G.I.S.E. v. City of Chico, et al

Filing 8

PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 10/13/17. (Becknal, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 G.I.S.E., by and through his guardian ad litem, EDDIE SANCHEZ, 12 13 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK Plaintiff, 14 vs. 15 PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 16 CITY OF CHICO; CHICO POLICE DEPARTMENT; MARK BASS; and 17 DOES 1through 100, inclusive, 18 Defendants. 19 20 21 WHEREAS counsel for the parties have discussed the anticipated production of 22 documents and materials relating to an interaction between decedent Eddie Gabriel 23 Sanchez, Jr., and members of the City of Chico Police Department, and these 24 documents and materials pertain to investigation conducted by the Butte County 25 Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County District Attorney, and the Chico Police 26 Department in this matter, which Defendants assert contain information of a 27 privileged, confidential, private, or sensitive nature, and the public dissemination of 28 which Defendants believe jeopardize compelling interests in preserving the integrity 1 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK 1 of the investigations (hereinafter “Confidential Information”). 2 WHEREAS this Confidential Information is currently in the possession of 3 Defendants City of Chico and the Chico Police Department, Defendants through 4 their counsel of record have agreed to produce certain “Confidential Information” in 5 this litigation, and therefore, the parties have stipulated to the following terms and 6 conditions, the Court hereby orders as follows: 7 1. Defendants may designate as “Confidential Information” in this matter 8 documents pertaining to internal and criminal police investigations conducted by the 9 Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County District Attorney, and the Chico 10 Police Department as well as any complaints against police officers and adjudication 11 thereof and statements of witnesses pertaining to such complaints, which 12 Defendants contend contain information of a privileged, confidential, private or 13 sensitive nature, and the public dissemination of which Defendants contend would 14 jeopardize compelling interests in preserving the integrity of the investigations, by 15 affixing to such document or writing a legend, such as “Confidential,” 16 “Confidential Documents,” “Confidential Material,” “Subject to Protective Order” 17 or words of similar effect. The category of documents and other tangible things so 18 designated shall be treated in accordance with the terms of this stipulation. 19 2. “Confidential Information” may be used by the persons receiving such 20 information only for the purpose of this litigation. 21 3. Subject to the further conditions imposed by this stipulation, 22 “Confidential Information” may be disclosed only to the following persons: 23 (a) Counsel of record for the parties to this civil litigation; 24 (b) Parties to this civil litigation; 25 (c) Attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, stenographic, clerical and 26 secretarial personnel who are employed or contracted with the offices of counsel 27 referred to in Subparagraph (a); 28 (d) Expert witnesses/consultants consulted and/or retained for this 2 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK 1 action; (e) The judge and court personnel, including stenographic reporters; (f) 2 Witnesses in the action, preparation for or during deposition or 3 and; 4 5 trial testimony, provided that, prior to the disclosure of any “Confidential 6 Information” to any person described in Paragraph 3(a), (c) or (d), counsel for the 7 Receiving Party who seeks to use or disclose such “Confidential Information” shall 8 first provide a copy of this Stipulation and have the individual to whom the 9 Receiving Party intends to disclose said “Confidential Information” sign the 10 Nondisclosure Agreement set forth in Attachment “A,” stating that the person has 11 received and read a copy of the Stipulation and understands that s/he is bound by 12 the terms of the Stipulation. 13 4. Unless made on the record in this litigation, counsel making the 14 disclosure to any qualified person described herein shall retain the original executed 15 copy of the Nondisclosure Agreements until thirty (30) days after this litigation has 16 become final, including any appellate review. Counsel for the Receiving Party shall 17 maintain all signed Nondisclosure Agreements and shall produce the original 18 signature page upon reasonable written notice from opposing counsel. If an issue 19 arises regarding a purported unauthorized disclosure of the “Confidential 20 Information”, upon noticed motion of contempt filed by the Disclosing Parties, 21 counsel for the Receiving Party may be required to file the signed Nondisclosure 22 Agreements, as well as a list of the disclosed material(s), in camera with the Court 23 having jurisdiction of the Stipulation. 24 5. The court reporter and videographer, if any, who record all or part of 25 the depositions in this matter of any Defendant, or any other current or former 26 employee of the Chico Police Department, shall be subject to this Order. In 27 preparing the original deposition videotape, audiotape, or portions thereof, any 28 copies thereof, or portions of copies thereof, the “Confidential Information,” and all 3 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK 1 testimony involving information derived from the “Confidential Information,” shall 2 be segregated from the rest of the deposition. No copies of such segregated 3 “Confidential Information” portions of the materials described above shall be 4 provided to any persons other than those persons identified in Paragraph 3. 5 Nothing in this agreement is intended to limit the rights of third parties to obtain 6 such “Confidential Information” through discovery and subpoena power in other 7 proceedings, subject to a motion for a protective order filed in those proceedings by 8 the party seeking to prevent disclosure of the “Confidential Information”. 9 6. If any “Confidential Information,” or testimony derived therefrom, 10 occurs at a deposition, those attending such portions of the depositions shall be 11 bound by this Order and, therefore, shall not disclose to any person or entity, in any 12 manner, including orally, any statements made by Defendants, or any other current 13 or former employee of the Chico Police Department during the “Confidential” 14 sections of said depositions. 15 7. Upon the final termination of this litigation, including any appeal 16 pertaining thereto, all “Confidential Information” and all copies thereof shall be 17 returned to the Defendants, except as to Court personnel. All “Confidential 18 Information” disclosed to any person or party pursuant to any provision hereof also 19 shall be returned to the Defendants’ attorneys of record. 20 8. If any party who receives “Confidential Information” receives a 21 subpoena or other request seeking “Confidential Information”, he, she or it shall 22 immediately give written notice to the Defendants’ counsel, identifying the 23 “Confidential Information” sought and the time in which production or other 24 disclosure is required, and shall object to the request or subpoena on the grounds of 25 this stipulation so as to afford the Defendants an opportunity to obtain an order 26 barring production or other disclosure, or to otherwise respond to the subpoena or 27 other request for production or disclosure of Confidential Material. Other than 28 objecting on the grounds of this stipulation, no party shall be obligated to seek an 4 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK 1 order barring production of “Confidential Information,” which obligation shall be 2 borne by Defendants. However, in no event should production or disclosure be 3 made without written notice to Defendants’ counsel unless required by court order 4 after serving written notice to Defendants’ counsel. 5 9. Any pleadings, motions, briefs, declarations, stipulations, exhibits or 6 other written submissions to the Court in this litigation which contain, reflect, 7 incorporate or refer to “Confidential Information” shall be filed and maintained 8 under seal, after written application to the Court made. If the Court approves the 9 application to file the documents under seal, the original and judge’s copy of the 10 document shall be sealed in separate envelopes with a title page affixed to the 11 outside of each envelope. No sealed or confidential record of the Court maintained 12 by the Clerk shall be disclosed except upon written order of the Court. 13 10. Any pleadings, motions, briefs, declarations, stipulations, exhibits or 14 other written submissions to the Court in this litigation which contain, reflect, 15 incorporate or refer to Confidential Information shall be filed and accompanied by 16 an application pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1, to file the papers – or the confidential 17 portion(s) thereof—under seal. Such application shall be directed to the judge to 18 whom the papers are directed. Pending the ruling on the application, the papers or 19 portions thereof subject to the sealing application shall be lodged under seal. 20 11. Nothing herein shall prejudice any party's rights to object to the 21 introduction of any “Confidential Information” into evidence, on grounds including 22 but not limited to relevance and privilege. 23 12. Any violation of this Order may be punished by any and all appropriate 24 measures including, without limitation, contempt proceedings and/or monetary 25 sanctions. 26 13. Any procedures specified above in this Protective Order are in addition 27 to, and not in lieu of, compliance with the local rules regarding discovery motions. 28 14. Disclosing parties retain the right to disclose or release the 5 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK 1 “Confidential Information” outside the terms of this stipulation, but acknowledge 2 that doing so may result in a waiver of the confidentiality of the “Confidential 3 Information.” 4 15. This Protective Order survives settlement, trial and/or appeal. 5 6 Dated: October 13, 2017 7 8 9 ATTACHMENT “A” 10 NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 I, ________________________________ do solemnly swear that I am fully familiar with the terms of the Protective Order entered in G.I.S.E. v. City of Chico, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Case Number 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK, and hereby agree to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of said Protective Order. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California for purposes of enforcement of the Protective Order. 20 21 Dated: ____________________ Signed: _____________________________ 22 23 4817-3316-7173, v. 1 24 25 26 27 28 6 Case No. 2:17-cv-00075-TLN-CMK

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