Wranik v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., No. 2:2014cv02030 - Document 13 (D. Nev. 2015)

Court Description: Stipulated PROTECTIVE ORDER Granting 12 STIPULATION Protective Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 1/5/15. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - TR)
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Wranik v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. Doc. 13 Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 PATRICK H. HICKS, ESQ., Bar #4632 KAITLYN M. BURKE., Bar #13454 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 Telephone: 702.862.8800 Fax No.: 702.862.8811 e-mail: phicks@littler.com e-mail: kmburke@littler.com 6 7 Attorneys for Defendant WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIP, INC. 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 10 11 CHRISTOHER WRANIK, an individual, 12 Plaintiff, Case No. 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL 13 vs. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 14 15 16 WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIP, INC.; EMPLOYEE(S)/AGENT(S) DOES 1-10; and ROE CORPORATIONS 11-20, inclusive, Defendants. 17 18 19 Defendant WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIP, INC. (“Defendant”) and Plaintiff 20 CHRISTOHER WRANIK (“Plaintiff”), by and through their respective counsel of record, hereby 21 submit the following Stipulated Protective Order regarding the confidentiality of discovery 22 materials. 23 I. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS 24 Disclosure and discovery activity in the above-captioned action are likely to involve the 25 production of confidential, proprietary, trade secret, and/or private information for which special 26 protection from public disclosure and use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may 27 be warranted. The parties acknowledge that this protective order does not confer blanket protection 28 for all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 2 of 8 1 and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment 2 under the applicable legal principles. 3 II. 4 DESIGNATION AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL A. During this litigation, either party may designate as “confidential” any material 5 produced in discovery if that party in good faith believes that the material contains protected non- 6 public confidential information under state or federal law. Such discovery material is referred to 7 herein as “confidential material.” The party designating the material is referred to herein as the 8 “designating party.” 9 B. “Confidential material,” as the term is used in this protective order, includes all 10 information and documents produced by the parties that fall within one or more of the following 11 categories: (a) information prohibited from disclosure by statute; (b) trade secrets or other non- 12 public information of a proprietary, strategic, commercially valuable, and/or competitively sensitive 13 nature; (c) income tax returns and IRS W-2 and 1099 forms; (d) personnel or employment records of 14 past, present, or prospective employees of Defendant including but not limited to: (1) compensation 15 and benefit information; (2) work histories and performance evaluations; (3) information about 16 complaints of discrimination and investigative files pertaining to such complaints; (4) medical and 17 health-related information; (5) disciplinary information, and (6) personal information, including 18 home and email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and social security numbers; (e) 19 portions of depositions (audio or video) where confidential material is disclosed or used as exhibits; 20 (f) policies, procedures and/or training materials of Defendant; (g) Defendant’s organizational 21 structure; and (h) Defendant’s hiring practices. 22 C. The designating party will mark each page of appropriate documents as 23 “CONFIDENTIAL.” The designation will avoid obscuring or defacing any portion of the discovery 24 material. If marking as confidential each page of a document or a group of documents would cause 25 undue burden, the designating party instead may designate as confidential a range of documents or 26 pages, accompanied by a writing identifying the range as confidential. If a party inadvertently fails 27 to designate discovery material as confidential, but subsequently determines that such material 28 should have been so designated, it promptly will provide written notice to the opposing party of the 2. LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 3 of 8 1 confidential designation and the material will be treated as confidential from the receipt of the 2 notice. 3 determines that it should not have been so designated, it will promptly provide the opposing party 4 written notice of the removal of the designation and a duplicate copy of the discovery material 5 without the confidential marking. 6 considered confidential. 7 On the other hand, if a party designates discovery material as confidential and later D. All copies of confidential discovery material will also be Material designated confidential shall be held in confidence by each qualified 8 recipient to whom it is disclosed, shall be used only for purposes of this action, shall not be used for 9 any business purpose, and shall not be disclosed to any person who is not a qualified recipient. All 10 produced confidential material shall be carefully maintained so as to preclude access by persons who 11 are not qualified recipients. 12 E. Material designated confidential will not be disclosed to anyone other than the 13 following qualified recipients: (a) the Court and its personnel; (b) counsel of record, in-house 14 counsel, and staff; (c) deposition notaries and staff; (d) parties to this litigation; (e) any current or 15 former officers, directors, or employees of Defendant; (f) and the following, provided that they 16 expressly agree to be bound by the terms of this protective order by executing the form attached as 17 Exhibit A: (i) any expert or consultant retained in this action; (ii) witnesses and potential witnesses 18 at, or in preparation for deposition, trial, or hearing or who otherwise require the information as 19 directed by counsel; and (iii) outside vendors who perform copying, data entry, or similar functions. 20 Confidential material may not be disclosed to other persons or entities without prior written consent 21 of the designating party or court order. 22 reasonably necessary for effective prosecution and defense of the claims in this action and for no 23 other purpose. 24 III. 25 Such disclosure should be made only to the extent CONDITIONS OF DISCLOSURE A. As set forth in paragraph I.E. above, before disclosing confidential material to the 26 persons qualified to receive it, counsel for the requesting party will secure from each such person the 27 signed Exhibit A. 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 3. Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 4 of 8 1 B. The parties’ counsel will be responsible for distribution and control of confidential 2 material. They will maintain a list of all persons to whom confidential material has been disclosed 3 and the written assurances executed by such persons as provided in paragraphs I.E. and II.A. 4 Confidential material will be copied only by counsel or persons assisting counsel and only for 5 purposes permitted by this order. 6 C. The restrictions set forth in this protective order will not apply to information that is 7 or becomes public knowledge through its authorized release and not in violation of this protective 8 order. Whether material that becomes public will remain confidential under this protective order 9 will be decided based on the standards and procedures herein. If confidential material is produced 10 by a third party, the parties in this litigation may designate the material as such by marking it 11 confidential and providing the marked copy to the opposing party who will either (1) agree the 12 material is confidential under the terms of this protective order or (2) inform the other party that it 13 disagrees the material should be governed by the terms of this protective order, but nonetheless will 14 treat the material as confidential for at least 30 days from notice of the confidentiality designation, to 15 give the party desiring protection sufficient time to seek relief from the Court. Treatment of the 16 material as confidential will continue until the Court resolves the issue. 17 IV. PROTECTING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AT DEPOSITIONS 18 A. 19 Exhibit A. 20 B. During a deposition, either party may request any person present to sign the attached To designate confidential information in testimony, the designating party will (a) 21 make an oral statement to that effect on the record, or (b) notify the recipient in writing at any time 22 up to 30 days after receipt of the transcript. 23 C. If confidential material is marked as an exhibit during a deposition, or hearing, or 24 other proceeding in this action, and its contents are disclosed in testimony at such proceeding, 25 counsel for the parties will (a) advise the reporter that the exhibit refers to confidential material or 26 (b) notify the reporter in writing at any time up to 30 days after receipt of the transcript. In either 27 instance, the material will be marked confidential and will be deemed as such. The reporter will not 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 4. Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 5 of 8 1 furnish copies to anyone other than to the parties herein, and, if so requested, the witness and his/her 2 counsel. 3 V. USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION IN COURT FILINGS 4 The parties acknowledge that this protective order does not entitle them to file confidential 5 information under seal without complying with the standard articulated in Kamakana v. City and 6 County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2006), along with Local Rule 10-5. The parties may 7 agree that the filing party may file documents designated confidential by the other party not under 8 seal. If no such agreement is made before filing, then any documents to be filed with the court 9 containing confidential material will be accompanied by a motion to seal. A motion to file a 10 document under seal will be served on opposing counsel, and on the person or entity that has custody 11 and control of the document, if it is different from opposing counsel. For motions that refer to 12 confidential material, the parties will publicly file a redacted version of the filing. 13 VI. CHALLENGING A CONFIDENTIAL DESIGNATION 14 If a party disputes the designation of discovery material as confidential, then the objecting 15 party will notify the designating party in writing by electronic mail of such dispute. The notice will 16 identify the material and explain the basis for the objection. The designating party will have 7 17 calendar days to provide a written response by electronic mail to the notice, explaining its reason(s) 18 for designating the material as confidential. Should the objecting party dispute such reason(s), it will 19 so notify the designating party, and the designating party will have 21 calendar days from the date of 20 such notice to seek relief from the Court and any subsequent motion will be made in compliance 21 with Local Rule 26-7. During the dispute resolution procedure in this paragraph, the designating 22 party will have the burden of demonstrating that the material is properly designated as confidential. 23 In the event of a dispute, the parties will continue to treat the disputed material as confidential until 24 the dispute is resolved informally between the parties or by the court. 25 VII. NON-PARTY SUBPOENAS 26 If any party receives a subpoena from any non-party to this protective order seeking 27 production or disclosure of confidential material, that party (the “subpoenaed party”) will give 28 notice, as soon as practicable and in no event more than 5 business days after receiving the 5. LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 6 of 8 1 subpoena, to opposing counsel. The subpoenaed party will not disclose any confidential material for 2 7 business days, if possible without violating the subpoena, after providing notice to the other party, 3 and in no event make disclosure before notice is given. If, within this 7 business day period, court 4 relief is sought from the subpoena with regard to any confidential material, the subpoenaed party 5 will wait for the Court to resolve the issue or applicable rules direct otherwise. 6 VIII. ADDITIONAL RIGHTS 7 Nothing in this protective order will: (a) restrict any party with respect to its own material or 8 discovery material that has not been designated confidential; (b) prejudice any party’s rights to 9 object to the production or disclosure of information, confidential or otherwise, it considers not 10 subject to discovery; (c) restrict the proper scope of discovery that can be sought by any party; or (d) 11 prejudice any party’s right to seek relief from the terms of this protective order. 12 This protective order is without prejudice to the right of any party to move the Court, 13 pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) or Local Rule 26-7, for an order seeking protection of confidential 14 material sought by or produced through discovery, which protection is different from or in addition 15 to that provided for in this protective order, and such right is expressly reserved. Similarly, each 16 party reserves the right to request the Court to order disclosure of materials subject to this protective 17 order or request modification of this protective order. 18 In the event anyone violates or threatens to violate any terms of this protective order, the 19 aggrieved party may seek damages and injunctive relief and it shall not be a defense thereto that the 20 aggrieved party possesses an adequate remedy at law. 21 IX. RETURN OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS 22 Within 90 days after this action is concluded, including any appeals, materials designated as 23 confidential, and copies thereof, will be returned to the producing party. This provision will not 24 apply to court filings or pleadings, briefs, or correspondence maintained by counsel during the 25 ordinary course of business. Rather than returning confidential material, it may be destroyed, with 26 proper verification of the destruction from the party responsible for it. 27 X. 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 BINDING EFFECT This protective order will remain in full force and effect at all times during which any party 6. Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 7 of 8 1 to this protective order or any person having executed the attached Exhibit A retains possession, 2 custody, or control any confidential material. 3 All persons subject to the terms of this protective order agree that the District Court shall 4 retain jurisdiction over them for the purpose of enforcing the protective order. 5 XI. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OR INADVERTENT PRODUCTION 6 If either party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed confidential material 7 to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this protective order, the receiving party 8 must immediately (a) notify the designating party in writing of the unauthorized disclosure, (b) use 9 its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the confidential material, (c) inform the 10 person(s) of the terms of the protective order, and (d) request such person(s) execute Exhibit A. 11 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) and (e), attorney-client, work product, or any 12 other privilege will not be waived by disclosure connected to this litigation. As a result, the parties 13 agree that nothing in this protective order will be deemed to limit or waive the attorney-client, work 14 product, or any other privilege. 15 16 Dated: December 31, 2014 Dated: December 31, 2014 Respectfully submitted, Respectfully submitted, /s/ Christian Gabroy, Esq. CHRISTIAN GABROY, ESQ. GABROY LAW OFFICES /s/ Kaitlyn M. Burke, Esq. PATRICK H. HICKS, ESQ. KAITLYN M. BURKE. ESQ. LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. 17 18 19 20 21 Attorney for Plaintiff CHRISTOPHER WRANIK 22 Attorneys for Defendant WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIP, INC. 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 25 26 27 DATED: This 5th day of January, 2015. ___________________________________ THE HONORABLE PEGGY A. LEEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 7. Case 2:14-cv-02030-APG-PAL Document 12 Filed 12/31/14 Page 8 of 8 1 EXHIBIT A 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 3 4 I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of 5 ______________________________________________________ [print or type full address], 6 declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated 7 Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for the District of Nevada in the 8 case of Christopher Wranik v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., Case No. 2:14-cv-02030-APG- 9 PAL (D. Nev.). I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective 10 Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and 11 punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any 12 information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except 13 in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. 14 I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District 15 of Nevada for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order, even if such 16 enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. 17 I hereby appoint __________________________ [print or type full name] of 18 _______________________________________ [print or type full address and telephone number] as 19 my Nevada agent for service of process in connection with this action or any proceedings related to 20 enforcement of this Stipulated Protective Order. 21 22 Date: _________________________________ 23 City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ 24 25 Printed name: ______________________________ [printed name] 26 27 Signature: __________________________________ [signature] Firmwide:130665066.2 041582.2069 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89169-5937 702.862.8800 8.