Joshua Doan et al v. Network Capital Funding Corporation

Filing 25

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi re First Request for Protective Order for production of confidential, proprietary, or private information 24 . (kh)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOSHUA DOAN and VAN DUONG, on behalf of themselves and all others 12 similarly situated, Plaintiffs, 13 14 vs. 15 NETWORK CAPITAL FUNDING CORPORATION, a Nevada Corporation, 16 Defendant. 17 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 8:16-CV-1678-CJC-JCG Judge: Hon. Cormac J. Carney Magistrate Judge: Hon. Jay C. Gandhi STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Complaint Filed: September 9, 2016 Trial Date: April 10, 2018 18 1. A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 19 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, 20 proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 21 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be 22 warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter 23 the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order 24 does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and 25 that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the 26 limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the 27 applicable legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 28 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 1 confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures 2 that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when a party seeks 3 permission from the court to file material under seal. 4 B. GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 5 This action is likely to involve business and corporate information, third-party 6 private information, financial and/or proprietary information for which special 7 protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than 8 prosecution of this action is warranted. Such confidential and proprietary materials 9 and information consist of, among other things, confidential business or financial 10 information, information regarding confidential business practices, or other 11 confidential research, development, or commercial information (including, but not 12 limited to, information implicating privacy rights of third parties), information 13 otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be privileged or 14 otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, court rules, case 15 decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of information, to 16 facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery 17 materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep 18 confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of 19 such material in preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their handling 20 at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such 21 information is justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that information 22 will not be designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so 23 designated without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, 24 non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part of the public 25 record of this case. 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 2 1 2. DEFINITIONS 2 2.1 Action: JOSHUA DOAN and VAN DUONG, on behalf of themselves 3 and all others similarly situated v. NETWORK CAPITAL FUNDING 4 CORPORATION, a Nevada Corporation, Case No. 8:16-CV-1678. 5 2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation 6 of information or items under this Order. 7 2.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of 8 how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for 9 protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in the 10 Good Cause Statement. 11 2.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as 12 their support staff). 13 2.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or 14 items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as 15 “CONFIDENTIAL.” 16 2.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of 17 the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, 18 among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or 19 generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 20 2.7 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 21 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as 22 an expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 23 2.8 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this Action. 24 House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside 25 counsel. 26 2.9 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or 27 other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 28 BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 3 1 2.10 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party 2 to this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and have 3 appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which 4 has appeared on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 5 2.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 6 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 7 support staffs). 8 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 9 Discovery Material in this Action. 10 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 11 services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 12 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) 13 and their employees and subcontractors. 14 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 15 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 16 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material 17 from a Producing Party. 18 3. SCOPE 19 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 20 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or 21 extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or 22 compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or 23 presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 24 Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the 25 trial judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 4 1 4. DURATION 2 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations 3 imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees 4 otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be 5 deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Action, with 6 or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and 7 exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this Action, 8 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of time 9 pursuant to applicable law. 10 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 11 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. 12 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under 13 this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that 14 qualifies under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for 15 protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written 16 communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, items, 17 or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably 18 within the ambit of this Order. 19 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations 20 that are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper 21 purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to impose 22 unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Designating 23 Party to sanctions. 24 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 25 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 26 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 27 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in 28 this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 5 1 stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection 2 under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or 3 produced. 4 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 5 (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents, 6 but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the 7 Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter 8 “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), to each page that contains protected material. If only a 9 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing 10 Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate 11 markings in the margins). 12 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for inspection 13 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated 14 which documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and 15 before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be 16 deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the 17 documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine which 18 documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. Then, before 19 producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the 20 “CONFIDENTIAL legend” to each page that contains Protected Material. If only a 21 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing 22 Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate 23 markings in the margins). 24 (b) for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party identify the 25 Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, before the close of the deposition all 26 protected testimony, or within thirty (30) days thereafter. 27 (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary and for any 28 other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 6 1 exterior of the container or containers in which the information is stored the legend 2 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information warrants 3 protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected 4 portion(s). 5 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent 6 failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the 7 Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. 8 Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable 9 efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this 10 Order. 11 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 12 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a 13 designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s 14 Scheduling Order. 15 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute 16 resolution process under Local Rule 37.1 et seq. 17 6.3 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on 18 the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper 19 purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other 20 parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating 21 Party has waived or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall 22 continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is 23 entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the Court rules on the 24 challenge. 25 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 26 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 27 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this 28 Action only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Action. Such BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 7 1 Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the 2 conditions described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a 3 Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL 4 DISPOSITION). 5 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a 6 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons 7 authorized under this Order. 8 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless 9 otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a 10 Receiving Party may disclose any information or item designated 11 “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 12 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as well as 13 employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to 14 disclose the information for this Action; 15 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the 16 Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action; 17 (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom 18 disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the 19 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 20 (d) the court and its personnel; 21 (e) court reporters and their staff; 22 (f) Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 23 Action and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 24 (Exhibit A); 25 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 26 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; 27 (h) during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, in the 28 Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the deposing party BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 8 1 requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit A hereto; and (2) they will 2 not be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they sign the 3 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise 4 agreed by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed 5 deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material may be 6 separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as 7 permitted under this Stipulated Protective Order; and 8 (i) any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, mutually 9 agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement discussions. 10 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 11 OTHER LITIGATION 12 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 13 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 14 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: 15 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall 16 include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 17 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to 18 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena 19 or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of 20 this Stipulated Protective Order; and 21 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by 22 the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 23 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with 24 the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this 25 action as “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the 26 subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s 27 permission. The Designating Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking 28 protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 9 1 should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this Action to 2 disobey a lawful directive from another court. 3 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE 4 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 5 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a Non- 6 Party in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information 7 produced by Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the 8 remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be 9 construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional protections. 10 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to 11 produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 12 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 13 confidential information, then the Party shall: 14 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party 15 that some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement 16 with a Non-Party; 17 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated 18 Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably 19 specific description of the information requested; and 20 (3) make the information requested available for inspection by the Non- 21 Party, if requested. 22 (c) If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 14 23 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party may 24 produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery 25 request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall 26 not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject to the 27 confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the court. 28 BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 10 1 Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and expense 2 of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 3 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 4 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 5 Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 6 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in 7 writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts 8 to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the person or 9 persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, 10 and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and 11 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 12 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 13 PROTECTED MATERIAL 14 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 15 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, 16 the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil 17 Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure 18 may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for production without prior 19 privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) and (e), insofar as the 20 parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure of a communication or 21 information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work product protection, the 22 parties may incorporate their agreement in the stipulated protective order submitted 23 to the court. 24 12. MISCELLANEOUS 25 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any 26 person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 27 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 28 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 11 1 disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this 2 Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any 3 ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective Order. 4 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 5 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material may 6 only be filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the 7 specific Protected Material at issue. If a Party’s request to file Protected Material 8 under seal is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information 9 in the public record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 10 13. FINAL DISPOSITION 11 After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 60 12 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must return 13 all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As used in 14 this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, 15 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected 16 Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving 17 Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same 18 person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies 19 (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or 20 destroyed and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, 21 abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any 22 of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to 23 retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing 24 transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert 25 reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such 26 materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival copies that contain or 27 constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective Order as set forth in 28 Section 4 (DURATION). BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 12 1 14. Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate 2 measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary 3 sanctions. 4 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 5 6 Dated: May 26, 2017 THE COOPER LAW FIRM, P.C. 7 8 9 10 11 12 Dated: May 26, 2017 By: /s/ Samantha A. Smith* Scott B. Cooper Samantha A. Smith Attorneys for Plaintiffs JOSHUA DOAN and VAN DUONG BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 13 14 15 16 17 18 By: /s/ Tiffany L. Bacon Jeremy S. Johnson Benjamin Price Tiffany L. Bacon Attorneys for Defendant NETWORK CAPITAL FUNDING CORPORATION 19 *I, Tiffany L. Bacon, attest that counsel concur in the content of this filing and have 20 authorized this filing. 21 22 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 24 Dated: August 29, 2017 _______________________________ 25 Honorable Jay C. Gandhi United States Magistrate Judge 26 27 28 BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 13 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 4 _________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury 5 that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that 6 was issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California 7 on [date] in the case of ___________ [insert formal name of the case and the number 8 and initials assigned to it by the court]. I agree to comply with and to be bound by 9 all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge 10 that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature 11 of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any 12 information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or 13 entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. I further agree to 14 submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District 15 of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective 16 Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. I 17 hereby appoint __________________________ [print or type full name] of 18 _______________________________________ [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 BREMER WHYTE BROWN & O’MEARA LLP 20320 S.W. BIRCH STREET SECOND FLOOR NEWPORT BCH, CA 92660 (949) 221-1000 14

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