Winn v. County of Kern et al
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 11 , signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 1/27/2017. (Hall, S)
1 Michael A. McGill (SBN 231613)
Adams, Ferrone & Ferrone
2 4333 Park Terrace Drive, Ste. 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Ph: (805) 373-5900
Fax: (818) 874-1382
5 Attorneys for Plaintiff, JAY WINN
6 THERESA A. GOLDNER, COUNTY COUNSEL
By: James L. Brannen, Deputy (SBN 268367)
Kern County Administrative Center
8 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Fourth Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
9 Telephone 661-868-3800
Attorneys for Defendants, COUNTY OF KERN, LISA
11 GREEN; SCOTT TUNNICLIFF; CHARLES BROWN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF KERN, a municipality; LISA )
GREEN, individually and in her official
capacity; SCOTT TUNNICLIFFE,
individually and in his official capacity;
CHARLES BROWN, individually and in his)
official capacity, and DOES 1 THROUGH )
CASE NO: 1:16-CV-01021-DAD-JLT
STIPULATION FOR AND
[PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER
COME NOW Plaintiff, Jay Winn (hereinafter “Plaintiff”), and Defendants County of
24 Kern, Lisa Green, Scott Tunnicliff, and Charles Brown (collectively hereinafter “Defendants”), the
25 Parties in this matter, by and through their respective counsel jointly present this Stipulation for
26 Protective Order for the Court’s approval.
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PURPOSE AND LIMITATIONS
Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of
4 confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public
5 disclosure and from use for any purpose, other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted.
6 Accordingly, the parties petition the Court to enter the following Protective Order. Good cause
7 appearing, the Court ORDERS as follows:
This Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery,
9 and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use, extends only to the limited
10 information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal
11 principals. As set forth in Section 12.3, below, this Protective Order does not entitle the parties to
12 file confidential information under seal.
A Party or Non-party that challenges the designation of
15 information or items under this Order.
“CONFIDENTIAL” Information or items: Information (regardless of how it is
17 generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that relate to the application, testing,
18 examination and evaluation materials for the Lieutenant’s promotional process occurring in 2014,
19 as well any documents maintained in any County employee’s confidential personnel file.
20 Documents that otherwise would be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act
21 are not included within this definition.
Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as
23 well as their support staff).
Designating party: A Party or Non-party that designates information or items that
25 it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.”
Disclosure or Discovery Material: All items or information, regardless of the
27 medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things,
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1 testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or
2 responses to discovery in this matter.
Expert: A person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to
4 the litigation who has been retained by a party, or its counsel, to serve as an expert witness or as a
5 consultant in this action.
Attorneys who are employees of a party to this action. House
7 Counsel does not include outside counsel of record or any other outside counsel.
Any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other
9 legal entity not named as a Party to this action.
Outside Counsel of Record:
Attorneys who are not employees of a party to this
11 action, but are retained to represent or advise a party to this action, and have appeared in this
12 action on behalf of that party, or are affiliated with a law firm which has appeared on behalf of that
Party: Any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees,
15 consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel of record (and their support staffs).
A Party or Non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery
17 Material in this action.
Professional Vendors: Persons or entities that provide litigation support services
19 (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and
20 organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and
Protected material: Any disclosure or discovery material that is designated as
Receiving party: A Party that receives disclosure or discovery material from a
25 producing party.
The protections conferred by this Order cover not only protected material (as defined
28 above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from protected material; (2) all copies,
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1 excerpts, summaries, or compilations of protected material; and (3) any testimony, conversations,
2 or presentations by parties or their counsel that would reveal protected material. However, the
3 protections conferred by this Order do not cover the following information: (a) any information
4 that is in the public domain, including public documents, at the time of disclosure to a receiving
5 party, or becomes part of the public domain after its disclosure to a receiving party, as a result of
6 publication not involving a violation of this Order, including becoming part of the public record
7 through trial or otherwise; and (b) any information known to the receiving party, prior to the
8 disclosure or obtained by the receiving party, after the disclosure from a source who obtained the
9 information lawfully, and under no obligation of confidentiality to the designating party. Any use
10 of protected material at trial shall be governed by a separate agreement or order.
Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this
13 Order shall remain in effect, until designating party agrees otherwise in writing, or a court order
14 otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims
15 and defenses in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the
16 completion and exhaustion of all appeals, re-hearings, remands, trials or reviews of this action,
17 including the time limits for filing any motions, or applications for extension of time pursuant to
18 applicable law.
DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL
Each Party or Non-party that designates information or items for protection under this
Exercise of Restraint and care in Designating Material for Protection
22 Order, must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the
23 appropriate standards. The designating party must designate for protections only those parts of
24 material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify – so that other portions
25 of the materials, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted, are
26 not swept unjustifiable within the ambit of this Order.
Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are
28 sworn to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to
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1 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process, or to impose unnecessary
2 expenses and burdens on other parties), expose the Designating Party to sanctions.
If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated for
4 protections do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other
5 parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation.
Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2 (a)
Manner and Timing of Designations
8 below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for
9 protections under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or
10 produced. Designation in conformity with Order requires:
For information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents,
12 but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the producing
13 party affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL,” to each page that contains protected material. If only
14 a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection the Producing Party also
15 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the
A party or non-party that makes original documents or materials available for
17 inspection need not designate them for protection, until after the inspecting party has indicated
18 which material it would like copied and produced.
During the inspection and before the
20 “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting party has identified the documents it wants copied and
21 produced, the producing party must determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for
22 protection under this Order. Then, before producing the specified documents, the producing party
23 must affix the “CONFIDENTIAL” legend to each page that contains protected material. If only a
24 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the producing party also must
25 clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins).
For testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings,
27 that the designating party identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, hearing, or
28 other proceeding, all protected testimony.
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For information produced in some form, other than documentary and for
2 any other tangible items, that the producing party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of the
3 container, or containers, in which the information or item is stored the legend
4 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection,
5 the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s).
If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items does
Inadvertent Failures to Designate
8 not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s right to secure protection under this Order for
9 such material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the receiving party must make reasonable
10 efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order.
CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS
Any Party may challenge a designation of confidentiality at any time.
The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process, by providing written
Timing of Challenges
Meet and Confer
16 notice of each designation it is challenging and describing the basis for each challenge. To avoid
17 ambiguity as to whether a challenge has been made, the written notice must recite that the
18 challenge to confidentiality is being made in accordance with this specific paragraph of the
19 Protective Order. The parties shall attempt to resolve each challenge in good faith and must begin
20 the process by conferring directly (in voice to voice dialogue; other forms of communication are
21 not sufficient) within 14 days of the date of service of notice. In conferring, the Challenging Party
22 must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality designation was not proper and must
23 give the Designating Party an opportunity to review the designated material, to reconsider the
24 circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the chosen
25 designation. A Challenging Party may proceed to the next state of the challenge process only if it
26 has engaged in this meet and confer process first or establishes that the Designating Party is
27 unwilling to participate in the meet and confer process in a timely manner.
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If the Parties cannot resolve a challenge after meeting and conferring, the Parties shall file
3 a joint motion outlining the Parties’ contentions as to why they believe the designated materials
4 have been properly and/or improperly marked as confidential. .
Frivolous designations or challenges, and those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to
6 harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the challenging
7 or designating party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to afford the material in question the
8 level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the Court
9 rules on the challenge.
ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL
A receiving party may use protected material that is disclosed or produced by another party
13 or by a non-party in connection with this this case only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting
14 to settle this litigation. Such protected material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons
15 and under the conditions described in this Order. When the litigation has been terminated, a
16 receiving party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL DISPOSITION).
Protected material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a
18 secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order.
Disclosure of “CONFIDENTAL” Information or Items
Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a
21 receiving party may disclose any information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to:
The receiving party’s outside counsel of record in this action, as well as employees
23 of said outside counsel of record to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information
24 for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgement and Agreement to Be Bound” that
25 is attached hereto as Exhibit A;
The officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the Receiving
27 party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the
28 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A);
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Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving party to whom disclosure is
2 reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and
3 Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A);
The court and its personnel;
Court reporters and their staff, professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors,
6 and professional vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this
7 who have signed the “Acknowledgement and Agreement to Be Bound”
During their depositions, witnesses in the action whom disclosure is reasonably
9 necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgement and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A),
10 unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. Pages transcribed
11 deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal protected material must be separately
12 bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this
13 Protective Order.
The author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or
15 other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information.
PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN
If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels
19 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party
Promptly notify in writing the designating party. Such notification shall include a
22 copy of the subpoena or court order;
Promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in
24 the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to
25 this Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this Protective Order; and
Cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the
27 designating party who’s protected material may be affected. If the designating party timely seeks
28 a protective order, the party served with the subpoena or court order shall not produce any
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1 information designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court
2 from which the subpoena or order issued, unless the party has obtained the designating party’s
3 permission. The designating party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in that
4 court of its confidential material – and nothing in these provisions should be construed as
5 authorizing or encouraging a Receiving party in this action to disobey a lawful directive from
6 another court.
A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE PRODUCED IN
The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a non-party in
10 this action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information produced by non-parties in
11 connection with this litigation is protected by the remedies and relief provided by this Order.
12 Nothing in these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a non-party from seeking
13 additional protections.
In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce a Non-
15 party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is subject to an agreement with the
16 Non-party not to produce the Non-party’s confidential information, then the Party shall:
Promptly notify in writing the requesting party and the non-party that
18 some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement with a non19 party;
Promptly provide the non-party with a copy of the Protective Order in this
21 litigation, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific description of the
22 information requested; and
Make the information requested available for inspection by the non-party.
If the non-party fails to object or seek a protective order from this court within 14
25 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the receiving party may produce the
26 non-party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If the non-party timely
27 seeks a protective order, the receiving party shall not produce any information in its possession or
28 control that is subject to the confidentiality agreement with the non-party before a determination
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1 by the court. 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.
UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL
If a Receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed protected
5 material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Protective Order, the
6 receiving party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized
7 disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, (c)
8 inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this
9 Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgement and Agreement
10 to Be Bound” that is attached hereto to as Exhibit A.
A producing party may give notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently produced
14 material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection. After being notified, a receiving
15 party must promptly return, sequester, or destroy the specified information and any copies it has;
16 must not use or disclose the information until the claim is resolved; and must take reasonable steps
17 to retrieve the information if the receiving party disclosed it before being notified. The producing
18 party must preserve the information until the claim is resolved.
Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to seek its modification by the court
Right to Further Relief
22 in the future.
The entry of this Protective Order does not imply any party’s waiver of any right it
Right to Assert Other Obligations
25 otherwise would have to object to disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground
26 not addressed in this Protective Order. Additionally, the entry of this Protective Order does not
27 expressly nor impliedly constitute a waiver of any peace officer, regardless of whether said officer
28 is a party or non-party, of the right to require a Pitchess Motion and in-camera review before the
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1 disclosure or production of any of said peace officer’s personnel files, or personnel materials,
2 pursuant to California Evidence Code, Section 1043 et. seq. and California Penal Code, Section
3 832.7. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of any of
4 the material covered by this Protective Order.
Without written permission from the designating party or a court order secured after
Filing Protected material
7 appropriate notice to all interested persons, a party may not file in the public record in this action
8 any protected material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any protected material must comply
9 with the applicable local rules. Protected material may only be filed under seal pursuant to a court
10 order authorizing the sealing of the specific protected material at issue. A sealing order will issue
11 only upon a request establishing that the protected material at issue is privileged, protectable as a
12 trade secret, or otherwise entitled to protection under the law. If a Receiving party’s request to file
13 protected material under seal is denied by the court, then the Receiving party may file the
14 information in the public record unless otherwise instructed by the court.
Within 60 days after the final disposition of this action, as defined in paragraph 4, each
17 Receiving party must return all protected material to the Producing Party or destroy such material.
18 As used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations,
19 summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected material. Whether
20 the protected material is returned or destroyed, the receiving party must submit a written
21 certification to the producing party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the designating party)
22 by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the protected
23 material that was returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that the receiving party has not retained
24 any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any
25 of the protected material.
Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an
26 archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal
27 memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product,
28 and consultant and expert work product, even if such materials contain protected material. Any
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1 such archival copes that contain or constitute protected material remain subject to this Protective
2 Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION).
4 DATED: January 27, 2017
ADAMS, FERRONE & FERRONE
/s/ Michael A. McGill
MICHAEL A. McGILL
Attorneys for Plaintiff, JAY WINN
DATED: January 27, 2017
MARK NATIONS, INTERIM COUNTY COUNSEL
/s/ James L. Brannen
JAMES L. BRANNEN,
Attorneys for Defendants, COUNTY OF KERN,
LISA GREEN, SCOTT TUNNICLIFFE,
IT IS SO ORDERED.
January 27, 2017
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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1 EXHIBIT A
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
4 __________________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I
5 have read in its entirety and understand the Protective Order that was issued by the Superior Court
6 of California, County of Kern, in Jay Winn v. County of Kern, et al., Case No. 1:16-CV-010217 DAD-JLT
I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Protective Order and I
9 understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and
10 punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any matter
11 any information or item that is subject to this Protective Order to any person or entity except in
12 strict compliance with the provisions of this Order.
I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Kern County Superior Court of the State
14 of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Protective Order, even if such
15 enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action.
I hereby appoint _________________________________ [print/type full name] of
17 _______________________________________ [print/type full address and telephone number] as
18 my California agent for service of process in connection with this action or any proceedings
19 related to enforcement of this Protective Order.
21 City and State were sworn and signed:
22 Printed name:
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