Johnson v. Camden Bond, LLC et al

Filing 17

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 1/11/2017. (Washington, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 CENTER FOR DISABILITY ACCESS RAY BALLISTER, JR. (SBN 111282) MARK POTTER, ESQ., (SBN 166317) PHYL GRACE, ESQ. (SBN 166317) DENNIS PRICE, (SBN 279082) Mail: PO Box 262490 San Diego, CA 92196-2490 Delivery: 9845 Erma Road, Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92131 Telephone: (858) 375-7385 Facsimile: (858) 422-5191 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Attorneys for Plaintiff, SCOTT JOHNSON KROGH & DECKER, LLP SHAWN M. KROGH (SBN 227116) Sean M. Stowers 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 700 Sacramento, California 95814 Telephone: 916.498.9000 Facsimile: 916.498.9005 Attorneys for Defendants CAMDEN BOND, LLC and ALL CLEAR POOL & SPA, INC 15 16 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 17 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 SCOTT JOHNSON, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) CAMDEN BOND, LLC, a California Limited ) Liability Company, ALL CLEAR POOL & ) SPA, INC., a California Corporation, and DOES ) 1 through 10, ) ) ) Defendants. ) ) Case No.: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Judge: Action Filed: Trial Date: Hon. John A. Mendez January 5, 2016 August 28, 2017 25 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 1 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 1. 2 Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of 3 confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 4 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. 5 Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated 6 Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on 7 all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure 8 and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment 9 under the applicable legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 10 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file confidential 11 information under seal; Civil Local Rule 141 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and 12 the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material 13 under seal. 14 1.1 Good Cause Statement: The parties may produce, in this ADA access lawsuit 15 alleging architectural barriers at the subject property, architectural plans, construction records, 16 medical records, financial information and other confidential or private materials. The parties 17 therefore seek this protective order to safeguard Plaintiff’s privacy, and to ensure the 18 confidentiality of Defendant’s business and financial records which, if disclosed, would confer an 19 unfair advantage on Defendants’ competitors. 20 2. DEFINITIONS 21 2.1 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of 22 information or items under this Order. 23 2.2 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is 24 generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule 25 of Civil Procedure 26(c). 26 2.3 27 staff). 28 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support /// 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 2 2.4 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 3 2.5 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the 4 medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, 5 testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or 6 responses to discovery in this matter. 7 2.6 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to 8 the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a 9 consultant in this action. 10 11 2.7 Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel. 12 13 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this action. House 2.8 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 14 2.9 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party to this 15 action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this action and have appeared in this action 16 on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which has appeared on behalf of that party. 17 2.10 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, 18 consultants, retained experts, and House Counsel and Outside Counsel of Record (and their 19 support staffs). 20 21 2.11 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action. 22 2.12 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support services 23 (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and 24 organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and 25 subcontractors. 26 2.13 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as 27 “CONFIDENTIAL.” 28 /// 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 2.14 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a 2 Producing Party. 3 3. 4 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material SCOPE 5 (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Protected Material; (2) 6 all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, 7 conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 8 However, the protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order do not cover the following 9 information: (a) any information that is in the public domain at the time of disclosure to a 10 Receiving Party or becomes part of the public domain after its disclosure to a Receiving Party as 11 a result of publication not involving a violation of this Order, including becoming part of the 12 public record through trial or otherwise; and (b) any information known to the Receiving Party 13 prior to the disclosure or obtained by the Receiving Party after the disclosure from a source who 14 obtained the information lawfully and under no obligation of confidentiality to the Designating 15 Party. Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by a separate agreement or order. 16 4. 17 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by 18 this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court 19 order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all 20 claims and defenses in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after 21 the completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this action, 22 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of time pursuant to 23 applicable law. DURATION 24 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 25 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party 26 or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care 27 to limit any such designation to specific material that is privileged, protectable as a trade secret, 28 or otherwise entitled to protection under the law. The Designating Party must designate for 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that 2 qualify – so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which 3 protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 4 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order 5 (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, 6 Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so 7 designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 8 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 9 (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents, but 10 excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing 11 Party affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that contains protected material. If only a 12 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also 13 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the 14 margins). 15 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection 16 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which 17 material it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all 18 of the material made available for inspection shall be deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the 19 inspecting Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party 20 must determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. 21 Then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the 22 “CONFIDENTIAL” legend to each page that contains Protected Material. 23 24 25 26 27 28 (b) for testimony given in deposition, that the Designating Party identify within 20 days of receipt of the certified deposition transcript all protected testimony. (c) for testimony given in any pretrial or trial proceedings, that the Designating Party identify on the record, before the close of the hearing or other proceeding all protected testimony. (d) for information produced in some form other than documentary and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of the container 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 or containers in which the information or item is stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected upon discovery, an 3 inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the 4 Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon timely 5 correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the 6 material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 7 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 8 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of 9 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a Designating Party’s confidentiality 10 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 11 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not waive its right to 12 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 13 original designation is disclosed. 14 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution 15 process by providing written notice of each designation it is challenging and describing the basis 16 for each challenge. To avoid ambiguity as to whether a challenge has been made, the written 17 notice must recite that the challenge to confidentiality is being made in accordance with this 18 specific paragraph of the Protective Order. The parties shall attempt to resolve each challenge in 19 good faith and must begin the process by conferring directly (in voice to voice dialogue; other 20 forms of communication are not sufficient) within 14 days of the date of service of notice. In 21 conferring, the Challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality 22 designation was not proper and must give the Designating Party an opportunity to review the 23 designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, 24 to explain the basis for the chosen designation. A Challenging Party may proceed to the next 25 stage of the challenge process only if it has engaged in this meet and confer process first or 26 establishes that the Designating Party is unwilling to participate in the meet and confer process in 27 a timely manner. 28 /// 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the Parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 2 intervention, the Challenging Party shall file and serve, upon a showing of good cause, a motion 3 to remove confidentiality within 21 days of the parties engaging in the meet and confer process. 4 Each such motion must be accompanied by a competent declaration affirming that the movant has 5 complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the preceding paragraph. Failure by 6 the Challenging Party to make such a motion including the required declaration within 21 days 7 shall automatically waive the right to challenge such designation. 8 9 10 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Designating Party. All parties shall continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the court rules on the challenge. 11 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 12 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is disclosed 13 or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 14 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Such Protected Material may be disclosed only 15 to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. When the litigation 16 has been terminated, a Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below 17 (FINAL DISPOSITION). 18 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and 19 in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 20 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 21 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may 22 disclose any information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 23 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this action, as well as employees 24 of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information 25 for this litigation; 26 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the Receiving 27 Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation; 28 /// 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 (c) 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); 4 (d) the court and its personnel; 5 (e) court reporters and their staff, professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and 6 Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have 7 signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 8 9 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), 10 unless otherwise agreed by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of 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 Stipulated Protective Order. 14 15 (g) an individual who authored or has personal knowledge of the information and who has signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A). 16 8. 17 PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION 18 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 20 must: 21 22 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 23 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in the 24 other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to this 25 Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and 26 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 27 Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 28 /// 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the 2 subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action as 3 “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the subpoena or order 4 issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s permission. The Designating Party 5 shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material – 6 and nothing in these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving 7 Party in this action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 8 9. 9 A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 10 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a Non-Party in this 11 action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information produced by Non-Parties in 12 connection with this litigation is protected by the remedies and relief provided by this Order. 13 Nothing in these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking 14 additional protections. 15 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce a Non- 16 Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is subject to an agreement with 17 the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s confidential information, then the Party shall: 18 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party that 19 some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement with a Non- 20 Party; 21 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated Protective 22 Order in this litigation, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific description of 23 the information requested; and 24 25 (3) make the information requested available for inspection by the Non-Party. (c) If the Non-Party fails to object or seek a protective order from this court within 14 26 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party may produce the 27 Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If the Non-Party timely 28 seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall not produce any information in its possession 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 or control that is subject to the confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a 2 determination by the court. Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the 3 burden and expense of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 4 10. 5 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Protected UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 6 Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Stipulated Protective 7 Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the Designating Party of the 8 unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the 9 Protected Material, (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were 10 made of all the terms of this Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the 11 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 12 11. 13 14 INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED MATERIAL When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain inadvertently 15 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 16 Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B) including that 17 the Receiving Party (1) must promptly return, sequester or destroy the specified information and 18 any copies it has; (2) must not use or disclose the information until the claim is resolved; and 19 (3) must take reasonable steps to retrieve the information it the Receiving Party disclosed it 20 before being notified. 21 12. MISCELLANEOUS 22 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to 23 24 seek its modification by the court in the future. 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this Protective 25 Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing or producing any 26 information or item on any ground not addressed in this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, 27 no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of any of the material 28 covered by this Protective Order. 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 12.3 Filing Protected Material. Without written permission from the Designating Party 2 or a court order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file in 3 the public record in this action any Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 4 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 141.1. Protected Material may only be 5 filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected Material 6 at issue. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 141, a sealing order will issue only upon a request 7 establishing that the Protected Material at issue is privileged, protectable as a trade secret, or 8 otherwise entitled to protection under the law. If a Receiving Party's request to file Protected 9 Material under seal pursuant to Civil Local Rule 141(e)(1) is denied by the court, then the 10 Receiving Party may file the information in the public record, unless otherwise instructed by the 11 court. 12 13. 13 Within 60 days after the final disposition of this action, as defined in paragraph 4, each FINAL DISPOSITION 14 Receiving Party must return all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such 15 material. As used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, 16 compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected 17 Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party must 18 submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the 19 Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all 20 the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that the Receiving Party has 21 not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or 22 capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to 23 retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, 24 legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work 25 product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such materials contain Protected 26 Material. Any such archival copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to 27 this Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 28 /// 11 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 2 3 DATED: CENTER FOR DISABILITY ACCESS January 5, 2017 By: 4 5 /s/ Sara Gunderson SARA GUNDERSON, ESQ. Attorney for Plaintiff 6 7 8 KROGH & DECKER, LLP DATED: January 3, 2017 9 By: 10 11 /s/ Sean M. Stowers SEAN M. STOWERS Attorney for Defendants CAMDEN BOND, LLC and ALL CLEAR POOL & SPA, INC. 12 13 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 15 16 17 Dated: January 11, 2017 _____________________________________ CAROLYN K. DELANEY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 12 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER; CASE NO. .: 2:16-CV-00022-JAM-CKD 1 EXHIBIT A ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 2 3 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of _________________ 4 [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and 5 understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for 6 the Eastern District of California on [date] in the case of SCOTT JOHNSON v. CAMDEN BOND, 7 LLC and ALL CLEAR POOL & SPA, INC., Case No. 2:16-CV-00022-GEB-CKD. I agree to 8 comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand 9 and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the 10 nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or 11 item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict 12 compliance with the provisions of this Order. 13 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 14 Eastern District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective 15 Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 16 Date: ______________________________________ 17 City and State where sworn and signed: _____________________________ 18 Printed name: _______________________________ 19 Signature: __________________________________ 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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