Gilmore v. Boeing Company

Filing 16

STIPULALTED PROTECTIVE ORDER by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour granting 13 stipulated motion for protective order. (PM)

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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 MICHAEL GILMORE, 10 Plaintiff, 11 CASE NO. C16-1617-JCC STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER v. 12 13 BOEING COMPANY, Defendant. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ stipulated proposed protective order 16 (Dkt. No. 13). The Court hereby ORDERS the following: 17 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 18 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or 19 private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties 20 hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The 21 parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket 22 protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery, the protection it affords from public 23 disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to 24 confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle 25 parties to file confidential information under seal. 26 // STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 1 1 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 2 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 3 produced or otherwise exchanged: 4 (a) Payroll records pertaining to any current or former employee of Defendant that 5 contains financial account information. Good cause exists to protect the privacy rights of 6 Defendant’s current and former employees who are not parties to this litigation. No 7 public interest is served by requiring public disclosure of an individual’s private and 8 personal financial information in a matter in which he or she is not a party. 9 (b) Medical and mental health records pertaining to the parties, or any non-party, to the 10 extent the information is discoverable. Good cause exists to protect highly sensitive and 11 private nature of all medical records from non-party access. No public interest is served 12 by making any medical records of Plaintiff or any non-party publicly available. 13 (c) Financial records of the parties, including tax records. Good cause exists to protect 14 private financial records from non-party access. No public interest is served by these 15 records being publicly available. 16 (d) Proprietary business information, information regarding corporate strategy, a trade 17 secret or other commercial or financial information that would result in competitive or 18 commercial harm in the marketplace if the material were disseminated to persons outside 19 The Boeing Company or reviewed by persons other than those specifically identified 20 herein for purposes of this litigation. 21 3. SCOPE 22 The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only Confidential Material (as 23 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Confidential Material; 24 (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Confidential Material; and (3) any 25 testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal 26 Confidential Material. However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 2 1 information that is in the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or 2 otherwise. 3 4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 4 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use Confidential Material that is disclosed or 5 produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 6 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential Material may be disclosed only to 7 the 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 ordered by 11 the Court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any 12 Confidential Material only to: 13 (a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of counsel 14 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 receiving 16 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 18 so designated; 19 (c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation 20 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 24 service instructs the service not to disclose any Confidential Material to third parties and 25 to immediately return all originals and copies of any Confidential Material; 26 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is reasonably STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 3 1 necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 2 (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the Court. 3 Pages of transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal 4 Confidential Material must be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be 5 disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this agreement; and 6 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or 7 other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 8 4.3 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing Confidential Material or discussing or 9 referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating party 10 to determine whether the designating party will remove the confidential designation, whether the 11 document can be redacted, or whether a motion to seal or stipulation and proposed order is 12 warranted. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the 13 standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the Court to file material 14 under seal. 15 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 16 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party or 17 non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must take care 18 to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. 19 The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, 20 items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the material, 21 documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 22 unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement. 23 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 24 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 25 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary 26 expenses and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 4 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 agreement 5 (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, 6 disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must be clearly 7 so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced. 8 (a) Information in documentary form: (e.g., paper or electronic documents and deposition 9 exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), 10 the designating party must affix the work “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 portions(s) (e.g., 13 by 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 16 protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate other testimony after 17 reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within 15 days after receiving a 18 deposition transcript, designate portions of the transcript, or exhibits thereto, as 19 confidential. 20 (c) Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place on the 21 exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the work 22 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant 23 protection, the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected 24 portions(s). 25 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 26 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 5 1 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 2 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is 3 treated in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. 4 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 5 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 6 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 7 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 8 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 9 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 10 original designation is disclosed. 11 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 12 regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding 13 confidential designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or in 14 a declaration or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer 15 conference with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. The 16 certification must list the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith effort to 17 confer requires a face-to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 18 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 19 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under 20 Local Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 21 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those 22 made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 23 other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to 24 maintain the material in question as confidential until the Court rules on the challenge. 25 // 26 // STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 6 1 7. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN 2 OTHER LITIGATION 3 If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 4 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that 5 party must: 6 (a) promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the subpoena or 7 court order; 8 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in the 9 other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is 10 subject to this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and 11 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 12 designating party whose confidential material may be affected. 13 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 14 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed Confidential 15 Material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, the receiving 16 party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized 17 disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, 18 (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of 19 this agreement, and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgement and 20 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 21 9. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE 22 PROTECTED MATERIAL 23 When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently 24 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 25 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This 26 provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 7 1 order or agreement that provides for production without prior privilege review. Parties shall 2 confer on an appropriate non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502. 3 10. NON TERMINATION AND DESTRUCTION OF DOCUMENTS 4 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 5 party must destroy all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts 6 and summaries thereof. 7 Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all 8 documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence, 9 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 10 work product, even if such materials contain Confidential Material. 11 The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a 12 designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. 13 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 14 DATED this 20th day of January 2017. REED LONGYEAR MALNATI & AHRENS, PLLC 15 s/Elizabeth A. Hanley______________ Elizabeth A. Hanley, WSBA # 38233 Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC 801 Second Ave., Ste. 1415 Seattle, WA 98104 Tel. (206) 624-6271 Fax (206) 624-6672 Email: Attorney for Plaintiff 16 17 18 19 20 MORGAN, LEWIS, & BOCKIUS, LLP s/Jocelyn Cuttino__________________ Mr. Clifford D. Sethness, WSBA# 14110 Ms. Jocelyn R. Cuttino, pro hac vice Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP 300 South Grand Avenue, 22nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071 Tel. (213) 621-2500 Fax (213) 621-3132 Email: 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 8 RIDDELL WILLIAMS, P.S. 1 s/Laurence A. Shapero______________ Mr. Laurence A. Shapero, WSBA # 31301 Riddell Williams, P.S. 1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500 Seattle, WA 98154 Tel. (206) 624-3600 Fax (206) 389-1708 Email: 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pursuant to this stipulation, IT IS SO ORDERED. 8 DATED this 24th day of January 2017. 9 10 11 A 12 13 14 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 9 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 I, _____________________________, [print or type full name], of 4 _________________________________________ [print or type full address], declare under 5 penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective 6 Order that was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington 7 on _______________ in the case of Michael Gilmore v. The Boeing Company, No. 2:16-cv8 01617-JCC. I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective 9 Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanction 10 and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any 11 manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person 12 or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order 13 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 14 Western District of Washington for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated 15 Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action 16 Date: _____________________________ 17 City and State where sworn and signed: _____________________________ 18 Printed name: _____________________________ 19 Signature: _____________________________ 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER PAGE - 10

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