Frizzell v. Smith et al, No. 2:2014cv01531 - Document 40 (D. Nev. 2015)

Court Description: STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Granting 39 STIPULATION. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 2/5/15. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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Frizzell v. Smith et al 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Doc. 40 Mark G. Tratos Nevada Bar No. 1086 Nancy R. Ayala Nevada Bar No. 7146 Bethany L. Rabe Nevada Bar No. 11691 Greenberg Traurig, LLP 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 400 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 Emails: tratosm@gtlaw.com ayalan@gtlaw.com; rabeb@gtlaw.com Counsel for Defendant, Counter-Claimant and Third-Party Plaintiff Lloyd Brooks Compton 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 12 13 DISTRICT OF NEVADA LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH G. FRIZZELL, III, INC., a Nevada Corporation, [Consolidated with Case No. 2:14-cv-01740] Plaintiffs, 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 JANICE SMITH, an individual d/b/a THE LAW OFFICE OF JANICE E. SMITH; LLOYD BROOKS COMPTON, an individual; and JOHN DOES 1-10, Defendants. AND RELATED COUNTER-COMPLAINT AND THIRD-PARTY COMPLAINT LLOYD BROOKS COMPTON, an individual; GEORGE GATCHIS, an individual and agent of KATINA GATCHIS; KATINA GATCHIS, an individual, 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER – vs. – 18 19 Case No. 2:14-cv-01531-APG-VCF Plaintiffs, -vs.KENNETH G. FRIZZELL III, an individual; DOES I through X, inclusive; and ROE CORPORATIONS I through X, inclusive, 27 Defendants. 28 LV 420394299v1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 Pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and in accordance with the stipulation of the Parties to this action, and for good cause shown, 3 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows: 4 1. This Protective Order shall govern all documents, videos and film, materials, 5 depositions, testimony, transcripts, responses to requests for admissions, interrogatory responses, 6 items, and/or other information obtained or provided through discovery in this action (collectively 7 “Information”) that a Party designates as “Confidential” or “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes 8 Only” pursuant to the terms hereof (collectively “Confidential Information”). 9 10 Confidential Designations 2. Any Party that produces Information pursuant to discovery in this action and has a 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 good faith and reasonable basis for claiming that such Information constitutes confidential and/or 12 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 11 proprietary information may designate such Information as “Confidential Information.” Any 13 Party that produces Information pursuant to discovery in this action and has a reasonable basis for 14 claiming that such Information would not be sufficiently protected as “Confidential Information” 15 (for example, because of a significant competitive advantage that is likely to be gained from it) 16 may designate such Information as “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only.” a. 17 For documents, materials, or other written Information, a Party shall 18 designate such Information as Confidential Information by conspicuously stamping or otherwise 19 labeling each page or item containing confidential information as “Confidential” or “Confidential 20 -- Attorney’s Eyes Only.” 21 b. For interrogatories, designation shall be made by placing the legend 22 “Confidential” on any page(s) of any answer deemed to contain such confidential information, 23 indicating any portion of such page which does not contain such confidential information. 24 Alternatively, answers deemed to contain confidential information may be bound separately and 25 marked with the appropriate legend. 26 c. For testimony, a Party shall designate such Information as Confidential 27 Information on the record or within 30 days after receipt of the official transcript. Until the 30 28 day period has expired, the entire transcript shall be considered “Confidential-Attorney’s Eyes LV 420394299v1 1 Only.” Such Party shall also require the reporter to label the portion of the transcript containing 2 the information as “Confidential” or “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only.” 3 d. A Party’s inadvertent or unintentional failure to designate Information as 4 Confidential Information shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of that Party’s claim of 5 confidentiality, if the disclosing Party takes prompt action after discovering such omission to 6 notify all Parties in writing that such Information constitutes Confidential Information. However, 7 the Party who received that Information without knowledge of its confidential nature may not be 8 held in violation of this Order for using or disclosing that Information before notification of the 9 inadvertent or unintentional failure to designate that Information as Confidential Information. 10 3. The designation of information as “Confidential Information” pursuant to this 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 Protective Order shall not preclude any party from disclosing that information to any person who, 12 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 11 in the case of a document, appears as the author or as a recipient thereof on the face of the 13 document, or from disclosing that information to any person who has been identified by the 14 Designating Party as having previously been provided with, or having had access to, the 15 document or the information therein. 16 4. In the event a Designating Party elects to produce documents for inspection and 17 the Receiving Party desires to inspect them before designating them for copying, the Designating 18 Party need not mark the documents in advance of any such inspection. For purposes of the 19 inspection, and any subsequent inspection of the original documents, all documents produced for 20 inspection shall be deemed to be designated as Confidential Information. Thereafter, upon 21 selection of specified documents for copying by the Receiving Party, the Designating Party may 22 make the appropriate confidentiality designation at the time the copies are produced to the 23 Receiving Party. 24 25 Use and Disclosure of Confidential Information in this Action 5. The Parties shall use information designated as Confidential or “Confidential – 26 Attorney’s Eyes Only” solely for purposes of this captioned action (including any appeals) and 27 not for any other litigation or business or other purpose whatsoever, unless the Parties stipulate in 28 writing or the Court permits such additional use or disclosure upon noticed Motion served on all LV 420394299v1 1 2 parties, including the Party that produced the Confidential Information. 6. The Parties may use Confidential Information in discovery responses, motions, Confidential Information in depositions and at trial in this action as appropriate. 5 otherwise agreed upon by the parties, or ordered by the Court, in the event a party seeks to file 6 any material that is subject to protection under this Order with the Court, that party shall take 7 appropriate action to insure that the documents receive proper protection from public disclosure, 8 such as: (1) filing a redacted document with the consent of the party who designated the 9 document as confidential; (2) where appropriate (e.g. in relation to discovery and evidentiary 10 motions), submitting the documents solely for in camera review; or (3) where the preceding 11 measures are not adequate, seeking permission to file the document under seal. 12 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 briefs, and other pleadings, may mark Confidential Information as exhibits, and may use 4 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 3 circumstances making prior consultation impractical or inappropriate, the party seeking to submit 13 the document to the court shall first consult with counsel for the party who designated the 14 document as confidential to determine if some measure less restrictive than filing the document 15 under seal may serve to provide adequate protection. This duty exists irrespective of the duty to 16 consult on the underlying motion. 17 7. Unless Absent Prior to the use, introduction and/or admission into evidence of the designated 18 information at the time of trial, the parties shall confer and determine whether the material may 19 be used in a redacted or modified form. If the parties cannot agree, the parties shall seek leave of 20 Court for same. The parties agree that no information designated under this Order shall go into 21 the public record or become publically available by virtue of use at trial. In the event of a jury 22 trial, although the jury may review the materials as necessitated by the ordinary course of the 23 proceedings, the jury will be instructed not to disclose any such information to anyone else. 24 25 Persons Permitted to Have Access to Confidential Information 8. Except as provided in paragraph 6 and 7 above, or as otherwise agreed by the 26 producing Party, the Parties shall not disclose information marked as “Confidential” to anyone 27 other than a “Qualified Person.” As used in this Protective Order, the term “Qualified Person” 28 refers to (a) officers, directors, and employees of any party to this action who have provided their LV 420394299v1 and (i) who are actively engaged in assisting counsel with the prosecution or defense of this 3 action; or (ii) who are being advised by counsel regarding these actions and the particular 4 disclosure is reasonably necessary with regard to the legal advice being rendered; (b) in-house 5 lawyers who are engaged in preparation for trial and trial of this litigation, including the 6 following necessary in-house staff: lawyers, accountants, legal assistants and stenographic and 7 clerical employees assisting these persons; (c) outside litigation counsel for a Party, including 8 employees of such counsel (including necessary legal assistants and stenographic and clerical 9 employees actually assisting such counsel and outside vendors engaged by such counsel to scan, 10 copy, and/or code documents), for purposes of assisting in this action; (d) expert witnesses or 11 consultants employed by a Party or its attorneys of record for purposes of assisting in this action 12 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 written agreement to the terms of this Protective Order in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto 2 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 1 who have provided their written agreement to the terms of this Protective Order in the form 13 attached as Exhibit A hereto; (e) any other person whose deposition is taken in this action and 14 their attorney; provided, however, that Confidential Information may only be shown to said 15 deponent and their attorney to the extent Confidential Information is used as deposition exhibits 16 and, provided, however, that the deponent is not a principal, officer, director, or employee of a 17 competitor of one of the parties. 18 9. If a deposition is proposed to be taken of such an individual associated with a 19 competitor and a party wishes to use “Confidential Information” in the deposition, the party 20 wishing to do so shall provide notice to the opposing party at least fourteen (14) days in advance 21 in order to give the other party the opportunity to object to such a proposed use, and in the event 22 that the parties cannot come to an agreement on the proposed use of “Confidential Information” 23 for deposition, the objecting party may seek a protective order from the Court; This Protective 24 Order shall not prohibit any disclosure of “Confidential Information” as may be required by law 25 to persons other than “Qualified Persons,” but only upon order of the Court after notice to all 26 other Parties. With respect to those individuals who, pursuant to paragraph 8 above, are required 27 to sign a copy of Exhibit A before receiving Confidential Information or information marked as 28 “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only,” the Parties agree that they shall mutually exchange all LV 420394299v1 1 2 executed copies of “Exhibit A” relating to this action at the close of expert discovery. 10. Except as provided herein, or as otherwise agreed by the producing Party, the other than the following subset of “Qualified Persons:” (a) outside counsel for a Party, and 5 employees of such attorneys (including vendors), for purposes of assisting in this action; (b) any 6 other person or entity as to whom counsel for the owner/proprietor of the confidential 7 information agrees in writing, or whom the Court directs shall have access to such information; 8 (c) expert witnesses or consultants employed by a Party or its attorneys of record for purposes of 9 assisting in this action who have provided their written agreement to comply with the terms of 10 this Protective Order in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto; and (d) the Court and court 11 personnel, including without limitation, court reporters, stenographic reporters, court appointed 12 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 Parties shall not disclose information marked as “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only” to anyone 4 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 3 Special Masters, and jurors, or alternates. Prior to disclosing any information marked as 13 “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only” to experts or consultants pursuant to this paragraph, 14 Counsel for the party contemplating such disclosure shall determine that (i) disclosure to the 15 expert of particular “Confidential Information” is, in that counsel’s good faith judgment, 16 necessary to that party’s prosecution of the case, (ii) the expert is not, and is not believed to 17 intend to become, affiliated with or employed by any entity that is or intends to become a 18 competitor of the opposing party, and (iii) counsel has formed a good faith and informed belief 19 that the individual has not previously violated any confidentiality agreement or order and is not 20 likely to violate the terms of this Protective Order. No Qualified Person shall disclose any 21 “Confidential – Attorneys’ Eyes Only” information to anyone other than a Qualified Person who 22 falls within the limited subset of Qualified Persons identified in Paragraph 7; provided, however, 23 this Protective Order shall not prohibit any disclosure of “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only” 24 that may be required by law to persons other than “Qualified Persons,” but only upon order of the 25 Court after notice to all other Parties. Also, no Qualified Person shall: (a) use Confidential 26 Information for any purpose other than in connection with this action; or (b) disclose Confidential 27 Information to anyone other than a Qualified Person who has agreed in writing to the terms of 28 this Protective Order in the form attached as Exhibit A. No Qualified Person shall disclose any LV 420394299v1 1 “Confidential – Attorneys’ Eyes Only” information to anyone other than a Qualified Person who 2 falls within the limited subset of Qualified Persons identified in Paragraph 7. 3 Procedure for Challenging Designation of Producing Party 4 11. If at any time during the pendency or trial of this action, any Party claims that Attorney’s Eyes Only,” the objecting Party may, after a good faith attempt to resolve the dispute 7 with such other Party, make an appropriate application to this Court, requesting that specifically 8 identified Information be re-designated or excluded from the provisions of this Protective Order. 9 Before making any application to the Court for Information to be re-designed, the Party must 10 send written notice to the Designating Party that specifically identifies the challenge to the 11 designation and which allows the Designating Party at least fourteen (14) days to re-designate the 12 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 another Party has unreasonably designated Information as “Confidential” or “Confidential – 6 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 5 Information. If the Court determines that a Party’s refusal to de-designate the Information as 13 “Confidential” or “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only" was in bad faith, the Court shall award 14 the moving Party its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred in the application proceeding. 15 The burden of proof with respect to upholding the designation shall be on the Party designating 16 the information as “Confidential” or “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only.” 17 Matters Otherwise Known Shall Not be Confidential Information 12. 18 Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, this Protective Order shall not apply 19 to any Confidential Information that: (a) is or becomes generally available to the public from a 20 source other than unauthorized disclosure by the Parties or their counsel, (b) becomes available to 21 the Parties or their counsel on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the Parties or 22 their counsel, or (c) is obtained outside discovery proceedings in this litigation through lawful 23 means. 24 information that it alone has designated “Confidential.” Nothing in this Protective Order shall 25 make any documents designated as “Confidential” by a party privileged or either inadmissible in 26 evidence in any law and motion matter or at trial, or precluded from production of the 27 “Confidential” documents in formal discovery, or otherwise alter the obligation of Parties to 28 comply with discovery pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and any Local Rules of Nothing in this Protective Order shall restrict the use of disclosure by a party of LV 420394299v1 1 the Court. 2 3 Third Party Producing Information 13. In the event that non-Parties produce documents or information in connection with 4 this action, the Parties agree that production of such documents or information shall be made 5 subject to the provisions of this Protective Order. The Parties shall agree to meet and designate 6 all production from non-parties as “Confidential” or “Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only,” or 7 neither, prior to any such production being filed, disseminated, released, submitted or made part 8 of the Court file or public record. In the event the Parties are unable to agree on a designation of 9 said production, the parties may resort to the Court to determine the confidentiality of such 10 information, but shall not produce, file or disseminate any information for production prior to the 11 Court’s determination of the classification of the information. 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 12 14. In the event that a Party or non-Party witness to which Confidential Information 13 has been disclosed receives a discovery request, subpoena, order or other form of compulsory 14 process requiring that it (the "subpoenaed Party") produce information, documents, things or 15 other materials that have been designated as Confidential Information, the subpoenaed Party shall 16 (a) within ten (10) days notify the designating Party of the demand by serving by facsimile upon 17 counsel of record for the designating Party a copy of said demand, and (b) not produce the 18 information sought by the demand until the designating party has had thirty (30) days from the 19 date of service of the copy of said demand to object or take other appropriate steps to protect the 20 information. If the designating Party elects to resist production of the materials, it shall promptly 21 so notify the subpoenaed Party and the latter shall cooperate in affording the designating Party the 22 opportunity to oppose or limit production of the materials; provided that the designating Party 23 shall bear all expenses, including attorneys' fees, incurred by the subpoenaed Party in connection 24 therewith. 25 This Stipulation and Order Are Not Dispositive 26 of All Issues Regarding Confidential Information 27 28 15. Nothing in this Protective Order shall be deemed to preclude any Party from obtaining, on an appropriate showing, additional protection with respect to the confidentiality of LV 420394299v1 1 any Information produced in discovery in this action, or other modification of this Order. The 2 entry of this Protective Order shall neither constitute, nor be used as a basis for, a finding that any 3 Party has waived any objections that it may have to the use, relevance, or admissibility of any 4 Information. 5 16. The production of any document or other information during discovery in this 6 action, which absent such production would have been in whole or in part privileged under the 7 attorney-client privilege, work-product privilege, or any other applicable privilege, will not 8 release or waive the attorney-client privilege, work-product privilege, or other applicable 9 privilege as to any documents and other information not produced, regardless of its subject 10 matter. 11 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 12 17. This Protective Order shall remain in effect until modified, superseded, or terminated by written consent of all Parties to this action or by further order of this Court. 13 18. Execution of this Protective Order shall not prevent a Party from seeking, upon 14 application to the Court on ten (10) business days’ notice, to modify this Protective Order for 15 good cause shown or from seeking such other relief upon good cause shown as may become 16 appropriate or necessary. 17 Disposition of Confidential Information After Conclusion of this Action 19. 18 Within ninety (90) days from the conclusion of this litigation, whether by trial or 19 by settlement, all Confidential Information, including any copies thereof, shall either be returned 20 to the producing Party, or be certified as having been destroyed. Subject to the terms of this 21 Protective Order, the attorneys of record, however, are permitted to keep a file copy of 22 Confidential Information that was submitted to the Court, included in discovery responses, or 23 contained in deposition transcripts. Also, the conclusion of this litigation shall not relieve any 24 person to whom Confidential Information has been disclosed from the requirements of this 25 Protective Order. 26 // 27 // 28 /// LV 420394299v1 1 2 20. This Protective Order shall be effective immediately when signed and shall survive the conclusion of this litigation. 3 4 5 Dated this 5th day of February, 2015. Dated this 5th day of February, 2015. GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP /s/ Nancy R. Ayala Nancy R. Ayala Nevada Bar No. 7146 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 400 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 /s/ Marc S. Cwik Marc S. Cwik Nevada Bar No. 6946 6385 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 600 Las Vegas, NV 89118 6 7 8 9 10 11 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 12 13 14 15 Attorneys for Defendant, Counter-Claimant, Consolidated Plaintiff and Third-Party Plaintiff Lloyd Brooks Compton Attorneys for Consolidated Defendant Kenneth G. Frizzell, III Dated this 5th day of February, 2015. Dated this 5th day of February, 2015. BENEDICT LAW OFFICES LAW OFFICE OF KENNETH G. FRIZZELL, III /s/ John Benedict John Benedict Nevada Bar No. 5581 2190 E. Pebble Road, #260 Las Vegas, Nevada 89123 /s/ Kenneth G. Frizzell Kenneth G. Frizzell, III Nevada Bar No. 6303 509 S. Sixth Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 Attorneys for Consolidated Plaintiffs George Gatchis and Katina Gatchis Attorneys for Plaintiff/Counterdefendant Law Offices of Kenneth G. Frizzell, III, Inc. and Third-Party Defendant Kenneth G. Frizzell, III 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ORDER 24 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED. 25 DATED this 5th day of February, 2015. 26 27 _____________________________________________ U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE 28 LV 420394299v1 1 EXHIBIT A 2 AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY ORDER 3 I have read the Protective Order in the above-captioned case. I understand the terms of the 4 Order, I agree to be fully bound by the terms of the Order, and I hereby submit to the jurisdiction 5 of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada for purposes of enforcement of the 6 Order. 7 8 Date: _____________________ Signature: __________________________ 9 Business Address: 12 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 Signatory’s Name, Business Affiliation, and 11 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 10 ___________________________________ 13 ___________________________________ 14 ___________________________________ 15 ___________________________________ 16 17 Signatory’s Residential Address: 18 ___________________________________ 19 ___________________________________ 20 ___________________________________ 21 ___________________________________ 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 LV 420394299v1 1 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE 3 4 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(b), I hereby certify that on February 5, 2015, service of the 5 foregoing STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER was made this 6 date through the Court’s CM/ECF electronic filing system, and served upon all counsel of record. 7 8 /s/ Aman Daemi-Rashidi An employee of Greenberg Traurig, LLP 9 10 11 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 500 North Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: (702) 792-3773 Facsimile: (702) 792-9002 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 LV 420394299v1