Mao et al v. US Bank National Association et al

Filing 81


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THE HONORABLE RICARDO S. MARTINEZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 RUI MAO, QINGBIN BU, RUI FAN, 9 ZHEN FAN, BING HUANG, WENLAN HUANG, SHUANGYAN JIA, TIEYIN LI, 10 HUAIJIN LIU, ZHONGFA LIU, XINYUAN MU, ZHICUI SHAN, YAO SONG, 11 HAILAN TANG, PEILIN WU, HAITAO 12 XU, XIUQIN YANG, ZHAOHUI YE, JUNHONG ZHANG, ZHONGMEI ZHAO, 13 DIANYI ZHOU, JIAYIN ZHU, XIAOYU ZHU, LIXIN CHEN, WEIYI DAI, ZHE 14 FENG, JIUYI GENG, YUE GU, MIN GUO, QING HUANG, HESHENG LEI, 15 CHUNFENG LI, DANLI LI, XINKAI LI, 16 RUIPING TAO, MANSHAN TONG, MING-JEN TSAI, YIPENG WU, ZHIJUN 17 WU, CHEN XUAN, XIAOSHU YANG, and XIAOLIN YIN, 18 Plaintiffs, 19 v. 20 NO. 2:16-cv-01113-RSM STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 21 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; QUARTZBURG GOLD, LP; ISR 22 CAPITAL, LLC; IDAHO STATE REGIONAL CENTER, LLC; and SIMA 23 MUROFF, 24 Defendants. 25 26 27 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) and Local Civil Rule 26(c)(2), the parties hereto hereby stipulate and agree to, and respectfully move this Court to enter, the below PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 1 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 Protective Order. 2 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 3 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or 4 private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties 5 hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The 6 parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket 7 protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery, the protection it affords from public 8 disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to 9 confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle 10 parties to file confidential information under seal. 11 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 12 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 13 produced or otherwise exchanged: non-public bank statements and other records of banking or 14 financial transactions; accounting records; tax returns and tax information returns; financial 15 statements; personnel and/or employment records; insurance records; internal policies, 16 procedures, and forms; business plans, projections, or strategies; customer information; 17 information regarding particular financial accounts; passports; documents containing personally 18 identifying information; documents containing individual addresses and phone numbers; 19 documents containing names of children; documents containing individual financial account 20 numbers; documents containing any other information subject to protection under HIPAA or 21 other privacy laws; and sensitive information akin to the documents specified herein produced by 22 a non-party. 23 3. SCOPE 24 The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as 25 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) 26 all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, 27 conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 2 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in the 2 public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise. 3 4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 4 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use material that is disclosed or produced 5 by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, defending, 6 or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the 7 categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential 8 material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner 9 that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement. 10 4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 11 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may 12 disclose any confidential material only to: 13 (a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of 14 counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation; 15 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the 16 receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties 17 agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so 18 designated; 19 (c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 20 litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 21 (d) the court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff; 22 (e) copy or imaging services retained by counsel to assist in the duplication of 23 confidential material, provided that counsel for the party retaining the copy or imaging service 24 instructs the service not to disclose any confidential material to third parties and to immediately 25 return all originals and copies of any confidential material; 26 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is reasonably 27 necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 3 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. Pages of 2 transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential material must 3 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted 4 under this agreement; (g) 5 the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or 6 other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 4.3 7 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing confidential material or discussing or 8 referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating party 9 to determine whether the designating party will remove the confidential designation, whether the 10 document can be redacted, or whether a motion to seal or stipulation and proposed order is 11 warranted. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the 12 standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material under 13 seal. 14 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 15 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party 16 or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must take 17 care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate 18 standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material, 19 documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the 20 material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not 21 swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement. 22 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 23 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 24 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary 25 expenses and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions. 26 27 PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 4 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated 2 for protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other 3 parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 4 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 5 agreement (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 6 ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must 7 be clearly so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced. 8 (a) Information in documentary form: (e.g., paper or electronic documents and 9 deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), 10 the designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that contains 11 confidential material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for 12 protection, the producing party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by 13 making appropriate markings in the margins). 14 (b) Testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings: the parties 15 must identify on the record, during the deposition, hearing, or other proceeding, all protected 16 testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate other testimony after reviewing the 17 transcript. Any party or non-party may, within fifteen days after receiving a deposition 18 transcript, designate portions of the transcript, or exhibits thereto, as confidential. 19 (c) Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place on the 20 exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the word 21 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection, 22 the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 23 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 24 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s 25 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 26 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is 27 treated in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 5 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 2 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 3 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 4 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 5 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 6 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 7 original designation is disclosed. 8 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 9 regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding 10 confidential designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or in 11 a declaration or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer 12 conference with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. 13 The certification must list the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith 14 effort to confer requires a face-to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 15 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 16 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under 17 Local Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 18 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those 19 made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 20 other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to 21 maintain the material in question as confidential until the court rules on the challenge. 22 7. IN OTHER LITIGATION 23 24 PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 25 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that 26 party must: 27 PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 6 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 (a) promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the 2 subpoena or court order; 3 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in 4 the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to 5 this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and 6 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 7 designating party whose confidential material may be affected. 8 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 9 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed confidential 10 material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, the receiving 11 party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized 12 disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, 13 (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of 14 this agreement, and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgment and 15 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 16 9. PROTECTED MATERIAL 17 18 INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently 19 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 20 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). The 21 inadvertent disclosure in this litigation of a communication, document, or information covered 22 by the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or other privilege or protection from 23 disclosure, shall not waive any such applicable privilege or protection. 24 10. NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS 25 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 26 party must destroy (with certification of such destruction provided to the producing party) or 27 return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts and PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 7 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 summaries thereof. Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are not required to return or destroy 2 material in data backups made in the ordinary course of business, and are entitled to retain one 3 archival copy of all documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, 4 correspondence, deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and 5 consultant and expert work product, even if such materials contain confidential material. The 6 confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a designating 7 party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. 8 11. NON WAIVER 9 Nothing herein shall prevent any party or non-party from seeking an order from the court 10 further restricting the use or access to information, or seeking any other relief from the court. 11 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 12 13 /s/ Michael Black (by email authorization) 14 Michael Black, admitted pro hac vice Parr Brown Gee & Loveless 15 101 South 200 East, Suite 700 16 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 17 and Lawrence Carl Locker, WSBA #15819 18 Steven O Fortney, WSBA # 44704 19 Summit Law Group 315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000 20 Seattle, WA 98104-2682 (206) 676-7000 21 22 Attorneys for Plaintiffs Except Xinyuan Mu 23 /s/ Matthew Sava (by email authorization) 24 Matthew Sava, admitted pro hac vice Reid & Wise LLC 25 250 West 34th Street One Penn Plaza, Suite 2015 26 New York, NY 10119 27 (212) 858-9968 PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 8 /s/ Shawn Larsen-Bright Peter Ehrlichman, WSBA #6591 Shawn Larsen-Bright, WSBA #37066 Andrea Yang, WSBA #50613 Dorsey & Whitney LLP 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6100 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 903-8800 Attorneys for Defendant U.S. Bank National Association /s/ Eric Swartz (by email authorization) Eric B. Swartz, admitted pro hac vice Jones & Swartz PLLC 623 West Hays Boise, ID 83702 (208) 489-8988 and Thomas M. Brennan, WSBA #30662 Krysta A. Liveris, WSBA #39581 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 2 3 4 5 and Benjamin I. VandenBerghe, WSBA #35477 Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-7090 Attorneys for Plaintiff Xinyuan Mu 6 McKay Chadwell, PLLC 600 University Street, Suite 1601 Seattle, WA 98101-4124 (206) 233-2800 Attorneys for Defendants Quartzburg Gold, LP, ISR Capital, LLC, Idaho State Regional Center, LLC, and Sima Muroff 7 8 9 10 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated this 22 day of March 2017. 11 12 A 13 14 RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 9 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND I, 3 [print or type full name], of [print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its 4 5 entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States 6 District Court for the Western District of Washington on [date] in the case of Mao et al. v. U.S. 7 Bank National Association et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-1113. I agree to comply with and to be 8 bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that 9 failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I 10 solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to 11 this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the 12 provisions of this Order. I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District 13 Court for the Western District of Washington for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this 14 Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this 15 action. 16 Date: 17 City and State where sworn and signed: 18 Printed name: 19 Signature: 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 PROTECTIVE ORDER 2:16-cv-01113-RSM 10 DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 701 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 6100 SEATTLE, WA 98104-7043 PHONE: (206) 903-8800 FAX: (206) 903-8820

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