Lexxiom, Inc. et al v. Converze Interactive, Inc et al

Filing 33

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi re Stipulation for Protective Order 32 . (kh)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 GREGG ZUCKER (Bar No. 166692) gregg@foundationllp.com FOUNDATION LAW GROUP, LLP 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2460 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Tel: 310.979.7561 MANDOUR & ASSOCIATES, APC JOSEPH A. MANDOUR, III (SBN 188896) Email: jmandour@mandourlaw.com GORDON E. GRAY (SBN 175209) Email: ggray@mandourlaw.com BEN T. LILA (SBN 246808) Email: blila@mandourlaw.com 8605 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90069 Telephone: (858) 487-9300 Attorneys for Defendants, CONVERZE INTERACTIVE, INC., LIDO LABS, LLC, CONVERZE MEDIA GROUP, LLC, CHRIS PICOU, JOHN HERNANDEZ, and KENNETH PARKERSON 14 15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 16 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 17 18 LEXXIOM, INC., a Nevada Corporation, 19 20 21 Plaintiff, v. 25 CONVERZE INTERACTIVE, INC, a California Limited Liability Company, LIDO LABS, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company; CONVERZE MEDIA GROUP, LLC a California Limited Liability Company; Chris Picou, an individual, John Hernandez, an individual and Kenneth Parkerson, an individual and Does 1-5. 26 CASE NO. 8:16-CV-02179-JVS-JCG STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER JUDGE: HON. JAMES V. SELNA Defendants. 22 23 24 27 28 -1- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1. PURPOSE AND LIMITS OF THIS ORDER Discovery in this action is likely to involve confidential, proprietary, or private information requiring special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than this litigation. Thus, the Court enters this Protective Order. This Order does not confer blanket protections of all disclosures or responses to discovery, and the protection it gives from public disclosure and use extends only to the specific material entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principals. This Order does not automatically authorize the filing under seal of material designated under this Order. Instead, the parties must comply with L.R. 79-5.1 if they seek to file anything under seal. This Order does not govern the use at trial of material designated under this Order. 2. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 2.1 Over-Designation Prohibited. Any party or non-party who designates information or items for protection under this Order as "CONFIDENTIAL," "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY," or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL- SOURCE CODE" (a "designator") must only designate specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. To the extent practicable, only those parts of documents, items, or oral or written communications that require protection shall be designated. Designations with a higher confidentiality level when a lower level would suffice are prohibited. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Unjustified designations expose the designator to sanctions, including the Court's striking all confidentiality designations made by that designator. Designation under this Order is allowed only if the designation is necessary to protect material that, if disclosed to persons not authorized to view it, would cause competitive or other recognized harm. Material may not be designated if it has been made public, or if designation is otherwise unnecessary to protect a secrecy interest. If a designator learns that information or -2- 1 items that it designated for protection do not qualify for protection at all or do not 2 qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that designator must promptly 3 notify all parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 4 2.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Designation under this 5 Order requires the designator to affix the applicable legend ("CONFIDENTIAL," 6 "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY," or "HIGHLY 7 CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE") to each page that contains protected 8 material. For testimony given in deposition or other proceeding, the designator shall 9 specify all protected testimony and the level of protection being asserted. It may 10 make that designation during the deposition or proceeding, or may invoke, on the 11 record or by written notice to all parties on or before the next business day, a right 12 to have up to 21 days from the deposition or proceeding to make its designation. 13 2.2.1 A party or non-party that makes original documents or materials 14 available for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the 15 inspecting party has identified which material it would like copied and produced. 16 During the inspection and before the designation, all material shall be treated as 17 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY. After the inspecting 18 party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the producing 19 party must designate the documents, or portions thereof, that qualify for protection 20 under this Order. 21 2.2.2 Parties shall give advance notice if they expect a deposition or other 22 proceeding to include designated material so that the other parties can ensure that 23 only authorized individuals are present at those proceedings when such material is 24 disclosed or used. The use of a document as an exhibit at a deposition shall not in 25 any way affect its designation. Transcripts containing designated material shall 26 have a legend on the title page noting the presence of designated material, and the 27 title page shall be followed by a list of all pages (including line numbers as 28 appropriate) that have been designated, and the level of protection being asserted. -3- 1 The designator shall inform the court reporter of these requirements. Any transcript 2 that is prepared before the expiration of the 21-day period for designation shall be 3 treated during that period as if it had been designated HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - 4 ATTORNEY EYES ONLY unless otherwise agreed. After the expiration of the 21- 5 day period, the transcript shall be treated only as actually designated. 6 2.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. An inadvertent failure to 7 designate does not, standing alone, waive protection under this Order. Upon timely 8 assertion or correction of a designation, all recipients must make reasonable efforts 9 to ensure that the material is treated according to this Order. 10 3. 11 All challenges to confidentiality designations shall proceed under L.R. 37-1 12 13 14 CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS through L.R.37-4. 4. ACCESS TO DESIGNATED MATERIAL 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use designated material 15 only for this litigation. Designated material may be disclosed only to the categories 16 of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. 17 4.2 Disclosure of CONFIDENTIAL Material Without Further 18 Approval. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court or permitted in writing by the 19 designator, a receiving party may disclose any material designated 20 CONFIDENTIAL only to: 21 4.2.1 The receiving party's outside counsel of record in this action and 22 employees of outside counsel of record to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary; 23 4.2.2 The officers, directors, and employees of the receiving party to whom 24 disclosure is reasonably necessary, and who have signed the Agreement to Be 25 Bound (Exhibit A); 26 4.2.3 Experts retained by the receiving party's outside counsel of record to 27 whom disclosure is reasonably necessary, and who have signed the Agreement to 28 Be Bound (Exhibit A); -4- 1 4.2.4 The Court and its personnel; 2 4.2.5 Outside court reporters and their staff, professional jury or trial 3 consultants, and professional vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary, 4 and who have signed the Agreement to Be Bound (Exhibit A); 5 4.2.6 During their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is 6 reasonably necessary and who have signed the Agreement to Be Bound (Exhibit 7 A); and 8 9 10 4.2.7 The author or recipient of a document containing the material, or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 4.3 Disclosure of HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY 11 EYES ONLY and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE Material without 12 Further Approval. Unless permitted in writing by the designator, a receiving party 13 may disclose material designated HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY 14 EYES ONLY or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE without further 15 approval only to: 16 4.3.1 The receiving party's outside counsel of record in this action and 17 employees of outside counsel of record to whom it is reasonably necessary to 18 disclose the information; 19 4.3.2 The Court and its personnel; 20 4.3.3 Outside court reporters and their staff, professional jury or trial 21 consultants, and professional vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary, 22 and who have signed the Agreement to Be Bound (Exhibit A); and 23 24 25 4.3.4 The author or recipient of a document containing the material, or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 4.4 Procedures for Approving or Objecting to Disclosure of 26 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY or HIGHLY 27 CONFIDENTIAL- SOURCE CODE Material to In-House Counsel or Experts. 28 Unless agreed to in writing by the designator: -5- 1 4.4.1 A party seeking to disclose to in-house counsel any material designated 2 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY must first make a written 3 request to the designator providing the full name of the in-house counsel, the city 4 and state of such counsel's residence, and such counsel's current and reasonably 5 foreseeable future primary job duties and responsibilities in sufficient detail to 6 determine present or potential involvement in any competitive decision-making. In- 7 house counsel are not authorized to receive material designated HIGHLY 8 CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE. 9 4.4.2 A party seeking to disclose to an expert retained by outside counsel of 10 record any information or item that has been designated HIGHLY 11 CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL- 12 SOURCE CODE must first make a written request to the designator that (1) 13 identifies the general categories of HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY 14 EYES ONLY or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE information that 15 the receiving party seeks permission to disclose to the expert, (2) sets forth the full 16 name of the expert and the city and state of his or her primary residence, (3) 17 attaches a copy of the expert's current resume, (4) identifies the expert's current 18 employer(s), (5) identifies each person or entity from whom the expert has received 19 compensation or funding for work in his or her areas of expertise (including in 20 connection with litigation) in the past five years, and (6) identifies (by name and 21 number of the case, filing date, and location of court) any litigation where the 22 expert has offered expert testimony, including by declaration, report, or testimony 23 at deposition or trial, in the past five years. If the expert believes any of this 24 information at (4) - (6) is subject to a confidentiality obligation to a third party, then 25 the expert should provide whatever information the expert believes can be disclosed 26 without violating any confidentiality agreements, and the party seeking to disclose 27 the information to the expert shall be available to meet and confer with the 28 designator regarding any such confidentiality obligations. -6- 1 4.4.3 A party that makes a request and provides the information specified in 2 paragraphs 4.4.1 or 4.4.2 may disclose the designated material to the identified in- 3 house counsel or expert unless, within seven days of delivering the request, the 4 party receives a written objection from the designator providing detailed grounds 5 for the objection. 6 7 8 9 4.4.4 All challenges to objections from the designator shall proceed under L.R. 37-1 through L.R. 37-4. 5. SOURCE CODE 5.1 Designation of Source Code. If production of source code is 10 necessary, a party may designate it as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE 11 CODE if it is, or includes, confidential, proprietary, or trade secret source code. 12 5.2 Location and Supervision of Inspection. Any HIGHLY 13 CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE produced in discovery shall be made 14 available for inspection, in a format allowing it to be reasonably reviewed and 15 searched, during normal business hours or at other mutually agreeable times, at an 16 office of the designating party's counsel or another mutually agreeable location. The 17 source code shall be made available for inspection on a secured computer in a 18 secured room, and the inspecting party shall not copy, remove, or otherwise transfer 19 any portion of the source code onto any recordable media or recordable device. The 20 designator may visually monitor the activities of the inspecting party's 21 representatives during any source code review, but only to ensure that there is no 22 unauthorized recording, copying, or transmission of the source code. 23 5.3 Paper Copies of Source Code Excerpts. The inspecting party 24 may request paper copies of limited portions of source code that are reasonably 25 necessary for the preparation of court filings, pleadings, expert reports, other 26 papers, or for deposition or trial. The designator shall provide all such source code 27 in paper form, including Bates numbers and the label "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL 28 - SOURCE CODE." -7- 1 5.4 Access Record. The inspecting party shall maintain a record of 2 any individual who has inspected any portion of the source code in electronic or 3 paper form, and shall maintain all paper copies of any printed portions of the source 4 code in a secured, locked area. 5 The inspecting party shall not convert any of the information contained in the 6 paper copies into any electronic format other than for the preparation of a pleading, 7 exhibit, expert report, discovery document, deposition transcript, or other Court 8 document. Any paper copies used during a deposition shall be retrieved at the end 9 of each day and must not be left with a court reporter or any other unauthorized 10 11 12 13 individual. 6. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION 6.1 Subpoenas and Court Orders. This Order in no way excuses 14 non- compliance with a lawful subpoena or court order. The purpose of the duties 15 described in this section is to alert the interested parties to the existence of this 16 Order and to give the designator an opportunity to protect its confidentiality 17 interests in the court where the subpoena or order issued. 18 6.2 Notification Requirement. If a party is served with a subpoena 19 or a court order issued in other litigation that compels disclosure of any information 20 or items designated in this action as CONFIDENTIAL, HIGHLY 21 CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY, or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - 22 SOURCE CODE, that party must: 23 24 25 6.2.1 Promptly notify the designator in writing. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 6.2.2 Promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order 26 to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the 27 subpoena or order is subject to this Order. Such notification shall include a copy of 28 this Order; and -8- 1 2 6.2.3 Cooperate with all reasonable procedures sought by the designator whose material may be affected. 3 6.3 Wait For Resolution of Protective Order. If the designator 4 timely seeks a protective order, the party served with the subpoena or court order 5 shall not produce any information designated in this action as CONFIDENTIAL, 6 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY or HIGHLY 7 CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE before a determination by the court where the 8 subpoena or order issued, unless the party has obtained the designator's permission. 9 The designator shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection of its 10 confidential material in that court. 11 7. 12 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 13 designated material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 14 Order, it must immediately (1) notify in writing the designator of the unauthorized 15 disclosures, (2) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the 16 designated material, (3) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized 17 disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, and (4) use reasonable efforts 18 to have such person or persons execute the Agreement to Be Bound (Exhibit A). 19 20 21 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF DESIGNATED MATERIAL INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED MATERIAL When a producing party gives notice that certain inadvertently produced 22 material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 23 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b) (5) 24 (B). This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be 25 established in an e-discovery order that provides for production without prior 26 privilege review pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 502( d) and (e). 27 28 -9- 1 9. 2 Without written permission from the designator or a Court Order, a party 3 may not file in the public record in this action any designated material. A party 4 seeking to file under seal any designated material must comply with L.R. 79-5.1. 5 Filings may be made under seal only pursuant to a court order authorizing the 6 sealing of the specific material at issue. The fact that a document has been 7 designated under this Order is insufficient to justify filing under seal. Instead, 8 parties must explain the basis for confidentiality of each document sought to be 9 filed under seal. Because a party other than the designator will often be seeking to FILING UNDER SEAL 10 file designated material, cooperation between the parties in preparing, and in 11 reducing the number and extent of, requests for under seal filing is essential. If a 12 receiving party's request to file designated material under seal pursuant to L.R. 79- 13 5.1 is denied by the Court, then the receiving party may file the material in the 14 public record unless (1) the designator seeks reconsideration within four days of the 15 denial, or (2) as otherwise instructed by the Court. 16 10. 17 Within 60 days after the final disposition of this action, each party shall FINAL DISPOSITION 18 return all designated material to the designator or destroy such material, including 19 all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or 20 capturing any designated material. The receiving party must submit a written 21 certification to the designator by the 60- day deadline that (1) identifies (by 22 category, where appropriate) all the designated material that was returned or 23 destroyed, and (2) affirms that the receiving party has not retained any copies, 24 abstracts, compilations, summaries, or any other format reproducing or capturing 25 any of the designated material. This provision shall not prevent counsel from 26 retaining an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and 27 hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, 28 expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even -10- 1 EXHIBIT A 2 3 AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND I, _______________________ , of 4 [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury 5 that I have read in its entirety and understand the Protective Order of the 6 United States District Court for the Central District of California in the case 7 of Lexiom, Inc. v. Converze Interactive, Inc., Lido Labs, LLC, Converze 8 Media Group, LLC, Chris Picou, Kenneth Parkerson, Keith Hernanez, civil 9 action 8:16-CV-02179-JVS-JCG. I agree to comply with and to be bound by 10 all the terms of the Protective Order, and I understand and acknowledge that 11 failure to so comply could expose me to 12 sanctions and punishment for contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not 13 disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this 14 Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with this 15 Order. 16 17 18 19 20 21 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District of California for the purpose of enforcing this Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. Date: City and State where sworn and signed: 22 23 Printed name: 24 25 Signature: __________________ _ 26 27 28 -12-

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