Copart, Inc. v. Auto Auction Services Corp., No. 3:2008cv03393 - Document 40 (N.D. Cal. 2008)

Court Description: ORDER GRANTING 39 Stipulation AND PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY. Signed by Judge Jeffrey S. White on 11/5/08. (jjo, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/5/2008)
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Copart, Inc. v. Auto Auction Services Corp. Doc. 40 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW 1 Document 39 5 Samuel R. Miller (SBN 66871) srmiller@sidley.com Robert B. Martin III (SBN 235489) rbmartin@sidley.com SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP 555 California Street, Suite 2000 San Francisco, California 94104 Telephone: (415) 772-1200 Facsimile: (415) 772-7400 6 Attorneys For Plaintiff COPART, INC. 2 3 4 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 1 of 13 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 11 12 COPART, INC., a California corporation, 13 Plaintiff, 14 v. 15 16 17 18 AUTO AUCTION SERVICES CORP., a Maryland corporation, Defendant. ) Civil Action No. CV-08-3393-JSW ) ) ) STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ) PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 1 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 2 of 13 STIPULATION 2 WHEREAS, disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve 3 production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from 4 public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be 5 warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following 6 Stipulation and Protective Order Regarding Confidentiality (“Protective Order”). 7 THEREFORE, IT IS STIPULATED THAT: 8 1. 9 Disclosure or Discovery Material is defined as all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, 10 testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses 11 to discovery in this action. 12 2. “Confidential Information” is defined as information (regardless of how 13 generated, stored, or maintained) or tangible things that are confidential, proprietary, or private and 14 which qualify for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c). 15 3. “Highly Confidential Information” is defined as information that is extremely 16 sensitive whose disclosure to the other party would create a substantial risk of serious injury that 17 could not be avoided by less restrictive means. 18 4. “Competitively Sensitive Information” is defined as information relating to 19 existing and contemplated business, marketing and financial information such as business plans and 20 methods, cost estimates, actual costs, customer lists, budgets, proposed business alliances, or other 21 commercial information, and whose disclosure to the other party would provide a competitive 22 advantage to that party. 23 5. 24 Material from a Producing Party. 25 6. 26 27 28 “Receiving Party” is defined as a party that receives Disclosure or Discovery “Producing Party” is defined as a party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action. 7. “Designating Party” is defined as a party or non-party that designates Disclosure or Discovery Material that it produces in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 1 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 3 of 13 1 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – 2 OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” 3 8. Disclosure or Discovery Material containing Confidential Information, Highly 4 Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information are referred to as “Protected 5 Documents.” Except as otherwise indicated below, all Disclosure or Discovery Material designated 6 by the Producing Party as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 7 EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” 8 and that are disclosed or produced to the attorneys for the other parties to this litigation are Protected 9 Documents and are entitled to confidential treatment as described below. The protections conferred 10 by this Protective Order also cover any information copied or extracted from Protected Documents, 11 as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or 12 presentations by parties or counsel to or in court or in other settings that might reveal the Protected 13 Documents or their contents. 14 9. In addition, a party or non-party may designate information disclosed during a 15 deposition or in response to written discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL 16 – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ 17 EYES ONLY” by so stating in said responses or on the record at the deposition. Additionally, a 18 party or non-party may designate in writing, within twenty (20) days after receipt of said responses 19 or of the deposition transcript for which the designation is proposed, that specific pages of the 20 transcript and/or specific responses be designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY 21 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – 22 OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” The deposition transcript shall be treated as a Protected 23 Document until such written designation has been made or the twenty-day period for making such 24 designation has expired. 25 10. Protected Documents shall not include: (a) advertising materials; (b) materials 26 that on their face show that they have been published to the general public; and (c) documents that 27 have been submitted to any governmental entity without request for confidential treatment. 28 11. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court or permitted in writing by the STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 2 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 4 of 13 1 Designating Party, a Receiving Party may not show, disseminate, copy, or in any way communicate 2 Disclosure or Discovery Material designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” by the Designating Party to 3 anyone for any purpose, except to the following persons: 4 a. 5 of record, in this action; 6 b. 7 10 Employees of such counsel assigned to and necessary to assist such counsel in the preparation and trial of this action; 8 9 The Receiving Party’s counsel of record, or counsel assisting counsel c. The officers, directors, and employees (including in-house counsel) of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed a copy of the Certification attached to this Protective Order as Appendix A; 11 d. Consultants, experts, and investigators retained by counsel to assist in 12 the preparation and trial of this action, provided that each person shall first execute a copy of the 13 Certification attached to this Protective Order as Appendix A (which Certification shall be retained 14 by counsel for the Receiving Party disclosing Protected Documents to the consultant, expert, or 15 investigator and made available for inspection by opposing counsel during the pendency or after the 16 termination of the action only upon good cause shown and upon order of the Court); 17 18 e. duplication, scanning, imaging, coding, or related services in connection with this action; 19 20 Outside vendors retained by counsel for performing document f. Authors, addressees and designated copy recipients of the specific Protected Documents sought to be disclosed; 21 g. A witness at a deposition or hearing, provided that the witness may not 22 retain Protected Documents following the deposition or hearing unless the parties agree otherwise 23 and the witness executes a copy of the Certification attached to this Protective Order as Appendix A; 24 h. The Court and court personnel; and 25 i. Any other person whom the Designating Party determines can review 26 such information. 27 12. 28 Unless otherwise ordered by the Court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may not show, disseminate, copy, or in any way communicate STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 3 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 5 of 13 1 Disclosure or Discovery Material designated as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 2 EYES ONLY” by the Designating Party to anyone for any purpose, except to the following persons: 3 a. 4 of record, in this action; 5 b. 6 The Receiving Party’s counsel of record, or counsel assisting counsel Employees of such counsel assigned to and necessary to assist such counsel in the preparation and trial of this action; 7 c. The in-house counsel of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is 8 reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed a copy of the Certification attached to 9 this Protective Order as Appendix A; 10 d. Consultants, experts, and investigators retained by counsel to assist in 11 the preparation and trial of this action, provided that each person shall first execute a copy of the 12 Certification attached to this Protective Order as Appendix A (which Certification shall be retained 13 by counsel for the Receiving Party disclosing the Protected Document to the consultant, expert, or 14 investigator and made available for inspection by opposing counsel during the pendency or after the 15 termination of the action only upon good cause shown and upon order of the Court); 16 17 d. duplication, scanning, imaging, coding, or related services in connection with this action; 18 19 Outside vendors retained by counsel for performing document e. Authors, addressees and designated copy recipients of the specific Protected Document sought to be disclosed; 20 f. The Court and court personnel; and 21 g. Any other person whom the Designating Party determines can review 22 such information. 23 13. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court or permitted in writing by the 24 Designating Party, a Receiving Party may not show, disseminate, copy, or in any way communicate 25 Disclosure or Discovery Material designated as “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE 26 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” by the Designating Party to anyone for any purpose, except to the 27 following persons: 28 a. The Receiving Party’s counsel of record, or counsel assisting counsel STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 4 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW 1 of record, in this action; 2 b. 3 Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 6 of 13 Employees of such counsel assigned to and necessary to assist such counsel in the preparation and trial of this action; 4 c. Consultants, experts, and investigators retained by counsel to assist in 5 the preparation and trial of this action, provided that each person shall first execute a copy of the 6 Certification attached to this Protective Order as Appendix A (which Certification shall be retained 7 by counsel for the Receiving Party disclosing the Protected Document to the consultant, expert, or 8 investigator and made available for inspection by opposing counsel during the pendency or after the 9 termination of the action only upon good cause shown and upon order of the Court); 10 11 d. duplication, scanning, imaging, coding, or related services in connection with this action; 12 13 Outside vendors retained by counsel for performing document e. Authors, addressees and designated copy recipients of the specific Protected Document sought to be disclosed; 14 f. The Court and court personnel; and 15 g. Any other person whom the Designating Party determines can review 16 such information. 17 14. Nothing in this Protective Order will bar or otherwise restrict an attorney from 18 rendering advice to his or her client with respect to this matter or from relying upon or generally 19 referring to Protected Documents in rendering such advice; provided however, that in rendering such 20 advice or in otherwise communicating with his or her client, the attorney will not reveal or disclose 21 the specific content thereof if such disclosure is not otherwise permitted under this Protective Order. 22 23 15. Protected Documents and any information contained therein shall be used solely for the prosecution or defense of this litigation. 24 16. The party or parties receiving Protected Documents shall not under any 25 circumstances sell, offer for sale, or advertise Protected Documents or any information contained 26 therein. 27 28 17. If a Receiving Party is served with a subpoena or an order issued in other litigation that would compel disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 5 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 7 of 13 1 “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or 2 “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” the Receiving Party 3 must notify the Designating Party, in writing (by fax and email, if possible) immediately and in no 4 event more than three court days after receiving the subpoena or order. Such notification must 5 include a copy of the subpoena or court order. 6 The Receiving Party also must immediately inform in writing the party who caused 7 the subpoena or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all the material covered by the 8 subpoena or order is the subject of this Protective Order. In addition, the Receiving Party must 9 deliver a copy of this Protective Order promptly to the party in the other action that caused the 10 subpoena or order to issue. 11 The purpose of imposing these duties is to alert the interested parties to the existence 12 of this Protective Order and to afford the Designating Party in this case an opportunity to protect its 13 confidentiality interests in the court from which the subpoena or order issued. The Designating 14 Party shall bear the burdens and the expenses of seeking protection in that court of its confidential 15 material, and nothing in these provisions should be construed as authorizing or encouraging a 16 Receiving Party in this action to disobey a lawful directive from another court. 17 18. If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 18 Protected Documents to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this Protective 19 Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing the Designating Party of the 20 unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all copies of the Protected Documents, (c) 21 inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this 22 Protective Order, and (d) request such person or persons to execute the Certification attached to this 23 Protective Order as Appendix A. 24 19. At any time after the delivery of Protected Documents, counsel for the party 25 receiving the Protected Documents may challenge the “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY 26 CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – 27 OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” designation of all or any portion thereof by providing 28 written notice thereof to counsel for the party disclosing or producing the Protected Documents. STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 6 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW 1 20. Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 8 of 13 If the parties are unable to agree as to whether the confidential designation of 2 Protected Documents is appropriate, the party or parties receiving the Protected Documents shall 3 certify to the Court that the parties cannot reach an agreement as to the Confidential, Highly 4 Confidential or Competitively Sensitive nature of all or a portion of the Protected Documents. 5 Thereafter, the party or parties disclosing or producing the Protected Documents shall have thirty 6 (30) calendar days from the date of certification to file a motion for protective order with regard to 7 any Protected Documents in dispute. The party or parties producing the Protected Documents shall 8 have the burden of establishing that the disputed Protected Documents are entitled to confidential 9 treatment. If the party or parties producing the Protected Documents do not timely file a motion for 10 protective order, then the Protected Documents in dispute shall no longer be subject to confidential 11 treatment as provided in this Protective Order. All Protected Documents are entitled to confidential 12 treatment pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order until and unless the parties formally agree in 13 writing to the contrary, a party fails to timely move for a protective order, or a contrary 14 determination is made by the Court as to whether all or a portion of a Protected Document is entitled 15 to confidential treatment. 16 21. Inadvertent or unintentional production of documents or information 17 containing Confidential, Highly Confidential or Competitively Sensitive Information that is not 18 designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or 19 “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” shall not be deemed 20 a waiver in whole or in part of a claim for confidential treatment. Any party may at any time 21 designate Confidential, Highly Confidential, or Competitively Sensitive Information, even if not 22 initially so designated, by notifying each party in writing of the Confidential, Highly Confidential, or 23 Competitively Sensitive Information that is to be so designated. Treatment of such Confidential, 24 Highly Confidential, or Competitively Sensitive Information in a non-confidential manner by the 25 Receiving Party prior to such notice shall not be deemed a breach of this Protective Order. 26 However, any person receiving such notice must thereafter: (a) treat the newly designated 27 Confidential, Highly Confidential, or Competitively Sensitive Information as if it had been originally 28 so designated; (b) mark all copies of such Confidential, Highly Confidential, or Competitively STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 7 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 9 of 13 1 Sensitive Information in his or her possession accordingly; and (c) request that any person not 2 covered by this Protective Order who previously received copies of the Confidential, Highly 3 Confidential, or Competitively Sensitive Information return it. 4 22. Discussion of or references to Protected Documents or information contained 5 therein in at depositions, hearings, or trial shall not constitute a waiver of any “CONFIDENTIAL,” 6 “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY 7 SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” designation made hereunder with respect 8 to such Protected Documents or of any provision of this Protective Order. 9 23. In the event that a party inadvertently produces to any other party documents 10 or information that are privileged in whole or in part pursuant to the attorney-client privilege, work- 11 product doctrine, or other applicable privilege, the privilege shall not be deemed waived so long as 12 the party inadvertently producing the privileged documents or information timely provides written 13 notice of the inadvertent disclosure to counsel for the Receiving Party. Upon receipt of such notice, 14 all receiving parties shall return or destroy any privileged documents or information. All other 15 objections of a party to the claim of privilege, however, shall be retained, and shall not be waived by 16 the return or destruction of the documents or information at issue. 17 24. The parties acknowledge that the Protective Order does not confer blanket 18 protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords extends only 19 to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment 20 as confidential. The parties further acknowledge that this Protective Order creates no entitlement to 21 file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be 22 followed and reflects the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the court 23 to file material under seal. Without written permission from the party designating the Confidential, 24 Highly Confidential, or Competitively Sensitive Information as a Protected Document or a court 25 order secured after appropriate notice to all interested persons, a party may not file in the public 26 record in this action or any other action any Protected Document except as provided under Civil 27 Local Rule 79-5. 28 25. The parties agree that sixty (60) days before trial they will meet and confer as STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 8 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 10 of 13 1 to whether certain documents designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 2 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ 3 EYES ONLY” for pre-trial purposes should retain that designation for trial. A party’s failure to 4 contest a designation of “CONFIDENTIAL,” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 5 ONLY,” or “COMPETITIVELY SENSITIVE – OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” for pre- 6 trial purposes shall not prejudice it to contest such a designation at trial. 7 26. After termination of this litigation, the provisions of this Protective Order 8 shall continue to be binding, except with respect to those documents and information that become a 9 matter of public record. This Court retains and shall have continuing jurisdiction over the parties 10 and recipients of the Protected Documents for enforcement of the provisions of this Protective Order 11 following termination of this litigation. 12 27. Within forty-five (45) days following termination of this action by dismissal, 13 judgment, or settlement (including any appeal), counsel for the Receiving Party will, upon request of 14 the Producing Party, either (a) return the Protected Documents to the counsel for the Producing 15 Party, or (b) destroy the Protected Documents and certify in writing to counsel for the Producing 16 Party that such destruction has occurred. This provision does not include any attorney work product 17 that refers or relates to any Protected Documents. 18 28. This Protective Order shall not apply to or affect the use of information 19 already in the possession of a party or obtained by a party outside the course of discovery in this 20 litigation. 21 29. This Protective Order shall be binding upon the parties and their attorneys, 22 successors, executors, personal representatives, administrators, heirs, legal representatives, assigns, 23 subsidiaries, divisions, employees, agents, independent contractors, or other persons or organizations 24 over which they have control. 25 26 30. Nothing in this Protective Order abridges the right of any person to seek its modification by the Court in the future. 27 28 STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 9 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW 1 Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 Page 11 of 13 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 2 3 4 Respectfully submitted, Dated: November 4, 2008 SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP 5 By: /s/ Robert B. Martin III Robert B. Martin III Attorneys For Plaintiff Copart, Inc. 6 7 8 9 Dated: November 4, 2008 ALSTON & BIRD LLP 10 11 By: /s/ Valarie C. Williams Valarie C. Williams Attorneys for Defendant Auto Auction Services Corp. 12 13 [PROPOSED] ORDER 14 15 16 17 Upon stipulation of the parties, and good cause appearing, the foregoing Stipulation and Protective Order Regarding Confidentiality is approved. IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 19 20 21 5 Dated: November ____, 2008 THE HONORABLE JEFFREY S. WHITE United States District Judge 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 10 Case 3:08-cv-03393-JSW Document 39 Filed 11/04/2008 1 APPENDIX A 2 CERTIFICATION 3 Page 12 of 13 I hereby certify my understanding that Protected Documents are being provided to me 4 pursuant to the terms and restrictions of the Stipulation and Protective Order Regarding 5 Confidentiality (“Protective Order”) dated November 6 Services Corp., No. CV-08-3393-JSW (N.D. Cal.). I have been given a copy of the Protective Order 7 and read it. I agree to be bound by the Order. I will not reveal the Protected Documents to anyone, 8 except as allowed by the Order. I will maintain all such Protected Documents—including copies, 9 notes or other transcriptions made therefrom—in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized access to , 2008 in Copart, Inc. v. Auto Auction 10 them. No later than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of this action, I will return the Protected 11 Documents—including copies, notes or other transcriptions made therefrom—to the counsel who 12 provided me with the Protected Documents. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the United States 13 District Court for the Northern District of California for the purpose of enforcing the Protective 14 Order. 15 16 SIGNATURE: 17 18 DATED: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY CASE NO. CV-08-3393-JSW 11