Berson v. Applied Signal Technology Inc. et al

Filing 85

STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James on 11/13/2008. (mejlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/13/2008) Modified on 11/14/2008 (jlm, COURT STAFF).

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Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 1 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA IN RE APPLIED SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION Master File No. C 05-1027 SBA Consolidated Action CLASS ACTION [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER This Document Relates To: ALL ACTIONS 1. PURPOSE AND LIMITATIONS Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 10, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order creates no entitlement to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and reflects the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. -1WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 2 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) 2. DEFINITIONS 2.1 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff). 2.2 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter. 2.3 "Confidential" Information or Items: sensitive information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things whose disclosure to another Party or nonparty would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means. 2.4 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party. 2.5 Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action. 2.6 Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "Confidential." 2.7 as "Confidential." 2.8. Outside Counsel: attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated retained to represent or advise a Party in this action. 2.9 2.10 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a Party. Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel and House Counsel (as well as their support staffs). 2.11 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a past or a current employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party's and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an -2WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 3 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) employee of a Party or a competitor of a Party's. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation. 2.12 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating; preparing exhibits or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium; etc.) and their employees and subcontractors. 3. SCOPE The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or counsel to or in court or in other settings that might reveal Protected Material. 4. DURATION Even after the termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTIVE MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. A Designating Party must take care to designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify - so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are shown to be clearly unjustified, or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber or retard the case development process, or to impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties), expose the Designating Party to sanctions. If it comes to a Party's or a non-party's attention that information or items that it -3WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 4 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) designated for protection do not qualify for protection at all, or do not qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that Party or non-party must promptly notify all other parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a), below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) for information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party affix the legend "CONFIDENTIAL" at the top of each page that contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). A Party or non-party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which material it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be deemed "CONFIDENTIAL." After the inspecting Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine which documents, or portions thereof, qualify for protection under this Order, then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the appropriate legend ("CONFIDENTIAL") at the top of each page that contains Protected Material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins). (b) for testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings, that the Party or non-party offering or sponsoring the testimony identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, hearing, or other proceeding, all protected testimony, and further specify any portions of the testimony that qualify as "CONFIDENTIAL." When it is -4WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 5 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) impractical to identify separately each portion of testimony that is entitled to protection, and when it appears that substantial portions of the testimony may qualify for protection, the Party or nonparty that sponsors, offers, or gives the testimony may invoke on the record (before the deposition or proceeding is concluded) a right to have up to 20 days to identify the specific portions of the testimony as to which protection is sought. Only those portions of the testimony that are appropriately designated for protection within the 20 days shall be covered by the provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order. Transcript pages containing Protected Material must be separately bound by the court reporter, who must affix to the top of each such page the legend "CONFIDENTIAL," as instructed by the Party or non-party offering or sponsoring the witness or presenting the testimony. (c) for information produced in some form other than documentary, and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the legend "CONFIDENTIAL." If only portions of the information or item warrant protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portions. 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items as "Confidential" does not, standing alone, waive the Designating Party's right to secure protection under this Order for such material. If material is appropriately designated as "Confidential" after the material was initially produced, the Receiving Party, on timely notification of the designation, must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Unless a prompt challenge to a Designating Party's confidentiality designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic burdens, or a later significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not waive its right to challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the original designation is disclosed. -5WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 6 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) 6.2 Meet and Confer. A Party that elects to initiate a challenge to a Designating Party's confidentiality designation must do so in good faith and must begin the process by conferring directly (in voice to voice dialogue; other forms of communication are not sufficient) with counsel for the Designating Party. In conferring, the challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality designation was not proper and must give the Designating Party an opportunity to review the designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the chosen designation. A challenging Party may proceed to the next stage of the challenge process only if it has engaged in this meet and confer process first. 6.3 Judicial Intervention. A Party that elects to press a challenge to a confidentiality designation after considering the justification offered by the Designating Party may file and serve a motion under Civil Local Rule 7 (and in compliance with Civil Local Rule 79-5, if applicable) that identifies the challenged material and sets forth in detail the basis for the challenge. Each such motion must be accompanied by a competent declaration that affirms that the movant has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the preceding paragraph and that sets forth with specificity the justification for the confidentiality designation that was given by the Designating Party in the meet and confer dialogue. The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Designating Party. Until the court rules on the challenge, all parties shall continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the Producing Party's designation. 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is disclosed or produced by another Party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Such Protected Material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. When the litigation has been terminated, a Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 11, below (FINAL DISPOSITION). Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and -6WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 7 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 7.2 Disclosure of "CONFIDENTIAL" Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any information or item designated CONFIDENTIAL only to: (a) the Receiving Party's Outside Counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said Counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation; (b) the parties in this action and their officers, directors, and employees (including House Counsel) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation; (c) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation; (d) (e) the Court and its personnel; court reporters, their staffs, and professional vendors to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation; (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary. Pages of transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal Protected Material must be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this Stipulated Protective Order. (g) information. 7.3 or Items to "Experts." (a) Unless otherwise ordered by the court or agreed in writing by the Procedures for Approving Disclosure of "CONFIDENTIAL" Information the author of the document or the original source of the Designating Party, a Party that seeks to disclose to an "Expert" (as defined in this Order) any information or item that has been designated "CONFIDENTIAL" first must make a written request to the Designating Party that (1) identifies the specific CONFIDENTIAL information that the Receiving Party seeks permission to disclose to the Expert, (2) sets forth the full name of the -7WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 8 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) Expert and the city and state of his or her primary residence, (3) attaches a copy of the Expert's current resume, (4) identifies the Expert's current employer(s), (5) identifies each person or entity from whom the Expert has received compensation for work in his or her areas of expertise or to whom the expert has provided professional services at any time during the preceding five years, and (6) identifies (by name and number of case, filing date, and location of court) any litigation in connection with which the Expert has provided professional services during the preceding five years. (b) A Party that makes a request and provides the information specified in the preceding paragraph may disclose the subject Protect Material to the identified Expert unless, within seven court days of delivering the request, the Party receives a written objection from the Designating Party. Any such objection must set forth in detail the grounds on which it is based. (c) A Party that receives a timely written objection must meet and confer with the Designating Party (through direct voice to voice dialogue) to try to resolve the matter by agreement. If no agreement is reached, the Party seeking to make the disclosure to the Expert may file a motion as provided in Civil Local Rule 7 (in compliance with Civil Local Rule 79-5, if applicable) seeking permission from the court to do so. Any such motion must describe the circumstances with specificity, set forth in detail the reasons for which the disclosure to the Expert is reasonably necessary, assess the risk of harm that the disclosure would entail and suggest any additional means that might be used to reduce that risk. In addition, any such motion must be accompanied by a competent declaration in which the movant describes the parties' efforts to resolve the matter by agreement (i.e., the extent and content of the meet and confer discussions) and sets forth the reasons advanced by the Designating Party for its refusal to approve the disclosure. In any proceeding the Party opposing disclosure to the Expert shall bear the burden of proving that the risk of harm that the disclosure would entail (under the safeguards proposed) outweighs the Receiving Party's need to disclose the Protected Material to its Expert. -8WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 9 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION. If a Receiving Party is served with a subpoena or an order issued in other litigation that would compel disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as "CONFIDENTIAL," the Receiving Party must so notify the Designating Party, in writing (by fax or email pdf, if possible) immediately and in no event more than three court days after receiving the subpoena or order. Such notification must include a copy of the subpoena or court order. The Receiving Party also must immediately inform in writing the Party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all the material covered by the subpoena or order is the subject of this Protective Order. In addition, the Receiving Party must deliver a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order promptly to the Party in the other action that caused the subpoena or order to issue. The purpose of imposing these duties is to alert the interested parties to the existence of this Protective Order and to afford the Designating Party in this case an opportunity to try to protect its confidentiality interests in the court from which the subpoena or order issued. The Designating Party shall bear the burdens and the expenses of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material and nothing in these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 9. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Protected Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all copies of the Protected Material, and (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order. 10. FILING PROTECTED MATERIAL. Without written permission from the Designating Party or a court order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file in the public record in this action any Protected Material. A Party that seeks to -9WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 10 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) file under seal any Protected Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. 11. FINAL DISPOSITION. Unless otherwise ordered or agreed in writing by the Producing Party, within sixty days after the final termination of this action, each Receiving Party must return all Protected Material to the Producing Party. As used in this subdivision, "all Protected Material" includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other form of reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. With permission in writing from the Designating Party, the Receiving Party may destroy some or all of the Protected Material instead of returning it. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the sixty day deadline that identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed and that affirms that the Receiving Party has not retained any copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or other forms of reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, Counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence or attorney work product, even if such materials contain Protected Material. Any such archival copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain subject to this Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION), above. 12. MISCELLANEOUS 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this Protective Order no Party waives any right it otherwise would have to object to disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not addressed in this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this Protective Order. 12.3 Inadvertent Production of Privileged Material. This Order does not affect or alter a Producing Party's rights to refuse to disclose information properly subject to the attorney-client privilege or the attorney work-product doctrine. If a party, through inadvertence, - 10 WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 11 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) produces or provides discovery that it believes is subject to a claim of attorney-client privilege, work product immunity, or is otherwise protected from disclosure, the Producing Party may give prompt and timely written notice to the Receiving Party or Parties that the document is subject to a claim of attorney-client privilege, work-product immunity, or other protection from disclosure, and request that the discovery be returned to the Producing Party. The Receiving Party or Parties shall within five court days return to the Producing Party such discovery. Return of the document by the Receiving Party shall not constitute an admission or concession, or permit any inference, that the returned document or thing is, in fact, properly subject to a claim of attorney-client privilege, work-product immunity, or other protection from disclosure, nor shall it foreclose any party from moving the Court for an order that such document or thing has been improperly designated or should be discoverable and/or usable in this action for reasons other than waiver caused by the inadvertent production. IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. Dated: November 5, 2008 IZARD NOBEL, LLP By: ___/s/ Mark P. Kindall___________________ MARK P. KINDALL Attorneys for Lead Plaintiff FRANK WHITING Dated: November 5, 2008 DLA PIPER LLP (US) By _____/s/ David Priebe__________________ DAVID PRIEBE Attorneys for Defendants APPLIED SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY, INC., GARY YANCEY and JAMES DOYLE 13 Dated: November __, 2008 - 11 WEST\21513802.2 ER N F A C LI MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027 FO ames -Elena J e Maria udg J[PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER R NIA ______________________________________ THE HON. SAUNDRA ARMSTRONG UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE UNIT ED S PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. ATE T S DISTRICT C RT U O NO RT H Case 4:05-cv-01027-SBA Document 82 Filed 11/05/2008 Page 12 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DLA PIPER LLP (US) I, RAJIV DHARNIDHARKA, am the ECF User whose ID and password are being used to file this [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. In compliance with General Order 45, X.B., I hereby attest that Mark P. Kindall and David Priebe have concurred in this filing. Dated: November 5, 2008 DLA PIPER LLP (US) By _/s/ Rajiv Dharnidharka__________ RAJIV DHARNIDHARKA Attorneys for Defendants - 12 WEST\21513802.2 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER MASTER FILE NO. C 05-1027

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