Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. First California Mortgage Corporation

Filing 20

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 11/6/13. (sgrim)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 13-CV-02113-CMA-KMT LEHMAN BROTHERS HOLDINGS INC., Plaintiff, v. FIRST CALIFORNIA MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Defendant. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER ______________________________________________________________________ Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (hereinafter “Plaintiff”), and Defendant First California Mortgage Corporation (“Defendant”), through their respective undersigned counsel, hereby jointly submit for this Court’s approval, the following [Proposed] Stipulated Protective Order, as follows: I. Introduction. Plaintiff and Defendant (the “Parties”) recognize that during the discovery phase of the above-captioned action (the “Civil Action”), the Parties, and each of them, may be required to disclose private, confidential, and privileged information. To ensure that private, confidential, and privileged information and documents that may be disclosed during the course of discovery not be disseminated outside this litigation, the Parties request the Court enter the instant Protective Order to protect from further dissemination and/or public disclosure the following categories of information: 1) sensitive and private personal financial information concerning the borrower(s) of the loan(s) that is/are the subject of this action; and 2) confidential, proprietary information of Plaintiff, Defendant and/or their respective related companies. II. Stipulated Protective Order. Based upon the foregoing, the Parties, by and through their attorneys of record, hereby agree and stipulate as follows: 1. Scope. The provisions of this Protective Order shall control the disclosure, dissemination, and use of “Confidential Information” (defined below) during the litigation of the Civil Action by the Parties, as well as all such other persons or entities who agree to be bound by the provisions of this Protective Order. The Parties and all other persons or entities who agree to be bound by the provisions of this Protective Order shall hereinafter be referred to as “Covered Parties.” 2. Confidential Information. This Protective Order shall apply to all documents, materials and/or information, including without limitation, documents produced, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, and deposition testimony, which shall be known as the “Confidential Information.” “Confidential Information” shall include, but not be limited to, any information, documents, or other data, whether tangible or in electronic and/or digital form, that is produced to or exchanged between the Parties, and which has been designated as “Confidential Information,” pursuant to this Protective Order. 3. Designations. The parties understand and agree that designated “Confidential Information” implicated in this case, includes, without limitation, documents, materials and/or information that may contain or refer to any one or all of the following: A. information and/or documents that is/are required to be kept confidential due to preexisting obligations, including contractual obligations; or B. any of the Parties’ sensitive business or technical information, trade secrets, confidential research, development, business plans, new business development, proprietary information, competitor market analysis, internal financial accounting information, or other technical, policy, or commercial information, and that, if disclosed to a business competitor, would provide a significant advantage to the party’s competitors; or C. the personal identifying information (i.e., social security numbers, dates of birth, etc.) and personal financial information of specific borrowers that is or may be subject to additional nondisclosure protections under applicable provisions of federal, state, and/or common law. 4. Marking Confidential Information. All Confidential Information shall be designated as such by affixing a stamp or label (electronic or otherwise) indicating its status as “CONFIDENTIAL.” In the event that documents are produced electronically, they can be designated either by imprinting the appropriate notice or by any Party producing a log indicating what information, data or documents are to be treated with the appropriate designation. All information conveyed or discussed in testimony at a deposition or a court proceeding for which Confidential Information status is claimed shall be so designated, orally on the record whenever possible, at the time the testimony is given or hearing is conducted or, in the case of a deposition, no later than fifteen (15) days after receipt of the deposition transcript by the designating party or entity. All portions of deposition testimony or hearing transcripts in which Confidential Information is used or discussed and that is designated with a Confidential Information status shall be treated with the protections afforded such information, as set forth herein. 5. Later Designations of Confidential Information. The disclosure, exchange, or production of Confidential Information that inadvertently was not designated as such shall not constitute a waiver of the protections afforded such document or information. Any information or documents not initially designated with the Confidential Information status may be so designated at a later time, in writing to the Parties. 6. Restrictions on Disclosure of Confidential Information. All Confidential Information, and any notes, work papers, summaries, or other documents prepared from such Confidential Information, shall be used by the receiving party solely in connection with the Civil Action and shall not be disclosed by the receiving party other than as follows: A. To any person or entity who authored, received, or is mentioned in the Confidential Information; B. The Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”); except that Paragraph 9 hereof shall govern all submissions of Confidential Information to the Court. C. Trial Counsel for the Parties, including necessary secretarial, clerical and paralegal personnel assisting with the litigation of this action; D. The Parties and any designated representative for the parties provided that: i. ii. E. such disclosure is necessary to assist in the prosecution or defense of the litigation of this action ; and prior to disclosing any such Confidential Information to any such employee of the Parties or any affiliated entity of any Party, that person or entity execute an agreement in writing stating that he/she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions. An acceptable form of such agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit A, and incorporated herein by reference. Outside consultants and experts, and their staff, retained by any Party for the purpose of assisting in the preparation of the litigation of this action, whether as a testifying expert or a non-testifying consultant (collectively “Experts”) if, prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any such Expert, that Expert executes an agreement in writing stating that he/she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions. An acceptable form of such agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit A, and incorporated herein by reference. F. Any fact witness, provided that prior to disclosing any such Confidential Information they execute an agreement in writing stating that he/she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provision. An acceptable form of such agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit A, and incorporated herein by reference. G. Court reporters, videographers, interpreters, and such other qualified persons otherwise unconnected to any party but who are involved in taking testimony, copying documents, and the like. 7. Disclosure Agreements. The attorneys of record for the party receiving the Confidential Information shall retain the original, executed Exhibit A agreements that have been executed by those to whom disclosure has been made. 8. Procedure for Challenging Designations. A party may object to the designation by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information. The written notice shall identify the information to which the objection is made. If the parties cannot, in good faith, resolve the objection within ten business days after the time the notice is received, it shall be the obligation of the party designating the information to file an appropriate motion requesting that the Court determine whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. 9. Filings with Court. Whenever Confidential Information is used in, included with, or the contents thereof are in any way disclosed in any pleading, motion, deposition, transcript or other filing with the Court (“Pleadings”), the Parties must comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2(B). The parties recognize that pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2(D), “Any document that is the subject of a motion to restrict access may be filed as a restricted document, and will be subject to restriction until the motion is determined by the Court. If a document is filed as a restricted document without an accompanying motion to restrict access, it will retain a Level 1 restriction [i.e., access limited to the parties and the court] for fourteen days. If no motion to restrict is filed within such time period, the access restriction will expire and the documents will be open to public inspection.” 10. Use of Confidential Information At Trial. Except as otherwise provided above, this Protective Order shall not affect or govern the use or admissibility of Confidential Information at trial. Each party hereto shall be responsible for requesting appropriate relief from the Court regarding trial testimony and exhibits, including but not limited to further protective orders, trial management order provisions, motions in limine and/or objections. 11. Modification. Any Covered Person may apply for modification of this Protective Order, including relief from the terms of this Protective Order, modification of its terms, or the imposition of additional protections, upon reasonable notice to the Parties and after the Covered Party who seeks modification shall have contacted counsel for the Parties to attempt to resolve the issues that are the subject of the modification. 12. Conclusion of the Civil Action. Upon the request of a Covered Party following the final disposition of the Civil Action, including all appeals therefrom, or the final disposition of this action against any one or more of the Parties, the remaining Covered Parties, including their Experts, shall destroy all Confidential Information, and certify to the requesting Covered Party such destruction, or return to the requesting Covered Party all Confidential Information. Notwithstanding the foregoing, counsel for each Covered Party may retain a record of the Civil Action, irrespective of whether a Covered Party’s Confidential Information is included in the correspondence, pleadings, discovery, notes, research, or other files maintained by the attorney for purposes of representing his/her client in the litigation of this action. 13. Continuing Jurisdiction. The Court shall retain jurisdiction over the Covered Parties for the purpose of ensuring compliance with this Protective Order and granting such amendments, modifications, and additions to this Protective Order, and such other and further relief as may be necessary. // // // // // // // // // // 14. Survival. This Protective Order shall survive the final disposition of this action, by judgment, dismissal, settlement, appeal, or otherwise. SO STIPULATED. Respectfully submitted, this 6th day of November 2013. FOSTER GRAHAM MILSTEIN & CALISHER, LLP MOYE WHITE LLP s/ Daniel K. Calisher Daniel K. Calisher, Esq. David S. Canter, Esq. 360 South Garfield Street, 6th Floor Denver, Colorado 80209 (303) 333-9810 calisher@fostergraham.com dcanter@fostergraham.com s/ William Jones William F. Jones, Esq. Dean E. Richardson, Esq. Moye White LLP 16 Market Square 1400 16th Street, 6th Floor Denver, Colorado 80202-1473 (303) 292-2900 Billy.jones@morewhite.com Dean.richardson@moyewhite.com Attorneys for Plaintiff Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Attorneys for Defendant First California Mortgage Company IT IS SO ORDERED: Date: November 6, 2013 BY THE COURT: Kathleen M. Tafoya United States Magistrate Judge EXHIBIT A PERSONAL UNDERTAKING REGARDING PROTECTIVE ORDER I, ___________________________ declare: 1. My address is ________________________________________. My present occupation is ________________________________. 2. I have received the Stipulated Protective Order (“Protective Order”) issued in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. First California Mortgage Corporation. I have carefully read and understand the provisions of the Protective Order. 3. I will comply with all of the provisions of the Protective Order. I will hold in confidence, will not disclose to anyone other than those persons specifically authorized by the Protective Order, and will not copy or use except for purposes of this litigation, any information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” which I receive in this litigation, except to the extent such Confidential Information is or becomes public information under the Protective Order. 4. I will comply with Paragraph 12 of the Protective Order regarding the return or destruction of all Confidential Information in my possession following the conclusion of this litigation. I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this document is executed this ___ day of _____________, 20__, at __________________________. Signature Print Name

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