Design Collection Inc v. Forever 21 Inc et al

Filing 37

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Frederick F. Mumm re Stipulation for Protective Order 36 (see attached) (jm)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 10 11 DESIGN COLLECTION, INC., Case No.: CV 17-01674 SJO (FFMx) Hon. Frederick F. Mumm Presiding Plaintiff, v. DISCOVERY MATTER 13 FOREVER 21, INC., a Delaware Corporation; and DOES 1 through 10, [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 14 Defendants. 12 15 16 AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS 17 18 19 Having considered the parties’ pleadings on file to date, and the parties’ 20 jointly submitted Stipulated Protective Order to govern the handling of information 21 and materials produced in the course of discovery or filed with the Court in this 22 action, the Court determines as follows: 23 24 GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT It is the intent of the parties and the Court that information will not be 25 designated as confidential in this case for tactical reasons, and that nothing shall be 26 designated without a good faith belief that there is good cause why it should not be 27 part of the public record. Examples of confidential information that the parties 28 / / / 1 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 may seek to protect from unrestricted or unprotected disclosure include, but are not 2 limited to: 3 (a) Information that is the subject of a contractual non-disclosure or 4 confidentiality agreement or obligation, and/or Protective Order 5 issued in another case; 6 7 (b) of a party’s manufacturer, supplier, distributor, designer or 8 customer; 9 10 The names, or other information tending to reveal the identity (c) Agreements with third-parties, including license agreements, 11 distributor agreements, manufacturing agreements, design 12 agreements, development agreements, supply agreements, sales 13 agreements, or service agreements; 14 15 16 (d) Research and development information; (e) Proprietary engineering or technical information, including 17 product 18 information, drawings, memoranda and reports; 19 20 (f) techniques, processing Information related to budgets, sales, revenues, profits, costs, other internal financial/accounting information, including non- 22 public information related to financial condition or performance 23 and income or other non-public tax information; 24 26 manufacturing margins, licensing of technology or designs, product pricing, or 21 25 design, (g) Information related to internal operations including personnel information; 27 28 / / / 2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 (h) 2 development; 3 (i) 4 Information related to past, current and future market analyses and business and marketing development, including plans, 5 strategies, forecasts and competition; and 6 7 (j) 8 9 Information related to past, current and future product Trade secrets (as defined by the jurisdiction in which the information is located). Unrestricted or unprotected disclosure of such confidential technical, 10 commercial or personal information would, in the producing party’s opinion, result 11 in prejudice or harm to the producing party by revealing the producing party’s 12 competitive confidential information, which has been developed at the expense of 13 the producing party and which represents valuable tangible and intangible assets of 14 that party. Additionally, legitimate privacy interests must be safeguarded. 15 Accordingly, the parties respectfully submit that there is good cause for the entry 16 of this Protective Order. 17 The parties agree, subject to the Court’s approval, that the following terms 18 and conditions shall apply to this civil action. 19 1. Designated Material. 20 1.1 Information or material may be designated for confidential treatment 21 pursuant to this Protective Order by any party, person or entity producing or 22 lodging it in this action (the “Designating Party”), if: (a) produced or served, 23 formally or informally, pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or in 24 response to any other formal or informal discovery request in this action; and/or 25 (b) filed or lodged with the Court. All such information and material and all 26 information or material derived from it constitutes “Designated Material” under 27 this Protective Order. 28 / / / 3 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 1.2 Unless and until otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed to in 2 writing by the parties, all Designated Materials designated under this Protective 3 Order shall be used by the parties and persons receiving such Designated 4 Materials (“Receiving Party”) solely for litigation purposes, including any 5 appellate proceeding relating thereto. Designated Material shall not be used by 6 any party or person receiving them for any business or any other non-litigation 7 purpose. No party or person shall disclose Designated Material to any other party 8 or person not entitled to receive such Designated Material under the specific 9 terms of this Protective Order. For purposes of this Protective Order, “disclose” 10 or “disclosed” means to show, furnish, reveal or provide, indirectly or directly, 11 any portion of the Designated Material or its contents, orally or in writing, 12 including the original or any copy of the Designated Material. 13 2. Access to Designated Materials. 14 2.1 Materials Designated “CONFIDENTIAL”: Subject to the limitations 15 set forth in this Protective Order, Designated Material may be marked 16 “CONFIDENTIAL” for the purpose of preventing the disclosure of information 17 or materials that the designating party in good faith believes is confidential. 18 Before designating any specific information or material “CONFIDENTIAL,” the 19 Designating Party’s counsel shall make a good faith determination that the 20 information warrants protection under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil 21 Procedure. Such information may include, but is not limited to: 22 (a) names of vendors and customers for the allegedly infringing goods at 23 issue However, the parties are free to amend the operative pleadings to add such 24 customers and vendors as appropriate; 25 (b) Technical data, research and development data, and any other 26 confidential commercial information, including but not limited to trade secrets of 27 the Designating Party; 28 / / / 4 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 (c) Information which the Designating Party believes in good faith falls 2 within the right to privacy guaranteed by the laws of the United States or 3 California; and 4 (d) Information which the Designating Party believes in good faith to 5 constitute, contain, reveal or reflect proprietary, financial, business, technical, or 6 other confidential information. 7 The fact that an item or category is listed as an example in this or other 8 sections of this Protective Order does not, by itself, render the item or category 9 discoverable. 10 2.1.0 Materials designated “CONFIDENTIAL” may be disclosed only to 11 the following Designees: 12 2.1.1 Persons who appear on the face of Designated Materials marked 13 “CONFIDENTIAL” as an author, addressee, or recipient thereof; 14 2.1.2 Counsel retained as outside litigation attorneys of record in this 15 action, and their respective associates, clerks, legal assistants, stenographic, 16 videographic and support personnel, and other employees of such outside 17 litigation attorneys, and organizations retained by such attorneys to provide 18 litigation support services in this action and the employees of said organizations. 19 “Counsel” explicitly excludes any in-house counsel whether or not they are 20 attorneys of record in this action. 21 2.1.3 Consultants, including non-party experts and consultants retained or 22 employed by Counsel to assist in the preparation of the case, to the extent they 23 are reasonably necessary to render professional services in this action. Each 24 consultant must sign a certification that he or she has read this Stipulated 25 Protective Order, will abide by its provisions, and will submit to the jurisdiction 26 of this Court regarding the enforcement of this Order’s provisions. 27 2.1.4 A party’s officers and/or employees, which may include in-house 28 counsel. 5 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2.1.5 The Court, its clerks and secretaries, and any court reporter retained 2 to record proceedings before the Court; and 3 2.1.6 Court reporters videographers and similar vendors retained to 4 transcribe or videotape the depositions. 5 2.2 Materials Designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 6 EYES ONLY”: Subject to the limitations in this Protective Order, Designated 7 Materials may be marked “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 8 ONLY” for the purpose of preventing the disclosure of information or materials 9 which, if disclosed to the receiving party, might cause competitive harm to the 10 Designating Party. Information and material that may be subject to this 11 protection includes, but is not limited to: 12 (a) The financial performance or results of the Designating Party, 13 including without limitation income statements, balance sheets, cash flow 14 analyses, budget projections, sales records or information, and present value 15 calculations; 16 (b) Corporate and strategic planning by the Designating Party, including 17 without limitation marketing plans, competitive intelligence reports, sales 18 projections and competitive strategy documents; 19 (c) Names, addresses, and other information that would identify 20 customers, prospective customers, or the distributors or prospective distributors 21 of the Designating Party; However, the parties are free to amend the operative 22 pleadings to add customers and vendors for the allegedly infringing goods at 23 issue and disclose their identity to a party’s officers and/or employees, which 24 may include in-house counsel in addition to the persons permitted by Paragraph 25 2.2.0 of this Protective Order; 26 (d) Information used by the Designating Party in or pertaining to its 27 trade or business, which information the Designating Party believes in good faith 28 has competitive value, which is not generally known to others and which the 6 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Designating Party would not normally reveal to third parties except in 2 confidence, or has undertaken with others to maintain in confidence; and 3 (e) technical and/or research and development data, intellectual 4 property, financial, marketing and other sales data, and/or information having 5 strategic commercial value pertaining to the Designating Party’s trade or 6 business. Nothing in paragraph 2.1 shall limit the information or material that 7 can be designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” 8 under this paragraph. Before designating any specific information “HIGHLY 9 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” the Designating Party’s 10 counsel shall make a good faith determination that the information warrants such 11 protection. 12 2.2.0 Materials designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 13 EYES ONLY” materials may be disclosed only to the following Designees: 14 2.2.1 Persons who appear on the face of Designated Materials marked 15 “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” as an author, 16 addressee, or recipient thereof; 17 2.2.2 Counsel for the parties to this action, as defined in section 2.1.2; 18 2.2.3 Consultants for the parties to this action, as defined in section 2.1.3; 19 and 20 2.2.4 The Court, its clerks and secretaries, and any court reporter retained 21 to record proceedings before the Court. 22 2.2.5 Court reporters videographers and similar vendors retained to 23 transcribe or videotape depositions. 24 2.3 Legal Effect of Designation. The designation of any information or 25 materials as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 26 EYES ONLY” is intended solely to facilitate the conduct of this litigation. 27 Neither such designation nor treatment in conformity with such designation shall 28 be construed in any way as an admission or agreement by the Receiving Party 7 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 that the Designated Materials constitute or contain any trade secret or confidential 2 information. Except as provided in this Protective Order, the Receiving Party 3 shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of any designation, and a failure 4 to do so shall not preclude a subsequent attack on the propriety of such 5 designation. 6 2.4 Nothing herein in any way restricts the ability of the Receiving Party 7 to use “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 8 EYES ONLY” material produced to it in examining or cross-examining any 9 employee or consultant of the Designating Party. 10 2.5 The parties agree that the Parties may be provided by their counsel a 11 summary document, or oral summary, setting forth the alleged infringers’ full 12 identities, revenues, and gross profits numbers, as well as the plaintiff’s sales, 13 revenues and profits and from the sale of product affixed with the allegedly 14 infringed design(s) at issue in this action, notwithstanding any party’s designation 15 of documents showing such information as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 16 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY”. The parties further agree that Plaintiff is free to 17 name revealed alleged infringers as defendants in a lawsuit. 18 3. Certificates Concerning Designated Materials. Each Consultant as 19 defined in section 2.1.3, to whom any Designated Materials will be disclosed 20 shall, prior to disclosure of such material, execute the Acknowledgement of 21 Stipulated Protective Order in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. Counsel 22 who makes any disclosure of Designated Materials shall retain each executed 23 Acknowledgement of Stipulated Protective Order. 24 4. Use of Designated Materials by Designating Party. Nothing in this 25 Protective Order shall limit a Designating Party’s use of its own information or 26 materials, or prevent a Designating Party from disclosing its own information or 27 materials to any person. Such disclosure shall not affect any designations made 28 pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order, so long as the disclosure is made in 8 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 a manner that is reasonably calculated to maintain the confidentiality of the 2 information. 3 5. Manner of Designating Written Materials. 4 5.1 Documents, discovery responses and other written materials shall be 5 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 6 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” whether in whole or in part, as follows. 7 5.2 The producing party shall designate materials by placing the legend 8 “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 9 ONLY” on each page so designated prior to production. 10 5.3 A designation “CONFIDENTIAL,” of or “HIGHLY 11 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” as to any item, thing or 12 object that cannot otherwise be categorized as a document, written discovery or 13 other written materials shall be made: (1) by placing the legend 14 “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 15 ONLY” on the thing, object or container within which it is stored; or (2) by 16 specifically identifying, in writing, the item and the level of confidentiality 17 designation, where such labeling is not feasible. 18 5.4 When a party wishes to designate as “CONFIDENTIAL,” or 19 “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” materials 20 produced by someone other than the Designating Party (a “Producing Party”), 21 such designation shall be made: 22 5.4.1 Within fifteen (15) business days from the date that the Designating 23 Party receives copies of the materials from the producing or disclosing entity; and 24 25 5.4.2 By notice to all parties to this action and to the Producing Party, if 26 such party is not a party to this action, identifying the materials to be designated 27 with particularity (either by production numbers or by providing other adequate 28 / / / 9 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 identification of the specific material). Such notice shall be sent by U.S. mail or 2 e-mail. 3 5.4.3. A party shall be permitted to designate as “CONFIDENTIAL,” or 4 “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” material produced 5 by a Producing Party only where: 6 a. The material being produced was provided to or developed by such 7 Producing Party: (i) under a written confidentiality agreement with the Designating 8 Party; or (ii) within a relationship with the Designating Party (or a party operating 9 under the control thereof) in which confidentiality is imposed by law (including, 10 but not limited, to the employment relationship and the vendor-customer 11 relationship); and 12 b. The material being produced would be considered confidential material 13 of the Designating Party under Section 2.1 of this Agreement if it were in the 14 possession of the Designating Party. 15 5.5 Upon notice of designation, all persons receiving notice of the 16 requested designation of materials shall: 17 5.5.1 Make no further disclosure of such Designated Material or 18 information contained therein, except as allowed in this Protective Order; 19 5.5.2 Take reasonable steps to notify any persons known to have 20 possession of or access to such Designated Materials of the effect of such 21 designation under this Protective Order; and 22 5.5.3 If “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 23 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” material or information contained therein is 24 disclosed to any person other than those entitled to disclosure in the manner 25 authorized by this Protective Order, the party responsible for the disclosure shall, 26 immediately upon learning of such disclosure, inform the Designating Party in 27 writing of all pertinent facts relating to such disclosure, and shall make every 28 effort to prevent further disclosure by the unauthorized person(s). 10 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 6. Manner of Designating Deposition Testimony. 2 6.1 Deposition transcripts and portions thereof taken in this action may 3 be designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 4 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” during the deposition or after, in which case the 5 portion of the transcript containing Designated Material shall be identified in the 6 transcript by the Court Reporter as “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY 7 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” The designated testimony 8 shall be bound in a separate volume and marked by the reporter accordingly. 9 6.2 Where testimony is designated during the deposition, the 10 Designating Party shall have the right to exclude, at those portions of the 11 deposition, all persons not authorized by the terms of this Protective Order to 12 receive such Designated Material. 13 6.3 Within seven (7) days after a deposition transcript is certified by the 14 court reporter, any party may designate pages of the transcript and/or its exhibits 15 as Designated Material. During such seven (7) day period, the transcript in its 16 entirety shall be treated as “CONFIDENTIAL” (except for those portions 17 identified earlier as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 18 ONLY” which shall be treated accordingly from the date of designation). If any 19 party so designates such material, the parties shall provide written notice of such 20 designation to all parties within the seven (7) day period. Designated Material 21 within the deposition transcript or the exhibits thereto may be identified in 22 writing by page and line, or by underlining and marking such portions 23 “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 24 ONLY” and providing such marked-up portions to all counsel. 25 7. Copies. All complete or partial copies of a document that disclose 26 Designated Materials shall be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. 27 / / / 28 / / / 11 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 8. Court Procedures. 2 8.1 Disclosure of Designated Material to Court Officials. Subject to the 3 provisions of this section, Designated Material may be disclosed to the Court, 4 Court officials or employees involved in this action (including court reporters, 5 persons operating video recording equipment at depositions, and any special 6 master, referee, expert, technical advisor or Third-Party Consultant appointed by 7 the Court), and to the jury in this action, and any interpreters interpreting on 8 behalf of any party or deponent. 9 8.2 Filing Designated Materials with the Court. Nothing in this Order 10 shall vary the requirements for filing under Seal imposed by the Federal Rules of 11 Civil Procedure or the Local Rules of this Court. If a party wishes to file with the 12 Court any document, transcript or thing containing information which has been 13 designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 14 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” the Party shall designate the material as set forth 15 herein and file it with the Court in an application for filing under seal under the 16 Local Rules of this Court, with the material bearing the following or substantially 17 similar legend: 18 “[CONFIDENTIAL, or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY] INFORMATION SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER.” 19 20 The Application for Filing under Seal must show good cause for the under seal 21 filing. Filing the document under seal shall not bar any party from unrestricted use 22 or dissemination of those portions of the document that do not contain material 23 designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 24 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” If a filing party fails to designate information as 25 “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 26 ONLY,” any party who in good faith believes that designation and filing under seal 27 is required by this Protective Order may move the Court to file said information 28 under seal within five (5) days of learning of the defective filing. Notice of such 12 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 designation shall be given to all parties. Nothing in this provision relieves a party 2 of liability for damages caused by failure to properly file Designated Material 3 under seal. 4 8.3 In the event that the Court refuses to allow any document to be filed 5 under seal, despite the Receiving Party’s compliance with Section 8.2, the Federal 6 Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules of this Court, the Receiving Party may, 7 nonetheless, file such documents with the Court as part of the public record. 8 9. Objections 9 9.1 A party may challenge any designation under this Protective Order at 10 any time, on the grounds that the information or material does not meet the 11 standards of Sections 1 and 2, by following the procedure of Local Rule 37 of this 12 Court. 13 9.2 The parties shall meet and confer in good faith prior to the filing of 14 any motion under this section. Any such motion must comply with Local Rule 15 37. 16 10. Client Communication. Nothing in this Protective Order shall 17 prevent or otherwise restrict counsel from rendering advice to their clients and, in 18 the course of rendering such advice, relying upon the examination of Designated 19 Material. In rendering such advice and otherwise communicating with the client, 20 however, counsel shall not disclose any Designated Material, except as otherwise 21 permitted by this Protective Order. 22 11. No Prejudice. 23 11.1 This Protective Order shall not diminish any existing obligation or 24 right with respect to Designated Material, nor shall it prevent a disclosure to 25 which the Designating Party consented in writing before the disclosure takes 26 place. 27 / / / 28 / / / 13 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 11.2 Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, evidence of the existence or 2 nonexistence of a designation under this Protective Order shall not be admissible 3 for any purpose during any proceeding on the merits of this action. 4 11.3 If any party required to produce documents contends that it 5 inadvertently produced any Designated Material without marking it with the 6 appropriate legend, or inadvertently produced any Designated Material with an 7 incorrect legend, the producing party may give written notice to the receiving 8 party or parties, including appropriately stamped substitute copies of the 9 Designated Material. Within three (3) business days of receipt of the substitute 10 copies, the receiving party shall return the previously unmarked or mismarked 11 items and all copies thereof. 12 11.4 Neither the provisions of this Protective Order, nor the filing of any 13 material under seal, shall prevent the use in open court, in deposition, at any 14 hearing, or at trial of this case of any material that is subject to this Protective 15 Order or filed under seal pursuant to its provisions. At deposition, the party using 16 Designated Material must request that the portion of the proceeding where use is 17 made be conducted so as to exclude persons not qualified to receive such 18 Designated Material. Upon request of a party, the parties shall meet and confer 19 concerning the use and protection of Designated Material in open court at any 20 hearing. Prior to the pretrial conference, the parties shall meet and confer 21 concerning appropriate methods for dealing with Designated Material at trial. 22 11.5 Any inadvertent production of documents containing privileged 23 information shall not be deemed to be a waiver of the attorney-client privilege, 24 work product doctrine, or any other applicable privilege or doctrines. All parties 25 specifically reserve the right to demand the return of any privileged documents 26 that it may produce inadvertently during discovery if the producing party 27 determines that such documents contain privileged information. After receiving 28 notice of such inadvertent production by the producing party, the receiving party 14 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 agrees to make reasonable and good faith efforts to locate and return to the 2 producing party all such inadvertently produced documents. 3 12. Modification and Survival. 4 12.1 Modification. The Order shall be subject to modification by the Court 5 on its own initiative, or on Motion of a party or any other person with standing. 6 Accordingly, the parties reserve the right to seek modification of this Protective 7 Order at any time for good cause. The parties agree to meet and confer prior to 8 seeking to modify this Protective Order for any reason. The restrictions imposed 9 by this Protective Order may only be modified or terminated by written 10 stipulation of all parties approved by the Court or by order of this Court. Parties 11 entering into this Protective Order will not be deemed to have waived any of 12 their rights to seek later amendment to this Protective Order. 13 12.2 Trial. The parties understand that this Protective Order does not 14 extend to material presented at the trial of this Action. Once the case proceeds to 15 trial, any information that is presented on the record during trial, whether or not 16 designated as confidential and/or kept and maintained pursuant to the terms of 17 this Protective Order, will be presumptively available to all members of the 18 public, including the press, unless good cause is shown to the district judge in 19 advance of the presentation of that material at trial to proceed otherwise. 20 12.3 Survival and Return of Designated Material. This Protective Order 21 shall survive termination of this action prior to trial of this action. Upon final 22 termination of the action prior to trial of this action, and at the written request 23 of the Designating Party, all Designated Material, including deposition 24 testimony, and all copies thereof, shall be returned to counsel for the 25 Designating Party (at the expense of the Designating Party) or (at the option 26 and expense of the requesting party) shall be destroyed. Upon request for the 27 return or destruction of Designated Materials, counsel shall certify their 28 compliance with this provision and shall serve such certification to counsel 15 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 for the Designating Party not more than ninety (90) days after the written 2 request to return or destroy Designated Materials. Counsel who have 3 submitted one or more Certificate(s) prepared pursuant to Section 3 do not 4 need to retain such Certificate(s) past the ninety (90) day period. 5 13. No Contract. This Protective Order shall not be construed to 6 create a contract between the parties or between the parties and their 7 respective counsel. 8 14. Court’s Retention of Jurisdiction. The Court retains jurisdiction 9 after final termination of the action prior to trial, to enforce this Stipulation. 10 15. Exception for Public Information. Nothing in this Stipulation shall be 11 deemed in any way to restrict the use of documents or information which are 12 lawfully obtained or publicly available to a party independently of discovery in this 13 action, whether or not the same material has been obtained during the course of 14 discovery in the action and whether or not such documents or information have 15 been designated hereunder. However, in the event of a dispute regarding such 16 independent acquisition, a party wishing to use any independently acquired 17 documents or information shall bear the burden of proving independent 18 acquisition. 19 16. Any material designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY 20 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” by a party will be deemed by 21 the Designating Party to this agreement to be authentic and a business record of the 22 Designating Party, and the Designating Party will be precluded from challenging 23 the authenticity of any document so designated at any time during this litigation, 24 including during any necessary collection or appeal proceedings. To the extent that 25 such material is not a business record of the Designating Party and was not created 26 by the Designating Party, the non-producing party for which the material is a 27 business record shall have opportunity to challenge the authenticity of the material 28 so designated. 16 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 17. No Prior Judicial Determination. This Order is entered based on the 2 representations and agreements of the parties and for the purpose of facilitating 3 discovery. Nothing herein shall be construed or presented as a judicial 4 determination that any document or material designated Confidential Information 5 or Attorneys’ Eyes Only Information by counsel or the parties is entitled to 6 protection under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or otherwise 7 until such time as the Court may rule on a specific document or issue. 8 18. No Admission. The designation by a producing Party of Confidential 9 Information or Attorneys Eyes Only Information is intended solely to facilitate the 10 preparation and trial of this action. Such designation is not an admission by any 11 Party that the designated disclosure constitutes or contains any Confidential 12 Information or Attorneys Eyes Only Information. Disclosure of Confidential 13 Information or Attorneys Eyes Only Information is not a waiver of any right of the 14 producing Party to object to admissibility. 15 19. 16 (a) Miscellaneous. Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 17 Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing or 18 producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this Order. 19 Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to the use in evidence 20 of any of the material covered by this Order. Moreover, this Order shall not 21 preclude or limit any Party’s right to seek further and additional protection against 22 or limitation upon production of documents produced in response to discovery. 23 (b) Other Privileges. Nothing in this Order shall require disclosure of 24 materials that a Party contends are protected from disclosure by the attorney-client 25 privilege or the attorney work-product doctrine. This provision shall not, however, 26 be construed to preclude any Party from moving the Court for an order directing 27 the disclosure of such materials where it disputes the claim of attorney-client 28 privilege or attorney work-product doctrine. 17 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 (c) Self-Disclosure. Nothing in this Order shall affect the right of the 2 Designating Party to disclose the Designating Party’s own Confidential 3 information or items to any person or entity. Such disclosure shall not waive any 4 of the protections of this Order. 5 (d) Captions. The captions of paragraphs contained in this Order are 6 for reference only and are not to be construed in any way as a part of this Order. 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. 8 9 Dated: October 31, 2017 /S/FREDERICK F. MUMM Honorable Frederick F. Mumm United States Magistrate Judge 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 18 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Exhibit A 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 DESIGN COLLECTION, INC., 9 Plaintiff, Case No.: CV 17-01674 SJO (FFMx) Hon. Frederick F. Mumm Presiding 10 v. DISCOVERY MATTER 11 FOREVER 21, INC., a Delaware Corporation; and DOES 1 through 10, STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 12 13 Defendants. 14 15 AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS 16 17 The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she has read the 18 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER entered in the above captioned litigation, 19 and that he/she fully understands and agrees to abide by the obligations and 20 conditions thereof. 21 22 23 Dated:___________________ ____________________________ (Signature) 24 25 ____________________________ (Print Name) 26 27 28 19 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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