Brent Showalter v. Data Software Services LLLC et al

Filing 18

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 8/11/2017. (Michel, G.)

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LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP 1 JOHN L. BARBER, SB# 160317 E-Mail: 2 JOHN HAUBRICH, JR., SB# 228341 E-Mail: 3 CHRISTINA M. GUERIN, SB# 210066 E-Mail: 4 633 West 5th Street, Suite 4000 Los Angeles, California 90071 5 Telephone: 213.250.1800 Facsimile: 213.250.7900 6 Attorneys for Defendants DATA 7 SOFTWARE SERVICES L.L.C., WILLIAM WITTENMYER (sued and 8 served as Bill Wittenmyer), and DAVID PENNEY 9 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 12 13 BRENT SHOWALTER, No. 2:17-cv-00031-MCE-DB 14 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 15 Plaintiff, vs. 16 DATA SOFTWARE SERVICES L.L.C., a Georgia limited liability 17 company, BILL WITTENMYER, an individual, DAVID PENNEY, an 18 individual, and Does 1 through 20, inclusive, 19 Defendants. 20 21 22 23 STIPULATION Plaintiff Brent Showalter ("Plaintiff") and Defendants Data Software Services 24 L.L.C., William Wittenmyer, and David Penney (collectively, "Defendants"), by and 25 through their respective counsel of record hereby STIPULATE AND AGREE, and 26 accordingly request, that the Court entered the following Order: 27 LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 1 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 2 Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve 3 production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special 4 protection from public disclosure and from use for any purposes other than 5 prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby 6 stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. 7 The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all 8 disclosure or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public 9 disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled 10 to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. The parties further 11 acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file 12 confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 141 sets forth the procedures 13 that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when a party seeks 14 permission from the court to file material under seal. 15 2. GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 16 This action may involve commercial, financial, technical or proprietary 17 information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for 18 any purpose other than prosecution of this action is warranted. Such confidential 19 and proprietary materials and information consist of, among other things, 20 confidential business or financial information, information regarding confidential 21 business practices, or other confidential research, development, or commercial 22 information (including information implicating privacy rights of third parties), 23 information otherwise not generally available to the public, or which may be 24 privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, 25 court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of 26 information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of 27 discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 2 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of 2 such material in preparation for an in the conduct of trial, to address their handling 3 at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such 4 information is justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that information 5 will not be designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so 6 designated without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, 7 non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part of the public 8 record of this case. 9 3. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. 10 3.1 "Proceeding" means the above-entitled proceedings. 11 3.2 "Court" means the Hon. Morrison C. England, Jr., or any other 12 judge to which this Proceeding may be assigned, including Court staff participating 13 in such proceedings. 14 3.3 As used here, the designation "CONFIDENTIAL" means any 15 information which is in the possession of a Designating Party who believes in good 16 faith that such information is entitled to confidential treatment under applicable law. 17 3.4 "Designating Party" means the Party that designates materials as 18 "Confidential." 19 3.5 "Disclose" or "Disclosed" or "Disclosure" means to reveal, 20 divulge, give, or make available materials, or any part thereof, or any information 21 contained therein. 22 3.6 As used here, the terms "document" or "documents" mean and 23 include, but are not limited to, documents, e-mails, records, exhibits, reports, 24 samples, transcripts, video or audio recordings, computer files, disks, affidavits, 25 briefs, pleadings, summaries, notes, abstracts, drawings, company records and 26 reports, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions or document 27 requests, deposition questions and answers, and motions, including copies or LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 3 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 computer-stored versions of any of the foregoing, as well as anything meeting the 2 definition of a "writing" as used in California Evidence Code section 250 or Fed. R. 3 Evid. 1001. 4 3.7 "Information" means the content of Documents or Testimony. 5 3.8 "Testimony" means all depositions, declarations or other 6 testimony taken or used in this Proceeding. 7 3.9 Any party or third party may designate documents or 8 Information as CONFIDENTIAL, as defined above, prior to or at the time of 9 disclosure. Such designation shall be made by placing the appropriate designation 10 on every page of each document so designated, or contemporaneously identifying 11 the documents or information in question as "CONFIDENTIAL" pursuant to this 12 protective order. In the case of information disclosed in or by a non-paper medium 13 (e.g., videotape, audiotape, computer disk, or other tangible thing), the appropriate 14 designation shall be affixed to the outside of the medium or its container so as to 15 clearly give notice of the designation. Such designation is deemed to apply both to 16 the document or other material itself and to the CONFIDENTIAL information 17 contained in it or on it. 18 3.10 The parties and/or their attorneys shall act in good faith, and 19 shall use reasonable care and diligence, to avoid designating any documents or 20 Information as CONFIDENTIAL that are not entitled to such designation. 21 3.11 All CONFIDENTIAL information shall be used only for the 22 purposes of this litigation, and shall be maintained in confidence and shall not be 23 disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any person or entity except as provided in this 24 agreement. 25 3.12 The inadvertent production by any of the undersigned Parties or 26 non-Parties to the Proceedings of any Document, Testimony or Information during 27 discovery in this Proceeding without a "Confidential" designation, shall be without LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 4 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 prejudice to any claim that such item is "Confidential" and such Party shall not be 2 held to have waived any rights by such inadvertent production. In the event that any 3 Document, Testimony or Information that is subject to a "Confidential" designation 4 is inadvertently produced without such designation, the Party that inadvertently 5 produced the document shall give written notice of such inadvertent production 6 within twenty (20) days of discovery of the inadvertent production, together with a 7 further copy of the subject Document, Testimony or Information designated as 8 "Confidential" (the "Inadvertent Production Notice"). Upon receipt of such 9 Inadvertent Production Notice, the Party that received the inadvertently produced 10 Document, Testimony or Information shall promptly destroy the inadvertently 11 produced Document, Testimony or Information and all copies thereof, or, at the 12 expense of the producing Party, return such together with all copies of such 13 Document, Testimony or Information to counsel for the producing Party and shall 14 retain only the "Confidential" designated Materials. Should the receiving Party 15 choose to destroy such inadvertently produced Document, Testimony or 16 Information, the receiving Party shall notify the producing Party in writing of such 17 destruction within ten (10) days of receipt of written notice of the inadvertent 18 production. This provision is not intended to apply to any inadvertent production of 19 any Information protected by attorney-client or work product privileges. In the 20 event that this provision conflicts with any applicable law regarding waiver of 21 confidentiality through the inadvertent production of Documents, Testimony or 22 Information, such law shall govern. 23 3.13 Access to and/or disclosure of CONFIDENTIAL information 24 shall be limited to the following persons: 25 a. Counsel of record for the parties, their employees, their 26 staff, and their support personnel (including any outside vendor for simple 27 reproduction, computer scanning, or photocopying). LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 5 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 b. The parties to this case, and their officers, directors, 2 counsel and employees whom counsel of record believes in good faith have a need 3 for access to such information for the preparation and trial of this action. 4 c. Consultants and experts retained or consulted by counsel d. Witnesses in connection with their deposition or other 5 for the parties. 6 7 proceeding in this action, upon the witness being advised of the need and agreeing 8 to keep the records confidential. 9 e. Providers of litigation support services engaged to provide 10 services in this litigation to attorneys of record in this action. 11 f. The Court, its authorized personnel, and the jury. 12 g. Any other person to whom the parties agree in writing. 13 h. No CONFIDENTIAL information received by any party 14 or counsel in this lawsuit may be revealed or disclosed to any person or entity not 15 described above. 16 i. Regardless of this protective order, if a CONFIDENTIAL 17 document or Testimony makes reference to the actual or alleged conduct or 18 statements of a person who is a potential witness in this action, counsel may discuss 19 such conduct or statements with such witness without revealing any portion of the 20 document or Testimony other than that which specifically refers to such conduct or 21 statement, and such discussion shall not constitute disclosure. 22 4. 23 PARTY'S OWN INFORMATION. 4.1 Nothing in this agreement shall affect the right of either party to 24 disclose to his/its officers, directors, employees, consultants or experts, or to any 25 other person, CONFIDENTIAL information already in his/its possession prior to 26 any production or disclosure by another party. 27 LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 5. MISCELLANEOUS. 28 4838-0142-1644.1 6 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 5.1 Unless counsel agree otherwise in writing, at the conclusion of 2 this litigation, whether by settlement or final decision of the Court of last resort, all 3 copies of any CONFIDENTIAL information shall be destroyed or returned to the 4 party or third party producing such documents or writings, as requested by in 5 writing by the disclosing party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, counsel of record 6 shall be permitted to retain a file copy of all pre trial, trial, and post trial materials, 7 depositions and deposition exhibits, and document databases. Such file copies must 8 be maintained under the conditions provided for in this stipulation. This provision 9 does not apply to the Court or its authorized personnel. 10 5.2 The provisions of this agreement apply to all proceedings in this 11 action, including all appeals, arbitrations, settlement proceedings, and proceedings 12 upon remand. 13 5.3 By entering into this agreement, no party waives any objections 14 he/it might have to the production of any documents covered by this agreement. 15 Nothing in this agreement shall be interpreted to obligate any party to produce any 16 document. 17 5.4 No party to this action, by entering into this agreement, shall be 18 deemed to have admitted or agreed that any particular Document, Testimony or 19 Information marked "Confidential" contains or reflects trade secrets, proprietary, 20 confidential or competitively sensitive business, commercial, financial, or personal 21 information. 22 5.5 A party may challenge a CONFIDENTIAL designation by any 23 other party or third party by giving reasonable notice to the designating party before 24 using the document in a way that is inconsistent with the CONFIDENTIAL 25 designation. The Designating Party may file an appropriate motion with the court, 26 after first making reasonable efforts to meet and confer regarding the issue. In the 27 event the parties do not informally resolve the issue, the challenging party shall not LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 7 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 use the document in any way that is inconsistent with the CONFIDENTIAL 2 designation, pending the court's ruling on the motion. 3 /// 4 /// 5 /// 6 /// IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD: 7 8 The undersigned filer attests that all other signatories listed, and on whose 9 behalf the filing is submitted, concur in the filing's content and have authorized the 10 filing. 11 12 DATED: August 8, 2017 BRYANT WHITTEN, LLP 13 14 By: 15 16 /s/ Amanda B. Whitten Attorneys for Plaintiff BRENT SHOWALTER 17 18 DATED: August 8, 2017 LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP 19 20 By: 21 22 23 24 25 26 /s/ John L. Barber John Haubrich, Jr. Christina M. Guerin Attorneys for Defendants DATA SOFTWARE SERVICES L.L.C., WILLIAM WITTENMYER (sued and served as Bill Wittenmyer), and DAVID PENNEY 27 LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 8 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 ORDER 2 Pursuant to the parties’ stipulation, IT IS SO ORDERED. 3 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT: 4 1. Requests to seal documents shall be made by motion before the same 5 judge who will decide the matter related to that request to seal. 6 2. The designation of documents (including transcripts of testimony) as 7 confidential pursuant to this order does not automatically entitle the parties to file 8 such a document with the court under seal. Parties are advised that any request to 9 seal documents in this district is governed by Local Rule 141. In brief, Local Rule 10 141 provides that documents may only be sealed by a written order of the court after 11 a specific request to seal has been made. L.R. 141(a). However, a mere request to 12 seal is not enough under the local rules. In particular, Local Rule 141(b) requires 13 that “[t]he ‘Request to Seal Documents’ shall set forth the statutory or other 14 authority for sealing, the requested duration, the identity, by name or category, of 15 persons to be permitted access to the document, and all relevant information.” L.R. 16 141(b) (emphasis added). 17 3. A request to seal material must normally meet the high threshold of 18 showing that “compelling reasons” support secrecy; however, where the material is, 19 at most, “tangentially related” to the merits of a case, the request to seal may be 20 granted on a showing of “good cause.” Ctr. for Auto Safety v. Chrysler Grp., LLC, 21 809 F.3d 1092, 1096-1102 (9th Cir. 2016); Kamakana v. City and County of 22 Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178-80 (9th Cir. 2006). 23 4. Nothing in this order shall limit the testimony of parties or non-parties, or 24 the use of certain documents, at any court hearing or trial – such determinations will 25 only be made by the court at the hearing or trial, or upon an appropriate motion. 26 5. With respect to motions regarding any disputes concerning this protective 27 order which the parties cannot informally resolve, the parties shall follow the LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 9 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 procedures outlined in Local Rule 251. Absent a showing of good cause, the court 2 will not hear discovery disputes on an ex parte basis or on shortened time. 3 6. The parties may not modify the terms of this Protective Order without the 4 court’s approval. If the parties agree to a potential modification, they shall submit a 5 stipulation and proposed order for the court’s consideration. 6 7. Pursuant to Local Rule 141.1(f), the court will not retain jurisdiction over 7 enforcement of the terms of this Protective Order after the action is terminated. 8 8. Any provision in the parties’ stipulation that is in conflict with anything in 9 this order is hereby DISAPPROVED. 10 Dated: August 11, 2017 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DLB:6 DB\orders\orders.civil\showalter0031.stip.prot.ord 23 24 25 26 27 LEWI S BRISBOI S BISGAAR D 28 4838-0142-1644.1 10 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

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