Hrant Vardazaryan v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company et al

Filing 28

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian re Stipulation for Protective Order 27 . (see document for details) (hr)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 NICHOLAS J. BOOS (SBN 233399) MAYNARD NEXSEN LLP Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1450 San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 646-4700 Facsimile: (2050 254-1999 Attorneys for Defendant LIBERTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 HRANT VARDAZARYAN, v. Plaintiff, LIBERTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, a Corporation; and DOES 1 to 100, inclusive, 16 Case No. 2:23-cv-07239-JFW-JCx STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER [CHANGES MADE BY COURT TO PARAGRAPHS 1C, 3, 7.2H, 8, 9C, & 12.3] Defendants. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 {07125759.1} STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 1A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 2 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, 3 proprietary or private information for which special protection from public 4 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may 5 be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to 6 enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this 7 Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to 8 discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends 9 only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment 10 under the applicable legal principles. 11 1B. GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 12 This action is likely to involve trade secrets, customer and pricing lists and 13 other valuable research, development, commercial, financial, technical and/or 14 proprietary information for which special protection from public disclosure and 15 from use for any purpose other than prosecution of this action is warranted. Such 16 confidential and proprietary materials and information consist of, among other 17 things, confidential business or financial information, information regarding 18 confidential business practices, or other confidential research, development, or 19 commercial information (including information implicating privacy rights of third 20 parties), information otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be 21 privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, 22 court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of 23 information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of 24 discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to 25 keep confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses 26 of such material in preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their 27 handling at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order 28 for such information is justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that {07125759.1} 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 information will not be designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that 2 nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a 3 confidential, non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part 4 of the public record of this case. 5 1C. SEAL 6 7 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PROCEDURE FOR FILING UNDER The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, that this 8 Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file confidential information 9 under seal; Local Civil Rule 79-5 and Paragraph 9 of the District Judge’s Standing 10 Order (Docket No. 8) set forth the procedures that must be followed and the 11 standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file 12 material under seal. 13 There is a strong presumption that the public has a right of access to judicial 14 proceedings and records in civil cases. In connection with non-dispositive motions, 15 good cause must be shown to support a filing under seal. See Kamakana v. City and 16 County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006), Phillips v. Gen. Motors 17 Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11 (9th Cir. 2002), Makar-Welbon v. Sony Electrics, 18 Inc., 187 F.R.D. 576, 577 (E.D. Wis. 1999) (even stipulated protective orders 19 require good cause showing), and a specific showing of good cause or compelling 20 reasons with proper evidentiary support and legal justification, must be made with 21 respect to Protected Material that a party seeks to file under seal. The parties’ mere 22 designation of Disclosure or Discovery Material as CONFIDENTIAL does not— 23 without the submission of competent evidence by declaration, establishing that the 24 material sought to be filed under seal qualifies as confidential, privileged, or 25 otherwise protectable—constitute good cause. 26 Further, if a party requests sealing related to a dispositive motion or trial, 27 then compelling reasons, not only good cause, for the sealing must be shown, and 28 the relief sought shall be narrowly tailored to serve the specific interest to be {07125759.1} 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 protected. See Pintos v. Pacific Creditors Ass’n., 605 F.3d 665, 677-79 (9th Cir. 2 2010). For each item or type of information, document, or thing sought to be filed 3 or introduced under seal in connection with a dispositive motion or trial, the party 4 seeking protection must articulate compelling reasons, supported by specific facts 5 and legal justification, for the requested sealing order. Again, competent evidence 6 supporting the application to file documents under seal must be provided by 7 declaration. Any document that is not confidential, privileged, or otherwise protectable in 8 9 its entirety will not be filed under seal if the confidential portions can be redacted. 10 If documents can be redacted, then a redacted version for public viewing, omitting 11 only the confidential, privileged, or otherwise protectable portions of the document, 12 shall be filed. Any application that seeks to file documents under seal in their 13 entirety should include an explanation of why redaction is not feasible. 14 2. 2.1 15 16 Action: Vardazaryan v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Case No. 2:23-cv-07239-JFW-JCx. 2.2 17 18 DEFINITIONS Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of information or items under this Order. 2.3 19 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of 20 how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for 21 protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in 22 the Good Cause Statement. 2.4 23 24 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff). 2.5 25 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or 26 items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as 27 “CONFIDENTIAL.” 28 /// {07125759.1} 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 2.6 1 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless 2 of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, 3 among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced 4 or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 2.7 5 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 6 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as 7 an expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 2.8 8 9 10 House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel. 2.9 11 12 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this Action. Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 2.10 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a 13 14 party to this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and 15 have appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm 16 that has appeared on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 2.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 17 18 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 19 support staffs). 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 20 21 Discovery Material in this Action. 22 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation 23 support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 24 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) 25 and their employees and subcontractors. 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 26 27 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 28 /// {07125759.1} 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery 1 2 Material from a Producing Party. 3 3. SCOPE 4 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 5 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or 6 extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or 7 compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or 8 presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material other 9 than during a court hearing or at trial. Any use of Protected Material during a court hearing or at trial shall be 10 11 governed by the orders of the presiding judge. This Order does not govern the use 12 of Protected Material during a court hearing or at trial. 13 4. DURATION Once a case proceeds to trial, information that was designated as 14 15 CONFIDENTIAL or maintained pursuant to this protective order used or 16 introduced as an exhibit at trial becomes public and will be presumptively available 17 to all members of the public, including the press, unless compelling reasons 18 supported by specific factual findings to proceed otherwise are made to the trial 19 judge in advance of the trial. See Kamakana, 447 F.3d at 1180-81 (distinguishing 20 “good cause” showing for sealing documents produced in discovery from 21 “compelling reasons” standard when merits-related documents are part of court 22 record). Accordingly, the terms of this protective order do not extend beyond the 23 commencement of the trial. 24 5. 25 DESIGNATED PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. 26 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under 27 this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that 28 qualifies under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for {07125759.1} 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 protection only those parts of material, documents, items or oral or written 2 communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, 3 items or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 4 unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 5 Mass, indiscriminate or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations 6 that are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper 7 purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to 8 impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the 9 Designating Party to sanctions. 10 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 11 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 12 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 13 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in 14 this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise 15 stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection 16 under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or 17 produced. 18 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 19 (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 20 documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial 21 proceedings), that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend 22 “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), to each page that 23 contains protected material. If only a portion of the material on a page qualifies for 24 protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) 25 (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 26 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for inspection 27 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated 28 which documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and {07125759.1} 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be 2 deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the 3 documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine 4 which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. Then, 5 before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the 6 “CONFIDENTIAL legend” to each page that contains Protected Material. If only a 7 portion of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also 8 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings 9 in the margins). 10 (b) for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party identifies 11 the Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, before the close of the 12 deposition all protected testimony. (c) 13 for information produced in some form other than documentary and 14 for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on 15 the exterior of the container or containers in which the information is stored the 16 legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information 17 warrants protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the 18 protected portion(s). 5.3 19 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent 20 failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive 21 the Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such 22 material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make 23 reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the 24 provisions of this Order. 25 6. 26 CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a 27 designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s 28 Scheduling Order. {07125759.1} 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 6.2 1 2 resolution process under Local Rule 37-1 et seq. 6.3 3 4 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute Joint Stipulation. Any challenge submitted to the Court shall be via a joint stipulation pursuant to Local Rule 37-2. 6.4 5 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on 6 the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper 7 purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other 8 parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating 9 Party has waived or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall 10 continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is 11 entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the Court rules on the 12 challenge. 13 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 7.1 14 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 15 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this 16 Action only for prosecuting, defending or attempting to settle this Action. Such 17 Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the 18 conditions described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a 19 Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL 20 DISPOSITION). Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a 21 22 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons 23 authorized under this Order. 7.2 24 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless 25 otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a 26 Receiving Party may disclose any information or item designated 27 “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 28 /// {07125759.1} 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER (a) 1 the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as 2 well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably 3 necessary to disclose the information for this Action; (b) 4 5 the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action; (c) 6 Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom 7 disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the 8 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 9 (d) the court and its personnel; 10 (e) court reporters and their staff; 11 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and Professional 12 Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have 13 signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); (g) 14 15 the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; (h) 16 during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, in the 17 Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the deposing party 18 requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit A hereto; and (2) they 19 will not be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they sign the 20 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise 21 agreed by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed 22 deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material may 23 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone 24 except as permitted under this Stipulated Protective Order; and (i) 25 any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, 26 mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement discussions. 27 /// 28 /// {07125759.1} 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED 2 IN OTHER LITIGATION 3 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 4 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 5 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: (a) 6 7 shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) 8 9 promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the 10 subpoena or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall include 11 a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and (c) 12 13 cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with 14 15 the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this 16 action as “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the 17 subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s 18 permission or unless otherwise required by the law or court order. The Designating 19 Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in that court of its 20 confidential material and nothing in these provisions should be construed as 21 authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this Action to disobey a lawful 22 directive from another court. 23 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE 24 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 25 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a 26 Non-Party in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information 27 produced by Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the 28 /// {07125759.1} 11 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be 2 construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional protections. (b) 3 In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to 4 produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 5 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 6 confidential information, then the Party shall: (1) 7 promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non- 8 Party that some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality 9 agreement with a Non-Party; 10 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated 11 Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably 12 specific description of the information requested; and (3) 13 14 make the information requested available for inspection by the Non-Party, if requested. (c) 15 If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 16 14 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party 17 may produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery 18 request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall 19 not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject to the 20 confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the court 21 unless otherwise required by the law or court order. Absent a court order to the 22 contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in 23 this court of its Protected Material. 24 10. 25 UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 26 Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 27 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in 28 writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best {07125759.1} 12 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the 2 person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of 3 this Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment 4 and Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 5 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 6 PROTECTED MATERIAL 7 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 8 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other 9 protection, the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal 10 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify 11 whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for 12 production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 13 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure 14 of a communication or information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work 15 product protection, the parties may incorporate their agreement in the stipulated 16 protective order submitted to the court. 17 12. 18 19 MISCELLANEOUS 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 20 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 21 Protective Order, no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to 22 disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in 23 this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on 24 any ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective 25 Order. 26 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 27 Protected Material must comply with Local Civil Rule 79-5 and Paragraph 9 of the 28 District Judge’s Standing Order (Docket No. 8). Protected Material may only be {07125759.1} 13 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific 2 Protected Material at issue. If a Party’s request to file Protected Material under seal 3 is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the 4 public record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 5 13. FINAL DISPOSITION After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 60 6 7 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must 8 return all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As 9 used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, 10 compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the 11 Protected Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the 12 Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if 13 not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that 14 (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was 15 returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any 16 copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or 17 capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel 18 are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, 19 deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition 20 and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 21 work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival 22 copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective 23 Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// {07125759.1} 14 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2 14. VIOLATION Any violation of this Order may be punished by appropriate measures 3 including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary sanctions. 4 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 5 We hereby attest that concurrence in the filing of this stipulation was 6 obtained by each of the below identified signatories. 7 Dated: February 5, 2024 MAYNARD NEXSEN LLP 8 9 /s/ Nicholas J. Boos______ Nicholas J. Boos Attorneys for Defendant Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company 10 11 12 Dated: February 5, 2024 ZWIRN, GEVORKYAN & SOGOYAN LLP 13 14 /s/ Arthur Khachatrian Arthur Khachatrian Attorneys for Plaintiff Hrant Vardazaryan 15 16 17 18 19 20 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED AS MODIFIED. DATED: February 6, 2024 21 _____/s/ Jacqueline Chooljian_____________ Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 {07125759.1} 15 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 4 I, ______________________________ [print or type full name], of 5 ___________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury 6 that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was 7 issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California on 8 February 6, 2024 in the case of Vardazaryan v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance 9 Company, Case No. 2:23-cv-07239-JFW-JCx. I agree to comply with and to be 10 bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and 11 acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment 12 in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner 13 any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any 14 person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 15 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 16 Central District of California for enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective 17 Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 18 I hereby appoint ___________________________ [print or type full name] of 19 ________________________________________ [print or type full address and 20 telephone number] as my California agent for service of process in connection with 21 this action or any proceedings related to enforcement of this Stipulated Protective 22 Order. 23 Date: ______________________________________ 24 City and State where sworn and signed: 25 Printed name: 26 27 28 Signature: {07125759.1} 16 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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