Cook v. Enhanced Recovery Company

Filing 10

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 10/11/16. (Benson, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 SHERON COOK, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, 13 Plaintiff, 14 15 16 vs. ENHANCED RECOVERY COMPANY, Defendant. 17 18 ) CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN ) ) ) STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ) ORDER ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 19 20 1. A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 21 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, 22 proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 23 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may 24 be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to 25 enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this 26 Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to 27 discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends 28 {00052172;1} 1 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment 2 under the applicable legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth 3 in Section 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them 4 to file confidential information under seal; Local Rule 141 sets forth the 5 procedures that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when a 6 party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. 7 B. 8 This action is likely to involve trade secrets, confidential policies and 9 procedures, and other valuable research, development, commercial, financial, 10 technical and/or proprietary information for which special protection from public 11 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecution of this action is 12 warranted. Such confidential and proprietary materials and information consist of, 13 among other things, confidential business or financial information, information 14 regarding confidential business practices, or other confidential research, 15 development, or commercial information (including information implicating 16 privacy rights of third parties), information otherwise generally unavailable to the 17 public, or which may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under 18 state or federal statutes, court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, 19 to expedite the flow of information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes 20 over confidentiality of discovery materials, to adequately protect information the 21 parties are entitled to keep confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted 22 reasonable necessary uses of such material in preparation for and in the conduct of 23 trial, to address their handling at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of 24 justice, a protective order for such information is justified in this matter. It is the 25 intent of the parties that information will not be designated as confidential for 26 tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that it 27 has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and there is good cause 28 why it should not be part of the public record of this case. {00052172;1} GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 2. DEFINITIONS 2 2.1 Action: this pending federal law suit. 3 2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the 4 designation of information or items under this Order. 2.3 5 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of 6 how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for 7 protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in 8 the Good Cause Statement. 2.4 9 10 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff). 2.5 11 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.” 2.6 14 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless 15 of 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 17 or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 2.7 18 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 20 as an expert witness or as a consultant in this Action. 2.8 21 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. 2.9 24 25 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or 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 27 party to this Action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this Action 28 {00052172;1} 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 and have appeared in this Action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law 2 firm which 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). 2.12 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or 6 7 Discovery Material in this Action. 8 2.13 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation 9 support 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. 2.14 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is 12 13 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.15 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery 14 15 Material from a Producing Party. 16 3. SCOPE 17 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only 18 Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or 19 extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or 20 compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or 21 presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the orders of the 22 23 trial judge. This Order does not govern the use of Protected Material at trial. 24 4. DURATION 25 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations 26 imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees 27 otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be 28 deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this Action, {00052172;1} 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and 2 exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this Action, 3 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of 4 time pursuant to applicable law. 5 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 6 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. 7 Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under 8 this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that 9 qualifies under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for 10 protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written 11 communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, 12 items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 13 unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. 14 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations 15 that are shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper 16 purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber the case development process or to 17 impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the 18 Designating Party to sanctions. 19 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 20 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must 21 promptly notify all other Parties that it is withdrawing the inapplicable designation. 5.2 22 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in 23 this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise 24 stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection 25 under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or 26 produced. Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 27 28 {00052172;1} 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN (a) 1 for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic 2 documents, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial 3 proceedings), that the Producing Party affix at a minimum, the legend 4 “CONFIDENTIAL” (hereinafter “CONFIDENTIAL legend”), to each page that 5 contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page 6 qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the 7 protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 8 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents available for inspection 9 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated 10 which documents it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and 11 before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be 12 deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting Party has identified the 13 documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine 14 which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. 15 Then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix 16 the “CONFIDENTIAL legend” to each page that contains Protected Material. If 17 only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the 18 Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making 19 appropriate markings in the margins). (b) 20 for testimony given in depositions that the Designating Party 21 identify the Disclosure or Discovery Material within 30 days after the receipt of the 22 deposition transcript. (c) 23 for information produced in some form other than documentary 24 and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent 25 place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information is 26 stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the 27 information warrants protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, 28 shall identify the protected portion(s). {00052172;1} 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 5.3 1 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent 2 failure to designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive 3 the Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such 4 material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make 5 reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the 6 provisions of this Order. 7 6. 6.1 8 9 10 CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of confidentiality at any time that is consistent with the Court’s Pretrial Scheduling Order. 6.2 11 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute 12 resolution process under Local Rule 251 or the assigned Magistrate Judge’s 13 Chambers Rules and Orders, as applicable. 6.3 14 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be 15 on the Designating Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper 16 purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses/burdens on other parties) 17 may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. Unless the Designating Party has 18 waived or withdrawn the confidentiality designation, all parties shall continue to 19 afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under 20 the Producing Party’s designation until the Court rules on the challenge. 21 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 7.1 22 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is 23 disclosed or produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this 24 Action only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this Action. Such 25 Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under 26 the conditions described in this Order. When the Action has been terminated, a 27 Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL 28 DISPOSITION). {00052172;1} 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a 2 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons 3 authorized under this Order. 7.2 4 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless 5 otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a 6 Receiving 7 “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 8 (a) 9 10 Party may disclose any information or item designated the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this Action, as well as employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this Action; (b) 11 the officers, directors, and employees (including House 12 Counsel) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for 13 this Action; (c) 14 Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to 15 whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action and who have signed the 16 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 17 (d) the court and its personnel; 18 (e) court reporters and their staff; 19 (f) professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, and 20 Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this Action 21 and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit 22 A); (g) 23 the author or recipient of a document containing the 24 information or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the 25 information; (h) 26 during their depositions, witnesses, and attorneys for witnesses, 27 in the Action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary provided: (1) the 28 deposing party requests that the witness sign the form attached as Exhibit 1 hereto; {00052172;1} 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 and (2) they will not be permitted to keep any confidential information unless they 2 sign the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A), unless 3 otherwise agreed by the Designating Party or ordered by the court. Pages of 4 transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected 5 Material may be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed 6 to anyone except as permitted under this Stipulated Protective Order; and (i) 7 any mediator or settlement officer, and their supporting 8 personnel, mutually agreed upon by any of the parties engaged in settlement 9 discussions. 10 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED 11 PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION 12 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation 13 that compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this Action as 14 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that Party must: (a) 15 16 promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) 17 promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena 18 or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by 19 the subpoena or order is subject to this Protective Order. Such notification shall 20 include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and (c) 21 22 cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 23 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served 24 with the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in 25 this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which 26 the subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s 27 permission. The Designating Party shall bear the burden and expense of seeking 28 protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions {00052172;1} 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this Action 2 to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 3 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE 4 PRODUCED IN THIS LITIGATION 5 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a 6 Non-Party in this Action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information 7 produced by Non-Parties in connection with this litigation is protected by the 8 remedies and relief provided by this Order. Nothing in these provisions should be 9 construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking additional protections. (b) 10 In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to 11 produce a Non-Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is 12 subject to an agreement with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s 13 confidential information, then the Party shall: (1) 14 promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non- 15 Party that some or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality 16 agreement with a Non-Party; 17 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated 18 Protective Order in this Action, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably 19 specific description of the information requested; and (3) 20 21 make the information requested available for inspection by the Non-Party, if requested. 22 (c) If the Non-Party fails to seek a protective order from this court within 14 23 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party 24 may produce the Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery 25 request. If the Non-Party timely seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall 26 not produce any information in its possession or control that is subject to the 27 confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination by the court. 28 {00052172;1} 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and 2 expense of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 3 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 4 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has 5 disclosed Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized 6 under this Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) 7 notify in writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its 8 best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected Material, (c) inform 9 the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms 10 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 12 A. 13 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR 14 OTHERWISE PROTECTED MATERIAL 15 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain 16 inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other 17 protection, the obligations of the Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal 18 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify 19 whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order that provides for 20 production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 21 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure 22 of a communication or information covered by the attorney-client privilege or 23 work product protection, the parties may incorporate their agreement in the 24 stipulated protective order submitted to the court. 25 12. 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any 26 27 MISCELLANEOUS person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 28 {00052172;1} 11 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this 2 Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to 3 disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in 4 this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on 5 any ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective 6 Order. 7 12.3 Filing Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 8 Protected Material must comply with Local Rule 141. Protected Material may only 9 be filed under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific 10 Protected Material at issue. If a Party's request to file Protected Material under seal 11 is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the 12 public record unless otherwise instructed by the court. 13 13. FINAL DISPOSITION 14 After the final disposition of this Action, as defined in paragraph 4, within 15 60 days of a written request by the Designating Party, each Receiving Party must 16 return all Protected Material to the Producing Party or destroy such material. As 17 used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, 18 compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any of the 19 Protected Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the 20 Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if 21 not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the 60 day deadline that 22 (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was 23 returned or destroyed and (2)affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any 24 copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or 25 capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel 26 are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, 27 deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition 28 and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert {00052172;1} 12 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival 2 copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this 3 Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 4 14. Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate 5 measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary 6 sanctions. 7 8 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 9 10 DATED: September 23, 2016 BURSOR & FISHER, P.A. 11 12 By: 13 14 15 s/L. Timothy Fisher L. Timothy Fisher Annick M. Persinger Yeremey O. Krivoshey Attorneys for Plaintiff SHERON COOK 16 17 DATED: September 23, 2016 CARLSON & MESSER LLP 18 19 By: 20 21 22 s/David J. Kaminski Charles R. Messer David J. Kaminski Martin Schannong Attorneys for Defendant ENHANCED RECOVERY COMPANY 23 24 FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS SO ORDERED. 25 26 Dated: October 11, 2016 27 28 {00052172;1} 13 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN 1 2 EXHIBIT A 3 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 4 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 5 _________________________________ [print or type full address], declare under 6 penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated 7 Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern 8 District of California on [date] in the case of Sheron Cook, on behalf of herself and 9 all others similarly situated v. Enhanced Recovery Company, Case No. 2:16-cv- 10 00248-TLN-KJN. I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this 11 Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so 12 comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I 13 solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item 14 that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in 15 strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 16 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District 17 Court for the Eastern District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms 18 of this Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur 19 after termination of this action. I hereby appoint __________________________ 20 [print or type full name] of _______________________________________ [print 21 or type full address and telephone number] as my California agent for service of 22 process in connection with this action or any proceedings related to enforcement of 23 this Stipulated Protective Order. 24 25 Date: ______________________________________ 26 City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ 27 Printed name: _______________________________ 28 Signature: __________________________________ {00052172;1} 14 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. 2:16-CV-00248-TLN-KJN

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