Vivian Grijalva, et al v. Kevin Mason, P.A., et al

Filing 131

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Douglas F. McCormick. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Stipulated Protective Order is GRANTED. (es)

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1 SCOTT B. LIEBERMAN, Cal. Bar No. 208764 FINLAYSON TOFFER 2 ROOSEVELT & LILLY LLP 3 15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 250 Irvine, California 92618 4 Telephone: 949.759.3810 Facsimile: 949.759.3812 5 Attorneys for Defendants 6 NATIONAL LEGAL STAFFING SUPPORT, LLC; RESOLVLY, LLC; 7 GREGORY FISHMAN and JULIE QUELER 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 VIVIAN GRIJALVA; EVAN WENDT; JASMINE YOUNG; ERINN SUDOL; 12 JENNIFER ACKERMAN; ELIZABETH RIPOLI; JAIME 13 SWEAT; JETZEBELL GARCIA; ERICKA ZURA; ZACHARY 14 HODGES; MICHAEL PARI; and ANTHONY PARI, individually, 15 Plaintiff, 16 v. 17 KEVIN MASON, P.A.; GM LAW 18 FIRM, LLC; KEVIN P. MASON, in his individual capacity; CHANTEL L. 19 GRANT, in her individual capacity; NATIONAL LEGAL STAFFING 20 SUPPORT, LLC; RELIANT ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT (RAM), 21 LLC; RESOLVLY, LLC; GREGORY FISHMAN, in his individual capacity; 22 JULIE QUELER, in her individual capacity; JOHN AND JANE DOE 23 DEFENDANTS 1-5; and XYZ BUSINESS ENTITY DEFENDANTS 24 1-5, 25 Case No. 8:18-cv-02010-MCS (DFMx) STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Complaint Filed: November 13, 2018 Final Pretrial Conf.: May 28, 2021 Trial Date: Not yet set Defendants. 26 27 28 -1- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER STIPULATION 1 2 IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by all parties to this action, by and 3 through their respective attorneys of record, that discovery or disclosure in this case 4 of specified private, privileged, proprietary, trade secret and/or confidential 5 information shall be had on the following terms and conditions: 6 1. 7 DEFINITIONS 1.1 As used herein, the phrase “Confidential Information” means and 8 includes: (a) anything that a party contends qualifies as a Trade Secret under 9 California Civil Code § 3426 et seq.; (b) any proprietary information, document, or 10 thing which has not been made public and which concerns or relates to the 11 processes, operations, sales, identification of customers, income, profits, losses, or 12 expenditures of any persons, corporation, or other organization, the disclosure of 13 which information may have the effect of causing harm to the competitive position 14 of the person, corporation, or to the organization from which the information was 15 obtained; (c) non-public data derived, copied, or extracted from such information, 16 including any summaries, compilations, quotes, or paraphrases thereof; or (d) 17 testimony by any witness or conversations or presentations by parties or their 18 counsel concerning (a), (b) or (c) above. 19 1.2 As used herein, the terms “document” or “documents” mean and 20 include, but are not limited to, records, exhibits, reports, samples, transcripts, video 21 or audio recordings, computer files, disks, affidavits, briefs, pleadings, summaries, 22 notes, abstracts, drawings, company records and reports, answers to interrogatories, 23 responses to requests for admissions or document requests, and motions, including 24 copies or computer-stored versions of any of the foregoing, as well as anything 25 meeting the definition of a “writing” as used in Cal. Evid. Code § 250. 26 2. 27 DESIGNATION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 2.1 This Stipulated Protective Order applies to all discovery 28 responses in this case and any other documents or materials containing Confidential -2- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Information disclosed in this action that are designated by a party, whether such 2 disclosure is during the course of investigation, discovery, or motions, by order of 3 the Court, in response to questions in a deposition, requests for the production of 4 documents and other tangible things and responses thereto, or any other discovery 5 undertaken in this action. 6 2.2 Any party may designate Confidential Information, as defined 7 above, as “CONFIDENTIAL” prior to or at the time of disclosure. Such 8 designation shall be made by placing the appropriate designation on every page of 9 each document so designated, if practical, in such a manner so as not to alter the 10 original of any such document. In the case of information disclosed in or by a 11 non-paper medium (e.g., videotape, audiotape, computer disk, or other tangible 12 thing), the appropriate designation shall be affixed to the outside of the medium or 13 its container so as to clearly give notice of the designation. Such designation is 14 deemed to apply both to the document or other material itself and to the Confidential 15 Information contained therein or thereon. 16 2.3 Confidential Information shall be used only for the purposes of 17 this litigation and may not be used by any party to which or whom that information 18 is produced or disclosed for any other purpose. 19 2.4 The parties and/or their attorneys shall use reasonable care and 20 diligence to avoid designating any documents or materials as CONFIDENTIAL 21 that are not entitled to such designation. 22 2.5 Regardless of designation pursuant to this Stipulated Protective 23 Order, if a document or testimony makes reference to the actual or alleged conduct 24 or statements of a person who is a potential witness in this action, counsel may 25 discuss such conduct or statements with such witness without revealing any portion 26 of the document or testimony other than that which specifically refers to such 27 conduct or statement, and such discussion shall not constitute disclosure within the 28 terms of Paragraph 5 below. -3- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 2.6 1 The parties agree that a protective order for Confidential 2 Information is justified in this matter to expedite the flow of information, to 3 facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery 4 materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep 5 confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable and necessary uses 6 of such material in preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address the 7 handling of such information at the end of the litigation, and to serve the ends of 8 justice. 9 3. DEPOSITIONS 10 3.1 With respect to the examination of witnesses upon oral 11 deposition, when Confidential Information is supplied to the deponent, or when the 12 deponent’s testimony contains, reflects, or comments on Confidential Information, 13 the deposition reporter and/or videotape operator shall be informed of this Stipulated 14 Protective Order by the party seeking to invoke its protection. If deposition 15 testimony is designated as CONFIDENTIAL at a deposition, the portion of the 16 testimony so designated shall be bound in a separate transcript (and recorded on a 17 separate videotape, if the deposition is videotaped). The reporter and/or videotape 18 operator shall then place on the cover of any such separate transcript or videotape 19 the words “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL 20 INFORMATION,” as appropriate. Counsel for the parties shall then take 21 appropriate steps to prevent such separate transcript or videotape so designated from 22 being disclosed to any person, except as provided in this Stipulated Protective 23 Order. 24 3.2 If Confidential Information is to be discussed or disclosed in a 25 deposition, any party claiming such confidentiality may exclude from the room any 26 person who is not entitled to disclosure of such Confidential Information during that 27 portion of the deposition in which the Confidential Information is actually discussed 28 or disclosed. -4- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 3.3 1 Nothing herein shall preclude a party from showing any 2 deponent in this action documents or other materials designated as 3 CONFIDENTIAL if said deponent was the author, sender, or a recipient of such 4 documents or other materials or can otherwise be demonstrated to have had prior 5 access to or receipt of said documents or materials or the information contained 6 therein. 7 4. DEPONENTS AND THIRD PARTY WITNESSES BOUND BY THIS 8 PROTECTIVE ORDER. 9 4.1 Each deponent or third party witness to whom any party 10 proposes to disclose Confidential Information at a deposition, hearing, or other 11 proceeding shall first be given a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order and 12 informed of its contents; shall agree to be bound by the obligations of confidentiality 13 and non-disclosure as set forth in this Stipulated Protective Order; and shall either 14 (a) execute a declaration in the form attached hereto as Attachment A, or (b) shall 15 orally agree, if such oral agreement is made on the record, to be bound by its terms, 16 which shall also be made a part of the record. 17 5. ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 18 5.1 All Confidential Information shall be maintained in confidence 19 and shall not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any person or entity except as 20 provided in this Stipulated Protective Order. 21 5.2 Access to and/or disclosure of information designated as 22 CONFIDENTIAL shall be limited to the following “Qualified Persons”: 23 5.2.1. Counsel of record for the parties, their employees, their 24 staff, and their support personnel (including any outside vendor for simple 25 reproduction, computer scanning, photocopying, or other litigation support 26 services). 27 5.2.2. Consultants and experts retained or consulted by counsel 28 for the parties, provided the consultant or expert fulfills the conditions in Paragraph -5- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 5.4. 5.2.3. The parties to this case, and their officers, directors, in- 2 3 house counsel and employees whose counsel of record believes in good faith have a 4 need for access to such information for the preparation and trial of this action. 5.2.4. Deponents or third party witnesses who fulfill the 5 6 conditions of Paragraph 4.1 above. 7 5.2.5. The Court and its authorized personnel. 8 5.2.6. Any person who created the document, previously 9 received the document, or who counsel has a reasonable and good faith belief has 10 independent knowledge of the Confidential Information. 11 5.2.7. Court reporters and their staff. 12 5.2.8. Any mediators or settlement officers and their supporting 13 personnel, mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement 14 discussions. 15 5.3 No Confidential Information received by any party or counsel in 16 this lawsuit may be revealed or disclosed to any person or entity not described 17 above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order 18 shall be interpreted to prohibit the disclosure of any Confidential Information to any 19 federal, state, or local governmental entity where there is a legal obligation or duty 20 to make such disclosure. 21 5.4 Each consultant authorized pursuant to Paragraph 5.2.2, shall, 22 prior to being given access to Confidential Information, acknowledge in writing his 23 or her familiarity with the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and execute a 24 declaration in the form specified in Attachment A hereto. 25 5.5 If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in 26 other litigation that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in 27 this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party must: (a) promptly notify in writing 28 the designating party, and such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or -6- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 court order; (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or 2 order to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the 3 subpoena or order is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order, and such 4 notification shall include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and (c) 5 cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 6 designating party whose Confidential Information may be affected. If the 7 designating party timely seeks a protective order, the party served with the subpoena 8 or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action as 9 “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the subpoena 10 or order issued, unless the party has obtained the designating party’s permission. 11 The designating party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in 12 that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions should be 13 construed as authorizing or encouraging a receiving party in this action to disobey a 14 lawful directive from another court. 15 6. 16 PARTY’S OWN INFORMATION. 6.1 Nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order shall affect the right 17 of the designating party to disclose to its officers, directors, employees, consultants 18 or experts, or to any other person, Confidential Information designated by it. 19 7. 20 CHALLENGING A DESIGNATION. 7.1 In the event that a party at any time believes that designated 21 Confidential Information should not be so designated, or that a different designation 22 should be employed, counsel for that party shall so notify counsel for the 23 designating party in writing. Counsel for the complaining and designating parties 24 then shall meet and confer in good faith concerning such disputed Confidential 25 Information within ten (10) days of receipt of the notice. If agreement is not 26 reached within those ten (10) days, the complaining party may file a motion or 27 application upon appropriate notice requesting that the Court order the removal of 28 the designating party’s designation or order a different designation. Upon such -7- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 motion and in its opposition, the designating party bears the burden of proof to 2 support the designation. The issue will be decided based on the motion and 3 opposition with no other briefing. The designated Confidential Information shall be 4 subject to and protected by this Stipulated Protective Order under the designation 5 assigned by the designating party until the Court has ruled on any such motion. 6 7.2 No party shall be obliged to challenge the propriety of a 7 confidential designation at any specified time, and a failure to do so shall not 8 preclude a subsequent attack on the propriety of such designation. 9 8. INADVERTENT FAILURES TO DESIGNATE / INADVERTENT 10 DISCLOSURE. 11 8.1 The inadvertent failure to designate Confidential Information 12 properly (or at all) in accordance with this Stipulated Protective Order prior to or at 13 the time of disclosure shall not operate as a waiver of a party’s right to thereafter 14 designate such information as confidential within thirty (30) days after such 15 disclosure or after actual notice of such inadvertent disclosure, whichever is later. 16 With respect to documents or information produced prior to the entry of this Order 17 by any party, the producing party shall have thirty (30) days from the entry of this 18 Order within which to designate such matter as confidential. 19 8.2 In the event that Confidential Information is designated as 20 confidential after disclosure, all receiving parties shall employ reasonable efforts to 21 ensure that all inadvertently disclosed information is subsequently treated as 22 confidential pursuant to the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order. 23 8.3 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it 24 has disclosed Confidential Information to any person or in any circumstance not 25 authorized under this Stipulated Protective Order, the receiving party must 26 immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized 27 disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the 28 Confidential Information, (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized -8- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, and (d) request such person or 2 persons to execute the “Nondisclosure Agreement” attached hereto as Exhibit A. 3 9. MISCELLANEOUS. 4 9.1 A person with custody of documents designated 5 CONFIDENTIAL shall maintain them in a manner that limits access to those 6 documents to only those persons entitled under this Stipulated Protective Order to 7 examine them. This provision does not apply to the Court or its authorized 8 personnel. 9 9.2 Unless counsel agree otherwise in writing, at the conclusion of 10 this litigation, whether by settlement or final decision by the Court, all copies of any 11 documents, other than attorney work product, containing designated Confidential 12 Information produced by a party or third party shall be destroyed or returned to the 13 party or third party producing such documents or writings. Notwithstanding the 14 foregoing, outside counsel of record shall be permitted to retain a file copy of all 15 pre-trial, trial, and post-trial materials, depositions and deposition exhibits, and 16 document databases. Such file copies must be maintained under the conditions of 17 maintaining information as set forth in Paragraph 9.1. This provision does not apply 18 to the Court or its authorized personnel. 19 9.3 The provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order apply to all 20 proceedings in this action, including all hearings, settlement proceedings, 21 arbitrations, trial, and all related proceedings. 22 9.4 A designation of confidentiality pursuant to this Stipulated 23 Protective Order shall be effective and shall be respected by the parties and all 24 persons in any way involved in these proceedings or to whose attention Confidential 25 Information shall come unless and until otherwise ordered by the Court or stipulated 26 by all parties to this action. These obligations of confidentiality and non-disclosure 27 shall survive the conclusion of this action unless and until otherwise ordered by the 28 Court, or until all parties to this action stipulate that designated Confidential -9- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 Information can be disclosed. 2 9.5 Nothing contained in this Stipulated Protective Order is intended 3 to require the production of privileged documents or to prevent a party from 4 objection to production on those or any other grounds. While the Court may 5 consider the existence of this Stipulated Protective Order in determining whether a 6 document is discoverable, this Stipulated Protected Order in and of itself does not 7 make discoverable or admissible a document that is otherwise not discoverable or 8 admissible based upon the objections asserted by a party with respect to that 9 document. Unless the parties agree otherwise, evidence of the existence or non10 existence of a designation under this Stipulated Protective Order shall not be 11 admissible for any purpose during any proceeding on the merits of this action. 12 9.6 No party to this action, by entering into this Stipulated Protective 13 Order, by designating certain information as confidential under this Stipulated 14 Protective Order, or by acquiescing in any other party’s or third-party’s designation, 15 shall be deemed to have admitted or agreed that any such designated information is, 16 in fact, a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial 17 information subject to protection. 18 9.7 The procedures for filing material containing documents or 19 information designated as CONFIDENTIAL (including transcripts or videotape 20 recordings of depositions containing such information) under seal shall be governed 21 by Central District Local Rule 79-5. The parties acknowledge that this Stipulated 22 Protective Order does not entitle them to file confidential information under seal 23 without following all applicable Rules, including any requirements to show with 24 evidentiary support good cause or compelling reasons for filing under seal. The 25 parties further acknowledge that: (i) any document that is not confidential, 26 privileged, or otherwise protectable in its entirety will not be filed under seal if the 27 confidential portions can be redacted; (ii) if documents can be redacted, then a 28 redacted version for public viewing, omitting only the confidential, privileged, or -10- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 otherwise protectable portions of the document, shall be filed; and (iii) any 2 application that seeks to file documents under seal in their entirety should include an 3 explanation of why redaction is not feasible. 9.8 4 The Court retains jurisdiction even after termination of this 5 action to enforce this Stipulated Protective Order and to make such deletions from 6 or amendments, modifications, and additions to the Stipulated Protective Order as 7 the Court may from time to time deem appropriate. The parties hereto reserve all 8 rights to apply to the Court at any time, before or after termination of this action, for 9 an order modifying this Stipulated Protective Order or seeking further protection 10 against disclosure or use of claimed Confidential Information. After the final 11 disposition of this action, within 60 days of a written request by the designating 12 party, each receiving party must return all Confidential Information, including all 13 documents that reproduce or capture any Confidential Information, to the producing 14 party or destroy such material, and submit a written certification of compliance of 15 same. Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy 16 of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal 17 memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney 18 work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such materials 19 contain Confidential Information, provided that all such material shall remain 20 subject to this Stipulated Protective Order. 21 22 Pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.3.4(a)(2)(i), the undersigned counsel for 23 Defendants National Legal Staffing Support, LLC; Resolvly, LLC; Gregory 24 Fishman; and Julie Queler certifies that the content of this document is acceptable to 25 counsel for all other parties on whose behalf this filing is submitted, and that they 26 have provided their authorization to affix their electronic signatures to this 27 document. 28 -11- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 IT IS SO STIPULATED. 2 3 DATED: October 12, 2020 4 THE LAW OFFICE OF MACY D. HANSON, PLLC 5 6 /s/ Macy D. Hanson MACY D. HANSON By 7 8 9 10 Attorneys for Plaintiff VIVIAN GRIJALVA Dated: October 12, 2020 11 GAMEZ LAW FIRM, P.C. 12 13 By /s/ Daniel Gamez DANIEL GAMEZ 14 Attorneys for Plaintiff VIVIAN GRIJALVA 15 16 17 DATED: October 8, 2020 18 FINLAYSON TOFFER ROOSEVELT & LILLY LLP 19 20 /s/ Scott B. Lieberman SCOTT B. LIEBERMAN By 21 22 23 24 Attorneys for Defendants NATIONAL LEGAL STAFFING SUPPORT, LLC; RESOLVLY; LLC, GREGORY FISHMAN and JULIE QUELER 25 26 27 28 -12- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 DATED: October 8, 2020 2 CLEMENT AND HO, APLC 3 4 /s/ Randall J. Clement RANDALL J. CLEMENT By 5 6 Attorneys for Defendant and Counterclaimant GM LAW FIRM, LLC and Defendant CHANTEL L. GRANT 7 8 9 DATED: October 9, 2020 10 SKANE WILCOX LLP 11 12 By /s/ Joel P. Glazer JOEL P. GLAZER 13 14 Attorneys for Defendants KEVIN MASON, P.A. and KEVIN P. MASON 15 16 17 ORDER 18 19 In consideration of the Parties’ stipulation, and for good cause 20 appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Stipulated Protective Order is 21 GRANTED. 22 DATED: October 13, 2020 23 24 25 Hon. Douglas F. McCormick United States Magistrate Judge 26 27 28 -13- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER ATTACHMENT “A” 1 2 NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT 3 4 I, _____________________, do solemnly swear that I am familiar with the 5 terms of the Stipulated Protective Order (“Order”) entered in Vivian Grijalva v. 6 Kevin Mason, P.A., et. al., United States District Court, Central District of 7 California, Case No. 8:18-cv-02010-MCS (DFMx) (the “Action”), and hereby agree 8 to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of said Order, unless and 9 until modified by further order of the Court. I will not disclose to any individuals, 10 other than those specifically authorized by the Court or in the Order, any documents 11 or information designated as Confidential Information pursuant to the Order which is disclosed to me. Nor will I copy, use or disclose any documents or information 12 designated as CONFIDENTIAL under the Order except for the purpose of the 13 Action and/or any rights of any of the parties related to the Action and as authorized 14 by the Order. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of said Court for purposes of 15 enforcing this Order. 16 17 Dated: _________________ 18 By _____________________________________ SIGNATURE 19 20 Print Name: __________________________ 21 22 Print Address: ____________________________ 23 ________________________________________ 24 25 26 27 28 -14- STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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