Dittman v. Medical Solution, L.L.C.

Filing 20

STIPULATION and PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 4/13/18. (Kaminski, H)

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1 2 3 4 5 KENNETH D. SULZER (SBN 120253) ksulzer@constangy.com SARAH KROLL-ROSENBAUM (SBN 272358) skroll-rosenbaum@constangy.com CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE, LLP 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, California 90067 Telephone: (310) 909-7775 10 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O. MARGARET C. HERSHISER (Pro Hac Vice Pending) Margaret.Hershiser@koleyjessen.com DAVID A. YUDELSON (Pro Hac Vice to be submitted) David.Yudelson@koleyjessen.com One Pacific Place, Suite 800 1125 South 103rd Street Omaha, NE 68124-1079 Telephone: (402) 390-9500 Facsimile: (402) 390-9005 11 Attorneys for Defendant 12 MEDICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC 6 7 8 9 13 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 14 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 15 16 17 BRYON DITTMAN, an individual on behalf of himself and others similarly situated Plaintiff, 18 v. 19 Case No. 2:17-cv-01851-MCE-CKD STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER MEDICAL SOLUTIONS, L.L.C.; and DOES 1 to 10 inclusive, 20 21 Defendants 22 23 PURPOSE AND GOOD CAUSE FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER 24 Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve the 25 production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special 26 protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than 27 prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. Pursuant to Local Rule 141.1(c)(1), 28 the types of information eligible for protection in this action includes customer and 1 pricing lists and other valuable research, development, commercial, financial, 2 technical and/or other proprietary information. Such confidential and proprietary 3 Materials and information consists of, among other things, confidential business or 4 financial information, information regarding confidential business practices, or 5 other confidential, development, or commercial information (including information 6 implicating privacy rights of third parties), information otherwise generally 7 unavailable to the public, or which may be privileged or otherwise protected from 8 disclosure under state or federal statutes, court rules, case decisions, or common 9 law. Pursuant to Local Rule 141.1(c)(2), there is a need to protect this type of 10 11 evidence. A party’s trade secret, confidential, competitive, or proprietary 12 information could be abused if its use were not limited to this lawsuit. 13 example, third party competitors could exploit confidential information to their 14 advantage were it made public. In some cases, disclosure of this type of evidence 15 could breach confidentiality agreements or violate privacy or consumer protection 16 laws. For 17 Pursuant to Local Rule 141.1(c)(3), the parties seek a Protective Order, as 18 opposed to entering into a private agreement, because the proposed Order provides 19 mechanisms for the resolution of disputes and the handling of designated evidence 20 that involve the Court. Therefore, to expedite the flow of information, to facilitate 21 the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery materials, to 22 adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep confidential, to 23 ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of such material in 24 preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their handling at the end of the 25 litigation, and to serve the ends of justice, there is good cause for a protective order 26 for such information. It is the intent of the parties that information will not be 27 designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated 28 without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public 1 manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part of the public record of 2 this case. 3 Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the 4 following Stipulated Protective Order (“Order”). The parties have agreed to be 5 bound by the terms of this Order in this action. DEFINITIONS 6 1. 7 The term “Confidential Information” will mean and include 8 information contained or disclosed in any materials, including documents, portions 9 of documents, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions, trial 10 testimony, deposition testimony, and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, 11 including data, summaries, and compilations derived therefrom that is deemed to be 12 Confidential Information by any party to which it belongs. 2. 13 The term “Materials” will include all documents, electronically stored 14 information, and tangible things, including but not limited to: correspondence; 15 memoranda; bulletins; blueprints; specifications; customer lists or other material 16 that identify customers or potential customers; price lists or schedules or other 17 matter identifying pricing; minutes; telegrams; letters; statements; cancelled checks; 18 contracts; invoices; drafts; books of account; worksheets; notes of conversations; 19 desk diaries; appointment books; expense accounts; recordings; photographs; 20 motion pictures; compilations from which information can be obtained and 21 translated into reasonably usable form through detection devices; sketches; 22 drawings; notes (including laboratory notebooks and records); reports; instructions; 23 disclosures; other writings; models and prototypes and other physical objects. 3. 24 The term “Counsel” will mean Plaintiff and Defendant’s respective 25 outside counsel of record, including all attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other 26 support staff in their employ, and in-house attorneys for Defendant Medical 27 Solutions, LLC. 28 /// GENERAL RULES 1 4. 2 Each party to this litigation that produces or discloses any Materials, 3 answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, trial testimony, 4 deposition testimony, and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, or 5 information that the producing party believes should be subject to this Protective 6 Order may designate the same as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Any party may designate 7 information as “CONFIDENTIAL” if, in the good faith belief of such party and its 8 Counsel, the unrestricted disclosure of such information could be potentially 9 prejudicial to the business or operations of such party. 5. 10 11 Whenever a deposition taken on behalf of any party involves a disclosure of Confidential Information of any party: (a) 12 the deposition or portions of the deposition must be designated as 13 containing Confidential Information subject to the provisions of this Order; such 14 designation must be made on the record whenever possible, but a party may 15 designate portions of depositions as containing Confidential Information after 16 transcription of the proceedings; a party will have until fourteen (14) days after 17 receipt of the deposition transcript to inform the other party or parties to the action 18 of the portions of the transcript to be designated “CONFIDENTIAL.” (b) 19 the disclosing party will have the right to exclude from attendance at 20 the deposition, during such time as the Confidential Information is to be disclosed, 21 any person other than the deponent, Counsel (including their staff and associates), 22 the court reporter, and the person(s) agreed upon pursuant to paragraph 7 below; 23 and 24 (c) the originals of the deposition transcripts and all copies of the 25 deposition must bear the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” as appropriate, and the 26 original or any copy ultimately presented to a court for filing must not be filed 27 unless it can be accomplished under seal, identified as being subject to this Order, 28 and protected from being opened except by order of this Court. 1 6. All Confidential Information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” must 2 not be disclosed by the receiving party to anyone other than those persons 3 designated within this Order and must be handled in the manner set forth below 4 and, in any event, must not be used for any purpose other than in connection with 5 this litigation, unless and until such designation is removed either by agreement of 6 the parties, or by order of the Court. 7 7. Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” must be viewed only by 8 Counsel (as defined in paragraph 3) of the receiving party, by independent experts, 9 and by the additional individuals listed below, provided each such individual has 10 read this Order in advance of disclosure and has agreed in writing to be bound by 11 its terms by signing the “Agreement to Be Bound by Protective Order,” attached 12 hereto as Exhibit A: 13 14 15 (a) Executives who are required to participate in policy decisions with reference to this action; (b) Technical personnel of the parties with whom Counsel for the parties 16 find it necessary to consult, in the discretion of such Counsel, in preparation for 17 trial of this action; and 18 (c) 19 identified above. 20 8. Stenographic and clerical employees associated with the individuals With respect to material designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” any person 21 indicated on the face of the document to be its originator, author or a recipient of a 22 copy of the document, may be shown the same. 23 9. All information which has been designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” by 24 the producing or disclosing party, and any and all reproductions of that information, 25 must be retained in the custody of the Counsel for the receiving party identified in 26 paragraph 3, except that independent experts authorized to view such information 27 under the terms of this Order may retain custody of copies such as are necessary for 28 their participation in this litigation. 1 10. Before any Materials produced in discovery, answers to 2 interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions, deposition transcripts, or other 3 documents which are designated as Confidential Information are filed with the 4 Court for any purpose, the party seeking to file such material must give the 5 designating party at least fourteen (14) calendar days’ notice of its intent to file. If 6 the designating party objects, the designating party shall notify the receiving party 7 and seek permission of the Court to allow the receiving party to file the material 8 under seal pursuant to Local Rule 141. After notice from the designating party of 9 its objection, the receiving party shall provide the designating party a copy of any 10 proposed brief or other paper that includes the specific reference to (or quote from) 11 the designated Material at least five (5) calendar days before the filing deadline so 12 that the designated party can present those papers to the Court with its application 13 to seal. If the designating party fails to seek such permission from the Court or if 14 the Court does not grant the designating party’s application to allow the receiving 15 party to file the material under seal by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the day of filing, the 16 receiving party may proceed to file the material with the Court not under seal. 17 11. At any stage of these proceedings, any party may object to a 18 designation of the Materials as Confidential Information. The party objecting to 19 confidentiality must notify, in writing, Counsel for the designating party of the 20 objected-to Materials and the grounds for the objection. If the dispute is not 21 resolved consensually between the parties within ten (10) days of receipt of such a 22 notice of objections, the objecting party may move the Court for a ruling on the 23 objection. The Materials at issue must be treated as Confidential Information, as 24 designated by the designating party, until the Court has ruled on the objection or the 25 matter has been otherwise resolved. 26 12. All Confidential Information must be held in confidence by those 27 inspecting or receiving it, and must be used only for purposes of this action. 28 Counsel for each party, and each person receiving Confidential Information must 1 take reasonable precautions to prevent the unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of 2 such information. If Confidential Information is disclosed to any person other than 3 a person authorized by this Order, the party responsible for the unauthorized 4 disclosure must immediately bring all pertinent facts relating to the unauthorized 5 disclosure to the attention of the other parties and, without prejudice to any rights 6 and remedies of the other parties, make every effort to prevent further disclosure by 7 the party and by the person(s) receiving the unauthorized disclosure. 8 9 10 11 13. No party will be responsible to another party for disclosure of Confidential Information under this Order if the information in question is not labeled or otherwise identified as such in accordance with this Order. 14. If a party, through inadvertence, produces any Confidential 12 Information without labeling or marking or otherwise designating it as such in 13 accordance with this Order, the designating party may give written notice to the 14 receiving party that the document or thing produced is deemed Confidential 15 Information, and that the document or thing produced should be treated as such in 16 accordance with that designation under this Order. The receiving party must treat 17 the Materials as confidential, once the designating party so notifies the receiving 18 party. If the receiving party has disclosed the Materials before receiving the 19 designation, the receiving party must notify the designating party in writing of each 20 such disclosure. Counsel for the parties will agree on a mutually acceptable manner 21 of labeling or marking the inadvertently produced Materials as “CONFIDENTIAL” 22 or “SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER.” 23 15. Nothing within this Order will prejudice the right of any party to 24 object to the production of any discovery material on the grounds that the material 25 is protected as privileged or as attorney work product. 26 27 28 16. Nothing in this Order will bar Counsel from rendering advice to their clients with respect to this litigation and, in the course thereof, relying upon any 1 information designated as Confidential Information, provided that the contents of 2 the information must not be disclosed. 17. 3 This Order will be without prejudice to the right of any party to oppose 4 production of any information for lack of relevance or any other ground other than 5 the mere presence of Confidential Information. The existence of this Order must not 6 be used by either party as a basis for discovery that is otherwise improper under the 7 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 18. 8 9 10 11 Nothing within this Order will be construed to prevent disclosure of Confidential Information if such disclosure is required by law or by order of the Court. 19. Upon final termination of this action, including any and all appeals, 12 Counsel for each party must, upon request of the producing party, return all 13 Confidential Information to the party that produced the information, including any 14 copies, excerpts, and summaries of that information, or must destroy same at the 15 option of the receiving party, and must purge all such information from all 16 machine-readable media on which it resides. Notwithstanding the foregoing, 17 Counsel for each party may retain all pleadings, briefs, memoranda, motions, and 18 other documents filed with the Court that refer to or incorporate Confidential 19 Information, and will continue to be bound by this Order with respect to all such 20 retained information. Further, attorney work product Materials that contain 21 Confidential Information need not be destroyed, but, if they are not destroyed, the 22 person in possession of the attorney work product will continue to be bound by this 23 Order with respect to all such retained information. 24 20. The restrictions and obligations set forth within this Order will not 25 apply to any information that: (a) the parties agree should not be designated 26 Confidential Information; (b) the parties agree, or the Court rules, is already public 27 knowledge; (c) the parties agree, or the Court rules, has become public knowledge 28 other than as a result of disclosure by the receiving party, its employees, or its 1 agents in violation of this Order; or (d) has come or will come into the receiving 2 party's legitimate knowledge independently of the production by the designating 3 party. Prior knowledge must be established by pre-production documentation. 4 21. The restrictions and obligations within this Order will not be deemed 5 to prohibit discussions of any Confidential Information with anyone if that person 6 already has or obtains legitimate possession of that information. 7 8 9 10 11 22. Transmission by facsimile is acceptable for all notification purposes within this Order. 23. This Order may be modified by agreement of the parties, subject to approval by the Court. 24. The Court may modify the terms and conditions of this Order for good 12 cause, or in the interest of justice, or on its own order at any time in these 13 proceedings. The parties prefer that the Court provide them with notice of the 14 Court's intent to modify the Order and the content of those modifications, prior to 15 entry of such an order. 16 IT IS SO STIPULATED THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 17 22 /s/Kye D. Pawlenko Matthew B. Hayes (SBN 220639) Kye D. Pawlenko (SBN 221475) HAYES PAWLENKO LLP 595 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 303 Pasadena, CA 91101 Telephone: (626) 808-4357 Facsimile: (626) 921-4932 mhayes@helpcounsel.com kpawlenko@helpcounsel.com 23 Attorneys for Plaintiff Bryon Dittman 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 DATED: April 11, 2018 [signatures continue on next page] 1 2 DATED: April 11, 2018 3 4 5 6 7 8 /s/Sarah Kroll-Rosenbaum Kenneth D. Sulzer (SBN 120253) Sarah Kroll-Rosenbaum (SBN 272358) CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE, LLP 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: (310) 909-7775 Facsimile: (424) 465-6630 ksulzer@constangy.com skroll-rosenbaum@constangy.com KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O. MARGARET C. HERSHISER (Pro Hac Vice Pending) Margaret.Hershiser@koleyjessen.com DAVID A. YUDELSON (Pro Hac Vice to be submitted) David.Yudelson@koleyjessen.com One Pacific Place, Suite 800 1125 South 103rd Street Omaha, NE 68124-1079 Telephone: (402) 390-9500 Facsimile: (402) 390-9005 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Attorneys for Defendant Medical Solutions, LLC 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: April 13, 2018 _____________________________________ CAROLYN K. DELANEY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 1 EXHIBIT A 2 AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY PROTECTIVE ORDER I, _____________________________, declare and say that: 3 4 1. I am employed as ______________________ by __________________. 5 2. I have read the Protective Order entered in Dittman v. Medical Solutions, 6 LLC, United States District Court, Eastern District of California Case No. 2:17-cv- 7 01851-MCE-CKD, and have received a copy of the Protective Order. 8 3. 9 the Protective Order, given to me only as a manner authorized by the Protective I promise that I will use any and all “Confidential” information, as defined in 10 Order, and only to assist Counsel in the litigation of this matter. 11 4. 12 with anyone other than the persons described in paragraphs 3 and 7 of the 13 Protective Order. 14 5. 15 jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California 16 with respect to enforcement of the Protective Order. 17 6. 18 manner contrary to the provisions of the Protective Order may subject me to 19 sanctions for contempt of court. 20 I promise that I will not disclose or discuss such “Confidential” information I acknowledge that, by signing this agreement, I am subjecting myself to the I understand that any disclosure or use of “Confidential” information in any I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. 21 22 Date: ________________ 23 24 25 26 27 28 _____________________________ Signature

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