Charles Huntsman v. County of Orange et al

Filing 39

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar re Stipulation for Protective Order 38 . (See document for complete details) (afe)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 William L. Haluck, Esq. (SBN 80146) Zachary Schwartz, Esq. (SBN 286498) Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP 3 Park Plaza, Suite 1500 Irvine, CA 92614-8558 949-864-3400; fax: 949-864-9000 Email: bill.haluck@knchlaw.com / zachary.schwartz@knchlaw.com Attorneys for Defendants, WESLEY DEAN, ERIC GIUMMO, AUSTIN KINNEY, BLAKE BLANEY UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 JVS Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 JVA (ASx) Assigned for All Purposes to: Judge : James V. Selna Dept. 10C CHARLES HUNTSMAN, 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 15 WESLEY DEAN; ERIC GIUMMO; AUSTIN KINNEY; and BLAKE BLANEY, 16 Defendants. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Action Date: Trial Date: 9/6/16 12/05/17 17 TO THE COURT, ALL PARTIES, AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF 18 19 RECORD: Plaintiff CHARLES HUNTSMAN (“Plaintiff”) and Defendants WESLEY 20 21 DEAN, ERIC GIUMMO, AUSTIN KINNEY, and BLAKE BLANEY (“Defendants”) (collectively referred to as “the Parties”) hereby stipulate, through 22 23 24 their respective counsel of record, to the following: 1. INTRODUCTION A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 25 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, 26 proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 27 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may 28 1 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 be warranted. Accordingly, the Parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to 2 enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The Parties acknowledge that this 3 Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to 4 discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends 5 only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment 6 under the applicable legal principles. The Parties further acknowledge, as set forth 7 in Section 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to 8 9 10 file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when a Party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. B. 11 12 13 GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT This action is likely to involve the production of peace officer personnel materials, including but not limited to citizen complaints and internal affairs investigation materials for which special protection from public disclosure and from 14 use for any purpose other than prosecution of this action is warranted. 15 confidential and proprietary materials and information consist of, among other 16 things, information otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be 17 privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, 18 court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of 19 information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of 20 discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to 21 keep confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses 22 of such material in preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their 23 handling at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order 24 for such information is justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that 25 26 27 Such information will not be designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part of the public record of this case. 28 2 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. DEFINITIONS 2.1 Action: the above-captioned lawsuit of Huntsman v. Dean, et al., USDC Case No. 8:16-cv-01561-JVS-(ASx). 2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of information or items under this Order. 2.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in the Good Cause Statement. 2.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff). 11 12 13 14 2.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless 15 of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, 16 among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced 17 or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 18 2.7 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 19 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as 20 an expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 21 2.8 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this Action. 22 House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside 23 counsel. 24 25 26 27 2.9 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 party to this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and have appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm 28 3 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 which has appeared on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 2 2.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 3 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 4 support staffs). 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 5 6 Discovery Material in this Action. 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation 7 8 9 10 support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and subcontractors. 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 11 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 12 13 14 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party. 3. SCOPE 15 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 16 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or 17 extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or 18 compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or 19 presentations by Parties or their Counsel that reveal Protected Material. Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the 20 21 trial judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 22 4. DURATION 23 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations 24 imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees 25 26 27 otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this Action, 28 4 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of time 2 pursuant to applicable law. 3 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 4 5.1 5 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection 6 under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material 7 that qualifies under the appropriate standards. 8 9 10 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. The Designating Party must designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 11 12 13 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to 14 impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the 15 Designating Party to sanctions. 16 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 17 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 18 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 19 5.2 20 Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of 21 section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or 22 Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so 23 designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 24 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 25 26 27 (a) Manner and Timing of Designations. for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), to each page that 28 5 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page 2 qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected 3 portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 4 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for inspection 5 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated 6 which documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and 7 before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be 8 9 10 deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. Then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must 11 12 13 14 15 affix the “CONFIDENTIAL” legend to each page that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). (b) for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party identify 16 the Disclosure or Discovery Material of all protected testimony on the record, 17 before the close of the deposition. 18 (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary and 19 for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on 20 the exterior of the container or containers in which the information is stored the 21 legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” 22 warrants protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the 23 protected portion(s). 24 25 26 27 5.3 If only a portion or portions of the information Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the 28 6 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 2 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 3 6.1 4 Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of confidentiality at any 5 Timing of Challenges. time that is consistent with the Court’s Scheduling Order. 6 6.2 7 The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process under 8 Local Rule 37-1 et seq. 6.3 9 10 Meet and Confer. The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass 11 12 13 or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating Party has waived or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall continue to afford the 14 material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the 15 Producing Party’s designation until the Court rules on the challenge. 16 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 17 7.1 18 A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is disclosed or produced 19 by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this Action only for 20 prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Action. Such Protected Material 21 may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions 22 described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a Receiving Party 23 must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL DISPOSITION). 24 25 26 27 Basic Principles. Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the 28 7 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any information or item 2 designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: (a) 3 the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as 4 well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably 5 necessary to disclose the information for this Action; (b) 6 7 the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action; (c) 8 9 10 the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); (d) 13 14 professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 15 16 court reporters and their staff; (f) 12 the court and its personnel; (e) 11 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; 17 (h) during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, in the 18 Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the deposing party 19 requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit 1 hereto; and (2) they 20 will not be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they sign the 21 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise 22 agreed by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed 23 deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material may 24 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone 25 except as permitted under this Stipulated Protective Order; and (i) 26 27 any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement discussions. 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED 28 8 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION 2 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 3 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 4 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: (a) 5 6 shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) 7 8 9 10 12 13 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 subpoena or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and (c) 11 promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification 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 the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action 14 as “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the 15 subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s 16 permission. The Designating Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking 17 protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions 18 should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this Action 19 to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 20 9. 21 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 22 A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a 23 Non-Party in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information 24 produced by Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the 25 26 27 remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional protections. (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 28 9 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 2 confidential information, then the Party shall: (1) 3 promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party that 4 some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement 5 with a Non-Party; (2) 6 7 8 Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific description of the information requested; and (3) 9 10 12 13 make the information requested available for inspection by the Non- Party, if requested. (c) 11 promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 14 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party may produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall 14 not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject to the 15 confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the court. 16 Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and 17 expense of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 18 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 19 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 20 Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 21 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in 22 writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best 23 efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the 24 person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of 25 26 27 this Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED MATERIAL 28 10 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 2 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other 3 protection, the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal 4 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify 5 whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for 6 production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 7 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure 8 9 10 11 12 of a communication or information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work product protection, the parties may incorporate their agreement in the stipulated protective order submitted to the court. 12. 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. 13 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 14 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to 15 disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in 16 this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on 17 any ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective 18 Order. 19 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 20 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material 21 may only be filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the 22 specific Protected Material at issue. However, only the portions of documents, 23 including briefs, exhibits, or any other moving or opposing papers that contain 24 Protected Material need to be filed under seal. If a Party's request to file Protected 25 26 27 Material under seal is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the public record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 13. FINAL DISPOSITION After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 60 28 11 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must 2 return all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As 3 used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, 4 compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the 5 Protected Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the 6 Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if 7 not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that 8 9 10 (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel 11 12 13 are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 14 work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival 15 copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective 16 Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 17 14. PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATION OF THIS ORDER 18 Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate 19 measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary 20 sanctions. 21 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 22 DATED: April 21, 2017 23 24 25 Law Offices of York & Garvey /s/ Darrell York ____________________________ Darrell York, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff CHARLES HUNTSMAN 26 27 28 12 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 DATED: April 21, 2017 2 Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP /s/ Zachary Schwartz ____________________________ William L. Haluck, Esq. Zachary Schwartz, Esq. Attorneys for Defendants WESLEY DEAN, ERIC GIUMMO, AUSTIN KINNEY, BLAKE BLANEY 3 4 5 6 7 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 8 9 Date: _________________ April 25, 2017 10 /s/ _______________________________ Honorable Alka Sagar United States Magistrate Judge 11 12 ECF Certification 13 14 I, Zachary Schwartz, attest in accordance with Local Rule 5-4.3.4 that all 15 other signatories, and on whose behalf the filing is submitted, concur in the 16 contents of this filing and have authorized me to so file it. 17 DATED: April 21, 2017 18 19 20 21 22 Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP /s/ Zachary Schwartz ____________________________ William L. Haluck, Esq. Zachary Schwartz, Esq. Attorneys for Defendants WESLEY DEAN, ERIC GIUMMO, AUSTIN KINNEY, BLAKE BLANEY 23 24 25 26 27 28 13 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 I, ______________________________ [print or type full name], of 4 ____________________________________________ [print or type full address], 5 declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the 6 Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for 7 the Central District of California on ___________ [date] in the case of Huntsman v. 8 9 10 Dean, et al., United States District Court-Central District Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 JVA (ASx). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I 11 12 13 solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 14 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court 15 for the Central District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this 16 Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after 17 termination of this action. I hereby appoint _________________________ [print or 18 type full name] of _________________________ [print or type full address and 19 telephone number] as my California agent for service of process in connection with 20 this action or any proceedings related to enforcement of this Stipulated Protective 21 Order. 22 Date: ______________________ 23 City and State where sworn and signed: ______________________ 24 Printed name: ______________________ 25 Signature: ______________________ 26 27 28 14 004.534:317843v1 Case No. 8:16-cv-01561 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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