Home v. AltRider, LLC et al
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER re parties' 29 Agreed MOTION for Protective Order . Signed by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (TH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
LOK HOME, an Ohio citizen,
NO. C16-1535 RSM
ALTRIDER, LLC, a Washington Limited
Liability Company; JEREMY LEBRETON, a
Washington citizen; and DOES 1 through 10,
PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS
Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or
private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties
hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The
parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket
protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery, the protection it affords from public
disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential
treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to
file confidential information under seal.
“Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things
produced or otherwise exchanged:
Trade secret information as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, RCW
Proprietary and competitive business information;
Information relating to design for products sold, developed, or under
consideration for development, not otherwise accounted for in the preceding two
subsections, but which are specific to AltRider.
Personal information where disclosure of that information would violate a
person’s privacy; and
Financial information (including but not limited to tax return, financial statements, banking
records, point-of-sale records, brokerage records, financial books and records, and electronic data
containing financial information).3. SCOPE
The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as
defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2)
all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony,
conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material.
However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in
the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise.
ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL
Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed
or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting,
defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to
the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential
material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner
that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement.
Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise
ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may
disclose any confidential material only to:
the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees
of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation;
the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the
receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties
agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so
experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for
this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit
the court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff;
copy or imaging services retained by counsel to assist in the duplication
of confidential material, provided that counsel for the party retaining the copy or imaging service
instructs the service not to disclose any confidential material to third parties and to immediately
return all originals and copies of any confidential material;
during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is
reasonably necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound”
(Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. Pages of
transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential material must
be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted
under this agreement;
the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a
custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information.
Filing Confidential Material. Confidential material is to be filed with the Court
under seal, in accordance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), unless the filing party and the designating
party agree that the Confidential material can be redacted. Nothing herein shall (a) limit a
designating party’s right to use or disclose its own discovery material, or (b) preclude any party
from seeking and obtaining, on an additional showing, such additional protection with respect to
Confidential material as that party may consider appropriate.
DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL
Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party
or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must take
care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate
standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material,
documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the
material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not
swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement.
Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are
shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to
unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary
expenses and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions.
If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated
for protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other
parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation.
Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this
agreement (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or
ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must
be clearly so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced.
Information in documentary form: (e.g., paper or electronic documents
and deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial
proceedings), the designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that
contains confidential material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for
protection, the producing party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making
appropriate markings in the margins).
Testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial proceedings: the parties
and any participating non-parties must identify on the record, during the deposition or other
pretrial proceeding, all protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate other
testimony after reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within fifteen days after
receiving the transcript of the deposition or other pretrial proceeding, designate portions of the
transcript, or exhibits thereto, as confidential.
If a party or non-party desires to protect
confidential information at trial, the issue should be addressed during the pre-trial conference.
Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place
on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the word
“CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection,
the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s).
Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to
designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s
right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a
designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is treated
in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.
CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS
Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of
confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality
designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic
burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to
challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the
original designation is disclosed.
Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute
regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding
confidential designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or
in a declaration or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer
conference with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. The
certification must list the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith effort to
confer requires a face-to-face meeting or a telephone conference.
Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court
intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under
Local Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with GR 15 and LGR 15, if applicable). The burden of
persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those
made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on
other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to
maintain the material in question as confidential until the court rules on the challenge.
PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER
If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels
disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party
promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the
subpoena or court order;
promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to
issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is
subject to this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and
cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued
by the designating party whose confidential material may be affected.
UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL
If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed confidential
material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, the receiving
party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized
disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material,
(c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of
this agreement, and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgment and
Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED
When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently
produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the
receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This
provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery
order or agreement that provides for production without prior privilege review. The parties agree
to the entry of a non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502(d) as set forth herein.
NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS
Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving
party must return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts
and summaries thereof. Alternatively, the parties may agree upon appropriate methods of
Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all
documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence,
deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert
work product, even if such materials contain confidential material.
The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a
designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise.
IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD.
DATED: November 2, 2017.
GORDON & REES LLP
By: s/ John V. Leary
Allen W. Estes, III, WSBA# 34526
John V. Leary, WSBA # 36345
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 659-5100
Attorneys for Lok Home
DATED: November 2, 2017.
TOUSLEY BRAIN STEPHENS PLLC
By: s/ James Bulthuis
Jason T. Dennett, WSBA #30686
James Bulthuis, WSBA #44089
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, Washington 98101
Attorneys for Jeremy LeBreton
PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 502(d), the production of any
documents in this proceeding shall not, for the purposes of this proceeding or any other
proceeding in any other court, constitute a waiver by the producing party of any privilege
applicable to those documents, including the attorney-client privilege, attorney work-product
protection, or any other privilege or protection recognized by law.
DATED this 7th day of November 2017.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
____________________________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty
of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was
issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on _________
in the case of Lok Home v. Jeremy LeBreton and Does 1-10, U.S.D.C. for the Western District
of Washington case no.: 16-cv-1535-RSM. I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the
terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so
comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly
promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this
Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions
of this Order.
I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the
Western District of Washington for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated
Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action.
City and State where sworn and signed:
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