Bank of America, N.A. v. Carson Ranch East Homeowners Association et al

Filing 52

PROTECTIVE ORDER granting ECF No. 49 Stipulation re confidential documents/information. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman on 1/4/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ARIEL E. STERN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 8276 SCOTT R. LACHMAN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 12016 AKERMAN LLP 1635 Village Center Circle, Suite 200 Las Vegas, Nevada 89134 Telephone: (702) 634-5000 Facsimile: (702) 380-8572 Email: Email: Attorneys for Plaintiff Bank of America, N. A. Successor by Merger to BAC Homeloans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 DISTRICT OF NEVADA AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 12 13 14 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., 15 Case No.: 2:16-cv-02192-MMD-CWH STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Plaintiff, 16 vs. 17 CARSON RANCH EAST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION; PREMIER ONE HOLDINGS INC.; WEISUN PROPERTY INC., AND ABSOLUTE COLLECTION SERVICES, LLC, 18 19 Defendants. 20 21 Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP FKA 22 Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. and Absolute Collection Services,1 by and through their 23 undersigned counsel, stipulate to the following protective order: 24 To expedite the flow of discovery, facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over 25 confidentiality, adequately protect material claimed to be confidential, and ensure protection is 26 afforded only to material so designated, it is, pursuant to the Court's authority under Federal Rule of 27 1 28 Defendants Carson Ranch East Homeowners Association and Weisun Property Inc. were served but have not appeared. Default was entered against Premier One Holdings. ECF No. 41. 1 43705728;1 1 Civil Procedure 26(c), ORDERED this Protective Order shall govern the disclosure, handling and 2 disposition of documents in this litigation as follows: 3 1. 4 Application. 1.1 This Protective Order shall govern any document, information or other 5 material that is designated as containing "Confidential Information" as defined herein, and is 6 produced in connection with this litigation by any person or entity (the producing party), whether 7 in response to a discovery request, subpoena or otherwise, to any other person or entity (the 8 receiving party) regardless of whether the person or entity producing or receiving such information 9 is a party to this litigation. 10 2. AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 Definitions. 2.1 Confidential Information. "Confidential Information" shall mean and include, 12 without limitation, any non-public information that concerns or relates to the following areas: 13 confidential proprietary information, trade secrets, practices and procedures, personal financial 14 information, commercial, financial, pricing, budgeting, and/or accounting information, information 15 about existing and potential customers, marketing studies, performance projections, business 16 strategies, decisions and/or negotiations, personnel compensation, evaluations and other employment 17 information, and confidential proprietary information about affiliates, parents, subsidiaries and third- 18 parties with whom the parties to this action have or have had business relationships. 19 2.2 Documents. As used herein, the term "documents" includes all writings, 20 records, files, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, e-mails, video tapes, audio tapes, compact 21 discs, electronic messages, other data compilations from which information can be obtained and 22 other tangible things subject to production under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 23 3. 24 Initial Designation. 3.1 Good Faith Claims. Claims of confidentiality will be made only with respect 25 to documents, other tangible things and information that the asserting party has a good faith belief 26 are within the definition set forth in subparagraph 2.1 of this Protective Order. Objections to such 27 claims made pursuant to paragraph 5, below, shall also be made only in good faith. 28 2 43705728;1 1 3.2 Produced Documents. A party producing documents that it believes constitute 2 or contain Confidential Information shall state that the material is being produced under this 3 Protective Order by describing the documents or materials to be treated as confidential in writing, by 4 page or bates number wherever possible and/or shall produce copies bearing a label that contains or 5 includes language substantially identical to the following: 6 CONFIDENTIAL 7 This label shall be affixed in a manner that does not obliterate or obscure the contents of the 8 copies. If any person or party makes copies of documents designated as containing Confidential 9 Information, the copying person or party shall mark each such copy as containing Confidential 10 Information in the same form as the Confidentiality notice on the original document. AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 A party producing documents that are stored on electronic, magnetic, optical or other non- 12 paper media, such as compact discs, DVD's, video tapes and audio tapes (collectively, "data storage 13 devices”) shall designate the data storage device as containing Confidential Information, by affixing 14 a label or stamp to the data storage device in the manner described above at the time copies of such 15 data storage devices are produced. If the receiving party or other persons or entities to whom 16 disclosure is authorized pursuant to subparagraph 7.1 make a copy of any data storage device 17 designated by the producing party as containing Confidential Information, the receiving party or 18 other authorized person shall mark each such copy as containing Confidential Information in the 19 same form as the confidentiality notice on the original data storage device produced. If the receiving 20 party or other authorized person prints out or otherwise makes copies of the documents or 21 information stored on such data storage device, the receiving party or other authorized person shall 22 mark each page so copied with the label or stamp specified in subparagraph 3.2. 23 3.3 Interrogatory Answers. If a party answering an interrogatory or other 24 discovery demand believes that its answer contains Confidential Information, it shall state so in the 25 interrogatory response, and that portion of the response will be entitled to the protections of this 26 order. 27 28 3.4 Inspection of Documents. In the event a party elects to produce files and records for inspection and the requesting party elects to inspect them, no designation of Confidential 3 43705728;1 1 Information needs to be made in advance of the inspection. For purposes of such inspection, all 2 material produced shall be considered as Confidential Information. If the inspecting party selects 3 specified documents to be copied, the producing party shall designate Confidential Information in 4 accordance with subparagraph 3.2 at the time the copies are produced. 5 3.5 Deposition Transcripts. The party asserting confidentiality shall state on the 6 record the portions it deems confidential. The failure to designate testimony on the record as 7 confidential shall be a waiver unless the designating party notifies all other parties and files a motion 8 to designate the testimony as confidential within 5 days of the notification. 9 3.6 Inadvertent Failure to Designate. Inadvertent failure to identify documents or AKERMAN LLP things as "Confidential" pursuant to this Protective Order shall not constitute a waiver of any 11 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 10 otherwise valid claim for protection, provided that the provisions of this paragraph are satisfied. If 12 the designating party discovers that information should have but was not designated "Confidential" 13 or of the designating party receives notice that would enable the designated party to learn that it has 14 disclosed such information, the designating party must immediately notify all other parties. In such 15 event, within thirty (30) days of notifying all other parties, the designating parties must also provide 16 copies of the "Confidential" information designated in accordance with this Protective Order. After 17 receipt of such re-designated information, the "Confidential" information shall be treated as required 18 by this Protective Order, and the receiving party(ies) shall promptly, and in no event more than 19 fourteen (14) calendar days from the receipt of the re-designated information, return to the 20 designated party all previously produced copies of the same unlegended documents or things. The 21 designating party and the parties may agree to alternative means. The receiving party(ies) shall 22 receive no liability, under this Protective Order or otherwise, for any disclosure of information 23 contained in unlegended documents or things occurring before the receiving party was placed on 24 notice of the designating party's claims of confidentiality. 25 4. 26 Designations by Another Party. 4.1 Notification of Designation. If a party other than the producing party believes 27 that a producing party has produced a document that contains or constitutes Confidential Information 28 of the non-producing party, the non-producing party may designate the document as Confidential 4 43705728;1 1 Information by so notifying all parties in writing within fourteen (14) days of service of the 2 document. 3 4.2 Return of Documents; Non-disclosure. Whenever a party other than the in accordance with subparagraph 4.1, each party receiving the document shall either add the 6 Confidential Information designation in accordance with subparagraph 3.2 or substitute a copy of the 7 document bearing such designation for each copy of the document produced by the producing party. 8 Each party shall destroy all undesignated copies of the document or return those copies to the 9 producing party, at the direction of the producing party. No party shall disclose a produced 10 document to any person, other than the persons authorized to receive Confidential Information under 11 AKERMAN LLP producing party designates a document produced by a producing party as Confidential Information 5 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 4 subparagraph 7.1, until after the expiration of the fourteen (14) day designation period specified in 12 subparagraph 4.1. If during the fourteen (14) day designation period a party discloses a produced 13 document to a person authorized to receive Confidential Information under subparagraph 7.1, and 14 that document is subsequently designated as Confidential Information in accordance with 15 subparagraph 4.1, the disclosing party shall cause all copies of the document to be destroyed or 16 returned to the producing party, at the direction of the producing party. The party may thereafter 17 disclose a copy of the document that has been marked as Confidential Information by the 18 designating party, in accordance with subparagraphs 3.2 and 7.1. 19 5. Objections to Designations. Any party objecting to a designation of Confidential 20 Information, including objections to portions of designations of multi-page documents, shall notify 21 the designating party and all other parties of the objection in writing up to and through trial of the 22 matter. This notice must specifically identify each document that the objecting party in good faith 23 believes should not be designated as Confidential Information and provide a brief statement of the 24 grounds for such belief. 25 discovery disputes, the objecting and the designating parties thereafter shall confer within ten (10) 26 days after the date of such objection in an attempt to resolve their differences. If the parties are 27 unable to resolve their differences, the objecting party shall have twenty one (21) days after the 28 conference concludes to file with the Court a motion to remove the Confidential Information. If an In accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing 5 43705728;1 1 objection is served within forty-two (42) days of trial, the objecting party must file its motion to 2 remove the Confidential Information designation within half of the remaining time before trial, and 3 the meet-and-confer period shall be shortened accordingly. Where a party authored, created, owns, 4 or controls a document, information or other material that another party designates as Confidential 5 Information, the party that authored, created, owns, or controls the Confidential Information may so 6 inform the objecting party and thereafter shall also be considered a designating party for purposes of 7 this paragraph. Information shall be treated as such in accordance with this Protective Order unless and until the 10 Court rules otherwise, except for deposition transcripts and exhibits initially considered as 11 AKERMAN LLP All documents, information and other materials initially designated as Confidential 9 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 8 containing Confidential Information under subparagraph 3.5, which will lose their confidential status 12 after twenty-one (21) days unless so designated as Confidential Information. If the Court rules that a 13 designation should not be maintained as to a particular document, the producing party shall, upon 14 written request by a party, provide that party a copy of that document without the designation 15 described in subparagraph 3.2. 16 If an objecting party elects not to make such a motion with respect to documents within 17 twenty one (21) days after the conference, information or other materials to which an objection has 18 been made, the objection shall be deemed withdrawn. The designating party shall have twenty one 19 (21) days to respond to the objecting party's motion. If no response is filed by the designating party 20 within twenty one (21) days, the designating party shall be deemed to have consented to the 21 objecting party's motion pursuant to LR 7-2(d). 22 6. Custody. All Confidential Information and any and all copies, extracts and 23 summaries thereof, including memoranda relating thereto, shall be retained by the receiving party in 24 the custody of counsel of record, or by persons to whom disclosure is authorized under subparagraph 25 7.1. 26 7. 27 28 Handling Prior to Trial. 7.1 Authorized Disclosures. Confidential Information shall be disclosed by the receiving party only to the following persons: 6 43705728;1 1 a. 2 Counsel for the parties in this litigation, including their associates, clerks, paralegals, and secretarial personnel; 3 b. Qualified persons taking testimony in this litigation involving such 4 Confidential Information, and necessary stenographic, videotape and 5 clerical personnel; 6 c. 7 Experts and their staff who are retained by counsel as expert witnesses for a party in this litigation; 8 d. 9 Experts and their staff who are consulted by counsel for a party in this litigation; 10 e. Parties to this litigation, limited to the named party and, if that party is AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 a corporate entity, a limited number of employees of the corporate 12 entity and its insurers; 13 f. 14 Designated in-house counsel and a limited number of assistants, administrative or otherwise; 15 g. 16 Outside vendors employed by counsel for copying, scanning and general handling of documents; 17 h. Any person of whom testimony is taken regarding the Confidential 18 Information, except that such person may only be shown Confidential 19 Information during his/her testimony, and may not retain a copy of 20 such Confidential Information; and 21 i. 22 23 24 This Court and this Court's staff, subject to the Court's processes for filing materials under seal. Such disclosures are authorized only to the extent necessary to investigate, prosecute, or defend the litigation. 25 Confidential Information may not be disclosed to persons under subparagraphs (c) or (d) 26 until the receiving party has obtained a written acknowledgment from the person receiving 27 Confidential Information, in the form of the Declaration attached hereto as Exhibit A, that he or she 28 has received a copy of this Protective Order and has agreed to be bound by it. A party who discloses 7 43705728;1 1 Confidential Information in accordance with subparagraph 7.1 shall retain the written 2 acknowledgment from each person receiving Confidential Information, shall maintain a list of all 3 persons to whom a receiving party has disclosed Confidential Information and identify what 4 documents have been disclosed, and shall furnish the written acknowledgments and disclosure list to 5 opposing counsel as follows: (i) for a person under subparagraph (c), within thirty (30) days after the 6 person signs the Declaration; and (ii) for a person under subparagraph (d), within thirty (30) days 7 after the matter is finally concluded. Disclosure of Confidential Information to this Court, including 8 judicial staff, shall be made in accordance with subparagraph 7.4 of this Protective Order. 9 7.2 Unauthorized Disclosures. All persons receiving Confidential Information AKERMAN LLP under the terms of this Protective Order are under the jurisdiction of the state courts and U.S. federal 11 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 10 courts located in Nevada for all matters arising from the improper disclosure or use of such 12 information. If Confidential Information is disclosed to any person other than in the manner 13 authorized by this Protective Order, the party or person responsible for the disclosure, and any other 14 party or person who is subject to this Protective Order and learns of such disclosure, shall 15 immediately bring such disclosure to the attention of the designating party. Without prejudice to 16 other rights and remedies of the designating party, the responsible party or person shall make every 17 effort to obtain and return the Confidential Information and to prevent further disclosure on its own 18 part or on the part of the person who was the unauthorized recipient of such information. 19 7.3 Court Filings. In the event any Confidential Information must be filed with the 20 Court prior to trial, the proposed filing shall be accompanied by a motion to file the Confidential 21 Information under seal that complies with Local Rule 10-5(b) and a proposed order, and the 22 application and proposed order shall be directed to the judge to whom the Confidential Information 23 is directed. This provision is applicable to briefs, memoranda, and other filings which quote, 24 summarize, or describe Confidential Information. 25 8. Care in Storage. Any person in possession of Confidential Information produced by 26 another party shall exercise reasonable and appropriate care with regard to the storage, custody, 27 copying, and use of such information to ensure that the confidential and sensitive nature of same is 28 maintained. 8 43705728;1 1 9. Handling During Trial. Confidential Information that is subject to this Order may be 2 marked and used as trial exhibits by either party, subject to terms and conditions as imposed by the 3 Court upon application by any party. 4 10. No Implied Waivers. This Protective Order shall not be interpreted as a waiver of 5 the right to object, under applicable law, to the furnishing of information in response to discovery 6 requests or to object to a requested inspection of documents or facilities. Parties producing 7 Confidential Information in this litigation are doing so only pursuant to the terms of this Protective 8 Order. The taking of any action in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order shall not 9 be interpreted as a waiver of any claim or position or defense in this action, or any other actions. 10 11. No Admission. The designation of any item as Confidential Information shall not be AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 construed as an admission that such material, or any testimony concerning such material, would be 12 admissible in evidence in this litigation or in any other proceeding. 13 12. Inadvertent Disclosure. Nothing in this Protective Order abridges applicable law 14 concerning inadvertent disclosure of a document that the Disclosing Party believes contains 15 attorney-client communications, attorney work product, or otherwise privileged information. If a 16 party inadvertently discloses documents or information subject to a claim of privilege or work 17 product protection, such disclosure will not waive otherwise applicable claims of privilege or work 18 product protection under applicable law. Upon discovery by the Receiving Party, or receipt of 19 written notice from the Disclosing Party identifying privileged or protected Documents that were 20 inadvertently produced, the receiving party shall within seven (7) business days either: (a) return or 21 certify the destruction of all such documents, all copies, and any work product or portions of any 22 work product containing or reflecting the contents of the subject materials; or (b) after attempting to 23 resolve any dispute with opposing counsel informally, file a motion to challenge the assertion of 24 privilege and tender the subject documents for in camera review with the motion. The moving party 25 shall do nothing to compromise the privilege claim until the Court rules on said motion and the 26 opportunity for appellate review is exhausted or the issue is otherwise resolved. 27 28 13. Parties' Own Documents. This Protective Order shall in no way restrict the parties in their use of their own documents and information, and nothing in this Protective Order shall 9 43705728;1 1 preclude any party from voluntarily disclosing its own documents or information to any party or 2 nonparty. 3 14. Motion by Third Party to Compel Production of Confidential Information. If any party to this action to produce any such information, such party shall immediately notify the parties 6 who originally produced and/or designated such information that a subpoena has been served or a 7 motion has been made in order to allow the parties who originally produced and/or designated such 8 information the opportunity to seek a protective order or oppose the motion or application. If, within 9 thirty (30) days after receiving notice of a subpoena seeking Confidential Information from a 10 receiving party, the party who originally produced and/or designated such information fails to move 11 AKERMAN LLP third party subpoenas Confidential Information from a party to this action or moves to compel a 5 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 4 for a protective order, the party subject to the subpoena may produce said information. In addition, if 12 a party is ordered to produce Confidential Information covered by this Protective Order, then notice 13 and, if available, a copy of the order compelling disclosure shall immediately be given the parties 14 who originally produced and/or designated such information. Nothing in this Protective Order shall 15 be construed as requiring the party who is ordered to produce such Confidential Information to 16 challenge or appeal any order requiring the production of such information or to subject 17 himself/herself to any penalty for non-compliance with any legal process or seek any relief from the 18 Court. 19 15. No Effect on Other Rights. This Protective Order shall in no way abrogate or 20 diminish any pre-existing contractual, statutory, or other legal obligations or rights of any party with 21 respect to Confidential Information. 22 16. Modification. In the event any party hereto seeks a Court order to modify the terms 23 of this Protective Order, or seeks a protective order which incorporates the terms and conditions of 24 this Protective Order said party shall make such request by written stipulation or noticed motion to 25 all parties that must be served and filed in accordance with local court rules. 26 17. Handling Upon Conclusion of Litigation. All parties, counsel, and persons to whom 27 disclosure was made agree to return all Confidential Information to the designating party within 28 thirty (30) days of the conclusion of litigation between the parties, including final appellate action or 10 43705728;1 1 the expiration of time to appeal or seek further review. In addition, counsel shall certify in writing 2 that all such Confidential Information have been returned. Counsel for each party also shall contact 3 each person to whom that party has provided a copy of any Confidential Information and request the 4 documents be returned. In lieu of returning Confidential Information, the person or party in 5 possession of such information may elect to destroy it. If the person or party in possession of 6 Confidential Information elects to destroy it rather than return it, that person or party must notify the 7 designating party in writing of the destruction of the information within ninety (90) days of the 8 conclusion of litigation between the parties, including final appellate action or the expiration of time 9 to appeal or seek further review. 10 /// AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 12 /// 13 14 /// 15 16 /// 17 18 /// 19 20 /// 21 22 /// 23 24 /// 25 26 /// 27 28 /// 11 43705728;1 1 18. Survival of the Terms of this Protective Order. Even after the termination of this 2 litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Protective Order shall remain in effect until 3 a Designating Party otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. 4 5 DATED January 2, 2018. AKERMAN LLP 6 /s/ Scott R. Lachman ARIEL E. STERN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 8276 SCOTT R. LACHMAN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 12016 1635 Village Center Circle, Suite 200 Las Vegas, Nevada 89134 7 8 9 10 AKERMAN LLP 1160 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 330 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89144 TEL.: (702) 634-5000 – FAX: (702) 380-8572 11 Attorneys for Plaintiff Bank of America, N.A. Successor by Merger to BAC Homeloans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. 12 13 14 AND 15 /s/ Shane D. Cox Shane D. Cox, Esq. Absolute Collection Services, LLC 8440 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 210 Las Vegas, Nevada 89128 16 17 18 Attorneys for Absolute Collection Services, LLC 19 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. 22 23 ______________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 24 January 4, 2018 DATED:_______________________________ 25 26 27 28 12 43705728;1

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