Williams v. Williams

Filing 103

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler on 8/21/2012. (ls, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/21/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 J. RANDALL ANDRADA (SBN 70000) randrada@andradalaw.com LYNNE G. STOCKER (SBN 130333) lstocker@andradalaw.com ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 225 Oakland, California 94612 Tel.: (510) 287-4160 Fax: (510) 287-4161 6 7 Attorneys for Defendant DEBRA WILLIAMS (sued herein as D. WILLIAMS) 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 11 12 Case No.: C 07-04464 CW (PR) ISAIAH NOEL WILLIAMS, Plaintiff, 13 14 v. 15 [PROPOSED] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER D. WILLIAMS, Defendant. 16 17 18 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 19 The Court and Parties recognize that disclosure and discovery of certain material ordered to 20 be produced in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private 21 information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other 22 than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted (“Protected Material”). Accordingly, and pursuant 23 to Judge Beeler’s February 23, 2011 Order, [Docket 62] and/or subsequent Order, the parties hereby 24 stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties 25 acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to 26 discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited 27 information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. 28 The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective 1 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 Order does not entitle them to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets 2 forth the procedures that must be followed and the standards that will be applied when a party seeks 3 permission from the court to file material under seal. 4 2. DEFINITIONS 5 2.1 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is 6 generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule of 7 Civil Procedure 26(c) and pursuant to Judge Beeler’s February 23, 2011 Order or subsequent Order. 8 9 2.2 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to 11 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 10 discovery in this matter. 12 2.3 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the 13 litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a 14 consultant in this action. 15 16 2.4 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 17 3. 18 The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material (as SCOPE 19 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Protected Material; (2) all 20 copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, 21 conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. 22 However, the protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order do not cover the following 23 information: (a) any information that is in the public domain at the time of disclosure to a Receiving 24 Party or becomes part of the public domain after its disclosure to a Receiving Party as a result of 25 publication not involving a violation of this Order, including becoming part of the public record 26 through trial or otherwise; and (b) any information known to the Receiving Party prior to the 27 disclosure or obtained by the Receiving Party after the disclosure from a source who obtained the 28 2 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 information lawfully and under no obligation of confidentiality to the Designating Party. Any use of 2 Protected Material at trial shall be governed by a separate agreement or order. 3 4. DURATION 4 Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this 5 Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order 6 otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and 7 defenses in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion 8 and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this action, including the time 9 limits for filing any motions or applications for extension of time pursuant to applicable law. PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 11 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 10 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or 12 Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit 13 any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. The 14 Designating Party must designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or 15 oral or written communications that qualify – so that other portions of the material, documents, 16 items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within 17 the ambit of this Order. 18 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are shown 19 to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily 20 encumber or retard the case development process or to impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 21 other parties) expose the Designating Party to sanctions. 22 If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it designated for 23 protection do not qualify for protection that Designating Party must promptly notify all other Parties 24 that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 25 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, 26 e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or 27 Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so designated before 28 the material is disclosed or produced. 3 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: 2 (a) for information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents, but 3 excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party 4 affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS EYES ONLY,” to each 5 page that contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies 6 for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by 7 making appropriate markings in the margins). 8 9 10 PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 11 (b) for testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings, that the Designating Party identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, hearing, or other proceeding, all protected testimony. 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 12 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the Designating Party’s 13 right to secure protection under this Order for such material. Upon timely correction of a designation, 14 the Receiving Party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance 15 with the provisions of this Order. 16 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 17 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any Party or Non-Party may challenge a designation of 18 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a Designating Party’s confidentiality 19 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic burdens, 20 or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not waive its right to challenge a 21 confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the original 22 designation is disclosed. 23 6.2 Meet and Confer. The Challenging Party shall initiate the dispute resolution process 24 by providing written notice of each designation it is challenging and describing the basis for each 25 challenge. To avoid ambiguity as to whether a challenge has been made, the written notice must 26 recite that the challenge to confidentiality is being made in accordance with this specific paragraph 27 of the Protective Order. The parties shall attempt to resolve each challenge in good faith and must 28 begin the process by conferring within 14 days of the date of service of notice. In conferring, the 4 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 Challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that the confidentiality designation was not 2 proper and must give the Designating Party an opportunity to review the designated material, to 3 reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the 4 chosen designation. A Challenging Party may proceed to the next stage of the challenge process 5 only if it has engaged in this meet and confer process first or establishes that the Designating Party is 6 unwilling to participate in the meet and confer process in a timely manner. 7 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 8 intervention, the Challenging Party shall file and serve a motion to challenge confidentiality, for 9 good cause shown, under Civil Local Rule 7 (and in compliance with Civil Local Rule 79-5, if PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION applicable) within 60 days of the initial notice of challenge or within 30 days of the parties agreeing 11 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 10 that the meet and confer process with not resolve their dispute, whichever is earlier. Any motion 12 brought pursuant to this provision must be accompanied by a competent declaration affirming that 13 the movant has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the preceding paragraph. 14 The burden of persuasion in any such challenge proceeding shall be on the Challenging Party. 15 Frivolous challenges, and those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary 16 expenses and burdens on other parties) may expose the Challenging Party to sanctions. All parties 17 shall continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled under 18 the Producing Party’s designation until the court rules on the challenge. 19 7. ACCESS TO AND USE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 20 7.1 Basic Principles. A Receiving Party may use Protected Material that is disclosed or 21 produced by another Party or by a Non-Party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 22 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Such Protected Material may be disclosed only to 23 the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. When the litigation has 24 been terminated, a Receiving Party must comply with the provisions of section 13 below (FINAL 25 DISPOSITION). 26 27 Protected Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this Order. 28 5 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 7.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by 2 the court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any 3 information or item designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 4 ONLY” only to: 5 (a) the Receiving Party’s Counsel of Record in this action, as well as employees of 6 said Counsel of Record to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this 7 litigation; 8 9 10 (b) Experts (as defined in this Order) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 11 12 (c) the court and its personnel, subject to the limitations imposed by section 12.3, below; 13 14 (d) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 15 16 8. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION 17 If a Party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 18 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” that Party 19 must: 20 21 (a) promptly notify in writing the Designating Party. Such notification shall include a copy of the subpoena or court order; 22 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to in the 23 other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to this 24 Protective Order. Such notification shall include a copy of this Stipulated Protective Order; and 25 26 27 28 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the Designating Party whose Protected Material may be affected. If the Designating Party timely seeks a protective order, the Party served with the subpoena or court order shall not produce any information designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” 6 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 before a determination by the court from which the subpoena or order issued, unless the Party has 2 obtained the Designating Party’s permission. The Designating Party shall bear the burden and 3 expense of seeking protection in that court of its confidential material – and nothing in these 4 provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a Receiving Party in this action to 5 disobey a lawful directive from another court. 6 12. MISCELLANEOUS 7 12.1 Right to Further Relief. Nothing in this Order abridges the right of any person to seek 8 9 its modification by the court in the future. 12.2 Right to Assert Other Objections. By stipulating to the entry of this Protective Order PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION no Party waives any right it, or a Non-Party whose information is disclosed pursuant to this Order, 11 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 10 otherwise would have to object to disclosing or producing any information or item on any ground not 12 addressed in this Stipulated Protective Order. Similarly, no Party or Non-Party affected by this Order 13 waives any right to object on any ground to use in evidence of any of the material covered by this 14 Protective Order. 15 12.3 Filing Protected Material. Without written permission from the Designating Party or a 16 court order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a Party may not file in the 17 public record in this action any Protected Material. A Party that seeks to file under seal any Protected 18 Material must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5. Protected Material may only be filed under seal 19 pursuant to a court order authorizing the sealing of the specific Protected Material at issue. Pursuant 20 to Civil Local Rule 79-5, a sealing order will issue only upon a request establishing that the Protected 21 Material at issue is privileged, protectable as a trade secret, or otherwise entitled to protection under 22 the law. If a Receiving Party's request to file Protected Material under seal pursuant to Civil Local 23 Rule 79-5(d) is denied by the court, then the Receiving Party may file the information in the public 24 record pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5(e) unless otherwise instructed by the court. 25 13. FINAL DISPOSITION. 26 Within 60 days after the final disposition of this action, as defined in paragraph 4, each 27 Receiving Party must return all Protected Material to the Producing Party. As used in this 28 subdivision, “all Protected Material” includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries, and any 7 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 other format reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. Notwithstanding this provision, 2 Counsel are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, trial, deposition, and 3 hearing transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, 4 attorney work product, and consultant and expert work product, even if such materials contain 5 Protected Material. Any such archival copies that contain or constitute Protected Material remain 6 subject to this Protective Order as set forth in Section 4 (DURATION). 7 IT IS SO STIPULATED. 8 9 DATED: __May 20_____________, 2011____ /s/ Isaiah N. Williams Isaiah N. Williams Plaintiff in pro se 10 PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 11 12 DATED: June 3, 2011 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 13 /s/ Lynne G. Stocker By 14 LYNNE G. STOCKER Attorneys for Defendant DEBRA WILLIAMS 15 16 17 18 19 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION AND COURT ORDER, IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 21 DATED: August 21, 2012 ___ ___ ______ Laurel Beeler U.S. District Court, Northern District of California 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 I, Isaiah Noel Williams [print or type full name], of Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City, 4 CA 95531 [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety 5 and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for 6 the Northern District of California on [date] in the case of Isaiah N. Williams v. D. Williams (Case 7 No. C 07-04464 CW (LB)). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this 8 Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose 9 me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION in any manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any 11 ANDRADA & ASSOCIATES 10 person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 12 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 13 Northern District of California for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective 14 Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 15 Date: May 20, 2011. 16 17 City and State where sworn and signed: Crescent City, CA 18 19 Printed name: Isaiah Williams 20 21 Signature: _/s/ Isaiah Williams______ 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 9 {00071749.DOC/}DOC 0823 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Williams v. Williams 4:07-cv-04464-CW

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