City of Oakland v. SSA Terminals, LLC et al

Filing 70

DISCOVERY ORDER re 62 Letter filed by City of Oakland. Signed by Judge Maria-Elena James on 2/21/2012. (cdnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/21/2012)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 Northern District of California 3 4 CITY OF OAKLAND, 5 Plaintiff, No. C 11-1446 YGR (MEJ) ORDER RE: PROTECTIVE ORDER v. 6 Re: Docket No. 62 SSA TERMINALS, LLC., et al., 7 8 9 Defendants. _____________________________________/ On February 3, 2012, the parties filed a joint discovery dispute letter regarding the scope of a 10 proposed stipulated protective order. Dkt. No. 62. In it, Defendants contend that certain counsel of 12 “Attorneys Eyes Only” because they are involved in lease negotiations and/or decision-making for For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 record for Plaintiff, the Port of Oakland, should not be permitted to review material designated 13 the Port and that disclosure of certain materials to them would be extremely prejudicial. Plaintiff 14 contends that all counsel of record in this action require access and that denial of access is tantamount 15 to disqualifying those members of the Port’s trial team. Neither side prevented any legal authority in 16 support of their arguments, but Defendants requested the opportunity for full briefing. Thus, the 17 Court permitted each party to file a supplemental letter of no more than five pages. Dkt. No. 65. 18 Having received both parties’ supplemental letters, (Dkt. Nos. 68, 69), the Court ORDERS as 19 follows: The parties shall meet and confer in person for the purpose of determining whether they are 20 able to stipulate to an exclusion order providing that, for purposes of this action only, any mutually 21 defined category of highly confidential information–not just specific documents, but the category, 22 regardless of source–that SSA is unwilling to allow the Port’s in-house counsel of record in this 23 action to access shall be excluded from discovery and trial. If the parties are unable to so stipulate, 24 they shall inform the Court by joint letter. 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 27 Dated: February 21, 2012 28 _______________________________ Maria-Elena James Chief United States Magistrate Judge

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