Tellone Professional Center LLC v. Allstate Insurance Company et al

Filing 46

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Karen E. Scott. (See document for details.) (es)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 TELLONE PROFESSIONAL CENTER LLC, Plaintiff, 13 14 15 16 17 Case No. 8:19-cv-02479-JLS-KES STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, THE HARTFORD STEAM BOILER INSPECTION AND INSURANCE COMPANY and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive, Defendants. 18 19 20 21 22 1. A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 23 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, 24 proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public disclosure 25 and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. 26 Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the 27 following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does 28 not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the 1 1 protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited 2 information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable 3 legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, 4 that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file confidential 5 information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be 6 followed and the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from 7 the court to file material under seal. 8 B. 9 This action is likely to involve trade secrets, customer and pricing lists and other GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 10 valuable research, development, commercial, financial, technical and/or proprietary 11 information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any 12 purpose other than prosecution of this action is warranted. Such confidential and 13 proprietary materials and information consist of, among other things, confidential 14 business or financial information, information regarding confidential business 15 practices, or other confidential research, development, or commercial information 16 (including information implicating privacy rights of third parties), information 17 otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be privileged or otherwise 18 protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, court rules, case decisions, 19 or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of information, to facilitate the 20 prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery materials, to 21 adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep confidential, to ensure 22 that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of such material in preparation 23 for and in the conduct of trial, to address their handling at the end of the litigation, and 24 serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such information is justified in this 25 matter. It is the intent of the parties that information will not be designated as 26 confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated without a good faith 27 belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and there is 28 good cause why it should not be part of the public record of this case. 2 1 2. DEFINITIONS 2 2.1 Action: This pending federal lawsuit. 3 2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation 4 of information or items under this Order. 5 2.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” Information or 6 Items: information (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible 7 things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as 8 specified above in the Good Cause Statement. 9 2.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their 10 support staff). 11 2.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or 12 items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as 13 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” 14 2.6 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of 15 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 or 17 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 2.9 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or 25 other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 26 2.10 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party 27 to this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action and have 28 3 1 appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which 2 has appeared on behalf of that party, and includes support staff. 3 2.11 Party: any party to this Action, including all of its officers, directors, 4 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 5 support staffs). 6 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 7 Discovery Material in this Action. 8 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 9 services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or 10 demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) 11 and their employees and subcontractors. 12 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 13 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” 14 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material 15 from a Producing Party. 16 17 3. SCOPE 18 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 19 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted 20 from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of 21 Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties 22 or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 23 Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the trial 24 judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 25 26 27 28 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 otherwise 4 in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be 5 the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Action, with or without 6 prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and exhaustion of all 7 appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this Action, including the time limits 8 for filing any motions or applications for extension of time pursuant to applicable law. 9 10 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 11 5.1 12 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. 13 under 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 Party 23 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 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 5 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 6 documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial 7 proceedings), that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend 8 “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter “CONFIDENTIAL legend”) or “ATTORNEYS’ 9 EYES ONLY” (hereinafter “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY legend”), to each page that 10 contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page 11 qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected 12 portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 13 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for 14 inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has 15 indicated which documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection 16 and before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be 17 deemed “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” After the inspecting 18 Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party 19 must determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under 20 this Order. Then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must 21 affix the “CONFIDENTIAL legend” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” legend to 22 each page that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of the material 23 on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the 24 protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 25 (b) for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party 26 identify the Disclosure or Discovery Material on the record, before the close of the 27 deposition all protected testimony. 28 (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary 6 1 and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place 2 on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information is stored the 3 legend “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” If only a portion or 4 portions of the information warrants protection, the Producing Party, to the extent 5 practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 6 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent 7 failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the 8 Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon 9 timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts 10 to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 11 12 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 13 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a 14 designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s 15 Scheduling Order. 16 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute 17 resolution process under Local Rule 37.1 et seq. or follow the procedures for informal, 18 telephonic discovery hearings on the Court's website. 19 6.3 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on 20 the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper purpose 21 (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may 22 expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating Party has waived 23 or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall continue to afford the 24 material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing 25 Party’s designation until the Court rules on the challenge. 26 27 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 28 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 7 1 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this 2 Action only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Action. Such 3 Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the 4 conditions described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a Receiving 5 Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL DISPOSITION). 6 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a 7 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons 8 authorized under this Order. 9 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless 10 otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a 11 Receiving Party may disclose any information or item designated 12 “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 13 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as 14 well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably 15 necessary to disclose the information for this Action; 16 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) 17 of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action; 18 (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom 19 disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the 20 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 21 (d) the court and its personnel; 22 (e) court reporters and their staff; 23 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and 24 Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and 25 who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 26 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information 27 or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; 28 (h) during their depositions, witnesses ,and attorneys for witnesses, in 8 1 the Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the deposing 2 party requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit 1 hereto; and (2) they 3 will not be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they sign the 4 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed 5 by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of transcribed deposition 6 testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material may be separately 7 bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted 8 under this Stipulated Protective Order; and 9 (i) any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting personnel, 10 mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement discussions. 11 7.3 Disclosure of “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” Information or Items. 12 Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating 13 Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any information or item designated 14 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” only to: 15 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as well as 16 employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to 17 disclose the information for this Action; 18 (b) the court and its personnel; and 19 (c) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 20 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 21 22 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 23 OTHER LITIGATION 24 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 25 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 26 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” that Party must: 27 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification 28 shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 9 1 (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 Protective Order. Such notification shall include a 4 copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and 5 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be 6 pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 7 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with 8 the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action 9 as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” before a determination by 10 the court from which the subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has obtained the 11 Designating Party’s permission. The Designating Party shall bear the burden and 12 expense of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in 13 these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party 14 in this Action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 15 16 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE PRODUCED 17 IN THIS LITIGATION 18 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by 19 a Non-Party in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ 20 EYES ONLY.” Such information produced by Non-Parties in connection with this 21 litigation is protected by the remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in 22 these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking 23 additional protections. 24 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, 25 to produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 26 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 27 confidential information, then the Party shall: 28 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the 10 1 Non-Party that some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality 2 agreement with a Non-Party; 3 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the 4 Stipulated Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a 5 reasonably specific description of the information requested; and 6 (3) make the information requested available for inspection by 7 the Non-Party, if requested. 8 (c) If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court 9 within 14 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving 10 Party may produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the 11 discovery request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving 12 Party shall not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject to 13 the confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the court. 14 Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and expense 15 of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 16 17 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 18 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 19 Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 20 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in 21 writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts 22 to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform the person or 23 persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, 24 and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and 25 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 26 27 28 11 1 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 2 PROTECTED MATERIAL 3 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 4 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, 5 the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil 6 Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure 7 may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for production without prior 8 privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) and (e), insofar as the 9 parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure of a communication or 10 information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work product protection, the 11 parties may incorporate their agreement in the stipulated protective order submitted 12 to the court. 13 14 12. MISCELLANEOUS 15 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any 16 person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 17 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 18 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to 19 disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this 20 Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any 21 ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective Order. 22 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 23 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material may 24 only be filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific 25 Protected Material at issue. If a Party's request to file Protected Material under seal is 26 denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the public 27 record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 28 12 1 13. FINAL DISPOSITION 2 After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 60 3 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must return 4 all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As used in this 5 subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, 6 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected 7 Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party 8 must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person 9 or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies (by 10 category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed 11 and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, 12 compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any of the 13 Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an 14 archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, 15 legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, 16 attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such materials 17 contain Protected Material. Any such archival copies that contain or constitute 18 Protected Material remain subject to this Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 19 (DURATION) and counsel for each Party may maintain any such archival copies in 20 continuing compliance with the terms described in this Section as discussed at the 21 IDC with Magistrate Judge Scott on October 9, 2020. 22 /// 23 /// 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 13 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 5 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 6 7 Dated: October 9, 2020 8 /s/ Steven D. Turner Steven D. Turner Attorneys for Defendant The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company 9 10 11 12 Dated: October 9, 2020 /s/ Steven Brower____ Steven Brower Attorneys for Plaintiff Tellone Professional Center LLC 13 14 15 16 JONES TURNER, LLP Dated: : October 9, 2020 17 18 /s/ John D. Edson John D. Edson Attorneys for Defendant Allstate Insurance Company 19 20 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 22 DATED: October 13, 2020 23 24 25 _____________________________________ Hon. Karen E. Scott United States Magistrate Judge 26 27 28 14 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 4 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 5 _________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that 6 I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was 7 issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California on 8 ____________________[date] in the case of Tellone Professional Center, LLC v. 9 Allstate Insurance Company, et al., United States District Court, Central District Case 10 No. 8:19-cv-02479 JLS (KESx). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the 11 terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that 12 failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of 13 contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information 14 or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except 15 in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 16 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court 17 for the Central District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this 18 Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after 19 termination of this action. I hereby appoint __________________________ [print or 20 type full name] of _______________________________________ [print or type full 21 address and telephone number] as my California agent for service of process in 22 connection with this action or any proceedings related to enforcement of this 23 Stipulated Protective Order. 24 Date: ______________________________________ 25 City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ 26 Printed name: _______________________________ 27 Signature: __________________________________ 28 15

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