Desert Valley Hospital, LLC v. Sylvia Mathes Burwell

Filing 42

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Steve Kim. In re: Stipulation for Protective Order 41 (mkr)

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Troy A. Schell, Esq. (SBN 208661) Bryan Wong, Esq. (SBN 205573) 2 3300 East Guasti Road, 3rd Floor Ontario, California 91761 3 Telephone: (909) 235-4400 Facsimile: (909) 235-4419 1 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Attorneys for Desert Valley Hospital, LLC, dba Desert Valley Hospital Sandra R. Brown Acting United States Attorney Dorothy A. Schouten, AUSA Chief, Civil Division David K. Barrett, AUSA Chief, Civil Fraud Section Linda A. Kontos, AUSA Deputy Chief, Civil Fraud Section Donald W. Yoo, AUSA (SBN 227679) Room 7516, Federal Building 300 North Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Phone: (213) 894-7395 Facsimile: (213) 894-7819 Attorneys for Defendant Thomas E. Price, M.D., in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services 14 15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 16 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 17 18 Desert Valley Hospital, LLC, a limited liability company doing business as Desert Valley Hospital, 19 20 vs. Plaintiff Thomas E. Price, in his official capacity as Secretary of the 22 Department of Health and Human Services, 21 23 24 25 Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 17-cv-00661-DMG (SKx) [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Honorable Steve Kim 26 27 28 1 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between counsel for Plaintiff 1 2 Desert Valley Hospital, LLC, doing business as Desert Valley Hospital 3 (“Plaintiff”), and Defendant Thomas E. Price1, sued in his official capacity as 4 Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( “Defendant”), 5 (collectively, the “Parties”), that during the pre-trial stage of the above-captioned 6 case (the “Litigation”) the following Protective Order (the “Order”) shall govern 7 the handling of Confidential Information received through discovery, or the 8 voluntary exchange of information, (“Discovery Material”) in the Litigation. 9 1.1 PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS Discovery in the Litigation is likely to involve production of confidential, 10 11 proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 12 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting and defending this 13 litigation may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and 14 petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties 15 acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures 16 or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure 17 and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to 18 confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. The parties further 19 acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective 20 Order does not entitle them to file confidential information under seal. Rather, 21 when the parties seek permission from the court to file materials under seal, the 22 parties must comply with C.D. Local Rule 79-5 and with any pertinent 23 orders of the assigned District Judge and Magistrate Judge. See, e.g., Standing 24 Order, ¶ 9 (Docket No. 9). Nothing in this Protective Order supersedes existing 25 1 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 25(d), Thomas E. Price, who was officially sworn in as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on 27 February 10, 2017, is substituted into this action for defendant Sylvia Mathews Burwell. See Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Court for D.C., 541 U.S. 913, 917 (2004) 28 (“[F]ederal law provides for automatic substitution of the new officer when the originally named officer has been replaced.”) (citing Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 25(d)). 26 2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 independent statutory, law enforcement, national security, or regulatory obligations 2 imposed on a party, and this Stipulated Protective Order does not prohibit or 3 absolve the parties from complying with such other obligations 4 1.2 GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT This Litigation is likely to involve information and documents which may be 5 6 subject to limitations on disclosure due to federal laws, state laws, privileges 7 and/or privacy rights concerning the disclosure of confidential medical 8 information, trade secrets, or proprietary information. Accordingly, to expedite the 9 flow of information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over 10 confidentiality of discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties 11 are entitled to keep confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable 12 necessary uses of such material in connection with this action, to address their 13 handling at the end of the litigation, and to serve the ends of justice, a protective 14 order for such information is justified in this matter. The parties shall not designate 15 any information/documents as confidential for tactical reasons or without a good 16 faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and 17 there is good cause or compelling reasons why it should not be part of the public 18 record of this case. 19 1.3 20 CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION This Litigation involves documents and information that are likely to contain 21 certain individually identifiable health information (defined as health information 22 that is connected to a patient’s name, address, social security number or other 23 identifying number). Information produced may be subject to the provisions of the 24 Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a), the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule (45 C.F.R. 25 Parts 160, 162, 164), or the provisions of 42 U.S.C. § 1306, or there may be no 26 waiver by the patient to produce the records to any entity outside the requested or 27 subpoenaed person. The Producing Party may produce the information in an 28 unredacted form and shall designate this information as confidential in the manner 3 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 set forth in paragraph 5 below. All Parties receiving this designated information 2 shall not file these documents or information, submit them to the Court, or 3 reproduce their contents in any court filing unless the information is submitted for 4 filing under seal or all information that would identify the subject of the document 5 or information has been removed or redacted. 6 2. DEFINITIONS 7 2.1 Litigation: This pending federal law suit. 8 2.2 Challenging Party: A Party or Non-Party that challenges the 9 10 designation of information or items under this Order. 2.3 “Confidential” or ‘Confidential Health Information”: Information 11 (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that 12 qualify for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified 13 above in the Good Cause Statement and description of Confidential Health 14 Information. 15 16 17 2.4 Counsel: Government counsel, Relator’s Counsel, Defendants’ Outside Counsel of record and In-house counsel, as well as counsel’s support staff. 2.5 Designating Party: A Party or Non-Party that designates information 18 or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as 19 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION.” 20 2.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: All items or information, regardless 21 of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, 22 among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced 23 or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 24 2.7 Expert: A person with specialized knowledge or experience in a 25 matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to 26 serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this Litigation. 27 28 2.8 In-House Counsel: Attorneys who are employees of a Party to this Litigation. In-House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any 4 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 other outside counsel. 2.9 2 3 Non-Party: Any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this Litigation. 2.10 Outside Counsel of Record: Attorneys who are not employees of a 4 5 Party to this Litigation but are retained to represent or advise a party to this 6 Litigation and have appeared in this Litigation on behalf of that Party or are 7 affiliated with a law firm which has appeared on behalf of that Party, and includes 8 support staff. 2.11 Party: Any party to this Litigation, including all of its officers, 9 10 directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record 11 (and their support staffs). 2.12 Producing Party: A Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 12 13 Discovery Material in this Litigation. 14 2.13 Professional Vendors: Persons or entities that provide litigation 15 support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 16 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) 17 and their employees and subcontractors. 2.14 Protected Material: Any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 18 19 designated by a party as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH 20 INFORMATION.” 2.15 Receiving Party: A Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery 21 22 Material from a Producing Party. 23 3. SCOPE 24 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 25 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or 26 extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or 27 compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any deposition testimony, 28 conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal 5 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Protected Material, other than during a court hearing or trial. 2 Any use of Protected Material during a court hearing or trial shall be 3 governed by the orders of the presiding judge. This Order does not govern the use 4 of Protected Material during a court hearing or trial. 5 4. DURATION Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations 6 7 imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees 8 otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be 9 deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Litigation, 10 with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and 11 exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this Litigation, 12 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of 13 time pursuant to applicable law. 14 5. 15 DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. 16 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under 17 this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that 18 qualifies under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for 19 protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written 20 communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, 21 items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 22 unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 23 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that 24 are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose 25 (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to impose 26 unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Designating 27 Party to sanctions. 28 6 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 2 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 3 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 5.2 4 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in 5 this Order (see, e.g., section 5.2(b) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, 6 Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order 7 must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 8 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) 9 For information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 10 documents, but excluding electronic information produced in native form or in a 11 format that is not amenable to visible endorsement on the image, and also 12 excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the 13 Producing Party affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL 14 HEALTH INFORMATION” to each page of the document that contains protected 15 material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for 16 protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) 17 (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). (b) 18 For electronic information that is provided in native form or a 19 format that is not amenable to visible endorsement on the image, the file name(s) 20 shall begin with “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH 21 INFORMATION.”2 The media on which the Protected Material is provided (e.g., 22 CD, DVD, external hard drive) also must be and remain plainly labeled with 23 “CONFIDENTIAL – SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or 24 “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION” unless and until the protection of 25 the data within the media is removed. Any copying or transferring of electronic 26 files that are designated as Protected Material must be done in a manner that 27 2 28 The original metadata of the native files shall be retained pursuant to the Parties’ agreed upon ESI protocols. 7 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 maintains the protection for all copies, including, but not limited to, maintaining 2 the protection in the filename(s) and the location where the copies are stored and 3 the location where the users access the information. 4 (c) A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available 5 for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting 6 Party has indicated which documents it would like copied and produced. During 7 the inspection and before the designation, all of the material made available for 8 inspection shall be deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has 9 identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must 10 determine which documents qualify for protection under this Order. Then, before 11 producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the 12 “CONFIDENTIAL or CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION legend” to 13 each page of the document that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or 14 portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also 15 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate 16 markings in the margins). If the original documents made available for inspection 17 that are designated for copying include materials produced in native file format, or 18 that are in a format that is not amenable to visible endorsement on the image, the 19 Producing Party shall comply with the direction in subparagraph (b) of this 20 Paragraph regarding their production. 21 (d) For testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party 22 identify the Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, or by letter from 23 counsel within thirty days of receipt of the official deposition transcript or copy 24 thereof (or written notification that the transcript is available), listing the specific 25 pages and lines of the transcript and any exhibits that should be treated as 26 Protected Material. The entire deposition transcript (including any exhibits not 27 previously produced in discovery in this Litigation) shall be treated as Protected 28 Material under this Order until the expiration of the above-referenced 30-day 8 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 period for designation, except that the deponent (and his or her counsel, if any) 2 may review the transcript of his or her own deposition during the 30-day period 3 subject to this Order and the requirement of executing the certification attached as 4 Exhibit A. After designation of Protected Material is made, the following shall be 5 placed on the front of the original and each copy of a deposition transcript 6 containing Protected Material: “CONFIDENTIAL – SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE 7 ORDER” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION.” If the deposition 8 was filmed, both the recording storage medium (i.e. CD or DVD) and its container 9 shall be labeled “CONFIDENTIAL – SUBJECT TO PROTECIVE ORDER” or 10 “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION.” (e) 11 For information produced in some form other than documentary 12 and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent 13 place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information is 14 stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL – SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or 15 “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION.” If only a portion or portions of 16 the information warrants protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, 17 shall identify the protected portion(s). (f) 18 For interrogatory answers and responses to requests for 19 admissions, designation of Protected Material shall be made by placing within each 20 interrogatory answer or response to requests for admission asserted to contain 21 Protected Material the following: “CONFIDENTIAL – SUBJECT TO 22 PROTECTIVE ORDER” or ‘CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION.” 23 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent 24 failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive 25 the Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such 26 material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make 27 reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the 28 provisions of this Order. 9 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 6.1 2 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a 3 designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s 4 Scheduling Order. 6.2 5 6 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process under Local Rule 37.1 et seq. 6.3 7 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be 8 on the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper 9 purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other 10 parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating 11 Party has waived or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall 12 continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is 13 entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the Court rules on the 14 challenge. 15 6.4 After a designation as Protected Material is removed or withdrawn by 16 the Designating Party or by the Court, the Designating Party must provide to the 17 Receiving Party replacement documents, files, or information that is free from any 18 marking is or designations as Protected Material. The replacement versions shall 19 be provided in the same format as the information that is to be replaced, unless 20 otherwise agreed to by the Parties. The presumptive time for providing the 21 replacement information shall be ten days, but the Designating Party must in good 22 faith provide the information in a reasonable time, considering any agreements 23 with the Receiving Party, the volume of information to be re-produced, and the 24 nature or format of the information. 25 7. 26 ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 27 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this 28 Litigation only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Litigation. 10 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Such Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and 2 under the conditions described in this Order. When the Litigation has been 3 terminated, a Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 4 regarding Final Disposition below. 5 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a 6 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons 7 authorized under this Order. 8 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH 9 INFORMATION” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or 10 permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any 11 information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL 12 HEALTH INFORMATION” only to: 13 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this 14 Litigation, as well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is 15 reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this Litigation; 16 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including In-house 17 Counsel) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for 18 this Litigation and who have received a copy of this Order; 19 (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to 20 whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Litigation and who received a 21 copy of this Order 22 (d) the court and its personnel; 23 (e) court reporters and their staff; 24 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and 25 Professional Vendors, to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 26 Litigation and who have received a copy of this Order; 27 28 (g) witnesses and potential witnesses, including their counsel, provided each such person first receives a copy of this Order; 11 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER (h) 1 during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, 2 in the Litigation to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided that (1) the 3 deposing party provides the witness with a copy of this Order; and (2) the witness 4 will not be permitted to keep any Protected Material, unless otherwise agreed by 5 the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed deposition 6 testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material may be 7 separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except 8 as permitted under this Order; and (i) 9 any mediator, arbitrator or settlement officer, and their 10 supporting personnel, mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in 11 settlement discussions. 12 8. 13 PRODUCEDIN OTHER LITIGATION PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED 14 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 15 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Litigation as 16 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION” that Party 17 must: 18 19 20 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order 21 to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the 22 subpoena or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall 23 include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and 24 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be 25 pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 26 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the 27 subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this 28 Litigation as “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH 12 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 INFORMATION” before a determination by the court from which the subpoena or 2 order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s permission or 3 unless otherwise required by the law or court order. Absent a court order to the 4 contrary, the Designating Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking 5 protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions 6 should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this 7 Litigation to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 8 9. 9 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 10 A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a 11 Non-Party in connection with this Litigation, including the United States’ 12 investigation of Relator’s allegations, and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 13 “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION”. Such information produced by 14 Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the remedies and 15 relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be construed as 16 prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional protections. 17 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to 18 produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 19 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 20 confidential information, then the Party shall: 21 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non- 22 Party that some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality 23 agreement with a Non-Party; 24 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of this Order in 25 this Litigation, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific 26 description of the information requested; and 27 28 (3) make the information requested available for inspection by the Non-Party, if requested. 13 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER (c) 1 If a Non-Party represented by counsel fails to commence the process 2 called for by Local Rules 45-1 and 37-1, et seq. within 14 days of receiving the 3 notice and accompanying information or fails contemporaneously to notify the 4 Receiving Party that it has done so, the Receiving Party may produce the 5 Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If 6 an unrepresented Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 7 14 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving 8 Party may produce the Non-Party’s Confidential Information responsive to the 9 discovery request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving 10 Party shall not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject 11 to the confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the 12 court unless otherwise required by the law or court order. Absent a court order 13 to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking 14 protection in this court of its Protected Material. 15 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 16 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has 17 disclosed Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized 18 under this Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the 19 Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve 20 all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the person or persons 21 to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order. 22 11. 23 PROTECTED MATERIAL 24 INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 25 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other 26 protection, the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal 27 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify 28 whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for 14 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 production without prior privilege review. 2 12. 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any 3 4 MISCELLANEOUS person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 5 6 Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing or 7 producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this Order. 8 Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of 9 any of the material covered by this Order. 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 10 11 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5 and with any pertinent 12 orders of the assigned District Judge and Magistrate Judge. See, e.g., Standing 13 Order, ¶ 9 (Docket No. 9). Protected Material may only be filed under seal 14 pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected Material 15 at issue. If a Receiving Party intends to file any Protected Material of a 16 Designating Party, it must provide sufficient notice to the Designating Party to 17 allow the Designating Party to timely request to file the Protected Material at issue 18 under seal. If the Designating Party’s request to file Protected Material under seal 19 is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the 20 public record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 21 13. FINAL DISPOSITION 22 After the final disposition of this Litigation, as defined in paragraph 4, 23 within 60 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party 24 must return all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. 25 As used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, 26 compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the 27 Protected Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the 28 Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if 15 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline 2 that: (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that 3 was returned or destroyed, and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained 4 any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or 5 capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel 6 are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, 7 deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition 8 and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 9 work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival 10 copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this 11 Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). The United States 12 Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, the Civil Division of the 13 Department of Justice, and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department 14 of Health and Human Services shall each have the right to maintain one copy of 15 such documents for their master files. 16 14. DISCLOSURE TO AGENCIES OR DEPARTMENTS OF THE UNITED 17 STATES OR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA 18 Nothing contained in this Order shall prevent or in any way limit or impair 19 the right of the United States or of the State of California to disclose to any agency 20 or department of the United States or of the State of California, or any division of 21 any such agency or department, designated confidential documents or 22 electronically stored information relating to any potential violation of law or 23 regulation, or relating to any matter within that agency’s or department’s 24 jurisdiction. Nor shall anything contained in this Order prevent or in any way limit 25 or impair the use of any such designated confidential documents or electronically 26 stored information by an agency or department in any proceeding relating to any 27 potential violation of law or regulation, or relating to any matter within that 28 agency’s or department’s jurisdiction, provided, however, that the agency or 16 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 department shall maintain the confidentiality of the designated confidential 2 documents or electronically stored information consistent with the terms of this 3 Order. 4 15. DISCLOSURES TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS Nothing contained in this Order shall prevent or in any way limit or impair 5 6 the right of the United States to provide designated confidential documents or 7 electronically stored information to a Congressional entity, provided, however that 8 the United States shall notify the Congressional entity requesting the documents or 9 electronically stored information that the designated confidential documents or 10 electronically stored information have been produced pursuant to this Order and 11 shall, if there are no objections interposed by the Congressional entity requesting 12 the documents or electronically stored information, use reasonable efforts to notify 13 the Producing Party of the Congressional entity’s request and the United States’ 14 response thereto. 15 /// 16 /// 17 /// 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 17 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 16. Notwithstanding Section 10 of this Order, any violation of this Order may be 2 punished by any and all appropriate measures including, without limitation, 3 contempt proceedings and/or monetary sanctions. 4 5 Dated: August 4, 2017 Respectfully submitted, 6 7 /s/ Bryan Wong ___________________________ TROY A. SCHELL BRYAN WONG Attorneys for Plaintiff 8 9 10 11 Dated: August 4, 2017 12 13 14 15 16 SANDRA R. BROWN Acting United States Attorney DOROTHY A. SCHOUTEN Assistant United States Attorney Chief, Civil Division DAVID K. BARRETT Assistant United States Attorney Chief, Civil Fraud Section LINDA A. KONTOS Assistant United States Attorney Deputy Chief, Civil Fraud Section 17 /s/ Donald W. Yoo 18 DONALD W. YOO Assistant United States Attorney Attorneys for Defendant 19 20 ORDER 21 22 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 24 25 26 27 August 14, 2014 Dated:____________________ _________________________________ _ _ __________________________________ HONORABLE STEVE KIM UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 28 18 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 The undersigned has read and understands the foregoing Protective Order 4 (the “Protective Order”) entered by the Court in Desert Valley Hospital, LLC v. 5 Thomas E. Price, No. 17-cv-00661-DMG (SKx), which is currently pending in the 6 United States District Court for the Central District of California. I understand its 7 contents, and hereby undertake and agree to be bound by the terms of the 8 Protective Order. Specifically and without limitation, the undersigned agrees not 9 to use or disclose any information that is designated as subject to the Protective 10 Order and made available to me, other than as provided by the Protective Order. 11 The undersigned acknowledges further that my duties under the Protective Order 12 shall survive the termination of this case and that failure to comply with the terms 13 of the Protective Order may result in the imposition of sanctions by the Court and 14 any other sanction authorized by law. I also hereby consent to the personal 15 jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District of California 16 for the purpose of enforcing the aforementioned Order. 17 Dated: 18 Name (Print or Type) 19 20 Signature 21 22 Company (if applicable) 23 24 25 26 27 28 19 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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