Flores et al v. State Farm General Insurance Company

Filing 30

Order by Hon. Vince Chhabria granting 29 Stipulated Protective Order.(knm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/5/2014)

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1 STEPHEN M. HAYES (SBN 83583) STEPHEN P. ELLINGSON (SBN 136505) 2 CHERIE M. SUTHERLAND (SBN 217992) HAYES SCOTT BONINO ELLINGSON & McLAY, LLP 3 203 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Ste. 480 Redwood City, California 94065 4 Telephone: 650.637.9100 Facsimile: 650.637.8071 5 Attorneys for Defendant STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY 6 J. EDWARD KERLEY (SBN 175695) 7 DYLAN L. SCHAFFER (SBN 153612) HEREFORD KERLEY LLP 8 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 500 Oakland, California 94612 9 Telephone: 510.379.5801 Facsimile: 510.228-0350 10 Attorney for Plaintiffs 11 JOSE and YADIRA FLORES dba LA ROSA MARKET 12 13 14 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA JOSE FLORES, an individual, and 15 YADIRA FLORES, an individual, dba LA ROSA MARKET, 16 Plaintiffs, 17 v. 18 STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE 19 COMPANY, an Illinois Company, and DOES 1through 15, 20 Defendants. 21 CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 544408 STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 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 disclosure 4 and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. Accordingly, 5 the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective 6 Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all 7 disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and 8 use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under 9 the applicable legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, 10 that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them to file confidential information under 11 seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the standards that 12 will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. 13 2. DEFINITIONS 14 2.1 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of 15 information or items under this Order. 16 2.2 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is 17 generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule 18 of Civil Procedure 26(c). 19 2.3 Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as 20 well as their support staff). 21 2.4 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items 22 that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 23 2.5 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the 24 medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, 25 testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or 26 responses to discovery in this matter. 27 2.6 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter 28 pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert 544408 -1STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 witness or as a consultant in this action. 2 2.7 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this action. House 3 Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel. 4 2.8 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other 5 legal entity not named as a Party to this action. 6 2.9 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party to this 7 action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this action and have appeared in this action 8 on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which has appeared on behalf of that party. 9 2.10 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, 10 employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their support 11 staffs). 12 2.11 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or Discovery 13 Material in this action. 14 2.12 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support 15 services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and 16 organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and 17 subcontractors. 18 2.13 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as 19 “CONFIDENTIAL.” 20 2.14 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a 21 Producing Party. 22 3. SCOPE 23 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material 24 (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Protected Material; (2) all 25 copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, 26 conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 27 However, the protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order do not cover the following 28 information: (a) any information that is in the public domain at the time of disclosure to a 544408 -2STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 Receiving Party or becomes part of the public domain after its disclosure to a Receiving Party as a 2 result of publication not involving a violation of this Order, including becoming part of the public 3 record through trial or otherwise; and (b) any information known to the Receiving Party prior to 4 the disclosure or obtained by the Receiving Party after the disclosure from a source who obtained 5 the information lawfully and under no obligation of confidentiality to the Designating Party. Any 6 use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by a separate agreement or order. 7 4. DURATION 8 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this 9 Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order 10 otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims 11 and defenses in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the 12 completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this action, 13 including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of time pursuant to 14 applicable law. 15 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 16 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or 17 Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to 18 limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. The 19 Designating Party must designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or 20 oral or written communications that qualify – so that other portions of the material, documents, 21 items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within 22 the ambit of this Order. 23 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 24 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 25 unnecessarily encumber or retard the case development process or to impose unnecessary expenses 26 and burdens on other parties) expose the Designating Party to sanctions. 27 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it designated for 28 protection do not qualify for protection, that Designating Party must promptly notify all other 544408 -3STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 Parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 2 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 3 Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 4 ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be 5 clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. 6 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents, but 7 8 excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party 9 affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that contains protected material. If only a 10 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also 11 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the 12 margins). 13 A Party or Non-Party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection 14 need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which material 15 it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all of the 16 material made available for inspection shall be deemed “CONFIDENTIAL.” After the inspecting 17 Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must 18 determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order. Then, 19 before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the “CONFIDENTIAL” 20 legend to each page that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of the material 21 on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected 22 portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). 23 (b) for testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings, that 24 the Designating Party identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, hearing, or 25 other proceeding, all protected testimony. 26 (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary and for any other 27 tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of the container 28 or containers in which the information or item is stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a 544408 -4STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection, the Producing Party, to the 2 extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 3 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 4 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the Designating 5 Party’s right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon timely correction of 6 a designation, the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is 7 treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 8 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 9 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of 10 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a Designating Party’s confidentiality 11 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 12 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not waive its right to 13 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 14 original designation is disclosed. 15 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution 16 process by providing written notice of each designation it is challenging and describing the basis 17 for each challenge. To avoid ambiguity as to whether a challenge has been made, the written 18 notice must recite that the challenge to confidentiality is being made in accordance with this 19 specific paragraph of the Protective Order. The parties shall attempt to resolve each challenge in 20 good faith and must begin the process by conferring directly (in voice to voice dialogue; other 21 forms of communication are not sufficient) within 14 days of the date of service of notice. In 22 conferring, the Challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality 23 designation was not proper and must give the Designating Party an opportunity to review the 24 designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, 25 to explain the basis for the chosen designation. A Challenging Party may proceed to the next 26 stage of the challenge process only if it has engaged in this meet and confer process first or 27 establishes that the Designating Party is unwilling to participate in the meet and confer process in 28 a timely manner. 544408 -5STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the Parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 2 intervention, the Challenging Party shall file and serve a motion to challenge confidentiality under 3 Civil Local Rule 7 (and in compliance with Civil Local Rule 79-5, if applicable) within 21 days of 4 the initial notice of challenge or within 14 days of the parties agreeing that the meet and confer 5 process will not resolve their dispute, whichever is earlier. Each such motion must be 6 accompanied by a competent declaration affirming that the movant has complied with the meet 7 and confer requirements imposed in the preceding paragraph. Failure by the Challenging Party to 8 make such a motion including the required declaration within 21 days (or 14 days, if applicable) 9 shall automatically waive challenging the confidentiality designation for each challenged 10 designation. Any motion brought pursuant to this provision must be accompanied by a competent 11 declaration affirming that the movant has complied with the meet and confer requirements 12 imposed by the preceding paragraph. 13 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Challenging 14 Party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose 15 unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. 16 All parties shall continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is 17 entitled under the Producing Party’s designation until the court rules on the challenge. 18 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 19 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is disclosed or 20 produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 21 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Such Protected Material may be disclosed only to 22 the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. When the litigation has 23 been terminated, a Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL 24 DISPOSITION). 25 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and in 26 a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 27 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered 28 by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any 544408 -6STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” only to: 2 (a) the Receiving Party’s Outside Counsel of Record in this action, as well as 3 employees of said Outside Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the 4 information for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be 5 Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A; 6 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the 7 Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have 8 signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 9 (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is 10 reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and 11 Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 12 (d) the court and its personnel; 13 (e) court reporters and their staff, professional jury or trial consultants, mock jurors, 14 and Professional Vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who 15 have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 16 (f) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian 17 or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 18 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 19 OTHER LITIGATION 20 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that 21 compels disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” 22 that Party must: 23 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include 24 a copy of the subpoena or court order; 25 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in 26 the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to 27 this Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; 28 and 544408 -7STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 2 Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. 3 If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the 4 subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action as 5 “CONFIDENTIAL” before a determination by the court from which the subpoena or order 6 issued, unless the Party has obtained the Designating Party’s permission. The Designating Party 7 shall bear the burden and expense of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material – 8 and nothing in these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving 9 Party in this action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 10 9. A NON-PARTY’S PROTECTED MATERIAL SOUGHT TO BE PRODUCED IN 11 THIS LITIGATION 12 (a) The terms of this Order are applicable to information produced by a Non-Party in 13 this action and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Such information produced by Non-Parties in 14 connection with this litigation is protected by the remedies and relief provided by this Order. 15 Nothing in these provisions should be construed as prohibiting a Non-Party from seeking 16 additional protections. 17 (b) In the event that a Party is required, by a valid discovery request, to produce a 18 Non- Party’s confidential information in its possession, and the Party is subject to an agreement 19 with the Non-Party not to produce the Non-Party’s confidential information, then the Party shall: 20 (1) promptly notify in writing the Requesting Party and the Non-Party that some 21 or all of the information requested is subject to a confidentiality agreement with a Non-Party; 22 (2) promptly provide the Non-Party with a copy of the Stipulated Protective Order 23 in this litigation, the relevant discovery request(s), and a reasonably specific description of the 24 information requested; and 25 (3) make the information requested available for inspection by the Non-Party. 26 (c) If the Non-Party fails to object or seek a protective order from this court within 14 27 days of receiving the notice and accompanying information, the Receiving Party may produce the 28 Non-Party’s confidential information responsive to the discovery request. If the Non-Party timely 544408 -8STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 seeks a protective order, the Receiving Party shall not produce any information in its possession or 2 control that is subject to the confidentiality agreement with the Non-Party before a determination 3 by the court. Absent a court order to the contrary, the Non-Party shall bear the burden and 4 expense of seeking protection in this court of its Protected Material. 5 10. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 6 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Protected 7 Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Stipulated Protective 8 Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the Designating Party of the 9 unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the Protected 10 Material, (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the 11 terms of this Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and 12 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 13 11. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED 14 MATERIAL 15 When a Producing Party gives notice to Receiving Parties that certain inadvertently 16 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 17 Receiving Parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision 18 is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order that 19 provides for production without prior privilege review. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 20 502(d) and (e), insofar as the parties reach an agreement on the effect of disclosure of a 21 communication or information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work product protection, 22 the parties may incorporate their agreement in the stipulated protective order submitted to the 23 court. 24 12. MISCELLANEOUS 25 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to 26 seek its modification by the court in the future. 27 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this Protective 28 Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing or producing any 544408 -9STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO 1 information or item on any ground not addressed in this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, 2 no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of any of the material 3 covered by this Protective Order. 4 12.3 Filing Protected Material. Without written permission from the Designating Party 5 or a court order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file in the 6 public record in this action any Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any 7 Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material may only be filed 8 under seal pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected Material at 9 issue. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5, a sealing order will issue only upon a request establishing 10 that the Protected Material at issue is privileged, protectable as a trade secret, or otherwise entitled 11 to protection under the law. If a Receiving Party's request to file Protected Material under seal 12 pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5(d) is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the 13 information in the public record pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5€ unless otherwise instructed by 14 the court. 15 13. FINAL DISPOSITION 16 Within 60 days after the final disposition of this action, as defined in paragraph 4, 17 plaintiffs and their counsel must return all Protected Material to State Farm General Insurance 18 Company or destroy such material. As used in this subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes 19 all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries, and any other format reproducing or capturing any 20 of the Protected Material. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, plaintiffs’ 21 counsel must submit a written certification to State Farm General Insurance Company by the 60 22 day deadline that (1) identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that 23 was returned or destroyed and (2) affirms that plaintiffs and their counsel have not retained any 24 copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other format reproducing or capturing any of 25 the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an archival 26 copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, 27 correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and 28 consultant and expert work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such 544408 -10STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO S RT ia A H ER Chhabr FO NO ince J u d ge V R NIA ERED O ORD IT IS S LI UNIT ED RT U O September 5 S DISTRICT TE C TA N D IS T IC T R OF C 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I, [print or type full name], of [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on [date] in the case of Flores v. State Farm General Insurance Company, Case No. CV 13-05348 WHO. I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will 11 not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective 12 Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 13 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Northern 14 District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order, 15 even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 16 I hereby appoint [print or type full name] of 17 [print or type full address and telephone 18 number] as my California agent for service of process in connection with this action or any 19 proceedings related to enforcement of this Stipulated Protective Order. 20 Date: 21 City and State where sworn and signed: 22 23 Printed name: 24 25 Signature: 26 27 28 544408 -12STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER CASE NO. CV 13-05348 WHO

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