FLS Transportation Services (USA) Inc. v. Casillas et al
ORDER denying ECF No. 43 Stipulation. The parties have leave to submit a revised stipulated protective order that comports with LR IA 10-5(a) and the holdings in Kamakana and Pintos. Signed by Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke on 7/13/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
FLS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES,
(USA) INC., et al.,
ARLIEN CASILLAS, et al.,
MINUTES OF THE COURT
July 13, 2017
THE HONORABLE VALERIE P. COOKE, U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
REPORTER: NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF(S): NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT(S): NONE APPEARING
MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS:
The parties have submitted a stipulated protective order (ECF No. 43). Section VII
appears to provide that documents containing confidential information shall be automatically
filed under seal with the court. The sealed document would then be followed ten days later by a
motion to seal. (Id.) This provision is contrary to the dictates of LR IA 10-5 which requires
papers filed under seal to be accompanied by a motion for leave to file under seal. Attached to
this order is a form of stipulated protective order that the parties may consider, which seeks to
balance the parties’ interests in protecting confidential information with the Ninth Circuit’s
holdings in Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2006) and Pintos
v. Pac. Creditors Ass’n, 605 F.3d 665, 677-78 (9th Cir. 2010).
Based upon the foregoing, the court cannot approve the stipulated protective order (ECF
No. 43) submitted for this court’s approval. However, the parties have leave to submit a revised
stipulated protective order that comports with LR IA 10-5(a) and the holdings in Kamakana and
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DEBRA K.KEMPI, CLERK
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
In order to protect the confidentiality of confidential information obtained by the parties
in connection with this case, the parties hereby agree as follows:
1. Any party or non-party may designate as “confidential” (by stamping the relevant page
or other otherwise set forth herein) any document or response to discovery which that party or
non-party considers in good faith to contain information involving trade secrets, or confidential
business or financial information, subject to protection under the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure or Nevada law (“Confidential Information”). Where a document or response consists
of more than one page, the first page and each page on which confidential information appears
shall be so designated.
2. A party or non-party may designate information disclosed during a deposition or in
response to written discovery as “confidential” by so indicating in said response or on the record
at the deposition and requesting the preparation of a separate transcript of such material.
Additionally a party or non-party may designate in writing, within twenty (20) days after receipt
of said responses or of the deposition transcript for which the designation is proposed, that
specific pages of the transcript and/or specific responses be treated as “confidential” information.
Any other party may object to such proposal, in writing or on the record. Upon such objection,
the parties shall follow the procedures described in paragraph 8 below. After any designation
made according to the procedure set forth in this paragraph, the designated documents or
information shall be treated according to the designation until the matter is resolved according to
the procedures described in paragraph 8 below, and counsel for all parties shall be responsible
for making all previously unmarked copies of the designated material in their possession or
control with the specified designation.
3. All information produced or exchanged in the course of this case (other than
information that is publicly available) shall be used by the party or parties to whom the
information is produced solely for the purpose of this case.
4. Except with the prior written consent of other parties, or upon prior order of this Court
obtained upon notice to opposing counsel, Confidential Information shall not be disclosed to any
person other than:
(a) counsel for the respective parties to this litigation, including in-house counsel and cocounsel retained for this litigation;
(b) employees of such counsel;
(c) individual defendants, class representatives, any officer or employee of a party, to the
extent deemed necessary by Counsel for the prosecution or defense of this litigation;
(d) consultants or expert witnesses retained for the prosecution or defense of this
litigation, provided that each such person shall execute a copy of the Certification annexed to this
Order as Exhibit “A” (which shall be retained by counsel to the party so disclosing the
Confidential Information and made available for inspection by opposing counsel during the
pendency or after the termination of the action only upon good cause shown and upon order of
the Court) before being shown or given any Confidential Information and provided that if the
party chooses a consultant or expert employed by [THE CORPORATE DEFENDANT] or one of
its competitors (as listed on Appendix A), the party shall notify the opposing party, or
designating nonparty, before disclosing any Confidential Information to that individual and shall
give the opposing party an opportunity to move for a protective order preventing or limiting such
(e) any authors or recipients of the Confidential Information;
(f) the Court, Court personnel, and court reporters; and
(g) witnesses (other than persons described in paragraph 4(e)). A witness shall sign the
Certification before being shown a confidential document. Confidential Information may be
disclosed to a witness who will not sign the Certification only in a deposition at which the party
who designated the Confidential Information is represented or has been given notice that
Confidential Information shall be designated “Confidential” pursuant to paragraph 2 above.
Witnesses shown Confidential Information shall not be allowed to retain copies.
5. Any persons receiving Confidential Information shall not reveal or discuss such
information to or with any person who is not entitled to receive such information, except as set
6. Unless otherwise permitted by statute, rule or prior court order, papers filed with the
court under seal shall be accompanied by a contemporaneous motion for leave to file those
documents under seal, and shall be filed consistent with the court’s electronic filing procedures
in accordance with Local Rule IA 10-5. Notwithstanding any agreement among the parties, the
party seeking to file a paper under seal bears the burden of overcoming the presumption in favor
of public access to papers filed in court. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.2d
1172 (9th Cir. 2006); Pintos v. Pac. Creditors Ass’n, 605 F.3d 665, 677-78 (9th Cir. 2010).
7. A party may designate as “Confidential” documents or discovery materials produced
by a non-party by providing written notice to all parties of the relevant document numbers or
other identification within thirty (30) days after receiving such documents or discovery materials.
Any party or non-party may voluntarily disclose to others without restriction any information
designated by that party or non-party as confidential, although a document may lose its
confidential status if it is made public.
8. If a party contends that any material is not entitled to confidential treatment, such
party may at any time give written notice to the party or non-party who designated the material.
The party or non-party who designated the material shall have twenty-five (25) days from the
receipt of such written notice to apply to the Court for an order designating the material as
confidential. The party or non-party seeking the order has the burden of establishing that the
document is entitled to protection.
9. Notwithstanding any challenge to the designation of material as Confidential
Information, all documents shall be treated as such and shall be subject to the provisions hereof
unless and until one of the following occurs:
(a) the party or non-party claims that the material is Confidential Information withdraws
such designation in writing; or
(b) the party or non-party who claims that the material is Confidential Information fails to
apply to the Court for an order designating the material confidential within the time period
specified above after receipt of a written challenge to such designation; or
(c) the Court rules the material is not confidential.
10. All provisions of this Order restricting the communication or use of Confidential
Information shall continue to be binding after the conclusion of this action, unless otherwise
agreed or ordered. Upon conclusion of the litigation, a party in the possession of Confidential
Information, other than that which is contained in pleadings, correspondence, and deposition
transcripts, shall either (a) return such documents no later than thirty (30) days after conclusion
of this action to counsel for the party or non-party who provided such information, or (b) destroy
such documents within the time period upon consent of the party who provided the information
and certify in writing within thirty (30) days that the documents have been destroyed.
11. The terms of this Order do not preclude, limit, restrict, or otherwise apply to the use
of documents at trial.
12. Nothing herein shall be deemed to waive any applicable privilege or work product
protection, or to affect the ability of a party to seek relief for an inadvertent disclosure of material
protected by privilege or work product protection.
13. Any witness or other person, firm or entity from which discovery is sought may be
informed of and may obtain the protection of this Order by written advice to the parties’
respective counsel or by oral advice at the time of any deposition or similar proceeding.
I hereby certify my understanding that Confidential Information is being provided to me
pursuant to the terms and restrictions of the Protective Order dated __________________, in
__________________________________, Civil No. _______________. I have been given a
copy of that Order and read it. I agree to be bound by the Order. I will not reveal the Confidential
Information to anyone, except as allowed by the Order. I will maintain all such Confidential
Information – including copies, notes, or other transcriptions made therefrom – in a secure
manner to prevent unauthorized access to it. No later than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of
this action, I will return the Confidential Information –- including copies, notes or other
transcriptions made therefrom – to the counsel who provided me with the Confidential
Information. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the
purpose of enforcing the Protective Order.
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