City of Seattle v. ZyLAB North America, LLC

Filing 48

PROTECTIVE ORDER re 47 Stipulated Motion for Protective Order. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour. (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 CITY OF SEATTLE, 10 Plaintiff, 11 CASE NO. C17-0790-JCC PROTECTIVE ORDER v. 12 ZYLAB NORTH AMERICA, LLC, 13 Defendant. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ stipulated motion for protective order 16 (Dkt. No. 47). Having thoroughly considered the stipulation, the Court ORDERS the following: 17 18 1. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 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. PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 1 1 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 2 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 3 produced or otherwise exchanged in the above-captioned matter which include any of the 4 following information: ZyLAB customer identities; ZyLAB pricing terms, lists and structures; 5 ZyLAB technology processes, techniques, and specifications; ZyLAB methodologies, procedures 6 and practices; and ZyLAB contractual terms, conditions and covenants. “Confidential” material 7 shall also include documents and tangible things produced or otherwise exchanged in the above8 captioned matter which include any of the following information, as referenced in RCW 42.56.070, 9 RCW 42.56.420 and WAC 44-14-06002: City personal information in agency employee files, to 10 the extent that disclosure would violate the employee’s right to privacy; preliminary drafts, notes, 11 recommendations, and intra-agency memorandums that demonstrate the City’s deliberative 12 process; security information related to public safety, national security, emergency plans, 13 emergency preparedness plans, escape response plans, safe school plans, computer and 14 telecommunications network infrastructure, and the personal security information of private cloud 15 servers; and sensitive proprietary information of businesses regulated by the City. 16 3. SCOPE 17 The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as 18 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) all 19 copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, 20 conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. 21 However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in 22 the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise. 23 4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 24 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed 25 or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, 26 defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 2 1 categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential material 2 must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures 3 that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement. 4 4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered 5 by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any 6 confidential material only to: 7 (a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees 8 of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation; 9 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the 10 receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties 11 agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so 12 designated; 13 (c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 14 litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 15 (d) the court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff; 16 (e) copy or imaging services retained by counsel to assist in the duplication of 17 confidential material, provided that counsel for the party retaining the copy or imaging service 18 instructs the service not to disclose any confidential material to third parties and to immediately 19 return all originals and copies of any confidential material; 20 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is 21 reasonably necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 22 (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. Pages of 23 transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential material must 24 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted 25 under this agreement; 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 3 1 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a 2 custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 3 4.3 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing confidential material or discussing or 4 referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating party 5 to determine whether the designating party will remove the confidential designation, whether the 6 document can be redacted, or whether a motion to seal or stipulation and proposed order is 7 warranted. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the standards 8 that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material under seal. 9 5. 10 DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party 11 or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must take 12 care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate 13 standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material, 14 documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the 15 material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept 16 unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement. 17 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 18 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 19 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary expenses 20 and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions. 21 If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated for 22 protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other parties 23 that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 24 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 25 agreement (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 4 1 ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must 2 be clearly so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced. 3 (a) Information in documentary form: (e.g., paper or electronic documents and 4 deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), 5 the designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that contains 6 confidential material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, 7 the producing party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate 8 markings in the margins). 9 (b) Testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial proceedings: the parties 10 and any participating non-parties must identify on the record, during the deposition or other pretrial 11 proceeding, all protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate other testimony 12 after reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within fifteen days after receiving the 13 transcript of the deposition or other pretrial proceeding, designate portions of the transcript, or 14 exhibits thereto, as confidential. If a party or non-party desires to protect confidential information 15 at trial, the issue should be addressed during the pre-trial conference. 16 (c) Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place 17 on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the word 18 “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant protection, 19 the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 20 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 21 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s 22 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 23 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is treated 24 in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. 25 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 5 1 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 2 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 3 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 4 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 5 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 6 original designation is disclosed. 7 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 8 regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding confidential 9 designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or in a declaration 10 or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer conference with other 11 affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. The certification must list 12 the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith effort to confer requires a face13 to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 14 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 15 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under Local 16 Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 17 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those 18 made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 19 other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to maintain 20 the material in question as confidential until the court rules on the challenge. 21 7. PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER 22 LITIGATION 23 If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 24 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party 25 must: 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 6 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 4 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is 5 subject to 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 7 the 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 disclosures, 12 (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, (c) inform the 13 person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this agreement, 14 and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be 15 Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 16 9. INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED 17 MATERIAL 18 The parties will produce documents pursuant to the Stipulation Regarding Production 19 Specifications Convention, attached hereto as Exhibit B. When a producing party gives notice to 20 receiving parties that certain inadvertently produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or 21 other protection, the obligations of the receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil 22 Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be 23 established in an e-discovery order or agreement that provides for production without prior 24 privilege review. The parties agree to the entry of a non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502(d) 25 as set forth herein. 26 10. NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 7 1 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 2 party must return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts and 3 summaries thereof. Alternatively, the parties may agree upon appropriate methods of destruction. 4 Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all 5 documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence, 6 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert work 7 product, even if such materials contain confidential material. 8 The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a 9 designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. 10 11 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. Date: October 10, 2017 12 FOSTER PEPPER PLLC s/ Jack Cullen Jack Cullen, WSBA #7330 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3000 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: (206) 447-4689 Fax: (206) 749-2001 13 14 15 16 17 Date: October 4, 2017 JEFFER MANGELS BUTLER & MITCHELL LLP s/ Joseph N. Demko Joseph N. Demko s/ Matthew S. Kenefick Matthew S. Kenefick Two Embarcadero Center, 5th Floor San Francisco, California 94111-3813 Phone (415) 398-8080 Fax (415) 398-5584 Admitted pro hac vice 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Attorneys for ZyLAB North America, LLC 25 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 8 1 2 Date: October 5, 2017 3 PETER S. HOLMES Seattle City Attorney s/ John. L. Groh (by email consent) John L. Groh, WSBA #18440 Assistant City Attorney 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2050 Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: (206) 233-2169 Email: 4 5 6 7 8 9 Date: October 5, 2017 K&L GATES LLP s/ Martha Rodriguez Lopez (by email consent) Martha Rodriguez Lopez, WSBA #35466 s/ Raina V. Wagner (by email consent) Raina V. Wagner, WSBA #45701 K&L Gates LLP 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900 Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: (206) 370-7882 Fax: (206)370-6080 Email: Email: Attorneys for The City of Seattle 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 / / / 18 / / / 19 / / / 20 / / / 21 / / / 22 / / / 23 / / / 24 / / / 25 / / / 26 / / / PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 9 1 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED 2 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 502(d), the production of any 3 documents in this proceeding shall not, for the purposes of this proceeding or any other proceeding 4 in any other court, constitute a waiver by the producing party of any privilege applicable to those 5 documents, including the attorney-client privilege, attorney work-product protection, or any other 6 privilege or protection recognized by law. 7 8 DATED this 13th day of October 2017. A 9 10 11 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 10 EXHIBIT A 1 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 I, 15 16 17 18 19 [print or type full name], of ____________________________________ [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 City of Seattle v. Zylab North America, LLC, Case No. 2:17-cv-00790-JCC. 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. 13 14 ____________________________________ 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. Date: City and State where sworn and signed: Printed name: Signature: 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 PROTECTIVE ORDER – C17-0790-JCC - 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 EXHIBIT B STIPULATION REGARDING PRODUCTION SPECIFICATIONS CONVENTION

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