Impex Enterprises Limited v. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Inc

Filing 35

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Steve Kim. In re: Stipulation for Protective Order #33 , Stipulation for Protective Order #34 (mkr)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 WESTERN DIVISION 12 IMPEX ENTERPRISES LIMITED 13 14 PLAINTIFF, V. 15 SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE 16 ACQUISITIONS, INC.; AND DOES 1 10, DEFENDANTS. 17 CASE NO: 2:17 CV 1044 SJO (SKX) Judge: Magistrate Judge: Complaint Filed: Trial Date: [Discovery Document: Referred to Magistrate Judge Steve Kim] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 Hon. S. James Otero Hon. Steve Kim February 8, 2017 February 27, 2018 1 2 1. A. PURPOSES 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 12.3, 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 13 when a party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. 14 B. GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 15 This action is likely to involve trade secrets, customer and pricing information and 16 other valuable commercial, financial, technical and/or proprietary information for which 17 special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than 18 prosecution of this action is warranted. Such confidential and proprietary materials and 19 information consist of, among other things, confidential business or financial 20 information, information regarding confidential business practices, or other confidential 21 research, development, or commercial information (including information implicating 22 privacy rights of third parties), information otherwise generally unavailable to the public, 23 or which may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal 24 statutes, court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of 25 information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of 26 discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep 27 confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of such 28 material in preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their handling at the end 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such information is 2 justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that information will not be 3 designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated without a 4 good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and 5 there is good cause why it should not be part of the public record of this case. 6 2. DEFINITIONS 7 2.1 Action: this pending federal law suit. 8 2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of 9 10 information or items under this Order. 2.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it 11 is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under 12 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in the Good Cause 13 Statement. 14 15 16 17 18 2.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff). 2.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the 19 medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among 20 other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in 21 disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 22 2.7 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 23 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an 24 expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 25 26 27 28 2.8 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. 2.9 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 2.10 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party to 1 2 this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and have 3 appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which has 4 appeared on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 2.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 5 6 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 7 support staffs). 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 8 9 Discovery Material in this Action. 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 10 11 services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 12 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and 13 their employees and subcontractors. 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated 14 15 as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from 16 17 a Producing Party. 18 3. SCOPE The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected 19 20 Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from 21 Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected 22 Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties or their 23 Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the trial 24 25 judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 26 4. DURATION 27 Once a case proceeds to trial, all of the information that was designated as 28 confidential or maintained pursuant to this protective order becomes public and will be 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 presumptively available to all members of the public, including the press, unless 2 compelling reasons supported by specific factual findings to proceed otherwise are made 3 to the trial judge in advance of the trial. See Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 4 447 F.3d 1172, 1180 81 (9th Cir. 2006) (distinguishing “good cause” showing for sealing 5 documents produced in discovery from “compelling reasons” standard when merits 6 related documents are part of court record). Accordingly, the terms of this protective 7 order do not extend beyond the commencement of the trial. 8 5. 9 DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each 10 Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order 11 must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the 12 appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for protection only those 13 parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify so that 14 other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which 15 protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 16 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that 17 are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., 18 to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to impose unnecessary 19 expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Designating Party to sanctions. 20 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 21 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 22 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 23 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 24 Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 25 ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order 26 must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 27 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) 28 for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), 2 that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter 3 “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), to each page that contains protected material. If only a 4 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party 5 also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings 6 in the margins). 7 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for inspection need 8 not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which 9 documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the 10 designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be deemed 11 “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the documents it wants 12 copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine which documents, or portions 13 thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. Then, before producing the specified 14 documents, the Producing Party must affix the “CONFIDENTIAL legend” to each page 15 that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page 16 qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected 17 portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). (b) 18 for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party identify 19 the Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, before the close of the deposition all 20 protected testimony. (c) 21 for information produced in some form other than documentary and 22 for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the 23 exterior of the container or containers in which the information is stored the legend 24 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information warrants protection, 25 the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 26 5.3 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 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 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 6. 6.1 4 5 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process under Local Rule 37.1 et seq. 6.31 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the 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 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 12 the confidentiality designation, all parties shall continue to afford the material in question 13 the level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until 14 the Court rules on the challenge. 15 7. 16 ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 7.1 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 13 below (FINAL DISPOSITION). Protected 22 Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and in a secure 23 manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 24 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 25 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party 26 may disclose any information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as well 27 28 as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 disclose the information for this Action; (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the 2 3 Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action; (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom 4 5 disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the 6 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 7 (d) the court and its personnel; 8 (e) court reporters and their staff; 9 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and Professional 10 Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed 11 the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 12 13 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; (h) during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, in the 14 15 Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the deposing party 16 requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit 1 hereto; and (2) they will not 17 be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they sign the “Acknowledgment 18 and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the Designating 19 Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to 20 depositions that reveal Protected Material may be separately bound by the court reporter 21 and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this Stipulated Protective 22 Order; and (i) any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, 23 24 mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement discussions. 25 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 26 OTHER LITIGATION 27 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that 28 compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall 2 3 include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to 4 5 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or 6 order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this 7 Stipulated Protective Order; and (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued 8 9 by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. If the Designating 10 Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the subpoena or court order 11 shall not produce any information designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” before 12 a determination by the court from which the subpoena or order issued, unless the Party 13 has obtained the Designating Party’s permission. The Designating Party shall bear the 14 burden and expense of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material and 15 nothing in these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a 16 Receiving Party in this Action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 17 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE PRODUCED 18 IN THIS LITIGATION 19 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a Non-Party 20 in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information produced by 21 Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the remedies and relief 22 provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a 23 Non-Party from seeking additional protections. 24 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce a 25 Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is subject to an 26 agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s confidential information, 27 then the Party shall: (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party that 28 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement with a 2 Non-Party; (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated Protective 3 4 Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific 5 description of the information requested; and (3) make the information requested available for inspection by the Non- 6 7 Party, if requested. (c) If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 14 days 8 9 of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party may produce 10 the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If the Non- 11 Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall not produce any 12 information in its possession or control that is subject to the confidentiality agreement 13 with the Non-Party before a determination by the court. Absent a court order to the 14 contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in this 15 court of its Protected Material. 16 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 17 18 Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 19 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing 20 the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve 21 all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the person or persons to 22 whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, and (d) request 23 such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 24 that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 25 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 26 PROTECTED MATERIAL 27 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain inadvertently 28 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). 2 This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an 3 e-discovery order that provides for production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to 4 Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the 5 effect of disclosure of a communication or information covered by the attorney client 6 privilege or work product protection, the parties may incorporate their agreement in the 7 stipulated protective order submitted to the court. 8 12. 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any 9 10 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 11 12 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing 13 or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this Stipulated 14 Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in 15 evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective Order. 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any Protected 16 17 Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79 5. Protected Material may only be filed 18 under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected 19 Material at issue. If a Party's request to file Protected Material under seal is denied by the 20 court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the public record unless 21 otherwise instructed by the court. 22 13. 23 FINAL DISPOSITION After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 60 days 24 of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must return all 25 Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As used in this 26 subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, 27 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. 28 Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party must submit 11 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the 2 Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies (by category, where 3 appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed and (2)affirms that 4 the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or 5 any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding 6 this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion 7 papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, 8 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and 9 expert work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival 10 copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective 11 Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 12 /// 13 /// 14 /// 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 12 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 14. Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate measures 2 including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary sanctions. 3 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD 4 Dated: October 20, 2017 5 By: /s/ Tami S. Smason TAMI S. SMASON Attorneys for Plaintiff Impex Enterprises Limited 6 7 8 Dated: October 20, 2017 9 10 /s/ Adam Pines ADAM PINES Attorneys for Defendant and Third Party Plaintiff Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc. 12 Dated: October 20, 2017 14 /s/ Darryl J. Horowitt DARRYL J. HOROWITT Attorneys for Third Party Defendant WILD PICTURES, LLC 16 18 COLEMAN & HOROWITT, LLP By: 15 17 GLASER WEIL FINK HOWARD AVCHEN & SHAPIRO LLP By: 11 13 FOLEY & LARDNER LLP FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED Dated: October 23, 2017 19 Honorable Steve Kim United States Magistrate Judge 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 13 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 4 _________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I 5 have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by 6 the United States District Court for the Central District of California on [date] in the case 7 of Impex Enterprises Limited v. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Inc., et al., Case 8 No. 2:17 CV 1044 SJO (SKx). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of 9 this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so 10 comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I 11 solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is 12 subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict 13 compliance with the provisions of this Order. I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction 14 of the United States District Court for the Central District of California for the purpose of 15 enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement 16 proceedings occur after termination of this action. I hereby appoint 17 __________________________ [print or type full name] of 18 _______________________________________ [print or type full address and telephone 19 number] as my California agent for service of process in connection with this action or 20 any proceedings related to enforcement of this Stipulated Protective Order. 21 Date: ______________________________________ 22 City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ 23 24 Printed name: _______________________________ 25 26 Signature: __________________________________. 27 28 14 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1403376.1

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