Mami Nutraceuticals, LLC v. National Merchant Center et al

Filing 106

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi re Stipulation for Protective Order 103 . (kh)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 2 SOUTHERN DIVISION 3 4 MAMI NUTRACEUTICALS, LLC, 5 6 Plaintiff, v. 7 NATIONAL MERCHANT CENTER, 8 INC., et al., Case No. 8:16-cv-01308-JVS-JCG STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Date: Judge: June 14, 2017 Hon. James V. Selna Defendants. 9 10 WHEREAS, in the course of discovery, it may be necessary for the parties 11 or third parties to disclose personal, proprietary, or confidential information or 12 trade secrets; and 13 WHEREAS, the parties do not wish to unreasonably impede or burden the 14 discovery process, and wish to ensure the reasonable protection of such personal, 15 proprietary, or confidential information or trade secrets; and 16 WHEREAS, the parties consent and stipulate that, with the approval of this 17 Court, this Order should issue to preserve and protect the confidentiality of 18 documents referenced, disclosed, and produced in this litigation (“Litigation”); 19 IT IS THEREFORE STIPULATED as follows: 20 1. The terms and conditions of this Order shall govern the handling of 21 documents, depositions, deposition exhibits, interrogatory responses, admissions 22 and any other information produced (including, but not limited to, inspections, 23 videos, photographs or imaging of a party’s data, processes, premises or property), 24 given or exchanged by and among any and all of the parties and non-parties to this 25 Litigation in connection with discovery or voluntary exchange of information in 26 this Litigation (“Discovery Material”). 27 28 2. The term “Designating Party” as used herein shall mean the person or party who produces the Discovery Material or the party who chooses to designate 1 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 Discovery Material produced by or originating with any non-party. The 2 Designating Party shall have the right to designate any Discovery Material as 3 “Confidential,” to the extent that it believes in good faith that such Discovery 4 Material contains or reflects non-public, confidential, proprietary, financial, 5 technical, or commercially or legally sensitive or protected information 6 (“Confidential Material”). 7 3. Confidential Material shall be designated as follows: 8 (a) In the case of documents, designation shall be made by placing the 9 legend “Confidential” on each page containing Confidential Material prior to 10 production. Documents that are made available for inspection in response to a 11 request for production need not be marked with the confidentiality legend. The 12 Designating Party shall, however, mark with the confidentiality legend the first 13 page of the document and each page that contains Confidential Material that is 14 identified for copying and then copied. Where a document is produced in a 15 magnetic or electronic medium (such as a computer disk or tape), the disk, 16 cartridge, reel or medium container shall be marked as set forth above. In the case 17 of documents produced by a non-party, either party may designate the documents 18 as Confidential Material by (i) placing the legend “Confidential” on each page 19 containing Confidential Material after receiving the production from the non-party 20 or the party who directly receives the production from the non-party; or (ii) 21 identifying in writing, by bates number, the documents to be treated as 22 Confidential Material. The failure of a non-party to designate a document it 23 produces as Confidential Material shall in no way affect the right of either party to 24 so designate the document. 25 (b) In the case of depositions, designation of the transcript or the portion of 26 the transcript (including exhibits) which contains Confidential Material shall be 27 made by a statement on the record during the course of the deposition as to which 28 portion(s) are being designated, or by a statement in writing sent to all counsel of 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 record within thirty (30) business days after the receipt of the transcript of the 2 deposition. If the designation is made during the course of the deposition, the 3 reporter attending such deposition shall place the legend “Contains Confidential 4 Material Subject to a Court Order” on the cover of the transcript. If the designation 5 is made after receipt of the transcript, the Designating Party shall identify which 6 pages of the transcript contain Confidential Material. The parties may modify this 7 procedure for any particular deposition through agreement on the record at such 8 deposition, without further court order. 4. 9 All portions of briefs, pleadings or other filings with the Court that 10 contain or refer to Confidential Material shall be filed under seal in accordance 11 with the procedures of the Court. Such submissions shall remain under seal until 12 further order of this Court. 5. 13 If any party elects to challenge the designation of any Discovery 14 Material as Confidential Material, such party (“Challenging Party”) shall do so in 15 good faith and must begin the process by a letter directed to counsel for the 16 Designating Party. In conferring, the Challenging Party must explain the basis for 17 its belief that the confidentiality designation was not proper and must give the 18 Designating Party a reasonable opportunity to review the designated material, to 19 reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, to explain 20 the basis for the chosen designation. A Challenging Party may proceed to the next 21 stage of the challenge process only if it has completed this meet and confer process 22 first. 23 6. If the Designating Party does not explain the basis for the designation 24 and/or any challenge to a confidentiality designation cannot be resolved by 25 agreement, the Challenging Party may file a motion with the Court for an order 26 removing that designation. Each such motion shall specify the challenged material 27 and set forth in detail the basis for the challenge. Each such motion also shall be 28 accompanied by a competent declaration that affirms that the Challenging Party 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed by the preceding 2 paragraph and that sets forth with specificity the justification for the confidentiality 3 designation that was given by the Designating Party in the meet and confer 4 process. 5 7. Notwithstanding any challenge to the designation of material as 6 Confidential Material, all Discovery Material shall be treated as Confidential 7 8 9 Material unless and until one of the following occurs: (a) the Designating Party who claims that the Discovery Material is Confidential Material withdraws such designation in writing; or 10 (b) the Court rules the Discovery Material is not Confidential Material. 11 8. If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items 12 that it designated for protection do not qualify for protection, the Designating Party 13 shall promptly notify all other parties in writing that it is withdrawing the 14 designation and shall authorize all parties to remove the “Confidential” legend 15 from such material. 16 17 18 9. Information designated as “Confidential Material” may be disclosed only to the following persons: (a) counsel of record in this Litigation, and attorneys, paralegals and other 19 support staff employed by such counsel who are assisting in the conduct of this 20 Litigation; 21 (b) the parties in this Litigation, including their present officers, directors 22 and employees deemed necessary to aid counsel in the prosecution or defense of 23 this Litigation; 24 (c) the Court, court personnel, court reporters (including stenographers and 25 video technicians) and the jury in this Litigation; 26 (d) interpreters, translators, copy services, document imaging services, and 27 database coding services employed in connection with this Litigation, provided 28 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 that these individuals or an appropriate company official executes an Agreement to 2 Maintain Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A; 3 (e) experts or consultants (and employees of such experts or consultants) 4 retained by any party or attorney to assist with the Litigation, provided that such 5 expert or consultant executes an Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality attached 6 hereto as Exhibit A; 7 8 9 10 (f) any mediator agreed upon by the parties, provided such person executes an Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A; (g) noticed or subpoenaed witnesses (and their counsel) at any deposition or trial in this Litigation or in preparation for their testimony at deposition or trial; 11 (h) all authors and recipients of an item of Confidential Material, including 12 all addressees, persons listed as receiving copies or blind copies, and persons who 13 counsel believes in good faith would have received copies in the ordinary course of 14 business, provided that such persons execute an Agreement to Maintain 15 Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A; 16 (i) prospective witnesses who may be required to testify in this Litigation on 17 facts contained in the Confidential Material, provided that such witnesses execute 18 an Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A; 19 (j) in the case of Confidential Material produced by or originating with a 20 non-party, the non-party who produced the Confidential Material; and 21 (k) other persons to whom the Court specifically allows disclosure, after 22 application by the party seeking such disclosure and an opportunity to reply by the 23 Designating Party. 24 10. Persons identified in Paragraphs 9(d), (e), (f), (h) and (i) above shall 25 not be granted access to Confidential Material until such persons have read this 26 Order and agreed to be bound by its provisions as set forth in the Agreement to 27 Maintain Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A. Counsel for the party 28 providing such persons with access to Confidential Material shall be responsible 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 for maintaining copies of the Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality executed by 2 them. The names of such persons who have executed the Agreement to Maintain 3 Confidentiality attached hereto as Exhibit A shall not be discoverable except upon 4 a showing of good cause and by order of the Court, or as required by the Federal 5 Rules of Civil Procedure. 6 11. All information designated as Confidential Material in accordance 7 with the terms of this Order and produced or exchanged in the course of this 8 Litigation shall be used or disclosed solely for the purpose of this Litigation and in 9 accordance with the provisions of this Order. Such Confidential Material shall not 10 be used for any business purpose, or in any other litigation or other proceeding, or 11 for any other purpose, except by Court Order or otherwise required by law. 12 12. Nothing in this Order shall prevent a Designating Party, in good faith, 13 from designating or redesignating Discovery Material that already has been 14 produced as Confidential Material, provided that the Designating Party promptly 15 advises the party or parties to which production is being made that it has 16 designated or redesignated the Discovery Material as Confidential Material. In the 17 event that two copies of the same document or information are produced by 18 different parties, the more restrictive designation shall govern. If material is 19 appropriately designated as Confidential Material after the material was initially 20 produced, the receiving party, on timely notification of the designation, must make 21 reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the 22 provisions of this Order. 23 13. Any party who receives Confidential Material may request at any time 24 permission to disclose such material to a person other than those permitted by 25 paragraph 9 above by serving a written request upon counsel for the Designating 26 Party. This request shall state the specific information or material the party wishes 27 to disclose and the person or entity to whom the party wishes to disclose the 28 information or material. If consent is withheld, or if the requesting party and 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 Designating Party are unable to agree on the terms and conditions of disclosure, 2 the requesting party may seek judicial intervention to resolve the dispute. 3 Disclosure shall be prohibited unless and until such request is granted by the Court. 4 14. In the event that any person not named in paragraph 9 requests the 5 disclosure of Confidential Material through subpoena or other compulsory process, 6 the person receiving such subpoena or compulsory process (the “Receiving Party”) 7 shall give notice in writing to counsel for the Designating Party identifying the 8 information sought and enclosing a copy of the subpoena or compulsory process. 9 Such notice shall be delivered in writing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the 10 proposed disclosure; if the request is received less than fourteen (14) days prior to 11 the proposed disclosure, notice shall be given immediately by telephone, as well as 12 in writing. The Designating Party shall have the sole responsibility to obtain a 13 court order to preclude or restrict production of any Confidential Material 14 requested pursuant to a subpoena or other compulsory process. In the event that the 15 Designating Party advises the Receiving Party that it intends to promptly move for 16 such an order and the Designating Party moves prior to the proposed production 17 date, the Receiving Party shall not produce or divulge the contents of any 18 Confidential Material until such motion is resolved. 19 15. If Confidential Material is disclosed to any person other than in the 20 manner authorized by this Order, the party responsible for the disclosure must 21 immediately bring all pertinent facts relating to such disclosure to the attention of 22 the Designating Party, and without prejudice to the rights and remedies of the 23 Designating Party, make every effort to retrieve the improperly disclosed material 24 and to prevent further unauthorized disclosure on its own part or on the part of the 25 recipient of such information or material. 26 16. This Order, insofar as it restricts the communication and use of 27 Confidential Material, shall continue to be binding throughout and after the 28 conclusion of this Litigation, including any appeals. After final termination of this 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 Litigation, the outside counsel for a named party may (but is not required to) retain 2 one copy of deposition transcripts and exhibits, court transcripts and exhibits, and 3 documents and other materials submitted to the Court. Any such retained 4 documents shall continue to be treated in accordance with this Order. Nothing 5 herein shall require the return or destruction of attorney work product. Upon 6 written notice of counsel, within 90 days after final termination of this Litigation, 7 counsel for the parties shall return all additional Confidential Material to the 8 Designating Party or destroy all additional Confidential Material, including copies 9 thereof and documents reflecting same, and shall provide a sworn certification to 10 the Designating Party that all such Confidential Material has been returned or 11 destroyed; provided, however, that to the extent the Confidential Material exists in 12 whole or in part on computer backup tapes, information from such tapes does not 13 need to be restored for purposes of destroying or returning Confidential Material to 14 the Designating Party but such retained information shall continue to be treated in 15 accordance with this Order. Nothing in this paragraph shall operate to require a 16 party to retain documents after the termination of the Litigation. 17 17. Nothing in this Protective Order shall operate to require the 18 production of information or documents that are privileged or otherwise protected 19 from discovery. 20 18. The inadvertent production of any Discovery Material shall be 21 without prejudice to any claim that such Discovery Material is privileged or 22 protected from discovery as attorney work-product or by reason of any other 23 applicable privilege, protection or immunity, including without limitation the 24 attorney-client privilege, and no party or non-party shall be held to have waived 25 any rights by such inadvertent production. If a claim of inadvertent production is 26 made pursuant to this Paragraph 18 with respect to information then in the custody 27 of another party, such party shall immediately return to the claiming party or 28 person that Material as to which the claim of inadvertent production has been made 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 and all copies thereof (including any and all copies from any litigation-support or 2 other database), and the receiving party shall destroy all notes or other work 3 product reflecting the contents of such Material, and shall not use such information 4 for any purpose other than in connection with a motion to compel. The party 5 returning such Material may then move the Court for an Order compelling 6 production of the Material, but said motion shall not assert as a ground for entering 7 said Order the fact or circumstance of the inadvertent production. If the party 8 receiving notice of inadvertent production does elect to move the Court for an 9 Order compelling production, that party may keep one copy of the inadvertently 10 produced Discovery Material to be used only in connection with that motion. The 11 parties and non-parties agree that permission to keep the one copy for the sole 12 purpose of that motion shall not be grounds for arguing that the document is not 13 privileged or that any privilege was waived. Pending the Court’s ruling, a receiving 14 party shall not make any use of such documents or information. 15 16 19. Nothing in this Order shall prevent any Designating Party from using or disclosing his, her or its own documents or information, and any such use or 17 disclosure shall not automatically be deemed a waiver of that Designating Party’s 18 rights under this Order. Nothing in this paragraph, however, shall prevent any party 19 from asserting that a Designating Party’s use of such information is inconsistent 20 with its designation as Confidential Material. 21 20. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to be an admission of 22 relevance to affect in any way the admissibility of any document, testimony or 23 other evidence in this Litigation. 24 21. This Order may be amended only by written agreement of counsel for 25 all parties hereto or upon a motion seeking relief from or modification of this 26 Order from the Court. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to prevent a 27 Designating Party from seeking such further provisions regarding confidentiality as 28 it deems appropriate, or to prevent the parties from seeking relief from this Order. 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 22. Nothing in this Order shall affect any privilege or right which any 2 Designating Party might otherwise have against the discovery of any materials 3 sought by any party hereto. Notwithstanding this Order, any Designating Party 4 may move the Court for an order imposing additional restrictions upon discovery 5 of documents or other material, including, but not limited to, an order that 6 discovery therefore not be had. 7 23. All notices required by the Protective Order are to be served via email 8 and by U.S. mail to the attorneys of record for the party receiving the notice. 9 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD 10 DATED: June 14, 2017 POLSINELLI PC 11 12 By: 13 /s/ John W. Peterson John W. Peterson Attorney for Defendant, WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. 14 15 DATED: June 14, 2017 ALPERT LAW GROUP, APC 16 17 By: 18 /s/ Jeffrey Alpert Jeffrey Alpert Attorney for Defendant, NATIONAL MERCHANT CENTER, INC. 19 20 DATED: June 14, 2017 KAPLAN YOUNG & MOLL PARRON, PLLC 21 22 By: 23 24 /s/ Derek Young Derek Young Attorney for Plaintiff FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED 25 26 DATED: June 30, 2017 27 _________________________ JAY C. GANDHI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 28 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3 1 Exhibit A – Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality 2 I hereby acknowledge that I will be receiving Confidential Material pursuant 3 to the terms of a Confidentiality Stipulation and Protective Order entered by the 4 Court in the action entitled Mami Nutraceuticals, LLC v. National Merchant 5 Center, Inc., et al. I have been given a copy of, and have read and understand, the 6 Confidentiality Stipulation and Protective Order and I agree to be bound by the 7 terms and conditions of that Order. I understand that (1) I am to make no copes of 8 any such Confidential Material except as necessary for use in the above-captioned 9 actions, and (2) such Confidential Material and any copies thereof must remain in 10 my custody until I have completed my assigned duties, whereupon they are to be 11 returned to counsel who provided me with such Confidential Material. I agree not 12 to disseminate any information derived from such Confidential Material to anyone, 13 or make any disclosure of any such information, except for the purposes of the 14 above-captioned action or as permitted by the Confidentiality Stipulation and 15 Protective Order or by further order of the Court. 16 Signature:_________________________________ 17 Print Name: _______________________________ 18 Date:_____________________________________ 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 11 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 58802588.3

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