Searcy v. Esurance Insurance Company, No. 2:2015cv00047 - Document 25 (D. Nev. 2015)

Court Description: STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Granting 23 Stipulation for Protective Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 6/4/15. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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Searcy v. Esurance Insurance Company Doc. 25 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 1 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 CONOR P. FLYNN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 11569 MICHELLE D. ALARIE, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 11894 ARMSTRONG TEASDALE LLP 3770 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 200 Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Telephone: 702.678.5070 Facsimile: 702.878.9995 cflynn@armstrongteasdale.com malarie@armstrongteasdale.com Attorneys for Defendant Esurance Insurance Company 8 9 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEVADA 12 ROSALIND SEARCY, Case No.: 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK 13 Plaintiff, 14 vs. STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTIVE ORDER 15 16 ESURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY, and DOES I through X, inclusive; and ROE CORPORATIONS I through X, inclusive, 17 Defendants. 18 19 This Stipulated Confidentiality and Protective Order (“Protective Order”) is stipulated to by 20 and between Plaintiff Rosalind Searcy (“Searcy”) and Defendant Esurance Insurance Company 21 (“Esurance”), by and among the undersigned counsel, acting for, on behalf of, and with the express 22 authorizations and approval of Searcy and Esurance (each a “party” and, collectively, the “parties”). 23 WHEREAS, Searcy has filed a lawsuit against her insurer, Esurance, regarding Esurance’s 24 handling of her first party insurance claim arising from an automobile collision on August 2, 2012. 25 Searcy alleges causes of action against Esurance for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair 26 dealing, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of Nevada’s Unfair Claims Practices Act, codified as 27 N.R.S. 686A.310. Esurance filed a Motion to Dismiss on February 6, 2015, which is fully briefed, 28 and currently pending before the Court. 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 2 of 12 1 WHEREAS, disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production 2 of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public 3 disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. 4 5 WHEREAS, the parties have an interest in preserving and maintaining the confidentiality of any confidential and/or proprietary business information from public view or dissemination. 6 NOW THEREFORE, the undersigned counsel, Searcy, and Esurance hereby stipulate and 7 petition the Court: 8 A. 9 10 1. “Document,” whether used in the singular or plural, means any document or electronically-stored information as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 11 12 Definitions 2. “Designating Party” means a party or third-person who produces information in discovery that is deemed “Confidential” pursuant to this Order. 13 3. “Confidential Information” means any information that is designated as such by a 14 Designating Party. Information may be designated “Confidential” only if the Designating Party has 15 a good-faith basis for believing the information: (a) is confidential under federal or state law or 16 regulations; or (b) contains sensitive personal, financial, or professional information that is generally 17 unavailable to the public and that, if made available to the public, may be injurious to that party’s 18 personal, financial, or professional interests. 19 20 4. “Filing Party” shall mean any party who seeks to file with the Court documents or other papers reflecting information designated as “Confidential Information.” 21 5. “Privilege” shall mean the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work-product 22 doctrine, or any other legally-recognized privilege, doctrine, or protection that may apply to 23 documents or information in this case. 24 B. 25 Use of Confidential Information 6. All Confidential Information produced or exchanged in the course of this litigation 26 shall be treated as confidential and shall be used solely for the prosecution and defense of this 27 litigation and for no other purpose. No Confidential Information shall be revealed, disclosed, or 28 made available for inspection and copying to any person who is not permitted to see it pursuant to 2 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 3 of 12 1 the terms of this Order without express written consent of the Designating Party. Before receiving 2 access to any of the Confidential Information, each person described in subparagraphs 7(6) through 3 (7)(10) shall execute an agreement to be fully bound by this Order in the form of Exhibit A, attached 4 hereto. 5 7. Except as specifically provided for in this or subsequent Court orders, discovery 6 materials designated “Confidential” or their contents shall not be revealed, disclosed, or otherwise 7 made known to any persons, other than the following listed below. The parties and their counsel 8 agree that the Confidential Information provided under this Agreement shall only be used to 9 investigate, analyze, defend, and resolve the claims asserted in the above-captioned lawsuit. 10 (1) Counsel of record in this action; 11 (2) Employees of counsel of record in this action; 12 (3) The Court; 13 (4) Court reporters employed in connection with this litigation; 14 (5) Special masters, settlement judges and/or mediators; 15 (6) Outside vendors who are necessary to assist counsel of record in this action in 16 the preparation and trial of this action; 17 (7) Experts retained by counsel of record in this action; 18 (8) Deposition witnesses; 19 (9) Any person or entity to the extent required by operation of law, lawful 20 subpoena, or court order; and 21 22 (10) 8. Any other person with the consent, in writing, of all parties. Every person given access to Confidential Information shall be advised that the 23 information is being disclosed pursuant to and subject to the terms of this Order, and may not be 24 disclosed other than pursuant to the terms thereof. 25 9. If any party intends to file with the Court or offer into evidence any document claimed 26 to reflect Confidential Information, the Filing Party shall file a motion to seal in compliance with the 27 Ninth Circuit’s directives in Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 28 3 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 4 of 12 1 2006) and the Court’s electronic filing procedures provided for in Rule 10-5(b) of the Local Rules of 2 Practice of the United States District Court, District of Nevada, which provides that, 3 4 5 6 7 8 Unless otherwise permitted by statute, rule or prior Court order, papers filed with the Court under seal shall be accompanied by a motion for leave to file those documents under seal, and shall be filed in accordance with the Court’s electronic filing procedures. If papers are filed under seal pursuant to prior Court order, the papers shall bear the following notation on the first page, directly under the case number: “FILED UNDER SEAL PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER DATED ______.” All papers filed under seal will remain sealed until such time as the Court may deny the motion to seal or enter an order to unseal them, or the documents are unsealed pursuant to Local Rule. 9 Id. The Ninth Circuit has held that there is a presumption of public access to judicial files and 10 records, and that parties seeking to maintain the confidentiality of documents attached to 11 nondispositve motion must show good cause exists to overcome the presumption of public access. 12 Kamakana, 447 F.3d at 1179. Parties seeing to maintain the secrecy of documents attached to 13 dispositive motions must show compelling reasons sufficient to overcome the presumption of public 14 access. Id. at 1180. If the sole ground for a motion to seal is that the Designating Party has 15 designated a document as subject to protection pursuant to the stipulated protective order, the 16 movant must notify the Designating Party at least seven day prior to filing the designated document. 17 The Designating Party must then make a good faith determination if the relevant standard for sealing 18 is met. To the extent the Designating Party does not believe the relevant standard for sealing can be 19 met, it shall indicate that the document may be filed publicly no later than four days after receiving 20 notice of the intended filing. To the extent the Designating Party believes that relevant standard for 21 sealing can be met, it shall provide a declaration supporting that assertion no later than four days 22 after receiving notice of the intended filing. The filing party shall then attach that declaration to its 23 motion to seal the designated material. If the Designating Party fails to provide such a declaration in 24 support of the motion to seal, the filing party shall file a motion to seal so indicating and the Court 25 may order the document filed in the public record. 1 26 27 28 1 In the event of an emergency motion, the above procedures shall not apply. Instead, the movant shall file a motion to seal and the Designating Party shall file a declaration in support of that motion to seal within three days of its filing. If the designating party fails to timely file such a declaration, the Court may order the document filed in the public record. 4 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 5 of 12 1 10. Nothing in this Order prevents use or disclosure of Confidential Information beyond its 2 terms if the Designating Party consents to such use or disclosure, or if the Court, after notice to all 3 affected parties, orders such use or disclosure. 4 5 11. This Order does not in any way restrict a Designating Party’s ability to use his or her own Confidential Information for any purpose. 6 12. Any non-party producing documents in this litigation may avail itself of the 7 confidential treatment provided for in this Protective Order for its documents, information, or 8 testimony by following the procedures provided herein. Any non-party that wishes to produce 9 documents subject to this provision agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Protective 10 Order and agrees that any disputes or issues relating to the application, interpretation, or use of the 11 Protective Order will be resolved in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. 12 C. 13 Designating Confidential Material 13. This Order covers information or items that the disclosing party or non-party 14 (hereinafter, “source”) designates “CONFIDENTIAL.” The designation “CONFIDENTIAL” shall 15 be limited to information and items that the source in good faith believes is privileged, proprietary, 16 commercially sensitive, invades an employee or third-party’s rights to privacy, may be injurious to 17 that party’s personal, financial, or professional interests, or for similar reasons should otherwise be 18 subject to “CONFIDENTIAL” treatment. If only a portion of the materials, documents, items, or 19 oral or written communications qualify for protection, the Designating Party must designate for 20 protection only those parts of materials, documents, items, or oral or written communications that 21 qualify. Each party or non-party that designates information or items as confidential under this 22 Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the 23 appropriate standards. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. 24 14. Information and items that are in the public domain, including but not limited to 25 documents presented at trial or other court proceedings publically and not under seal, may not be 26 designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” This provision shall not apply to any document that is in the 27 public domain as a result of violation of any stipulation or court order with respect to such document 28 or any information included in such document. 5 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 6 of 12 1 15. 2 Designation in conformity with this Order requires: (a) For documents, the Designating Party shall affix “CONFIDENTIAL” to each 3 page of the document that contains protected material. If only a portion or 4 portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Designating 5 Party also must clearly identify the protected portions(s) by making an 6 appropriate marking in the margins. 7 (b) 8 For testimony given at deposition, the Designating Party identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, all protected testimony. 9 (c) For testimony given in other pretrial or trial proceedings, the Designating Party 10 identify on the record, before the close of the hearing or other proceeding, all 11 protected testimony. 12 (d) For information produced in some other form other than documentary and for 13 any other tangible items, the Designating Party affix “CONFIDENTIAL” in a 14 prominent place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the 15 information or item is stored. 16 16. If it comes to a Designating Party’s attention that information or items that it 17 designated for protection do not qualify for protection, the Designating Party must promptly notify 18 all other parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 19 17. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items 20 does not, standing alone, waive the Designating Party’s right to secure protection under this Order 21 for such material. Upon timely correction of a designation, the Receiving Party must make 22 reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this 23 Order. 24 D. 25 Disputing Confidentiality Designations 18. If any party objects to any “Confidential” designation, that party may, after making a 26 good-faith effort to resolve such objection, move on reasonable notice for an order vacating the 27 designation. While such application is pending, the information shall continue to be treated as 28 6 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 7 of 12 1 Confidential pursuant to this Order. 2 establishing confidentiality, which remains at all times on the Designating Party. 3 19. This paragraph is not intended to shift the burden of By agreeing to this stipulated confidentiality and protective order, it shall in no way be 4 viewed as a concession by the Non-Designating Party that any document marked 5 “CONFIDENTIAL” is confidential, nor shall this stipulation be deemed a waiver of any party’s right 6 to challenge the propriety of a “Confidential” designation. 7 20. The parties shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of a “Confidential” 8 designation within any set period after receiving the designated information. 9 E. 10 Demands by Others for Confidential Information 21. If any other person, organization, or governmental entity demands by subpoena or 11 other appropriate authority the production of any Confidential Information produced to it by another 12 party, the party receiving such demand shall immediately notify the Designating Party of such 13 demand. At its option, the Designating Party may elect to challenge the demand and assert any 14 applicable protections, and shall notify the person, organization, or governmental entity of its 15 challenge within such time as required by law or required by compliance with the demand. When 16 such a challenge is made, the party who received the demand shall not produce any Confidential 17 Information in the absence of consent by the Designating Party or an order by the issuing court 18 compelling production. 19 F. 20 End of Litigation 22. Absent written permission from the Designating Party or on further order of the Court, 21 this Order shall continue to be binding throughout and after the conclusion of this litigation, 22 including any settlements, appeals, and subsequent proceedings. 23 24 25 23. After this case is closed in the district court, the parties may seek the return of any documents they filed under seal. 24. Within ninety (90) days after final adjudication of this case, including appeals or 26 resolution through settlement, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by an attorney of record for the 27 Designating Party, each Party shall either: (a) assemble and return all Confidential Information, 28 including all copies thereof, to the Party that produced it; or (b) certify in writing that all such 7 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 8 of 12 1 information has been destroyed, provided, however, that any other party may seek to retain on a 2 confidential basis any files or documents containing such material: (i) as long as necessary as may be 3 required by statute, regulation, or rule; (ii) as long as necessary in order to satisfy obligations to 4 insurers and to make insurance recoveries. A party who seeks to retain documents pursuant to 5 subparagraph (b) hereunder shall promptly so advise the party requesting return or destruction of 6 such documents of its intention. Any disputes concerning the applicability of this paragraph shall be 7 resolved by this Court. 8 G. 9 10 Miscellaneous 25. Agreeing to, producing, or receiving Confidential Information or otherwise complying with this Order shall not: 11 (a) 12 Prejudice the parties’ rights to object to the production of documents they consider not subject to discovery; 13 (b) 14 Prejudice the parties’ rights to object to the authenticity, relevance, or admissibility into evidence of any document, testimony, or other evidence; 15 (c) 16 Prevent the parties from agreeing to alter or waive any portion of this Order with respect to any particular piece of Confidential Information; or 17 (d) Prevent any party from seeking from the Court a modification of this Order, 18 including, but not limited to, additional protection with respect to the 19 confidentiality of any information. 20 26. In the event additional parties join or are joined in this litigation, they shall not have 21 access to Confidential Information until the newly-joined party, by its counsel, has executed and, at 22 the request of any party, filed with the Court, its agreement to be fully bound by this Order. 23 27. The Parties agree to be fully bound by this Order pending its entry by the Court, and 24 any violation of this Order shall be subject to the same sanctions and penalties as if the Order has 25 been entered. 26 28. The production of material protected by the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work 27 product doctrine, or other privilege or protection (“Protected Material”) does not waive, estop, or 28 prevent the producing party from asserting any privilege or other ground for withholding such 8 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 9 of 12 1 Protected Material in the course of discovery in this case. The parties may make documents 2 available for preliminary review or otherwise produce documents in this case with or without any 3 pre-production, post-production, or other review for Protected Material, and neither conducting nor 4 foregoing such review shall form a basis to prevent a party from asserting any privilege or other 5 ground for withholding Protected Material as provided for in this Order. 6 29. A producing party shall have ninety (90) days after one of its counsel in this case 7 becomes actually aware that a specific document containing arguably Protected Material has been 8 produced in which to request its return; otherwise, any claim of protection for the Protected Material 9 shall be deemed presumptively waived. All such requests to return Protected Material shall be in 10 writing to lead counsel for all parties and shall identify the produced Protected Material by Bates 11 range(s). A producing party’s counsel shall be deemed to be actually aware that Protected Material 12 was produced at the time the producing party’s counsel is served with an exhibit list for trial that 13 specifically lists the Protected Material. If a producing party timely requests the return of Protected 14 Material, any party to which such material was produced shall, within seven (7) days after the 15 request, delete the produced Protected Material and all data associated with such Protected Material 16 (including images and metadata such as extracted text) from any database or document management 17 system containing the Protected Material and associated data, return to the producing party any disk 18 or other media containing Protected Material, return to the producing party or destroy all paper 19 copies of Protected Material, request in writing that any third-party to whom the Protected Material 20 was provided do the same, and provide a written certification to the producing party that the 21 receiving party has followed such procedures. The receiving party has the responsibility to take 22 reasonable steps to ensure that any third party to which it provided documents produced in this 23 litigation which a producing party later claims are Protected Material are destroyed or returned as 24 outlined in this paragraph. If the receiving party wishes to challenge the producing party’s claim of 25 protection as to the Protected Material, the receiving party may file a motion with this Court to 26 compel production of such Protected Material. 27 28 30. The parties agree, and the Court hereby orders, that production of Protected Material cannot provide a basis for any third party to seek disclosure or production of the material viewed 9 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 10 of 12 1 based on waiver, abandonment, estoppel, prior disclosure, or any other theory, claim, or argument. 2 The production of Protected Material shall not waive any claim of privilege or protection in any 3 other federal or State proceeding. 4 31. This Protective Order may be executed in counterparts. 5 32. In the event any provision of this Protective Order shall be held to be illegal, 6 unenforceable, or inoperative as a matter of law, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force 7 and effect unless such construction shall substantially frustrate the purpose and intent of this 8 Protective Order. 9 33. In the event of breach of this Protective Order, the parties expressly acknowledge that 10 the non-breaching party shall be entitled to specific performance of the terms of this Protective 11 Order or other injunctive relief. The parties expressly stipulate, agree, and acknowledge that an 12 unauthorized release of the Confidential Information, is a breach of this Protective Order, and that 13 damages arising from such a breach are not adequately relieved through pecuniary compensation, are 14 not reasonably quantifiable, and are immediately irreparable. 15 IT IS SO STIPULATED. 16 Dated this 3rd day of June, 2015 Dated this 3rd day of June, 2015 17 LAW OFFICE OF JAMES J. REAM ARMSTRONG TEASDALE LLP 18 20 By: /s/ James J. Ream James J. Ream, Esq. Nevada Bar No. 3573 333 N. Rancho, #530 Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 21 Attorney for Plaintiff By: /s/ Michelle D. Alarie Conor P. Flynn, Esq. Nevada Bar No. 11569 Michelle D. Alarie, Esq. Nevada Bar No. 11894 3770 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Suite 200 Las Vegas, NV 89169 19 22 Attorneys for Defendants 23 24 25 ORDER IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 27 28 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE DATE: June 4, 2015 10 Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 11 of 12 EXHIBIT “A” Case 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK Document 23 Filed 06/03/15 Page 12 of 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEVADA 12 13 ROSALIND SEARCY, Plaintiff, 14 15 16 17 Case No.: 2:15-cv-00047-APG-NJK vs. ESURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY, and DOES I through X, inclusive; and ROE CORPORATIONS I through X, inclusive, Defendants. 18 19 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PROTECTIVE ORDER 20 This undersigned represents that he/she, along with his or her support personnel, as 21 applicable: (a) has received a copy of the Court’s Confidentiality and Protective Order (“Protective 22 Order”) in the above-captioned case; (b) has read the Protective Order and understands its 23 provisions; (c) agrees to be bound by the terms of the Protective Order; and (d) agrees to be subject 24 to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada for the purposes of 25 any proceedings related to the enforcement of the Protective Order. 26 27 28 Date: Signature