Choyce v. Bay Area Credit Service LLC

Filing 22

PROTECTIVE ORDER re 19 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 6/30/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)

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Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 1 of 12 1 MICHAEL R. AYERS Nevada Bar No. 10851 2 HINSHAW & CULBERTSON LLP 2375 E. Camelback Road, Suite 750 3 Phoenix, AZ 85016 Telephone: 602-631-4400 4 Facsimile: 602-631-4404 5 and 6 GINA M. MUSHMECHE 7 Nevada Bar No. 10411 KRAVITZ, SCHNITZER, & JOHNSON, 8 CHTD 8985 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 200 9 Las Vegas, NV 89123 Telephone: 702-362-6666 10 Facsimile: 702-362-2203 11 Attorneys for Defendant Bay Area Credit Service, LLC 12 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 13 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 14 LILY CHOYCE, individually and on behalf of ) Case No. 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL 15 those similarly situated, ) ) 16 Plaintiff, ) STIPULATED MOTION AND ) PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER 17 v. ) REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY ) OF DISCOVERY MATERIAL AND 18 BAY AREA CREDIT SERVICE, LLC, ) INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE ) ORDER 19 Defendant. ) ) 20 21 Plaintiff, Lily Choyce (‟Plaintiffˮ), and Defendant Bay Area Credit Service, LLC 22 (‟Defendantˮ) (collectively ‟the Partiesˮ), hereby respectfully move the Court for entry of a 23 Protective and Inadvertent Disclosure Order. The Parties seek to maintain the confidentiality of 24 certain documents by governing their handling and to protect documents subject to the attorney25 client privilege or work product doctrine, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 26(c)(1)(G) and Federal Rules of Evidence 502(d), and in support thereof states as follows: 27 The Parties’ proposed order is intended to permit and restrict the exchange of confidential 28 information and documents during discovery. For example, the Parties seek to protect 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 2 of 12 1 discoverable documents and materials relating to items such as (1) the materials, policies and 2 procedures Defendant uses to comply with applicable credit reporting-related laws, and training 3 of employees and agents with complying with such laws, (2) Defendant’s internal reports and 4 notes, (3) Plaintiff’s consumer information, (4) Defendant’s internal logs, and (5) other trade 5 secret information maintained by the Parties (collectively “Confidential Information”). The basis 6 for this Motion is several fold: 1) to protect confidential and sensitive consumer information as 7 this matter deals with alleged credit reporting issues, 2) to protect confidential and sensitive 8 personal and/or business information, and 3) to protect disclosure of trade secrets and other 9 confidential information resulting from Defendants investment of millions of dollars from the 10 public and/or competitors. Such confidential and trade secret information is generally not known 11 to competitors and not made available to the public. 12 Should Defendant’s confidential information become available to the public, it would 13 result in a windfall for other businesses involved in providing similar services. In addition, it 14 would place Defendant at a disadvantage competitively because Defendant would lose the edge 15 it has over other similar businesses that have not made similar investments in training, systems, 16 and procedures. Defendant’s Confidential Information include private information on how 17 Defendant organizes and documents activity on the subject account that is the result of 18 Defendants investments of thousands of dollars. Public disclosure of these materials would place 19 Defendant at a disadvantage competitively because its competitors would be aware of 20 Defendant’s Confidential Information. That type of knowledge could reasonably negatively 21 impact Defendants business. 22 In light of the above, the Parties respectfully request the Court enter the proposed 23 Protective Order. 24 25 26 DATED June 29, 2017 By: 27 /s/ Michael R. Ayers MICHAEL R. AYERS Attorneys for Defendant Bay Area Credit Service, LLC 28 2 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 3 of 12 1 2 DATED June 29, 2017 By: /s/ Gina M. Mushmeche GINA M. MUSHMECHE Attorneys for Defendant Bay Area Credit Service, LLC DATED June 29, 2017 By: /s/ Michael Kind MICHAEL KIND Attorneys for Plaintiff 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PROTECTIVE AND INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE ORDER Lily Choyce (“Plaintiff”), and Defendant Bay Area Credit Service, LLC (“Defendant”), 11 (collectively referred to as “the Parties” or singularly as “a Party”), having agreed to the entry of 12 a Protective and Inadvertent Disclosure Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of 13 Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence 502(d), and the Court being fully advised, 14 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 15 1. 16 For the purposes of this Order, the following definitions shall apply: a. Confidential Information: Generally, information subject to disclosure 17 containing personal information, financial information, trade secrets or other confidential 18 research, including, but not limited to, formulas, methods, or development plans, confidential 19 business information such as marketing plans, customer lists, financial information, sales figures, 20 advertising expenditures, pricing plans, and balance sheets, supplier identities, business plans, 21 license agreements, or other information which could put the producing person or entity at a 22 competitive disadvantage if the information became known to the receiving party or other 23 information reasonably believed to be confidential. Information, the whole of which is publicly 24 available, should not be designated as “Confidential” or “Attorneys Eyes Only.” 25 b. CONFIDENTIAL Designation: Documents not previously disclosed to the 26 public should be designated “Confidential” when such documents contain confidential 27 information that may be reviewed by the Receiving Party, but must be protected against 28 disclosure to third parties. 3 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 4 of 12 1 c. ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY Designation: Documents not previously 2 disclosed to the public should be designated “Attorneys’ Eyes Only” when such documents 3 contain confidential information that 1) may only be reviewed by counsel for the Receiving Party 4 who, or 2) may only be reviewed by agreed upon named representatives of the Receiving Party 5 and their counsel and must be protected against disclosure to third parties. 6 d. The “Producing Party” is the Party that provides CONFIDENTIAL / 7 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY Information; 8 e. The “Receiving Party” is a Party that receives CONFIDENTIAL / 9 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY Information; and 10 f. An “Inadvertently Produced Document” is a document that a Party to this 11 litigation provides to the opposing Party in this case, but that should have been withheld by the 12 Producing Party, in whole or in part, based on a claim of privilege, work-product protection, 13 confidentiality or other restrictions on disclosure, and for which the Producing Party provides the 14 notice required in this Order. 15 2. When used in this Order, the word “document” means all written, recorded, or 16 electronically stored material of any kind, and copies thereof (whether identical or not identical) 17 including, but not limited to, interrogatory answers, production responses, requests to admit and 18 responses thereto, documents, as defined in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or in the 19 discovery requests in this action, or physical items produced by any Party or non-party in this 20 action whether pursuant to subpoena, court order, discovery requests, or by agreement, 21 deposition transcripts and exhibits, and any portions of any court papers which quote from or 22 summarize any of the foregoing. 23 3. Information produced by any party or non-party in this action may be designated 24 by the producing party(ies) as “Confidential” or “Attorneys Eyes Only.” Information designated 25 “Confidential” or “Attorneys Eyes Only” may be used only in connection with this litigation, and 26 not for any other purpose. Such information may not be disclosed to anyone except as provided 27 in this Order and the parties shall exercise due care regarding storage, custody, and use. 28 4 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 5 of 12 1 4. The protections of this Order may be used by third parties that are called upon to 2 provide documents, information or testimony in this case by following the provisions of this 3 Order. 4 5. Discoverable documents protected under this order and shall be designated as 5 CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY and/or may be redacted. Relevant and 6 discoverable documents that are protected under this order and designated as CONFIDENTIAL 7 or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY, and/or may be redacted, include items such as materials, 8 policies and procedures of Defendant, Defendant’s internal reports, notes and logs, Plaintiff’s 9 consumer information maintained by Defendant, trade secret information, and medical records 10 and personal information, and may include other documents as determined by the designating 11 party not specifically addressed herein. Nothing herein shall be construed as an agreement or 12 requirement by the parties to produce specific types of documents, and the parties specifically 13 reserve their rights to challenge any request for documents that may also contain Confidential 14 Information. 15 6. Any Party producing documents or other materials in this action may designate 16 such materials and the information contained therein subject to this Order by typing or stamping 17 on the front of the document, or on the portion(s) of the document for which confidential 18 treatment is designated, “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” if the Party has 19 a reasonable and good faith belief the material contains Confidential Information. 20 7. Any Confidential Information not reduced to documentary, tangible or physical 21 form or which cannot conveniently be designated in the manner set forth in paragraph 6, 22 including data contained in any electronic form, shall be designated CONFIDENTIAL or 23 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY by informing the Receiving Party in writing that all of the 24 information is either CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY. If any Party produces 25 Confidential Information stored electronically, including but not limited to production of 26 magnetic diskettes or downloaded or uploaded files transferred by any method including 27 electronic mail, then all of that information retains its CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ 28 EYES ONLY nature regardless of whether the information is manipulated or converted to any 5 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 6 of 12 1 other media, including, but not limited to, the creation of print-outs or other hard copies and 2 conversations, or manipulation of data for conversation or manipulation for processing by any 3 other computer hardware or software. 4 8. In the instance of deposition testimony, the witness under deposition or his or her 5 counsel shall invoke the provisions of this Order in a timely manner and designate the level of 6 restriction. During the deposition, unauthorized persons shall be excluded from testimony 7 designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS EYES ONLY” as applicable under this 8 Order. The witness under deposition or his or her counsel shall have the right to designate or 9 change the level of restriction within a thirty (30) day period after the deposition. Any part of 10 deposition testimony in this case may be designated CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES 11 ONLY by advising the reporter and all Parties of such fact, or by notifying the reporter and all 12 Parties in writing within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the transcript by the deponent or 13 deponent’s counsel. Deposition testimony marked CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES 14 ONLY shall be given to no one other than people described in paragraphs 11 and 12. Any 15 CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY testimony must be marked, treated, used 16 and/or disclosed only as provided in this Order. 17 9. If opposing counsel objects to the designation of certain information as 18 CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY, or dispute concerning who may view such 19 information, he or she shall promptly inform the other Parties’ counsel in writing of the specific 20 grounds of objection. Counsel shall then, in good faith and on an informal basis, attempt to 21 resolve such dispute. If after such good faith attempt, counsel are unable to resolve their dispute, 22 opposing counsel may move for a disclosure order consistent with this order. Any motion for 23 disclosure shall be filed within fourteen (14) days of providing written notice of the objection, 24 and the information shall continue to have CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY 25 status from the time it is produced until the ruling by the Court on the motion. 26 10. Nothing in this Order shall prevent any Party from objecting to discovery that it 27 believes is improper. 28 6 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 7 of 12 1 11. Any documents and/or other information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” as 2 well as any copies or excerpts thereof, or analyses or reports that pertain thereto, may be made 3 available only to: 4 a. 5 Plaintiff and Defendant in this case, including officers, directors, employees, and in-house attorneys of the Parties; 6 b. Counsel of record for the Parties to the case; 7 c. Attorneys, paralegals, secretaries and other personnel employed or 8 retained by or working under the supervision of counsel of record 9 described in subparagraph 9(b) who are assisting in this action; 10 d. 11 Court reporters and videographers used to record deposition testimony in this case; 12 e. Experts specifically retained as consults or expert witnesses in connection 13 with this case, provided that the person signs a document in the form of 14 Exhibit A attached hereto; 15 f. 16 Any other person or entity as to whom counsel for the producer or provider of the confidential information agreed in writing, or whom the 17 Court directs, shall have access to such information, provided that the 18 person signs a document in the form of Exhibit A attached hereto, stating 19 that he or she has read and understands this Order and agrees to be bound 20 by its terms, before seeing CONFIDENTIAL documents; and 21 g. 22 paragraph 14. 23 24 The Court of Court personnel under seal subject to the limitations of 12. Documents and/or other information designated “Attorneys Eyes Only,” as well 25 as any copies or excerpts thereof, or analyses or reports which pertain thereto, may be made 26 available only to: 27 28 a. Attorneys of record for the Receiving Party, and their employees and other attorneys and/or employees of their firms directly involved in the 7 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 8 of 12 1 matter, except for any persons with a present ownership or other financial 2 interest in one or more parties or in the outcome of this litigation; 3 b. 4 Judges, the Court and jury, law clerks and other clerical personnel of the Court before which this action is pending, under seal subject to the 5 limitations of paragraph 14; 6 c. Independent experts not associated directly or indirectly with a party 7 whom the receiving party identifies to the Producing Party at least ten 8 (10) days prior to disclosure. Such independent experts must sign a 9 10 document in the form of Exhibit A, stating that he or she has read and 11 understands this Order and agrees to be bound by its terms, before seeing 12 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY documents. No such entity or person may 13 be a former or present employee of, or have had or currently have any 14 ownership interest in any of the parties to this action. If the producing 15 party has any objection to the proposed independent expert, it shall so 16 notify the receiving party within the ten (10) day period. The parties shall 17 attempt to resolve any differences concerning such independent experts, 18 but if they are unable to do so, the receiving party may seek relief from 19 the Court as provided in paragraph 9 above. No disclosure of the 20 information shall be made to the proposed independent expert until after 21 the Court has ruled upon the issue. 22 23 d. Except as provided herein, deponents at their depositions shall not be 24 given access to confidential information designated “Attorneys Eyes 25 Only” by any party or third party, other than the party who has made the 26 designation. In the event a party intends to provide “Attorneys Eyes 27 Only” documents to a deponent during a deposition and such deponent 28 otherwise does not have access to such documents, the party shall give a 8 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 9 of 12 1 ten (10) day notice to counsel of the designating party. If there is no 2 objection, the deponent shall comply with paragraph 13 below and be 3 allowed to review such documents. If the designating party objects to the 4 disclosure, the receiving party may seek relief from the Court as provided 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 in paragraph 9 above. 13. Each person permitted by this Order to have access to Confidential Information, other than the parties’ counsel, shall, prior to being given such access, be provided with a copy of this Order for review. Upon receiving this Order, each person shall sign a statement in the form of Exhibit A hereto indicating that he has read the order and agrees to comply with its terms. 14. Nothing in this order shall be construed as automatically permitting a Party to file under seal. The Party seeking leave of Court shall show “compelling reasons” (dispositive motion) or “good cause” (non-dispositive motion) for filing under seal. See Kamakana v. City & Cnty of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1179-80 (9th Cir. 2006). Additionally, such Party seeking to file under seal shall, within the applicable deadline, file a redacted, unsealed version of any motion, response or reply if such Party is waiting for a ruling from the Court on filing an unredacted, sealed version of the same document. 15. Nothing contained in this Order shall preclude a Party from using its own CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material in any manner it sees fit, or from revealing such CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material to whomever it chooses, without prior consent of any other Party or of this Court. 16. The Parties cannot use, file or disclose any CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material in any pretrial court proceeding that is open to persons not authorized to have access to such CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material under the terms of this Order. In the event that a Party wishes to use any CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material in any pretrial court proceeding, affidavit, brief, memorandum of law, or other papers filed in Court in this litigation, it shall, in accordance with Local Rule IA 10-4 and 10-5, file a motion with the Court seeking leave to file the CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY material under seal. 9 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 10 of 12 1 17. Upon request of the Producing Party and within sixty (60) days after the final 2 disposition of all aspects of this case by settlement, judgment, or expiration of time to appeal, all 3 documents designated CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY, including any 4 reproductions of such documents, must be destroyed or returned to the producing Party or its 5 counsel. At the Producing Partyʼs request, if the documents are destroyed, the Party who has 6 destroyed the documents must furnish an affidavit attesting to same. 7 18. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to require the production of any 8 document or ESI that a Party contends is protected from disclosure by the attorney-client 9 privilege and/or the work product doctrine. 10 19. Pursuant to the agreement of the Parties under Federal Rules of Evidence 502(e) 11 and by Order of this Court under Federal Rules of Evidence 502(d), no disclosure, production, or 12 exchange of documents or information in this case shall constitute a waiver of any applicable 13 attorney-client privilege or of any applicable work product protection in this or any other federal 14 or state proceeding. This Order applies to any documents or ESI disclosed, exchanged, produced, 15 or discussed-whether intentionally or inadvertently-among the Parties, their counsel and/or any 16 agents (such as vendors and experts) in the course of this litigation. 17 20. This Order applies regardless of whether the Documents or ESI describe or relate 18 to actions taken in this litigation, or in prior or separate litigations. 19 21. Upon learning of any Inadvertently Produced Documents, the Producing Party 20 shall promptly give all counsel of record notice of the inadvertent production. The notice shall 21 identify the document, the portions of the document that were inadvertently produced, and the 22 first date the document was produced. If the Party that produced a document claims that only a 23 portion of the Inadvertently Produced Document was inadvertently produced, the Party shall 24 provide with the notice of inadvertent production a new copy of the document with the allegedly 25 privileged portions redacted. 26 22. Upon receiving notice of an Inadvertently Produced Document, or upon 27 determining that a document received is known to be privileged, the Receiving Party must 28 promptly return, sequester or destroy the specified information and any copies it has, and shall 10 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 11 of 12 1 destroy any notes that reproduce, copy or otherwise disclose the substance of the privileged 2 information. The Receiving Party may not use or disclose the information until the claim is 3 resolved. If the Receiving Party disclosed the information before being notified, it must take 4 reasonable steps to retrieve and prevent further use or distribution of such information until the 5 claim is resolved. 6 23. A Party receiving documents produced by another Party is under a good faith 7 obligation to promptly alert the Producing Party if a document appears on its face or in light of 8 facts known to the Receiving Party to be privileged. 9 24. To the extent that any Party obtains any information, documents or 10 communications through Inadvertently Produced Documents, such information, documents and 11 communications shall not be filed or presented for admission into evidence or sought in 12 discovery by that Party in any action. 13 25. If the Receiving Party challenges a claim that a Inadvertently Produced Document 14 is properly privileged, the Receiving Party may in connection with a good faith challenge, make 15 reference to the contents of the document in any paper submitted to the Court, so long as such 16 filing is made under seal. If requested by the Receiving Party, the Producing Party shall provide 17 such Inadvertently Produced Documents to the Court for in-camera review. 18 26. If the Court sustains the claim that an Inadvertently Produced Document is 19 properly a Produced Privileged Document, the Receiving Party shall, within two (2) days of the 20 Court’s order, return the Inadvertently Produced Document and any copies it has and destroy any 21 notes relating to the Produced Privileged Document and advise the Producing Party in writing of 22 the destruction. 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED: 25 26 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 27 28 June 30, 2017 Dated: ___________________________ 11 300131699v1 0994857 Case 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL Document 21 Filed 06/29/17 Page 12 of 12 1 2 EXHIBIT A 1. I, ___________________, residing at ________________________, have read 3 the foregoing Protective Order (the “Order”) in the case captioned Lily Choyce v. Bay Area 4 Credit Service, LLC,; Court No. 2:16-cv-02596-JCM-PAL (the “Action”). I agree to be bound by 5 its terms with respect to any documents designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ 6 EYES ONLY” there under that are furnished to me as set forth in the Order. 7 2. I further agree: (a) not to disclose to anyone any documents, or any information 8 contained in documents, designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” 9 other than as set forth in the Order; and (b) not to make any copies of any documents designated 10 as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” except in accordance with the Order. 11 3. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 12 District of Arizona with regard to any proceedings to enforce the terms of the Order against me. 13 4. I hereby agree that any documents designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 14 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” that are furnished to me will be used by me only for the 15 purposes of the Action, and for no other purpose, and will not be used by me in any business 16 affairs of my employer or of my own; nor will the information contained therein be shared or 17 otherwise imparted by me to any other person. At the conclusion of the action, I agree that all 18 documents designed “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” in my possession 19 or control, including any reproductions of such documents, must be returned to the producing 20 Party or its counsel and that all summaries of such material and all memoranda, pleadings or 21 other documents containing such material shall be destroyed. 22 23 Date Signature 24 25 26 27 28 12 300131699v1 0994857

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