Karoline V. Smith et al v. American General Life Insurance Company et al

Filing 46

AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth re Stipulation for Protective Order, 37 . (See Order for details) (bem)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL J. REISER MICHAEL J. REISER, ESQ. (SBN 133621) LILIA BULGUCHEVA, ESQ. (SBN 291374) 1475 N. Broadway, Suite 300 Walnut Creek, California 94596 Telephone: (925) 256-0400 NOTE: CHANGES MADE BY THE COURT Facsimile: (925) 476-0304 michael@reiserlaw.com lilia@reiserlaw.com THE MEADE FIRM P.C. TYLER R. MEADE, ESQ. (SBN 160838) MELISSA RIESS, ESQ. (SBN 295959) 1816 Fifth Street Berkeley, CA 94710 Telephone: (510) 843-3670 Facsimile: (510) 843-3679 tyler@meadefirm.com melissa@meadefirm.com GIBBS LAW GROUP LLP MICHAEL SCHRAG (SBN 185832) LINDA LAM (SBN 301461) 505 14th St. Suite 1110 Oakland, CA 94612 Telephone: (510) 530-9700 Facsimile: (510) 530-9701 mls@classlawgroup.com lpl@classlawgroup.com Attorneys for Plaintiffs 18 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 19 FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 KAROLINE V. SMITH, individually and as trustee of the J. and K. Revocable Inter Vivos Trust dated January 12, 1990, doing business as Guardian Self Storage; UPWARD INVESTMENTS, LLC, doing business as Guardian Self Storage; JANARDHAN GRANDE; JANARDHAN GRANDE, MD, A MEDICAL CORPORATION, doing business as Central Valley Pain Management; MUKESH BHATT, Case No. 5:16-cv-01893-JLS(JPRx) AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER [Stipulation for Entry of Agreed Protective Order Filed Herewith] [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2 3 4 MD, MUKESH BHATT, MD, INC., C. MICHAEL JONES, JR.; C. MICHAEL, INC.; JOSHUA AGLE; PIETER AGLE, individually and doing business as SHAGMART; and HARISH KHER, MD, 5 6 Plaintiffs, v. 7 8 9 10 11 12 AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY; SEA NINE ASSOCIATES, INC.; INNOVATIVE PRIVATE STRATEGIES & INSURANCE SERVICES, INC.; I.P.S. PRIVATE ADVISORS; PETER MORDIN; and DOES 1 – 10, 13 14 Defendants. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WHEREAS, Plaintiffs and Defendants (collectively the “Parties”) may seek discovery of documents, information, or other materials that contain the private and confidential medical records or the financial records of non-parties; WHEREAS, private and confidential medical records or financial records of non-parties are protected from public disclosure by, amongst other laws and regulations, the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (45 C.F.R. § 164.508) (prohibiting disclosure of confidential medical information), California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CAL. CIV. CODE § 56, et seq.) (same), and the California Financial Information Privacy Act (CAL. FIN. CODE § 4050, et seq.) (prohibiting disclosure of protected financial information); WHEREAS, the Parties in this action have or may seek discovery of documents and information for which “good cause” exists to protect the information from being disclosed to the public, including but not limited to 2 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 documents and information that may contain individuals’ private information 2 and/or a party’s confidential financial information; specifically, certain documents 3 and materials contain internal memoranda, confidential procedures containing 4 proprietary actuarial and underwriting information, personal and medical records of 5 the insureds, private information regarding owners, beneficiaries, and assignments 6 of life insurance policies, and personal financial information regarding non-parties’ 7 financial analyses; 8 WHEREAS, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G) permits the Court 9 to restrict public access to documents containing of confidential or non-public 10 commercial information that may be produced or provided in discovery; 11 WHEREAS, the Parties to this action believe that good cause exists to enter 12 this protective order as set forth in the accompanying Stipulation for Entry of 13 Agreed Protective Order (“Stipulation”); and 14 WHEREAS, the Court finds that good cause exists for the entry of this 15 protective order under Phillips v. G.M. Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1209 (9th Cir. 2002), 16 and pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), the Court orders as follows: 17 1. This Agreed Protective Order (“Order”) shall govern the handling of 18 documents, depositions, deposition exhibits, interrogatory responses, admissions, 19 and any other information produced, given or exchanged by and among the parties 20 and any non-parties to this action (the “Litigation”) in connection with discovery in 21 the Litigation (such information hereinafter referred to as “Discovery Material”). 22 2. Any party or non-party who provides or has provided information or 23 material to any party in connection with this Litigation (a “Producing Party”) may 24 designate any Discovery Material as “CONFIDENTIAL” under the terms of this 25 Order if the Producing Party believes in good faith that such Discovery Material 26 contains non-public, confidential, proprietary, or commercially or personally 27 sensitive information that requires the protections provided in this Order 28 (“Confidential Discovery Material”). 3 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 3. 1 The designation by any Producing Party of Discovery Material as 2 “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be made only after review by an attorney for the 3 designating party based on a good faith belief that there is a valid basis for such 4 designation. 4. 5 Confidential Discovery Material, or information derived therefrom, 6 shall be used solely for purposes of this Litigation and shall not be used for any 7 other purpose, including any other lawsuit, or any other business, commercial, or 8 personal purpose, except that nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed a waiver of 9 any party’s rights to obtain discovery in another proceeding in accordance with 10 applicable law. 11 5. The designation of Discovery Material as “CONFIDENTIAL” for 12 purposes of this Order shall be made in the following manner by any Producing 13 Party: 14 a. in the case of documents or other materials (apart from 15 depositions or other pretrial discovery-related testimony), by affixing the legend 16 “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page containing any Confidential Discovery Material, 17 provided that the failure to designate a document as CONFIDENTIAL does not 18 constitute a waiver of such claim if, promptly after the discovery of inadvertent 19 production, the Producing Party properly designates the Discovery Material as 20 “CONFIDENTIAL”, with the effect that such document is subject to the 21 protections of this Order; and 22 b. in the case of depositions or other pretrial discovery-related 23 testimony: (i) by a statement on the record, by counsel, at or before the conclusion 24 of the deposition; or (ii) by written notice, sent by counsel to all parties within ten 25 (10) days after the receipt of the transcript of the deposition or other pretrial 26 testimony, provided that only those portions of the transcripts designated as 27 “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be deemed Confidential Discovery Material. All 28 depositions will be treated as confidential until the expiration of the ten (10) day 4 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 period. The parties may modify this procedure for any particular deposition, 2 through agreement on the record at such deposition or in writing, without further 3 order of the Court. No such modification, however, will have the force or effect of 4 a court order. 5 6. Except as specifically provided for in this or subsequent Court orders, 6 Confidential Discovery Material or its contents shall not be revealed, disclosed, or 7 otherwise made known to persons, directly or indirectly, other than the following: a. 8 9 the parties to the Litigation, including the parties’ officers, directors, managers, and employees (including in-house counsel), who are 10 necessary to assist counsel for the parties in the conduct of the Litigation for use in 11 accordance with this Order; 12 b. experts or consultants who are not officers, directors, managers 13 or employees of any party and whom counsel of record deems necessary to assist 14 counsel of record in the conduct of this Litigation and who sign the undertaking 15 attached as Exhibit A; c. 16 counsel for the parties, employees, contractors, and vendors of 17 such counsel assisting in the conduct of the action for use in accordance with the 18 terms of this Order; 19 d. trial or deposition witnesses; 20 e. the Court and Court personnel, including jury members (if 22 f. court reporters employed in connection with this Litigation; and 23 g. any person who, by the parties’ agreement or court order, serves 21 applicable); 24 as a mediator of this dispute, and employees of any such mediator(s) assisting in the 25 conduct of the mediation. 26 27 7. Every person given access to Confidential Discovery Material or information contained therein shall be advised that the information is being 28 5 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 disclosed pursuant and subject to the terms of this Order and may not be disclosed 2 other than pursuant to the terms thereof. 8. 3 Motions and other pleadings containing Confidential Discovery 4 Material shall be submitted under seal in accordance with applicable law and 5 procedure, including the local rules and procedures set forth by the United States 6 District Court for the Central District of California1 and the assigned Judge’s 7 standing orders. Pending the ruling on the application, the papers or portions 8 thereof subject to the sealing application shall be lodged under seal. 9. 9 A party filing a motion or other pleading containing Discovery 10 Material designated “CONFIDENTIAL” by another party is relieved of the 11 obligation of preparing the application or motion to seal if, at least five days before 12 the date of filing, the filing party gives the designating party notice of the 13 confidential material contained in the motion or other pleading by e-mail or 14 facsimile. If such notice is given: (a) the designating party shall prepare the 15 application or motion to seal in compliance with applicable law and procedure and 16 provide it to the filing party by noon on the day before the filing; and (b) the filing 17 party shall file the application or motion to seal along with the motion or other 18 pleading containing Confidential Discovery Material. In the event that the motion 19 or pleading itself is the subject of the application to seal (such as a motion which 20 quotes or excerpts Confidential Discovery Material), the filing party shall submit all 21 materials to be filed under seal with the Court in accordance with the Court’s 22 Standing Order and the applicable Local Rules. If this dispute proceeds to trial, the 23 designation of Discovery Material as “CONFIDENTIAL” does not limit a party or 24 the parties from using that Discovery Material at trial as otherwise allowed by 25 26 27 28 1 See, e.g., Local Rule 79-5 and guidance provided at the following web page: https://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/documents/JLS/AD/Guide%20to %20Electronically%20Filing%20UnderSeal%20Document%20in%20Civil%20Cases.pdf 6 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 applicable law (unless the Court issues a further order requiring that confidentiality 2 be maintained). For example, Discovery Material designated as 3 “CONFIDENTIAL” may be used as evidence at trial. After exchanging and/or 4 identifying the materials they intend to use at trial as part of the pre-trial 5 procedures, the Parties may move the Court for the sealing or treatment of 6 Confidential materials prior to such materials’ public disclosure. Nothing in this 7 paragraph is intended to restrict the ability of the parties to use Confidential 8 Discovery Material at trial to the fullest extent permissible by applicable law. 9 10. Any party to the Litigation who objects to another party’s designation 10 of Discovery Material as “CONFIDENTIAL” shall give written notice of his or her 11 objection to the Producing Party. If the parties cannot agree on a resolution of the 12 dispute, the Parties shall follow the procedures to obtain a decision from the Court 13 that is set forth in Local Rule 37 and all procedures applicable to filing documents 14 under seal set forth by this Order, the Court’s Standing Order, and the Local Rules. 15 16 17 11. Entering into, agreeing to, and/or producing or receiving Confidential Discovery Material or otherwise complying with the terms of this Order shall not: a. operate as an admission by any party that any particular 18 Confidential Discovery Material contains or reflects trade secrets or any other type 19 of confidential information; 20 b. prejudice in any way the rights of the parties to object to the 21 production of documents they consider not subject to discovery, or operate as an 22 admission by any party that the restrictions and procedures set forth herein 23 constitute adequate protection for any particular information deemed by any party 24 to be Confidential Discovery Material; 25 c. prejudice in any way the rights of any party to object to the 26 authenticity or admissibility into evidence of any document, testimony, or other 27 evidence subject to this Order; 28 7 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER d. 1 prejudice in any way the rights of a party to seek a 2 determination by the Court whether any Discovery Material or Confidential 3 Discovery Material should be subject to the terms of this Order; e. 4 5 prejudice in any way the rights of a party to petition the Court for a further protective order relating to any purportedly confidential information; f. 6 prevent the parties to this Order from agreeing to alter or waive 7 the provisions or protections provided for herein with respect to any particular 8 Discovery Material; or g. 9 be construed as an agreement by any person to produce or 10 supply any document, or as a waiver by any person of his right to object to the 11 production of any document, or as a waiver of any claim of privilege with respect to 12 the production of any document. 13 12. This Order has no effect upon, and shall not apply to, the parties’ use 14 of their own respective Confidential Discovery Material for any purpose. Nothing 15 herein shall: (i) prevent a party from disclosing Confidential Discovery Material or 16 other information to officers, directors, or employees of the Producing Party; or 17 (ii) impose any restrictions on the use or disclosure by a party of documents, 18 materials, or information designated as CONFIDENTIAL obtained lawfully by 19 such party independently of the discovery proceedings in this Litigation and not 20 otherwise subject to confidentiality restrictions. 21 13. If a party in possession of Confidential Discovery Material receives a 22 subpoena or other compulsory process from a non-party to this Order seeking 23 production or other disclosure of such confidential information, that party shall give 24 written and telephone notice to counsel for the Producing Party within five (5) 25 business days after receipt of the subpoena or other compulsory process; such 26 notice shall identify the confidential information sought and enclose a copy of the 27 subpoena or other compulsory process. If the Producing Party timely seeks a 28 protective order, the party to which the subpoena or other compulsory process was 8 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 issued or served shall not, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, produce 2 the confidential information called for prior to receiving a court order or the consent 3 of the Producing Party. In the event that such Confidential Discovery Material 4 containing confidential information is produced to the non-party, such material shall 5 still be treated by the parties to this action in accordance with the designation as 6 CONFIDENTIAL by the parties to this Order. 7 14. In the event a Producing Party produces two or more identical copies 8 of a document and any such copy is designated with a lesser degree of 9 confidentiality than any other copy, all such identical documents shall be treated in 10 accordance with the most restrictive designation on any copy once notice of the 11 inconsistent designation is provided by the Producing Party. The Producing Party 12 shall be responsible for informing the party receiving the inconsistently designated 13 information of the inconsistent designation; however, if any person subject to this 14 Order receives such inconsistently designated information, and has actual 15 knowledge of the inconsistent designation, the person shall treat all copies in 16 accordance with the most restrictive designation. 17 15. In the event that a Producing Party inadvertently produces to any other 18 party any materials that are privileged or otherwise immune from discovery, in 19 whole or in part, pursuant to the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or 20 other applicable privilege, such privileged materials may be retrieved by the 21 Producing Party by giving written notice to all parties to whom the Producing Party 22 inadvertently provided copies of the produced privileged materials of the claim of 23 privilege and the identity of the documents inadvertently produced pursuant to 24 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). Upon receipt of such notice, all parties 25 or other persons who have received a copy of the inadvertently produced materials 26 shall promptly return any and all copies of those materials to the Producing Party or 27 destroy the materials. The terms of this paragraph shall not be deemed a waiver of 28 a party’s right to challenge the Producing Party’s designation of materials as 9 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 privileged (provided, however, that any such challenge to the designation may only 2 be made following the return of such identified documents to the Producing Party), 3 nor shall such inadvertent production of any material that is subsequently retrieved 4 pursuant to this paragraph be deemed to be a waiver of the claim of privilege 5 asserted. No party shall use any inadvertently produced privileged materials, or 6 information gleaned from any inadvertently produced privileged materials, in 7 connection with this Litigation or any related actions. 8 9 Any party returning material to a Producing Party pursuant to this paragraph 15 may move the Court for an order compelling production of the material. Nothing 10 in this paragraph waives the returning Party’s argument that the Producing Party 11 waived privilege or applicable immunity by failing to rectify the error in a timely 12 manner after discovery of the inadvertent production and/or acted without 13 reasonable diligence. However, the Parties shall not assert as ground for entering 14 such an order that the Producing Party waived any privilege because of the mere 15 fact of inadvertent production alone. Any motion made to the Court under this 16 Paragraph shall be made pursuant to the procedures set forth in Local Rule 37 and 17 this Order. 18 16. Any person receiving Confidential Discovery Material shall not 19 disclose such information to any person who is not entitled to receive such 20 information under this Order. If Confidential Discovery Material is disclosed to 21 any person other than in the manner authorized by this Order, the person 22 responsible for the disclosure must immediately bring all pertinent facts relating to 23 such disclosure to the attention of counsel for all parties and, without prejudice to 24 other rights and remedies of any party, make a reasonable good faith effort to 25 retrieve such materials and to prevent further disclosure by it or by the person who 26 received such information. 27 28 17. In the event additional parties join or are joined in this Litigation, they shall not have access to Confidential Discovery Material until the newly-joined 10 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 party by its counsel has executed and, at the request of any party, filed with the 2 Court its agreement to be fully bound by this Order, unless the Court orders 3 otherwise. 4 18. Non-parties who produce documents pursuant to this Order shall have 5 the benefit of this Order, and shall be entitled to enforce its terms, if they agree to 6 be bound hereby. 7 19. 8 9 The parties agree to be bound by the terms of this Order pending the entry of this Order, or another order governing confidentiality by the Court. 20. The provisions of this Order shall, absent written permission of the 10 Producing Party or further order of the Court, continue to be binding throughout 11 and after the conclusion of the Litigation, including without limitation any appeals 12 therefrom. 13 21. Within sixty (60) days after receiving notice of the entry of an order, 14 judgment, or decree finally disposing of or resolving the Litigation, and upon the 15 written request of the Producing Party, all persons having received Confidential 16 Discovery Material shall either make a good faith effort to return such material and 17 all copies thereof (including summaries and excerpts) to counsel for the party that 18 produced it or destroy all such Confidential Discovery Material and certify that fact. 19 However, counsel for the parties shall be entitled to retain court papers, deposition 20 and trial transcripts and attorney work product (including Discovery Material 21 containing Confidential Discovery Material), provided that such counsel, and 22 employees of such counsel, shall not disclose the court papers or attorney work 23 product to any person, except pursuant to court order or agreement with the 24 Producing Party. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an 25 archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing 26 transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert 27 reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if 28 such materials contain Confidential Discovery Material. Any such archival copies 11 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 that contain or constitute Confidential Discovery Material remain subject to this 2 Protective Order. The Producing Party shall retain a complete set of Confidential 3 Discovery Material for at least five years after the conclusion of the litigation which 4 other parties and/or their counsel can subpoena if needed. 5 22. During the pendency of this Litigation, any party objecting to the 6 designation of any Discovery Material or testimony as Confidential Discovery 7 Material may, after making a good faith effort to resolve any such objection, present 8 the dispute to the Court under Local Rule 37. While such dispute is pending, the 9 Discovery Material or testimony in question shall be treated as Confidential 10 Discovery Material pursuant to this Order. The provisions of this paragraph are not 11 intended to shift the burden of establishing confidentiality. The burden of 12 establishing confidentiality rests with the Producing Party. 13 23. In the event that any Confidential Discovery Material is used in any 14 court proceeding in this Litigation or any appeal therefrom, said Confidential 15 Discovery Material shall not lose its status as Confidential Discovery Material 16 through such use unless the Court orders otherwise. Counsel shall confer on such 17 procedures as are necessary to protect the confidentiality of any documents, 18 information, and transcripts used in the course of any court proceeding, subject to 19 any subsequent trial Orders by this Court that relate to the trial and the use of 20 Confidential Discovery Materials. 21 24. Each of the parties hereto shall be entitled to seek modification of this 22 Order by application to the Court on notice to the other parties hereto. Nothing in 23 this Order shall preclude any party from seeking judicial relief, upon notice to the 24 other parties, with regard to any provision hereof. 25 25. The Court may modify the terms and conditions of the Order for good 26 cause, or in the interest of justice, or on its own order at any time in these 27 proceedings. 28 12 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2 26. Without a separate court order, the Order is not intended to change, amend, or circumvent any court rule or local rule. 3 4 5 6 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: January 11, 2017 By: ___________________________ Hon. Jean P. Rosenbluth United States Magistrate Judge 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 13 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER EXHIBIT A TO PROTECTIVE ORDER UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 2 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 KAROLINE V. SMITH, et al., 5 6 7 8 9 10 Plaintiffs, v. AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY; et al., Case No. 5:16-cv-01893-JLS(JPRx) [PROPOSED] AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER Understanding Pursuant to the Agreed Protective Order Defendants. 11 12 I have read the Agreed Protective Order entered in this case. I agree and 13 understand that: (a) all Confidential Discovery Material disclosed to me in this case 14 is pursuant to and subject to the terms of this Order and may not be disclosed or 15 used other than pursuant to the terms thereof, and (b) that the violation of the terms 16 of the Order (by use of the Confidential Discovery Material in any impermissible 17 manner) may subject me to punishment for contempt of a court order. 18 19 20 21 I agree to be bound by the Order, and I consent to the jurisdiction of the above-captioned Court for purposes of the enforcement of the Order. Executed this _____ day of ______________ [month], ___________ [year], in ________________ [city], ________________ [state]. 22 23 Signature: 24 Please print or type the following: 25 Name: 26 Title and Affiliation: 27 Address: 28 Telephone: 14 [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER

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