McMillion et al v. Rash Curtis & Associates

Filing 92

STIPULATED "CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELY-PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 9/19/17. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/19/2017)

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1 Mark E. Ellis - 127159 Anthony P. J. Valenti - 284542 2 ELLIS LAW GROUP LLP 1425 River Park Drive, Suite 400 3 Sacramento, CA 95815 Tel: (916)283-8820 4 Fax:(916)283-8821 5 6 Attorneys for Defendant RASH CURTIS &ASSOCIATES 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 13 SANDRA McMILLION, JESSICA ADEKOYA, Case No.: 4:16-cv-03396-YGR (JSC) AND IGNACIO PEREZ, on Behalf of Themselves and all Others Similarly Situated, STIPULATED "CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELYPlaintiffs, PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER 14 v. 15 RASH CURTIS &ASSOCIATES, 11 12 16 Defendant. 17 18 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(D) and Federal Rules of Evidence 502(d) 19 and (e), Plaintiffs SANDRA McMILLION, JESSICA ADEKOYA, and IGNACIO PEREZ and 20 Defendant RASH CURTIS &ASSOCIATES (collectively,"parties") hereby stipulate and agree to this 21 Stipulated "Clawback" Agreement And Presumptively-Privileged Protocol Order, which protects 22 certain privileged and otherwise protected documents and electronically stored information 23 (collectively,"document" or "documents") against claims of waiver where, as here, they are produced 24 over objections, during the course of this litigation, pursuant to a Court Order, a parties' discovery 25 request, or other informal production. 26 Defendant has been required, per the order of Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, to 27 produce large volumes of documents. The parties wish to complete discovery as expeditiously as 28 possible, in compliance with the discovery deadlines in the case, while preserving and without waiving -1STIPULATED"CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELY-PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER 1 any evidentiary protections or privileges applicable to the information contained in the documents 2 produced, including as against third parties and other Federal and State proceedings. Accordingly, the 3. parties hereby stipulate and agree to, and the Court hereby orders, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil 4 Procedure 502(d) and (e), as follows: 5 1. The inadvertent production of any document in this action shall be without prejudice to 6 I any claim that such material is protected by any legally cognizable evidentiary privilege or other 7 protection including, but not limited to the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, all S applicable trade secret protections, all third-party privacy rights, or any protections afforded to 9 "Personal Health Information" by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 10 ("HIPAA"). No party shall be held to have waived any rights by such inadvertent production. 11 2. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 recognizable privilege or evidentiary protection, the receiving party shall: (a) refrain from reading the document any more closely than is necessary to ascertain that it is privileged; (b) immediately notify the producing party in writing that it has discovered documents believed to be privileged or protected; (c) specifically identify the documents, including, if applicable, by Bates number range amd/or hash value range, and,(d) where possible, return, sequester, or destroy all copies of such documents, along with any notes, abstracts or compilations of the content thereof, within five (5) calendar days of discovery by the receiving party. Where such documents cannot be destroyed or separated, they shall not be reviewed, disclosed, or otherwise used by the receiving party. The receiving party is, however, under no obligation to search or review the producing party's documents to identify potentially privileged or work product protected documents. 22 3. 23 24 25 26 27 If any document produced by another party is on its face subject to a legally Upon written notice of an unintentional production by the producing party or oral notice ', if notice is delivered on the record at a deposition, the receiving party must promptly return, sequester ', or destroy the specified document and any hard copies the receiving party has and may not use or disclose the information until the privilege claim has been resolved. The producing party shall also provide a privilege log for such documents setting forth the author, recipient(s), subject matter of the document, along with the basis for the claim of privilege or evidentiary protection, as well as any 28 -2STIPULATED "CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELY-PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER 1 ~ portion of the document that does not contain privileged or protected information. To the extent that 2 the producing party insists on the return or destruction of electronic copies, rather than disabling the 3 documents from further use or otherwise rendering them inaccessible to the receiving party, the 4 producing party shall bear the costs of the return or destruction of such electronic copies. 5 4. To the extent that the information contained in a document subject to a claim has 6 already been used in or described in other documents generated or maintained by the receiving party, 7 then the receiving party will sequester such documents until the claim has been resolved. If the 8 receiving party disclosed the specified documents before being notified of its inadvertent production, it 9 must take reasonable steps to retrieve it. The producing party shall preserve the specified documents 10 until the claim is resolved. 11 5. The receiving party shall have five (5) calendar days from receipt of notification of the 12 ', inadvertent production to determine in good faith whether to contest such claim and to notify the 13 producing party in writing of an objection to the claim of privilege and the grounds for that objection. 14 6. The receiving party's return, sequestering or destruction of such privileged or protected 15 documents as provided herein will not act as a waiver of the requesting party's right to move for the 16 production of the returned, sequestered or destroyed documents on the grounds that the documents are 17 not in fact subject to a viable claim of privilege or protection. However, the receiving party is 18 prohibited and estopped from arguing that the production of the documents in this matter acts as a 19 waiver of an applicable privilege or evidentiary protection, that the disclosure of the documents was 20 21 not inadvertent, that the producing party did not take reasonable steps to prevent the disclosure of the privileged documents or that the producing party failed to take reasonable steps to rectify the error as 22 set forth in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). The producing party need make no showing 23 24 with respect to measures taken to prevent the inadvertent production of the documents in question in order to be entitled to their return. 25 7. 26 Either party may submit the specified documents to the Court under seal for a determination of the claim and will provide the Court with the grounds for the asserted privilege or 27 28 -3STIPULATED"CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELY-PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER 1 protection. The receiving party may not use the documents for any purpose absent this Court's Order. ' 2 Any party may request expedited treatment of any request for the Court's determination ofthe claim. 3 8. Upon a determination by the Court that the specified documents are protected by the 4 applicable privilege or evidentiary protection, and if the specified documents have been sequestered 5 rather than returned or destroyed, the specified documents shall be returned or destroyed. The Court 6 may also order, the identification and/or review of documents that have been identified as being 7 potentially subject to a legally recognized claim by search terms or other means. 8 9. This Stipulated "Clawback" Agreement And Presumptively-Privileged Protocol Order 9 shall not affect, limit, modify, alter, change, or render void the parties' Stipulated Protective Order for 10 Standard Litigation as Modified by the Court, dated February 24, 2017 (Dkt. No. 29), the terms of 11 which are incorporated herein by this express reference 12 IT IS SO STIPULATED AND AGREED. 13 14 ~ Dated: September 15, 2017 ELLIS LAW GROUP LLP 15 By lsl Anthon,~ P. ,I. Valenti Anthony P. J. Valenti Attorney for Defendant RASH CURTIS &ASSOCIATES 16 17 18 19 ~ Dated: September 15, 2017 Bursor &Fisher, P.A. 20 By lsl Yeremev O. Krivoshey Yeremey O. Krivoshey Attorney for Plaintiffs SANDRA McMILLION,JESSICA ADEKOYA,and IGNACIO PEREZ 21 22 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. 25 ~ Dated: September 19 ,2017 26 27 Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers United States District Court Judge 28 -4STIPULATED"CLAWBACK" AGREEMENT AND PRESUMPTIVELY-PRIVILEGED PROTOCOL ORDER

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