Crystal Vargas et al v. State Farm General Ins. Co. et al

Filing 22

ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION by Judge Percy Anderson re Stipulation for Protective Order 20 . (See document for details) (mrgo)

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1 HELEN M. LUETTO, State Bar No. 119478 hluetto@wfbm.com 2 KENDRA E. BRAY, State Bar No. 285743 kbray@wfbm.com 3 WFBM, LLP Attorneys at Law 4 One City Boulevard West, Fifth Floor Orange, California 92868-3677 5 Telephone: (714) 634-2522 Facsimile: (714) 634-0686 6 Attorneys for STATE FARM GENERAL 7 INSURANCE COMPANY 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WESTERN DIVISION 10 ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 CRYSTAL VARGAS, et al., Plaintiffs, 12 13 v. Case No. 2:20−cv−09935−PA−JCx (Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 20STCV35651) 14 STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 17 Judge: Hon. Percy Anderson 18 Trial Date: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 28 August 24, 2021 The Court, having reviewed the plaintiffs Crystal Vargas and Javier Martinez (collectively "Plaintiffs") and State Farm General Insurance Company's ("State Farm's) stipulation regarding a modified protective order concerning confidential information [DOC. 20], hereby enters the Protective Order shall now read as follows: 1. In connection with discovery proceedings in this action, the parties may designate any document, thing, material, testimony or other information derived therefrom, as “Confidential” under the terms of this Protective Order (hereinafter “Order”). Confidential information is trade secrets, proprietary information, and other [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 highly confidential commercial information, or material required to be kept 2 confidential by state or federal law. 3 2. By designating a document, thing, material, testimony or other 4 information derived therefrom as “Confidential” under the terms of this Order, the 5 party making the designation is certifying to the Court that there is a good faith basis 6 in law and in fact for the designation within the meaning of Federal Rule of Civil 7 Procedure 26(g). 8 3. Confidential documents shall be so designated by stamping copies of the 9 document produced to a party with the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” Stamping the 10 legend “CONFIDENTIAL” on the cover of any multipage documents shall designate ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 all pages of the document as confidential, unless otherwise indicated by the producing 12 party. 13 4. Testimony taken at a deposition may be designated as confidential by 14 making a statement to that effect on the record at the deposition. Arrangements shall 15 be made with the court reporter taking and transcribing such deposition to separately 16 bind such portions of the transcript containing information designated as confidential, 17 and to label such portions appropriately. 18 5. Material designated as confidential under this Order, the information 19 contained therein, and any summaries, copies, abstracts, or other documents derived 20 in whole or in part from material designated as confidential (hereinafter “Confidential 21 Material”) shall be used only for the purpose of the prosecution, defense, or settlement 22 of this action, and for no other purpose. 23 6. Confidential Material produced pursuant to this Order may be disclosed 24 or made available only to the Court, to counsel for a party (including the paralegal, 25 clerical, and secretarial staff employed by such counsel), and to the “qualified 26 persons” designated below: 27 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 (a) a party, or an officer, director, or employee of a party deemed necessary by 28 counsel to aid in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action; -2- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 (b) experts or consultants (together with their clerical staff) retained by such 2 counsel to assist in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action; 3 (c) court reporter(s) employed in this action; 4 (d) a witness at any deposition or other proceeding in this action; and 5 (e) any other person as to whom the parties in writing agree. 6 Prior to receiving any Confidential Material, each “qualified person” shall be 7 provided with a copy of this Order and shall execute a nondisclosure agreement in the 8 form of Attachment A, a copy of which shall be provided forthwith to counsel for 9 each other party and for the parties. 10 7. Only qualified persons may attend depositions at which Confidential ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 Material is used or discussed. 12 8. The parties may further designate certain discovery material or testimony 13 of a highly confidential and/or proprietary nature as “CONFIDENTIAL 14 ATTORNEY’S EYES ONLY” (hereinafter “Attorney’s Eyes Only Material”), in the 15 manner described in paragraphs 2 and 3 above. Attorney’s Eyes Only Material, and 16 the information contained therein, shall be disclosed only to the Court, to counsel for 17 the parties (including the paralegal, clerical and secretarial staff employed by such 18 counsel), and to the “qualified persons” listed in subparagraphs 6(b) through (e) 19 above, but shall not be disclosed to a party, or to an officer, director or employee of a 20 party, unless otherwise agreed or ordered. If disclosure of Attorney’s Eyes Only 21 Material is made pursuant to this paragraph, all other provisions in this order with 22 respect to confidentiality shall also apply. 23 9. Nothing herein shall impose any restrictions on the use or disclosure by 24 a party of material obtained by such party independent of discovery in this action, 25 whether or not such material is also obtained through discovery in this action, or from 26 disclosing its own Confidential Material as it deems appropriate. 27 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 10. If Confidential Material, including any portion of a deposition transcript 28 designated as Confidential or Attorney's Eyes Only, is included in any papers to be -3- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 filed with the Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application to (a) file 2 the confidential portions thereof under seal (if such portions are segregable), or (b) 3 file the papers in their entirety under seal (if the confidential portions are not 4 segregable) pursuant to Local Rule 79-5, et seq. When possible, the filing party 5 should file the application in time to receive a determination before filing the motion 6 or other paper that the proposed document is intended to support. The application 7 shall be directed to the judge to whom the papers are directed. Pending the ruling on 8 the application, the papers or portions thereof subject to the sealing application shall 9 be lodged under seal. 10 11. This Order shall be without prejudice to the right of the parties (i) to ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 bring before the Court at any time the question of whether any particular document 12 or information is confidential or whether its use should be restricted or (ii) to present 13 a motion to the Court under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) for a separate protective order as to 14 any particular document or information, including restrictions differing from those as 15 specified herein. This Order shall not be deemed to prejudice the parties in any way 16 in any future application for modification of this Order. 17 12. This Order is entered solely for the purpose of facilitating the exchange 18 of documents and information between the parties to this action without involving the 19 Court unnecessarily in the process. Nothing in this Order nor the production of any 20 information or document under the terms of this Order nor any proceedings pursuant 21 to this Order shall be deemed to have the effect of an admission or waiver by either 22 party or of altering the confidentiality or nonconfidentiality of any such document or 23 information or altering any existing obligation of any party or the absence thereof. 24 13.1. Final Disposition. Nothing in this Protective Order disallows State Farm 25 from: 26 (a) complying with any state or federal law or regulation, including reporting 27 of information to a regulator or government entity as permitted and/or required by 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 28 applicable state and federal law; -4- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 (b) adding information discovered that is relevant to a claim to the relevant 2 electronic record in its electronic claim system; 3 (c) disclosing evidence of a crime or fraud; retaining information necessary to 4 meet mandated retention requirements; or, 5 (d) retaining copies of Protected Information that may exists on back-up media 6 or other computer or archive storage not regularly accessed by business users in the 7 ordinary course provided that should a copy of the Confidential Information be 8 accessed it will not be used for a purpose inconsistent with this Order. 9 13.2. Subject to paragraph 13.1 above, within 60 days after the final 10 disposition of this action, which is the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the 12 completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of 13 this action, including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for 14 extension of time pursuant to applicable law, the Plaintiffs must return all Protected 15 Material to State Farm's counsel of record or destroy such material. As used in this 16 subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, 17 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected 18 Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, Plaintiffs must 19 submit a written certification to State Farm's counsel of record by the 60 day deadline 20 that (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was 21 returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that the Plaintiffs have not retained any copies, 22 abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any 23 of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to 24 retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing 25 transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert 26 reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such 27 materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival copies that contain or 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 28 -5- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective Order as set forth in 2 this Paragraph. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 28 -6- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 Attachment A 2 Nondisclosure Agreement 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 I,_______, do solemnly swear that I am fully familiar with the terms of the Protective Order Concerning Confidential Information entered in Crystal Vargas, et al. v. State Farm General Insurance Company, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Civil Action No. CV 20-09935 PA (JCx), and hereby agree to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of said Order unless and until modified by further Order of the Court. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the Court for purposes of enforcing this nondisclosure agreement. 10 ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 92868-3677 TEL (714) 634-2522 • FAX (714) 634-0686 Walsworth ONE CITY BOULEVARD WEST, FIFTH FLOOR 11 12 DATED: ____________________ [Name of Signator Typed] 13 14 15 16 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 15, 2021 19 20 21 Percy Anderson United State District Judge 22 23 24 25 26 27 5469762.1 4893-3.5556 28 -7- [PROPOSED] ORDER REGARDING PARTIES' STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER CONCERNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

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