includes words such as “Confidential,” “Confidential Documents,” “Confidential 14 Material,” “Subject to Protective Order,” or words of a similar effect, and that 15 includes the case name and case number. Materials and writings so designated, and 16 all privileged information derived therefrom [hereinafter collectively referred to as 17 “Confidential Material”], shall be treated in accordance with the terms of this 18 Protective Order. In making this designation, the Disclosing Parties are also 19 representing that no portion of the materials is segregable and, therefore, subject to 20 production without restriction as “Confidential.” 2. Confidential Material may be used by the persons receiving such 21 22 information [hereinafter “Receiving Party(ies)”] only for the purpose of litigation of 23 this case, and for such other purposes as permitted by law. 24 3. This Protective Order applies not only to the Confidential Material, but 25 also to (1) any information copied or extracted from the Confidential Material; (2) 26 all copies, excerpts, summaries or compilations of Confidential Material; and (3) 27 any testimony, conversations, or presentations by Receiving Parties that might 28 reveal Confidential Material other than during a court hearing or at trial. -3- 1 4. Subject to the further conditions imposed by this Protective Order, the 2 Confidential Material may only be disclosed to the Court and to the following 3 “qualified” persons: 4 (a) Counsel of record for the parties to this civil litigation; 5 (b) Defendants City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police (c) Attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, stenographic, clerical and 6 Department; 7 8 9 secretarial personnel who are employees in the offices of counsel referred to in subparagraph (a); (d) 12 5. Expert witnesses consulted and/or retained for this action; and (f) 11 Parties to the litigation; (e) 10 The judge and court personnel, including stenographic reporters. Prior to the disclosure of any Confidential Material to any person 13 described in paragraph 4(a), (c) or (d), counsel for the Receiving Party who seeks to 14 use or disclose such Confidential Material shall first provide a copy of this 15 Protective Order and have the individual to whom the Receiving Party intends to 16 disclose said Confidential Material sign the Nondisclosure Agreement set forth in 17 Attachment “A”, stating that the person has received and read a copy of the 18 Protective Order and understands that s/he is bound by its terms. 19 6. Unless made on the record in this litigation, counsel making the 20 disclosure to any qualified person described herein shall retain the original executed 21 copy of the Nondisclosure Agreements until thirty (30) days after this litigation has 22 become final, including any appellate review, and monitoring of an injunction. 23 Counsel for the Receiving Party shall maintain all signed Nondisclosure Agreements 24 and shall produce the original signature page upon reasonable written notice from 25 opposing counsel. If an issue arises regarding a purported unauthorized disclosure 26 of Confidential Material, upon noticed motion of contempt filed by the Disclosing 27 Parties, counsel for the Receiving Party may be required to file the signed 28 -4- 1 Nondisclosure Agreements, as well as a list of the disclosed materials, in camera 2 with the Court having jurisdiction over this action. 3 7. The court reporter, videographer, and audiographer, if any, who record 4 all or part of the depositions in this matter of Defendants City of Los Angeles and 5 Los Angeles Police Department, or any other current or former employee of the Los 6 Angeles Police Department shall be subject to this Protective Order. In preparing 7 the original deposition videotape, audiotape, or portions thereof, any copies thereof, 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 or portions of copies thereof, all materials and testimony designated as “Confidential Material” shall be segregated from the rest of the deposition. No copies of such segregated “Confidential Material” portions of the materials described above shall be provided to any persons other than those persons identified in paragraph 4. Nothing in this agreement is intended to limit the rights of third parties to obtain such Confidential Material through discovery and subpoena power in other proceedings, subject to a motion for a protective order filed in those proceedings by the party seeking to prevent disclosure of the Confidential Material. 8. If any “Confidential Material” or testimony derived from such 16 materials occurs at a deposition, those attending such portions of the depositions 17 shall be bound by this Order and, therefore, shall not disclose to any person or 18 entity, in any manner, including orally, any statements made by Defendants City of 19 Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department, or any other current or former 20 employee of the Los Angeles Police Department during the “Confidential” sections 21 of said depositions. 22 9. An inadvertent failure to designate qualified materials or items does 23 not, standing alone, waive the Disclosing Party’s right to secure protection under 24 this Order for such material. Upon being notified of the correction of a designation, 25 the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with this provisions of this Order. 26 10. Upon final termination of this litigation, including any appeal 27 pertaining thereto, all materials still classified as Confidential Material at that time, 28 -5- 1 and all copies thereof, including copies provided to any qualified person in 2 paragraph 4 herein above -- except paragraph 4(f), i.e., the judge and court 3 personnel -- shall be returned to the Disclosing Party within thirty (30) days. 4 11. If any Receiving Party who receives Confidential Material is served 5 with a subpoena or other request seeking Confidential Material, s/he or it shall immediately give written notice to counsel for the Disclosing Parties, identifying the 6 Confidential Material sought and the time in which production or other disclosure is 7 required. Such notice shall be given sufficiently in advance of the date for 8 production or other disclosure so that the Disclosing Parties have the opportunity to 9 obtain/attempt to obtain an order barring production or other disclosure, or to 10 otherwise respond to the subpoena or other request for production or disclosure of 11 Confidential Material. The Receiving Party also shall immediately give notice to 12 the party who caused the subpoena or other request to issue that the material is 13 subject to this Protective Order and include a copy of this Protective Order. In no 14 event should production or disclosure be made without prior written approval by the 15 Disclosing Party’s Counsel unless required by court order arising from a motion to 16 compel production or disclosure of Confidential Material or unless otherwise 17 required by law or court order. 18 12. Any pleadings, motions, briefs, declarations, stipulations, exhibits or 19 other written submissions to the Court in this litigation which contain or incorporate 20 Confidential Material shall be submitted in accordance with Local Rule 79-5, which 21 governs the filing of materials under seal. 22 13. Counsel for the parties agree to request that any motions, applications 23 or other pre-trial proceedings which would entail the disclosure of Confidential Material be heard by the Court in a manner that would preserve the confidential 24 nature of the information, unless having heard opposition from counsel to such a 25 process, the court orders otherwise. 26 14. Nothing herein shall prejudice any party’s rights to object to the 27 introduction of any Confidential Material into evidence. 28 -6- 1 15. Any violation of this Protective Order may be punished by any and all 2 appropriate measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or 3 monetary sanctions. 4 16. Any party bound by this Protective Order who contests the confidential 5 nature of materials produced pursuant thereto may move the Court for an order to have the materials removed from the Protective Order and to have the materials 6 declared not confidential, or otherwise move to modify the Protective Order as to 7 some or all of the materials. 8 17. This Protective Order does not govern the use of Confidential Material 9 during court hearings or at trial. Any use of Confidential Material during a court 10 hearing or at trial shall be governed by the orders of the presiding judge. 11 18. Any challenge to a confidentiality designation shall be submitted to the 12 Court in the form of a joint stipulation under Local Rule 37. 13 19. Any procedures specified above in this Protective Order are in addition 14 to, and not in lieu of, compliance with the local rules regarding discovery motions. 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 18 Dated: March 27, 2017 19 20 21 _______________/s/____________________ Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -7- 1 2 3 ATTACHMENT “A” NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT I, ____________________________ do solemnly swear that I am fully 4 familiar with the terms of the Protective Order entered in R.C.C., a minor, et al. v. 5 City of Los Angeles, et al., United States District Court for the Central District of 6 California, Central Division, Case No. No.CV16-07376 GW(JCx), and hereby agree 7 to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of said Order. I hereby 8 consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District 9 of California for purposes of enforcing this Order. 10 11 Dated: _______________ Signed: _______________________________ 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -8-

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