Dabrowski v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.

Filing 13

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 12 re: Confidential Information, signed by Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd on 4/15/09. (Kastilahn, A)

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1 JOSHUA S. GOODMAN , ESQUIRE State Bar #116576 PAIGE P. YEH, ESQUIRE - State Bar #229197 2 JENKINS GOODMAN NEUMAN & HAMILTON LLP 417 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor 3 San Francisco, California 94104 Telephone: (415) 705-0400 4 Facsimile: (415) 705-0411 5 Attorneys for Defendant HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff LIDIA U. DABROWSKI ("Plaintiff"), by and through her undersigned counsel, vs. HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC., Defendants. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SACRAMENTO DIVISION LIDIA U. DABROWSKI, Plaintiff, No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 17 and Defendant HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. ("Defendant"), by and through its undersigned 18 counsel, have met and conferred and hereby stipulate as follows: 19 20 1. DEFINITIONS 1.1 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, 21 employees, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff). 22 1.2 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the 23 medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, 24 transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 25 discovery in this matter. 26 1.3 "Confidential" Information or Items: information (regardless of how -1STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under standards 2 developed under F.R.Civ.P. 26(c) or as elaborated herein. "Highly Confidential Attorneys' Eyes 3 Only" Material: extremely sensitive "Confidential Information or Items" whose disclosure to 4 another Party or nonparty would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be 5 avoided by less restrictive means. 6 1.4 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from 7 a Producing Party. 8 1.5 Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery 9 Material in this action. 10 1.6 Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items 11 that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "Confidential" or "Highly 12 Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only." 13 1.7 "Confidential Material": any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 14 designated or understood to be "Confidential" or as "Highly Confidential Attorneys' Eyes 15 Only." A Party may produce documents which it considers to be proprietary and confidential. 16 Such documents may include, but are not limited to, business, competitive, proprietary, trade 17 secret or other information of a sensitive nature about the Party (or of another person which 18 information the party is under a duty to maintain in confidence), store maps, manuals, written 19 policies and procedures, training materials, claims information, lead details, emails, 20 correspondence, contracts with third parties, criminal background check reports, drug test results, 21 witness statements, and/or inspection or accident reports. This Stipulated Protective Order is 22 intended to cover, and apply to, any and all documents produced by a Party in this litigation, and 23 any information contained in those documents, but also any information copied or extracted 24 therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 25 conversations, or presentations by Parties or counsel to or in court or in other settings that might 26 reveal. -2STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 1.8 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 2 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert 3 witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a past or a current employee of a Party or 4 of a competitor of a Party's and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an 5 employee of a Party or a competitor of a Party's. This definition includes a professional jury or 6 trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation. 7 1.9 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 8 services (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating; preparing exhibits or demonstrations; 9 organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium; etc.) and their employees and 10 subcontractors. 11 12 2. DURATION Even after the termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this 13 Stipulated Protective Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in 14 writing or a court order otherwise directs. 15 16 3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND Prior to receiving any Confidential Material, any Experts, consultants or Professional 17 Vendors retained by counsel for Receiving Party shall be provided with a copy of this Stipulated 18 Protective Order and shall execute an "Acknowledgement and Agreement to be Bound" 19 nondisclosure agreement in the form of Exhibit A, a copy of which shall be provided to counsel 20 for the Designating Party at the same time and along with any disclosure of expert witness 21 information. 22 23 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 4. SCOPE OF ORDER Confidential Material may be used only in connection with the prosecution and defense of 24 this action, and not for any other purpose. Confidential Material produced pursuant to this 25 Stipulated Protective Order may not be disclosed or made available to any person or entity other 26 than Receiving Party, Receiving Party's counsel (including the paralegal, clerical and secretarial -3STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 staff employed by such counsel and working on this case), and Experts, consultants or 2 Professional Vendors retained by that counsel, subject to the other requirements of this Stipulated 3 Protective Order. Use of Confidential Material is permitted at depositions of Parties or their 4 experts or in motions filed with the court, subject to the requirements of paragraph 5, 7, 8, and 9. 5 6 5. EFFORTS TO PREVENT DISCLOSURE In making use of any Confidential Material, counsel for Receiving Party is required by this 7 Stipulated Protective Order to make reasonable and good faith efforts to prevent the disclosure of 8 any Confidential Material to any person or entity not specified in section 1 and 4, above. These 9 efforts shall include taking steps to ensure that Confidential Material used during a deposition, in 10 connection with a motion, or at trial is used under seal or in some other manner which prevents its 11 disclosure to any person or entity not specified in section 1 and 4, above. The Parties agree to 12 meet and confer in a good faith effort to address any issues related to the use of Confidential 13 Material at depositions, in court filings, or otherwise. 14 15 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS Before filing any Confidential Material with the court, the Parties agree to give 16 Designating Party sufficient advance notice of their intention to do so for Designating Party to 17 make a motion for an order that such Confidential Material be filed under seal. 18 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Unless a prompt challenge to a Designating Party's 19 confidentiality designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable substantial unfairness, unnecessary 20 economic burdens, or a later significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not 21 waive its right to challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge 22 promptly after the original designation is disclosed. 23 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 6.2 Meet and Confer. A Party that elects to initiate a challenge to a Designating 24 Party's confidentiality designation must do so in good faith and must begin the process by 25 conferring directly (in voice to voice dialogue; other forms of communication are not sufficient) 26 with counsel for the Designating Party. In conferring, the challenging Party must explain the basis -4STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 for its belief that the confidentiality designation was not proper and must give the Designating 2 Party an opportunity to review the designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no 3 change in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the chosen designation. A challenging 4 Party may proceed to the next stage of the challenge process only if it has engaged in this meet 5 and confer process first. 6 6.3 Judicial Intervention. A Party that elects to press a challenge to a 7 confidentiality designation after considering the justification offered by the Designating Party may 8 file and serve a motion that identifies the challenged material and sets forth in detail the basis for 9 the challenge. Each such motion must be accompanied by a competent declaration that affirms 10 that the movant has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the preceding 11 paragraph and that sets forth with specificity the justification for the confidentiality designation 12 that was given by the Designating Party in the meet and confer dialogue. 13 Until the court rules on the challenge, all parties shall continue to afford the material in 14 question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party's designation. 15 16 7. MAINTAINING CONFIDENTIALITY In the event that any Confidential Material is used in any court proceeding in this action, it 17 shall not lose its confidential status through such use, and the Party using such shall take all 18 reasonable steps to maintain its confidentiality during such use. 19 20 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Confidential 21 Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Stipulated Protective 22 Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the Designating Party of the 23 unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all copies of the Protected Material, (c) 24 inform the person(s) to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 25 Stipulated Protective Order, and (d) request such person(s) execute the "Acknowledgment and 26 Agreement to be Bound" that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. -5STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 2 9. FILING PROTECTED MATERIAL Without written permission from the Designating Party or a court order secured after 3 appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file in the public record in this action 4 any Confidential Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any Protected Material must 5 comply with Civil Local Rules 39-140 and 39-141. This Order shall be without prejudice to the 6 right of the parties (i) to bring before the court at any time the question of whether any particular 7 document or information is confidential or whether its use should be restricted, or (ii) to present a 8 motion to the court for a separate protective order as to any particular document or information, 9 including restrictions differing from those as specified herein. This Order shall not be deemed to 10 prejudice the parties in any way in any future application for modification of this Stipulated 11 Protective Order. 12 If any Confidential Material is introduced during a deposition, such Confidential Material 13 must be bound separately from the deposition transcript. Furthermore, Receiving Party must 14 demand of the court reporter that he or she return any and all copies of said Confidential Material 15 after the completion of the deposition transcript(s) and related volume(s) of exhibits. 16 17 10. FINAL DISPOSITION - RETURN OF DOCUMENTS Unless otherwise ordered or agreed in writing by the Producing Party, within sixty days 18 after the final termination of this action, each Receiving Party must return to the Producing Party 19 all Confidential Material, which includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any 20 other form of reproducing or capturing any of the Confidential Material. With permission in 21 writing from the Designating Party, the Receiving Party may destroy some or all of the 22 Confidential Material in lieu of returning it. Whether the Confidential Material is returned or 23 destroyed, the Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if 24 not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the sixty day deadline that identifies Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 25 (by category, where appropriate) all the Confidential Material that was returned or destroyed and 26 that affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, -6STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 summaries or other forms of reproducing or capturing any of the Confidential Material. 2 Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy of all 3 pleadings, motion papers, transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence or attorney work product, 4 even if such materials contain Confidential Material. Any such archival copies that contain or 5 constitute Confidential Material remain subject to this Stipulated Protective Order. 6 7 11. CONTEMPT OF COURT AND REMEDIES Any disclosure of Confidential Material other than is permitted by this Stipulated 8 Protective Order shall be a contempt of court. No Party is waiving any other rights or remedies 9 under the law for violations of this Stipulated Protective Order. 10 11 12. WAIVER A Party shall not be deemed to have waived any terms of this Stipulated Protective Order, 12 including this paragraph, except by express written waiver of counsel. 13 14 13. MODIFICATION This stipulation is reached without prejudice to later modification by agreement of the 15 Parties, or by order of the court upon a showing of good cause. 16 17 18 Dated: April 14, 2009 Dated: April 14, 2009 JENKINS GOODMAN NEUMAN & HAMILTON By /s/ Paige P. Yeh Attorneys for Defendant HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. DREYER, BABICH, BUCCOLA & 19 CALLAHAM, LLP 20 21 22 23 ///// Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 IT IS SO STIPULATED. By /s/ Craig Sheffer Attorney for Plaintiff LIDIA U. DABROWSKI 24 ///// 25 ///// 26 //// -7STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD 1 2 3 4 5 6 SO ORDERED. ORDER Dated: April 15, 2009. ______________________________________ DALE A. DROZD UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 7 Ddad1/orders.civil/dabrowski2407.protectord 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. 10th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 25 26 -8STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Case No. No. 2:08-CV-02407-LKK-DAD

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