Waste Action Project v. Fruhling Sand & Topsoil, Inc.

Filing 44

PROTECTIVE ORDER re parties' 43 Stipulated MOTION, by Judge Ricardo S. Martinez. (SWT)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 WASTE ACTION PROJECT, 10 Plaintiff, v. CASE NO. C17-498 RSM STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 11 FRUHLING SAND AND TOPSOIL, INC., 12 Defendant. 13 14 15 1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 16 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or 17 private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby 18 stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties 19 acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket 20 protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery, the protection it affords from public 21 disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential 22 treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file 23 confidential information under seal. 24 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 25 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 26 produced or otherwise exchanged: financial information that is not in the public domain. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 1 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 3. SCOPE 2 The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as 3 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) all 4 copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, 5 conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. 6 However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in 7 the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise. 8 4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 9 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed 10 or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 11 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the 12 categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential material 13 must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures 14 that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement. 15 4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered 16 by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any 17 confidential material only to: 18 (a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees 19 of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation; 20 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the 21 receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties 22 agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so 23 designated; 24 (c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 25 litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 26 (d) the court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff; STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 2 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 (e) copy or imaging services retained by counsel to assist in the duplication of 2 confidential material, provided that counsel for the party retaining the copy or imaging service 3 instructs the service not to disclose any confidential material to third parties and to immediately 4 return all originals and copies of any confidential material; 5 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is 6 reasonably necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 7 (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. Pages of 8 transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential material must 9 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted 10 under this agreement. It will be the responsibility of the designating party to communicate these 11 restrictions to the court reporter; 12 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 13 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 14 4.3 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing confidential material or discussing or 15 referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating party, 16 in accordance with Local Civil Rule 5(g)(3)(A), to determine whether the designating party will 17 remove the confidential designation, whether the document can be redacted, or whether a motion 18 to seal or stipulation and proposed order is warranted. During the meet and confer process, the 19 designating party must identify the basis for sealing the specific confidential information at issue, 20 and the filing party shall include this basis in its motion to seal, along with any objection to sealing 21 the information at issue. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and 22 the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material 23 under seal. A party who seeks to maintain the confidentiality of its information must satisfy the 24 requirements of Local Civil Rule 5(g)(3)(B), even if it is not the party filing the motion to seal. 25 Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in the motion to seal being denied, in accordance with 26 the strong presumption of public access to the Court’s files. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 3 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 2 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party 3 or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must take 4 care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate 5 standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material, 6 documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the 7 material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 8 unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement. 9 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 10 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 11 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary expenses 12 and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions. 13 If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated for 14 protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other parties 15 that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 16 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 17 agreement (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 18 ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must 19 be clearly so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced. 20 (a) Information in documentary form: (e.g., paper or electronic documents and 21 deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), 22 the designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that contains 23 confidential material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, 24 the producing party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate 25 markings in the margins). 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 4 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 (b) Testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial proceedings: the parties 2 and any participating non-parties must identify on the record, during the deposition or other pretrial 3 proceeding, all protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate other testimony 4 after reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within fifteen days after receiving the 5 transcript of the deposition or other pretrial proceeding, designate portions of the transcript, or 6 exhibits thereto, as confidential. If a party or non-party desires to protect confidential information 7 at trial, the issue should be addressed during the pre-trial conference. 8 (c) Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place 9 on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the word 10 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection, 11 the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 12 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 13 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s 14 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 15 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is treated 16 in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. 17 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 18 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 19 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 20 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 21 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 22 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 23 original designation is disclosed. 24 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 25 regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding confidential 26 designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or in a declaration STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 5 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer conference with other 2 affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. The certification must list 3 the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith effort to confer requires a face4 to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 5 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 6 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under Local 7 Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 8 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those 9 made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 10 other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to maintain 11 the material in question as confidential until the court rules on the challenge. 12 7. 13 14 PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 15 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party 16 must: 17 (a) promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the 18 subpoena or court order; 19 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to 20 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is 21 subject to this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and 22 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by 23 the designating party whose confidential material may be affected. 24 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 25 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed confidential 26 material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, the receiving STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 6 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized disclosures, 2 (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, (c) inform the 3 person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this agreement, 4 and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be 5 Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 6 9. 7 8 INADVERTENT PRODUCTION PROTECTED MATERIAL OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently 9 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 10 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision 11 is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery order or 12 agreement that provides for production without prior privilege review. The parties agree to the 13 entry of a non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502(d) as set forth herein. 14 10. NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS 15 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 16 party must return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts and 17 summaries thereof. Alternatively, the parties may agree upon appropriate methods of destruction. 18 Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all 19 documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence, 20 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work 21 product, even if such materials contain confidential material. 22 The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a 23 designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 7 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 1 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 2 DATED: 3 4 DATED: 5 Attorneys for Plaintiff Attorneys for Defendant 6 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED 7 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 502(d), the production of any 8 documents in this proceeding shall not, for the purposes of this proceeding or any other federal or 9 state proceeding, constitute a waiver by the producing party of any privilege applicable to those 10 documents, including the attorney-client privilege, attorney work-product protection, or any other 11 privilege or protection recognized by law. 12 13 DATED this 1st day of March 2019. A 14 RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER - 8 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1 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 penalty of 5 perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was 6 issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on [date] in the 7 case of Waste Action Project v. Fruhling Sand & Topsoil, Inc, case number 2:17-CV-00498-RSM. 8 I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I 9 understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and 10 punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner 11 any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity 12 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 Protective 15 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 - 9 571620-0001/4816-6744-5384.2 MILLER NASH GRAHAM & DUNN LLP AT T OR NE YS AT L AW T: 206.624.8300 | F: 206.340.9599 P I ER 7 0 2 8 0 1 ALAS K AN W AY, SUI T E 3 0 0 SE AT T LE , W ASHI NGT ON 9 8 1 2 1

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