Montague v. Safeway, Inc. et al

Filing 15

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER re parties' 14 Stipulation, by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT)

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1 THE HONORABLE THOMAS S. ZILLY 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DESIREE A. MONTAGUE, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) SAFEWAY INC., a Delaware corporation; ) and SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT ) SERVICES, INC., an Illinois corporation, ) ) Defendants. ) ) 1. Case No. 2:17-cv-01241-TSZ STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 17 Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or 18 private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties 19 hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The 20 parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer 21 blanket protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery, the protection it affords from 22 public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to 23 confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively 24 entitle parties to file confidential information under seal. 25 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 26 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 27 produced or otherwise exchanged: Plaintiff’s medical records; Plaintiff’s disciplinary records; LANE POWELL PC STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 1 P.O. BOX 91302 008501.0052/7189600.1 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 personnel records for Plaintiff or other Safeway employees that would otherwise be treated as 2 confidential (such as those records found in a personnel file or involving comparators) or those 3 employee records that are subject to a legally-protected right of privacy by statute or 4 regulations. The parties may agree to amend this list to specifically identify other records that 5 may be requested in discovery. 6 3. SCOPE 7 The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as 8 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) 9 all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, 10 conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential 11 material. However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is 12 13 in the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise. 14 4. 15 ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is 16 disclosed or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for 17 prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be 18 disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this 19 agreement. Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a 20 location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized 21 under this agreement. 22 4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 23 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may 24 disclose any confidential material only to: (a) 25 the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as 26 employees of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this 27 litigation; STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 2 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 (b) 1 the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the 2 receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties 3 agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so 4 designated; (c) 5 experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for 6 this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” 7 (Exhibit A); 8 (d) the court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff; 9 (e) copy or imaging services retained by counsel to assist in the duplication 10 of confidential material, provided that counsel for the party retaining the copy or imaging 11 service instructs the service not to disclose any confidential material to third parties and to 12 immediately return all originals and copies of any confidential material; (f) 13 during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is 14 reasonably necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be 15 Bound” (Exhibit A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the court. 16 Pages of transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential 17 material must be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone 18 except as permitted under this agreement; (g) 19 20 21 the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information. 4.3 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing confidential material or discussing or 22 referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating party 23 to determine whether the designating party will remove the confidential designation, whether 24 the document can be redacted, or whether a motion to seal or stipulation and proposed order is 25 warranted. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the 26 standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court to file material 27 under seal. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 3 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 2 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each 3 party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement 4 must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the 5 appropriate standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of 6 material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other 7 portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not 8 warranted are not swept 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 12 expenses 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 14 for protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other 15 parties 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 21 and deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial 22 proceedings), the designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” to each page that 23 contains confidential material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies 24 for protection, the producing party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by 25 making appropriate markings in the margins). 26 27 (b) 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 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 4 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 other pretrial proceeding, all protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so 2 designate other testimony after reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within 3 fifteen days after receiving the transcript of the deposition or other pretrial proceeding, 4 designate portions of the transcript, or exhibits thereto, as confidential. If a party or non-party 5 desires to protect confidential information at trial, the issue should be addressed during the pre- 6 trial conference. (c) 7 Other tangible items: the producing party must affix in a prominent place 8 on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the 9 word “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only a portion or portions of the information or item warrant 10 protection, the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portion(s). 5.3 11 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 12 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s 13 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 14 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is 15 treated in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. 16 6. 17 CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 18 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 19 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 20 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 21 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 22 original designation is disclosed. 23 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 24 regarding confidential designations without court involvement. Any motion regarding 25 confidential designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or 26 in a declaration or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer 27 conference with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 5 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 The certification must list the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith 2 effort to confer requires a face-to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 6.3 3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without court 4 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under 5 Local Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 6 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and 7 those made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and 8 burdens on other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall 9 continue to maintain the material in question as confidential until the court rules on the 10 challenge. 11 7. 12 LITIGATION 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 13 14 compels 15 “CONFIDENTIAL,” that party must: (a) 16 17 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the subpoena or court order; (b) 18 promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to 19 issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is 20 subject to this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and (c) 21 cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued 22 by the designating party whose confidential material may be affected. 23 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL 24 If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 25 confidential material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, 26 the receiving party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the 27 unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 6 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 protected material, (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were 2 made of all the terms of this agreement, and (d) request that such person or persons execute the 3 “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 4 9. 5 MATERIAL INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED 6 When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently 7 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 8 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This 9 provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery 10 order or agreement that provides for production without prior privilege review. The parties 11 agree to the entry of a non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502(d) as set forth herein. 12 10. NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS 13 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 14 party must return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts 15 and summaries thereof. Alternatively, the parties may agree upon appropriate methods of 16 destruction. 17 Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all 18 documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence, 19 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 20 work product, even if such materials contain confidential material. 21 22 The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. 23 24 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 25 DATED this __ day of January, 2018. 26 LANE POWELL, PC 27 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 7 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 By: /s/ D. Michael Reilly, WSBA #14674 Justin A. Okun, WSBA No. 52999 Attorneys for Defendants 2 3 4 5 6 7 BURKE LAW OFFICES, INC. P.S. 8 By: /s/ Thomas G. Burke, WSBA #6577 Attorneys for Plaintiff 612 South 227th Street Des Moines, WA 98198 Phone: 824-5630 Attorney for Plaintiff 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 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. 19 20 DATED this 12th day of February, 2018. 21 23 A 24 Thomas S. Zilly United States District Judge 22 25 26 27 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 8 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND I, 3 ____________________________________ [print or type full name], of 4 ____________________________________ [print or type full address], declare under penalty 5 of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that 6 was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on [date] 7 in the case of ________________ Desiree A. Montague v. Safeway Inc. and Sedgwick Claims 8 Management Services, Inc., USDC Cause No. 2:27-cv-01241. I agree to comply with and to be 9 bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge 10 that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of 11 contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item 12 that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict 13 compliance with the provisions of this Order. 14 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the 15 Western District of Washington for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated 16 Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 17 Date: 18 City and State where sworn and signed: 19 Printed name: 20 Signature: 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT: 2:17-CV-01241-TSZ - 9 008501.0052/7189600.1 LANE POWELL PC 1420 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4200 P.O. BOX 91302 SEATTLE, WA 98111-9402 206.223.7000 FAX: 206.223.7107

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