Ulrich v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., No. 1:2010cv00525 - Document 21 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: ORDER granting 20 Motion for Protective Order signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 12/16/2010. (Kusamura, W)
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Ulrich v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Doc. 21 1 JOSHUA S. GOODMAN, ESQUIRE - State Bar #116576 ANEIKO L. HICKERSON, ESQUIRE – State Bar #223567 2 JENKINS GOODMAN NEUMAN & HAMILTON LLP 100 Oceangate, Suite 1200 3 Long Beach, CA 90802 Telephone: (213) 416-6297 4 Facsimile: (415) 705-0411 ahickerson@jgn.com 5 Attorneys for Defendant 6 HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. 7 8 UNITED STATE DISTRICT COURT FOR 9 THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JEAN ULRICH, 12 Case No. 1:10-cv-00525 JLT Plaintiff, PROTECTIVE ORDER 13 vs. 14 HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC., et al., 15 (Doc. 20) Defendants. 16 17 18 The Court recognizes that a least some of the documents and information 19 (“materials”) being sought through discovery in the above-caption action are, for 20 competitive reasons, normally kept confidential by the parties. The parties have agreed to 21 be bound by the terms of this Protective Order (“Order”) in this action. 22 The materials to be exchanged throughout the course of the litigation between the 23 parties may contain trade secret or other confidential research, technical, cost, price, 24 marketing or other commercial information, as is contemplated by Federal Rule of Civil Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 Procedure 26(c)(7). The purpose of this Order is to protect the confidentiality of such 26 materials as much as practical during the litigation. THEREFORE: -1STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Dockets.Justia.com DEFINITIONS 1 2 1. The term “Confidential Information” will mean and include information 3 contained or disclosed in any materials, including documents, portions of documents, 4 answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions, trial testimony, deposition 5 testimony, and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, including data, summaries 6 and compilations derived therefrom that is deemed to be Confidential Information by any 7 party to which it belongs. 8 2. The term “materials” will include, but is not limited to: documents; 9 correspondence; memoranda; bulletins; blueprints; specifications; customer lists or other 10 material that identify customers or potential customers; price lists or schedules or other 11 matter identifying pricing; minutes; telegrams; letters; statements; cancelled checks; 12 contracts; invoices’ drafts’ books of account; worksheets; notes of conversations; desk 13 diaries; appointment books; expense accounts; recordings; photographs; motion pictures; 14 compilations from which information can be obtained and translated into reasonably 15 usable form through detection devices; sketches; drawings; notes (including laboratory 16 notebooks and records); reports; instructions; disclosures; other writings; models and 17 prototypes and other physical objects. 18 3. The term “counsel” will mean outside counsel of record, and other attorneys, 19 paralegals, secretaries, and other support staff employed in the law firms identified below: 20 LAW OFFICES OF NEIL C. NEWSON 21 JENKINS GOODMAN NEUMAN & HAMILTON LLP 22 “Counsel” also includes in-house attorneys for Defendant. GENERAL RULES 23 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 4. Each party to this litigation that produces or discloses any materials, answers 25 to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, trial testimony, deposition 26 testimony and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, or information that the -2STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 producing party believes should be subject to this Protective Order may designate the same 2 as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY.” 3 a. Designation as “CONFIDENTIAL”: Any party may designate information 4 as “CONFIDENTIAL” only if, in the good faith belief of such party and its counsel, the 5 unrestricted disclosure of such information could be potentially prejudicial to the business 6 or operations of such party. 7 b. Designation as “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY”: Any party 8 may designation information as “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY” only if, in 9 the good faith belief of such party and its counsel, the information is among that 10 considered to be most sensitive by the party, including but not limited to trade secret or 11 other confidential research, development, financial or other commercial information. 12 5. In the event the producing party elects to produce materials for inspection, 13 no marking need be made by the producing party in advance of the initial inspection. For 14 purposes of the initial inspection, all materials produced will be considered as 15 “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY,” and must be treated as such pursuant to 16 the terms of this Order. Thereafter, upon selection of specified materials for copying by 17 the inspection party, the producing party must, within a reasonable time prior to producing 18 those materials to the inspecting party, mark the copies of those materials that contain 19 Confidential Information with the appropriate confidentiality marking. 20 6. Whenever a deposition taken on behalf of any party involves a disclosure of 21 Confidential Information of any party: 22 a. the deposition of portions of the deposition must be designated as containing 23 Confidential Information subject to the provisions of this Order; such designation must be 24 made on the record whenever possible, but a party may designate portions of depositions Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 as containing Confidential Information after transcription of the proceedings; (A) party 26 will have until fourteen (14) days after receipt of the deposition transcript to inform the -3STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 other party or parties to the action of the portions of the transcript to be designated 2 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY.” 3 b. the disclosing party will have the right to exclude from attendance at the 4 deposition, during such time as the Confidential Information is to be disclosed, any person 5 other than the deponent, counsel (including their staff and associates), the court reporter, 6 and the persons(s) agreed upon pursuant to paragraph 8 below; and 7 c. the originals of the deposition transcripts and all copies of the deposition 8 must bear the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL 9 ONLY,” as appropriate, and the original or any copy ultimately presented to a court for 10 filing must not be filed unless it can be accomplished under seal, identified as being 11 subject to this Order, and protected from being opened except by order of this Court. 12 7. All Confidential Information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 13 “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY” must not be disclosed by the receiving 14 party to anyone other than those persons designated within this order and must be handled 15 in the manner set forth below and, in any event, must not be used for any purpose other 16 than in connection with this litigation, unless and until such designation is removed either 17 by agreement of the parties, or by order of the Court. 18 8. Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY” must 19 be viewed only by counsel (as defined in paragraph 3) of the receiving party, and by 20 independent experts under the conditions set forth in this Paragraph. The right of any 21 independent expert to receive any Confidential Information will be subject to the advance 22 approval of such expert by the producing party or by permission of the Court. The party 23 seeking approval of an independent expert must provide the producing party with the name 24 and curriculum vitae of the proposed independent expert, and an executed copy of the form Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 attached hereto as Exhibit A, in advance of providing any Confidential Information of the 26 producing party to the expert. Any objection by the producing party to an independent -4STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 expert receiving Confidential Information must be made in writing with fourteen (14) days 2 following receipt of the identification of the proposed expert. Confidential Information 3 may be disclosed to an independent expert if the fourteen (14) day period has passed and 4 no objection has been made. The approval of independent experts must not be 5 unreasonably withheld. 6 9. Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” must be viewed only by counsel 7 (as defined in paragraph 3) of the receiving party, by independent experts (pursuant to the 8 terms of paragraph 8), and by the additional individuals listed below, provided each such 9 individual has read this Order in advance of disclosure and has agreed in writing to be 10 bound by its terms: 11 (a) Executives who are required to participate in policy decisions with reference 12 to this action; 13 (b) Technical personnel of the parties with whom Counsel for the parties find it 14 necessary to consult, in the discretion of such counsel, in preparation for trial of this 15 action; and 16 (c) Stenographic and clerical employees associated with the individuals 17 identified above. 18 10. With respect to material designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or 19 “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY,” any person indicated on the face of the 20 document to be its originator, author or a recipient of a copy of the document, may be 21 shown the same. 22 11. All information which has been designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 23 “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY” by the producing or disclosing party, and 24 any and all reproductions of that information, must be retained in the custody of the Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 counsel for the receiving party identified in paragraph 3, except that independent experts 26 authorized to view such information under the terms of this Order may retain custody of -5STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 copies such as a necessary for their participation in this litigation. 2 12. Before any materials produced in discovery, answers to interrogatories, 3 responses to requests for admissions, deposition transcripts, or other documents which are 4 designated as Confidential Information are filed with the Court for any purpose, the party 5 seeking to file such material must seek permission of the Court to file the material under 6 seal. 7 13. At any stage of these proceedings, any party may object to a designation of 8 the materials as Confidential Information. The party objecting to confidentiality must 9 notify, in writing, counsel for the designating party of the objected-to materials and the 10 grounds for the objection. If the dispute is not resolved consensually between the parties 11 within seven (7) days of receipt of such a notice of objections, the objecting party may 12 move the Court for a ruling on the objection. The materials at issue must be treated as 13 Confidential Information, as designated by the designating party, until the Court has ruled 14 on the objection or the matter has been otherwise resolved. 15 14. All Confidential Information must be held in confidence by those inspecting 16 or receiving it, and must be used only for purposes of this action. Counsel for each party 17 and each person receiving Confidential Information must take reasonable precautions to 18 prevent the authorized or inadvertent disclosure of such information. If Confidential 19 Information is disclosed to any person other than a person authorized by this Order, the 20 party responsible for the unauthorized disclosure must immediately bring all pertinent facts 21 relating to the unauthorized disclosure to the attention of the other parties and, without 22 prejudice to any rights and remedies of the other parties, make every effort to prevent 23 further disclosure by the party and by the person(s) receiving the unauthorized disclosure. 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 15. No party will be responsible to another party for disclosure of Confidential 25 Information under this Order if the information in question is not labeled or otherwise 26 identified as such in accordance with this Order. -6STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 16. If a party, through inadvertence, produces any Confidential Information 2 without labeling or marking or otherwise designating it as such in accordance with this 3 Order, the designating party may given written notice to the receiving party that the 4 document or thing produced is deemed Confidential Information, and that the document or 5 thing produced should be treated as such in accordance with that designation under this 6 Order. The receiving party must treat the materials as confidential, once the designating 7 party so notifies the receiving party. If the receiving party has disclosed the materials 8 before receiving the designation, the receiving party must notify the designating party in 9 writing of each such disclosure. Counsel for the parties will agree on a mutually 10 acceptable manner of labeling or marking the inadvertently produced materials as 11 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL – FOR COUNSEL ONLY” – SUBJECT TO 12 PROTECTIVE ORDER. 13 17. Nothing within this Order will prejudice the right of any party to object to 14 the production of any discovery material on the grounds that the material is protected as 15 privileged or as attorney-work product. 16 18. Nothing in this Order will bar counsel from rendering advice to their clients 17 with respect to this litigation and, in the course thereof, relying upon any information 18 designated as Confidential Information, provided that the contents of the information must 19 not be disclosed. 20 19. This Order will be without prejudice to the right of any party to oppose 21 production of any information for lack of relevance or any other ground other than the 22 mere presence of Confidential Information. The existence of this Order must not be used 23 by either party as a basis for discovery that is otherwise improper under the Federal Rules 24 of Civil Procedure. Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 20. Nothing within this Order will be construed to prevent disclosure of 26 Confidential Information if such disclosure is required by law or by order of the Court. -7STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 21. Upon final termination of this action, including any and all appeals, counsel 2 for each party must, upon request of the producing party, return all Confidential 3 Information to the party that produced the information, including any copies, excerpts, and 4 summaries of that information, or must destroy same at the option of the receiving party, 5 and must purge all such information from all machine-readable material on which it 6 resides. Notwithstanding the foregoing, counsel for each party may retain all pleadings, 7 briefs, memoranda, motion, and other documents filed with the Court that refer to or 8 incorporate Confidential Information, and will continue to be bound by this Order with 9 respect to all such retained information. Further attorney-work product materials that 10 contain Confidential Information need not be destroyed, but if they are not destroyed, the 11 person in possession of the attorney-work product will continue to be bound by this Order 12 with respect to all such retained information. 13 22. The restrictions and obligations set forth within this Order will not apply to 14 any information that : (a) the parties agree should not be designated Confidential 15 Information; (b) the parties agree, or the Court rules, is already public knowledge; (c) the 16 parties agree, or the Court rules, has become public knowledge other than as a result of 17 disclosure by the receiving party, its employees, or its agents in violation of this Order; or 18 (d) has come or will come into the receiving party’s legitimate knowledge independently 19 of the production by the designating party. Prior knowledge must be established by pre20 production documentation. 21 23. The restrictions and obligations within this Order will not be deemed to 22 prohibit discussions of any Confidential Information with anyone if that person already has 23 or obtains legitimate possession of that information. 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 24. Transmission by facsimile is acceptable for all notification purposes with this 25. This Order may be modified by agreement of the parties, subject to approval 25 Order. 26 -8STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 by the Court. 2 26. This Order is subject to further court order based upon public policy or other 3 reasons and may be modified sua sponte in the interests of justice. 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 Dated: December 16, 2010 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 26 -9STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER EXHIBIT A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JEAN ULRICH, Case No. 1:10-cv-00525 JLT 12 Plaintiff, AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY PROTECTIVE ORDER 13 vs. 14 HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC., at al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 I, ______________, declare and say that: 20 1. I am employed as __________ by _____________________. 21 2. I have read the Protective Order entered in Ulrich v. Home Depot U.S.A., 22 Inc., Case No. CV F 10-0525, and have received a copy of the Protective Order. 23 3. I promise that I will use any and all “Confidential” or “Confidential – For 24 Counsel Only” information, as defined in the protective Order give to me only in a manner Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 authorized by the Protective Order, and only to assist counsel in the litigation of this 26 matter. -10STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 1 4. I promise that I will not disclose or discuss such “Confidential” or 2 “Confidential – For Counsel Only” information with anyone other than the persons 3 described in paragraphs 3, 8 and 9 of the Protective Order. 4 5. I acknowledge that, by signing this agreement, I am subjecting myself to the 5 jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern Eastern District of 6 California with respect to enforcement of the Protective Order. 7 6. I understand that any disclosure or use of “Confidential” or “Confidential – 8 For Counsel Only” information in any manner contrary to the provisions of the Protective 9 Order may subject me to sanctions for contempt of Court. 10 I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. 11 12 13 Dated: By: 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP 417 Montgomery St. th 10 Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 705-0400 25 26 -11STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER