Hardman v. St. Jude Medical, S.C., Inc. et al, No. 2:2014cv02131 - Document 34 (D. Nev. 2016)

Court Description: STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT PROTECTIVE ORDER Granting 32 Stipulation. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 2/9/16. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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Hardman v. St. Jude Medical, S.C., Inc. et al 1 2 3 4 5 6 KAEMPFER CROWELL Robert McCoy, No. 9121 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 Telephone: (702) 792-7000 Facsimile: (702) 796-7181 Email: rmccoy@kcnvlaw.com Attorneys for Defendants St. Jude Medical, S.C. and Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 9 10 DISTRICT OF NEVADA SHARON HARDMAN, individually, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 15 vs. 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Defendants. Plaintiff Sharon Hardman and defendants St. Jude Medical, S.C. and Advanced 17 19 Case No. 2:14-cv-02131-RFB-VCF ST. JUDE MEDICAL, S.C., INC., a foreign corporation; ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC., a foreign corporation; DOES I through X; and ROE CORPORATIONS I through X, 16 18 Doc. 34 Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (collectively, the “Parties”) stipulate to the following Confidentiality Agreement and Protective Order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c). I. SCOPE OF ORDER Disclosure and discovery in this case may involve production of confidential, 22 proprietary, and private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from 23 any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. This Order applies 24 equally to CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material (each of which is defined below) produced/provided and designated as such in this case. Page 1 of 13 Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 II. DISCOVERY PHASE A. Materials Subject to Protection: Material produced or disclosed that is subject 3 to designation as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” 4 pursuant to this Order includes any document, including, without limitation, any writings, video or audio tapes, electronically stored information in any form, oral 5 or written testimony, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for 6 admission, deposition testimony, deposition transcripts and exhibits, trial 7 testimony, trial transcripts and exhibits, and other responses to requests for 8 information or any tangible thing produced by a Party or non-party in this matter, 9 as well as pleadings, motions, affidavits, letters and briefs that quote, summarize or contain CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material. 10 11 B. Definition of Confidential Material: A producing party may designate as “CONFIDENTIAL” any material the producing party believes in good faith 12 constitutes or discloses information that qualifies for protection, and specifically 13 information that is trade secret or other confidential research, development, or 14 commercial information, and materials that are deemed confidential under Federal 15 Drug Administration (“FDA”) statutory and regulatory law and Health Insurance 16 Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) statutory and regulatory law. 17 18 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 C. Definition of Highly Confidential Material: Confidential information may be further designated as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” if a Defendant produces materials that it believes in good faith would, if disclosed, cause substantial economic harm to its competitive position because it is highly confidential research and development material on a new product that has not been approved or cleared by the FDA or a similar regulatory body or reflects its price 22 competitiveness in the market or marketing business strategies concerning a 23 current or new product. Counsel will inform the producing party of its intent to 24 disclose such information to any individual who is currently, or who at any time during the pendency of this action becomes, an employee or consultant to a Page 2 of 13 1 competitor of the producing party in the neurostimulation business, or is an 2 employee or consultant to an entity actively investigating entering such business, 3 and thereafter will follow the procedures for disclosure of such materials to such 4 individual as provided in Paragraph II.K of this Order. 5 D. Permitted Redactions: Confidential documents that are produced pursuant to a valid document request, deposition notice, or subpoena may include redactions for 6 information covered by the attorney client privilege, work product doctrine and/or 7 any other applicable privilege, information regarding other products unrelated to 8 the product at issue in this action, and information that is wholly irrelevant to this 9 matter and not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible 10 evidence. The parties also recognize that certain FDA, other governmental 11 agency, and federal statutes and regulations such as HIPAA require redaction of certain information prior to production by Defendants and that Defendants will 12 13 14 comply with those requirements and redact such information as directed. E. Production by Non-Parties: Non-parties may invoke the terms of this Protective Order by marking any documents containing confidential information that they 15 produce or disclose in accordance with Paragraphs II.B and II.C. A Party may 16 designate material produced or disclosed by non-parties that contain that Party’s 17 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” as such. 18 19 20 F. Access to Confidential Material: Access to any CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material shall be limited to: (1) the Court and its staff; (2) attorneys of record, their law firms (including paralegals and clerical KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 staff), and their outside vendors, including messenger, copy, coding, 22 document collection, document processing, and other clerical-services 23 vendors not employed by a party or its attorneys; 24 (3) persons shown on the face of the CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material to have authored or received the material; Page 3 of 13 1 2 (4) court reporters retained to transcribe testimony; (5) the parties, including employees and officers of Defendants, their subsidiaries, and affiliates; 3 4 (6) disclosure is made during the course of the deposition and the deponent 5 (other than a present or former employee, consultant, expert, or other 6 person under the control of Defendants, their subsidiaries, and 7 8 any person whose deposition is taken by any party, so long as such affiliates) signs an Agreement To Be Bound in the form of Exhibit A; (7) 9 outside independent persons (i.e., persons not currently employed by or otherwise associated with any party) who are retained by a party to 10 provide assistance as mock jurors or focus group members or the like, 11 and/or to give testimony in this action, so long as such persons sign an 12 13 14 Agreement To Be Bound in the form of Exhibit A; (8) experts or consultants retained to assist attorneys, provided that: (a) the expert or consultant has read this Protective Order in advance of disclosure, has agreed in writing to be bound by it, and has 15 executed an Agreement To Be Bound in the form of Exhibit A to 16 that effect, a copy of which counsel for the party who retained the 17 expert or consultant will keep and produce at the disclosing party’s 18 request. Nothing in this provision shall require any party to disclose the identity of any expert prior to those dates set forth by 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 the Court regarding production of expert disclosures; and (b) if the expert or consultant is a current employee, consultant, or agent of any competitor of Defendants or any of their affiliates or 22 subsidiaries, Plaintiff must first notify counsel of record for 23 Defendants in writing. Such notice shall provide a reasonable 24 description of the outside independent person to whom disclosure is sought sufficient to permit objection to be made. If Defendants Page 4 of 13 1 or their subsidiaries and affiliates object in writing to such 2 disclosure within 14 days after receipt of notice, no disclosure 3 shall be made until the party seeking disclosure obtains the prior 4 approval of the Court or Defendants or their subsidiaries and affiliates; and 5 (9) 6 a jury empanelled in this matter. Unless in open Court or ordered by the Court, persons not entitled to 7 CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material under this 8 paragraph shall not be present when CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY 9 CONFIDENTIAL material is offered as an exhibit, quoted, or referenced in a deposition, hearing, trial, or other proceeding. 10 11 12 13 14 G. Disclosure of Confidential Material: If a party or attorney wishes to disclose any document or other material which is marked CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, or the contents thereof, to any person actively working, or retained to work on this action (e.g., expert witness or consultant), the person making the disclosure shall, in addition to the duties under Paragraph II.F, do the 15 following: 16 (1) Instruct the person to whom disclosure is made to return or, in the 17 alternative and with permission of the producing party, at the conclusion 18 of the case to destroy any document or other material which is marked CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, including notes or 19 memoranda made from CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 CONFIDENTIAL material; (2) Maintain a list of persons to whom disclosure was made and the 22 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL materials which 23 were disclosed to that person; and 24 (3) At the conclusion of this action, gather the CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL materials, copies thereof, and related notes Page 5 of 13 1 and memoranda, and return them to the party or attorney who originally 2 disclosed them, or destroy them, providing a certificate of compliance 3 with the terms of this Protective Order. If counsel for one party have 4 created work product incorporating, describing or referring to another party’s CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL documents, 5 counsel who have created the work product must collect all copies from 6 experts and other consultants and must return or destroy all copies of 7 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL documents attached 8 to the work product. However, the counsel that created the work product 9 may retain the work product itself once all copies are collected and all 10 copies of CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL documents 11 are returned or destroyed. No work product incorporating, describing or referring to another party’s CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 12 CONFIDENTIAL documents may be disseminated to any person or used 13 14 for any purpose once the action is concluded. H. Use of Confidential Material Limited To This Action: No person or party 15 subject to this Order shall distribute, transmit, or otherwise divulge any material 16 marked CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, except in 17 accordance with this Order. Furthermore, any document or other material which 18 is marked CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, or the contents thereof, may be used by a party, or a party’s counsel, expert witness, consultant, 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 or other person to whom disclosure is made, only for the purpose of this action. I. Designation of Material Disclosed or Produced at Depositions: All transcripts and exhibits shall be treated as if designated CONFIDENTIAL for a period of 30 22 days after the transcript is received from the court reporter. Counsel for any party 23 may designate during the deposition or during the thirty-day period after the 24 transcript is received from the court reporter any portion of the transcript as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL by denominating by page Page 6 of 13 1 and line, and by designating any exhibits, that are to be considered 2 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to the criteria set 3 forth in this Order. Such designation shall be communicated to all parties. 4 Transcript portions and exhibits designated in accordance with this paragraph shall be disclosed only in accordance with this Order. A party may challenge the 5 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL designation or portions 6 7 thereof in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph II.M below. J. Use of HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material at Depositions: If a party intends 8 to use material that has been marked as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL during the 9 deposition of an individual or entity other than the designating party, then the 10 party shall notify the designating party 10 days in advance of the deposition that it 11 intends to use that material. The parties shall then attempt to agree on the parameters for usage of the material at the deposition, including (a) the creation of 12 a mutually acceptable redacted version that suffices for purposes of the 13 deposition; and (b) whether other non-HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material 14 may be used for the same purposes. If the parties cannot agree on the usage of 15 16 such material at deposition, then either party may seek the Court’s direction. K. Disclosure Requirements for HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Information to 17 Competitor Related Consultants: Prior to disclosure, Plaintiff will inform the 18 producing party of the intent to disclose HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material to 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 anyone who is currently, or who at any time during the pendency of this litigation becomes, an employee or consultant to a competitor (as such individuals are defined in Paragraph II.C above) in the manner set forth below: (1) Give at least 21 days notice in writing to counsel for the party who 22 designated such information as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL of the intent 23 to so disclose that information, although the disclosing party is not 24 required to identify the intended recipient of such materials. Page 7 of 13 1 (2) Within 10 days thereafter, counsel for the parties shall attempt to resolve 2 any disputes between them regarding the production of the HIGHLY 3 CONFIDENTIAL material to the intended individuals. (3) 4 If the parties are unable to resolve any dispute regarding such production, within an additional 7 days, the party who designated the information in 5 question as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL shall file a motion objecting to 6 the proposed disclosure. In making such motion, it shall be the producing 7 party’s burden to demonstrate good cause for preventing the disclosure. 8 (4) 9 If the Court permits disclosure of the material designated as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL at issue, the information remains designated as 10 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL and the individual receiving such 11 information shall be bound by the requirements of this Order. 12 L. Third-Party Subpoenas and Document Requests: If any person or entity possessing CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL materials is 13 subpoenaed in another action or proceeding or served with a document demand, 14 and such subpoena or document requests the production of CONFIDENTIAL or 15 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL materials, the person receiving the subpoena or 16 document demand shall, within 5 days, give written notice to counsel for the 17 producing party, and shall, to the extent permitted by law, court rule, and court 18 order, (1) withhold production of the requested CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL materials until the producing party permits production, or 19 until a court of competent jurisdiction orders otherwise, and (2) seek to enable the 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 producing part to move to quash or limit the subpoena or document demand. M. Challenges to Designations or Redacted Information: Any party may at any 22 time challenge the designation of material as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 23 CONFIDENTIAL or the redaction of information by providing written notice of 24 its objection to the designating party, or, in the case of a deposition, either on the record at a deposition or in writing later. If, after a meet-and-confer process, the Page 8 of 13 1 parties cannot reach agreement, either the designating party or challenging party 2 may, on reasonable notice, apply for an appropriate ruling from the Court. The 3 disputed material, including all references to the substance of such material shall 4 be filed under seal as provided in Paragraph III.A. The disputed material shall continue to be treated as designated, or redacted, until the Court orders otherwise. 5 In any such application concerning a ruling on confidentiality or redacted 6 information, the party claiming the designation of confidentiality or redaction has 7 the burden of establishing that such confidential designation or redaction is 8 9 proper. N. Inadvertent Failure to Properly Designate Confidential Material: Inadvertent 10 production of any document or information without a designation of 11 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL will not be deemed to waive a party’s claim to its confidential nature or prevent said party from designating 12 said document or information as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 13 CONFIDENTIAL at a later date. Disclosure of said document or information by 14 the receiving party prior to such later designation shall not be deemed a violation 15 of the provisions of this Order, but the receiving party shall make good faith and 16 reasonable efforts to retrieve any CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 17 CONFIDENTIAL material that has been previously disclosed to persons not 18 entitled to receive them. 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 O. Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents, “Clawback” Procedure: Inadvertent production of documents or information (collectively “Inadvertently Produced Documents”) subject to the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine and/or any other applicable privilege protecting information from 22 discovery shall not constitute a waiver of the privilege and shall be governed by 23 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5) and Federal Rule of Evidence 502 and 24 the clawback and waiver provisions contained therein. Page 9 of 13 1 2 III. USE AND SUBMISSION OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL A. Use In Court Filings: Where a party intends to include material designated as 3 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, or information derived from 4 CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material in any court filing, the party shall notify the designating party and provide copies of the material or 5 excerpts containing the material that it intends to file at least 7 days prior to 6 making the filing. The filing party shall file the CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY 7 CONFIDENTIAL material in accordance with LR 10-5. The designating party 8 will then be responsible for filing a motion for leave to seal the documents to be 9 filed concurrently or shortly after the filing of the Motion. All filings and motions 10 to seal shall be made with reference to the requirements of Kamakana v. City and 11 County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1180 (9th Cir. 2006) and shall make the showing of either “good cause” or “compelling reasons” sufficient to overcome 12 the presumption of public access as outlined in that case. Absent written 13 permission or a Court order, material designated as CONFIDENTIAL or 14 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL or information derived from such may not be filed 15 16 in the public record. B. Use In Hearings or Trial: If any party or attorney wishes to file, or use as an 17 exhibit or as testimonial evidence at a hearing or trial, any CONFIDENTIAL or 18 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material, such party must provide 10 days notice to 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 the producing party of the intended use of such information. The parties shall then attempt to resolve the matter of continued confidentiality by either (a) removing the CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL marking, (b) creating a mutually acceptable redacted version that suffices for purposes of the action, or 22 (c) conferring about methods to avoid or limit public disclosure of such 23 information during testimony. If an amicable resolution proves unsuccessful, the 24 parties may present the issue to the Court for resolution. The proponent of Page 10 of 13 1 continued confidentiality will have the burden of persuasion that the document or 2 3 material should be withheld from the public record. C. litigation, including any appeals, the restrictions on communication and disclosure 4 provided for herein shall continue to be binding upon the parties and all other 5 persons to whom CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material 6 has been communicated or disclosed pursuant to the provisions of this Order or 7 any other order of the Court. The Court shall retain jurisdiction to enforce the 8 9 Survival of Protective Order: Throughout and after the conclusion of this terms of this Order. D. Return or Destruction of CONFIDENTIAL Material Upon Termination of 10 Litigation: Within 60 days after the final termination of this action, including any 11 appeals, each party, upon request of the other party, shall either return to the producing party, or destroy, all CONFIDENTIAL and HIGHLY 12 CONFIDENTIAL material designated by any other party (including any such 13 material disclosed to third persons), except for any attorneys’ work-product for 14 the party returning the material, and shall provide confirmation in writing to 15 16 opposing counsel if such materials are destroyed. E. Modification of this Order: Nothing in this Order shall prevent any other party 17 from seeking amendments broadening or restricting the rights of access to or the 18 use of CONFIDENTIAL and/or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL material or 19 otherwise modifying this Order; and this Order may be amended without leave of 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 22 23 24 Page 11 of 13 1 2 3 the Court by the agreement of the undersigned attorneys for the parties in the form of a Stipulation that shall be filed in this case. BOWEN LAW OFFICES KAEMPFER CROWELL By: /s/ Jerome R. Bowen Jerome R. Bowen, No. 4540 Sarah M. Banda, No. 11909 9960 West Cheyenne Avenue Suite 250 Las Vegas, Nevada 89129 By: /s/ Robert McCoy Robert McCoy, No. 9121 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 4 5 6 7 8 9 Attorneys for Plaintiff Sharon Hardman 10 11 Attorneys for Defendants St. Jude Medical, S.C., Inc. and Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. ORDER IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 13 14 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE February 9, 2016 DATED: ____________________________ 15 16 17 18 19 20 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 21 22 23 24 Page 12 of 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 KAEMPFER CROWELL Robert McCoy, No. 9121 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 Telephone: (702) 792-7000 Facsimile: (702) 796-7181 Email: rmccoy@kcnvlaw.com Attorneys for Defendants St. Jude Medical, S.C. and Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 9 10 DISTRICT OF NEVADA SHARON HARDMAN, individually, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 15 vs. ST. JUDE MEDICAL, S.C., INC., a foreign corporation; ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC., a foreign corporation; DOES I through X; and ROE CORPORATIONS I through X, I have read and understand the Stipulated Confidentiality Agreement and Protective 17 19 Order entered in the above-captioned action, and I agree to be bound by its terms. Specifically, and without limitation upon such terms, I agree not to use or disclose any confidential material and information made available to me other than in accordance with the Protective Order. 20 I hereby agree to submit to the jurisdiction of this Court for enforcement of the 21 KAEMPFER CROWELL 1980 Festival Plaza Drive Suite 650 Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 EXHIBIT A: AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Defendants. 16 18 Case No. 2:14-cv-02131-RFB-VCF undertaking I have made herein. 22 Dated: 23 Signed name: Printed name: 24 Page 13 of 13