Sharpe v. Ruiz et al, No. 2:2022cv01624 - Document 64 (D. Nev. 2024)

Court Description: ORDER Granting 63 Stipulation Protective Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 5/10/2024. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - RJDG)

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Sharpe v. Ruiz et al 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Doc. 64 AARON D. FORD Attorney General ANDREW C. NELSON, Bar No. 15971 Senior Deputy Attorney General State of Nevada 100 N. Carson Street Carson City, Nevada 89701-4717 Tel: (775) 684-1227 E-mail: Acnelson@ag.nv.gov Attorneys for Jeremy Bean, Charles Daniels, Thomas De ’Angelis, James Dzurenda, Calvin Johnson, Jesus Ruiz, and Brian Williams 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 11 12 RAY SHARPE, 13 Case No. 2:22-cv-01624-MMD-NJK Plaintiff, 14 vs. 15 RUIZ, et al., PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER 16 Defendants. 17 18 19 20 The parties to this proposed Stipulated Confidentiality Agreement and Protective Order have agreed to the terms of this Order; accordingly, it is ORDERED: 1. Scope. All materials produced or adduced from parties or non-parties in the 21 course of discovery, including initial disclosures, responses to discovery requests, responses 22 to subpoenas, deposition testimony and exhibits, and information derived directly 23 therefrom (hereinafter collectively “documents”), shall be subject to this Order concerning 24 Confidential Information as defined below. This Order is subject to the Local Rules of this 25 District and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on matters of procedure and calculation 26 of time periods. 27 2. 28 Confidential Information. As used in this Order, “Confidential Information” means information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL-SUBJECT TO Page 1 of 10 Dockets.Justia.com 1 PROTECTIVE ORDER” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” by the producing party, after 2 the entry of this protective order. Information designed as “Confidential Information” by 3 the producing party must be information that the producing party believes, in good faith, 4 would cause injury or harm to an identifiable individual or entity if disclosed publicly, such 5 as confidential information, private financial information, private medical information, 6 personal identification or employment records. Information designated as “ATTORNEYS’ 7 EYES ONLY” must also be of such a sensitive nature that the producing party believes, in 8 good faith, that disclosure to a party or its representative would cause serious injury and 9 harm to an individual or entity such that disclosure must be limited to those identified in 10 Paragraph 4(c). Information or documents that are available to the public may not be 11 designated as Confidential Information. 12 3. 13 Designation. (a) A party may designate a document as Confidential Information for 14 protection under this Order by placing or affixing the words “CONFIDENTIAL - 15 SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” on the 16 document and on all copies in a manner that will not interfere with the legibility of the 17 document. As used in this Order, “copies” includes electronic images, duplicates, extracts, 18 summaries, or descriptions that contain the Confidential Information. The marking 19 “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES 20 ONLY” shall be applied prior to or at the time of the documents are produced or disclosed. 21 Applying the marking “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or 22 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” to a document does not mean that the document has any 23 status or protection by statute or otherwise except to the extent and for the purposes of this 24 Order. Any copies that are made of any documents marked “CONFIDENTIAL - 25 SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” shall also be 26 so marked. 27 /// 28 /// Page 2 of 10 1 (b) The designation of a document as Confidential Information is a 2 certification by an attorney or a party appearing pro se that the document contains 3 Confidential Information as contemplated by Paragraph 2. 4 5 4. Protection of Confidential Material. (a) General Protections. Confidential Information shall not be used or 6 disclosed by the parties, counsel for the parties or any other persons identified in 7 subparagraph (b) & (c) for any purpose whatsoever other than in this litigation, including 8 any appeal thereof. 9 (b) Limited Third-Party Disclosures of Information marked 10 “CONFIDENTIAL—SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER”. The parties and counsel 11 for the parties shall not disclose or permit the disclosure of any Confidential Information 12 marked “CONFIDENTIAL—SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” to any third 13 person or entity except as set forth below in subparagraphs (1)-(9). Subject to these 14 requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review Information 15 marked “CONFIDENTIAL –SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER”: 16 (1) Counsel. Counsel for the parties and employees of counsel who have responsibility for the action; (2) Parties. Individual parties and employees of a party but only to the extent receiving counsel determines in good faith that the employee’s assistance is reasonably necessary to the conduct of the litigation in which the information is disclosed; 20 (3) The Court and its personnel; 21 (4) Court Reporters and Recorders. Court reporters and recorders engaged for depositions; (5) Contractors. Those persons specifically engaged for the limited purpose of making copies of documents or organizing or processing documents, including outside vendors hired to process electronically stored documents; (6) Consultants and Experts. Consultants, investigators, or experts employed by the parties or counsel for the parties to assist in the preparation and trial of this action but only after such persons have completed the certification contained in Attachment A, Acknowledgment of Understanding and Agreement to Be Bound; 17 18 19 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Page 3 of 10 1 (7) Witnesses at depositions. During their depositions, witnesses in this action to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary. Witnesses shall not retain a copy of documents containing Confidential Information, except witnesses may receive a copy of all exhibits marked at their depositions in connection with review of the transcripts. Pages of transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that are designated as Confidential Information pursuant to the process set out in this Order must be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted under this Order. (8) Author or recipient. The author or recipient of the document (not including a person who received the document in the course of litigation); and (9) Others by Consent. Other persons only by written consent of the producing party or upon order of the Court and on such conditions as may be agreed or ordered. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (c) Limited Third-Party Disclosures of Information marked 11 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY”. The parties and counsel for the parties shall not disclose 12 or permit the disclosure of any Confidential Information marked “ATTORNEYS’ EYES 13 ONLY” to any person except as set forth below in subparagraphs (1)-(6). Subject to these 14 requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review Information 15 marked as “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY”: 16 (1) Counsel. Counsel for the parties and employees of counsel who have responsibility for the action; (2) The Court and its personnel (under seal); (3) Court Reporters and Recorders. Court reporters and recorders engaged for depositions; (4) Consultants and Experts. Upon stipulation by the parties to this Agreement, non-party experts or consultants who have executed an acknowledgment and agreement to abide by this Order, including their secretarial and clerical personnel retained to assist counsel of record in this case; (5) Author or recipient. The author or recipient of the document (not including a person who received the document in the course of litigation); (6) Others by Consent. Other persons only by written consent of the producing party or upon order of the Court and on such conditions as may be agreed or ordered. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 (d) Access by other persons. The information produced in response to this Protective Order shall not be used for any litigation other than the matter in which it Page 4 of 10 1 is produced. Its confidentiality shall be maintained in a manner such that Plaintiff and/or 2 any other attorney cannot use it in any of Plaintiff’s current or future litigation, it can only 3 be used in connection with Nevada Federal District Court Case No. 2:22-cv-01624-MMD- 4 NJK. It shall not be shared with any other counsel than the parties to the Stipulation and 5 Protective Order. 6 (e) Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties shall make reasonable 7 efforts to prevent unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of Confidential Information. 8 Counsel shall maintain the originals of the forms signed by persons acknowledging their 9 obligations under this Order for a period of three years after the termination of the case. 10 5. Inadvertent Failure to Designate. An inadvertent failure to designate a 11 document as Confidential Information does not, standing alone, waive the right to so 12 designate the document. If a party designates a document as Confidential Information after 13 it was initially produced, the receiving party, on notification of the designation, must make 14 a reasonable effort to assure that the document is treated in accordance with the provisions 15 of this Order. No party shall be found to have violated this Order for failing to maintain 16 the confidentiality of material during a time when that material has not been designated 17 Confidential Information, even where the failure to so designate was inadvertent and 18 where the material is subsequently designated Confidential Information. 19 If a Receiving Party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed 20 Confidential Information to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this 21 Stipulated Protective Order, the Receiving Party must immediately (a) notify in writing 22 the Designating Party of the unauthorized disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all 23 copies of the Confidential Information, (c) inform the person or persons to whom 24 unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of this Order, and (d) request such 25 person or persons to execute the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound by 26 Stipulated Protective Order” (Exhibit A). 27 28 (a) Filing of Confidential Information. This Order does not, by itself, authorize the filing of any document under seal. Any party wishing to file a document Page 5 of 10 1 designated as Confidential Information in connection with a motion, brief or other 2 submission to the Court must comply with LR IA 10-5. 3 (b) No Greater Protection of Specific Documents. Except on privilege 4 grounds not addressed by this Order, no party may withhold information from disclosure 5 on the ground that it requires protection greater than that afforded by this Order unless 6 the party moves for an order providing such special protection. 7 (c) Challenges by a Party to Designation as Confidential 8 Information. The designation of any material or document as Confidential Information is 9 subject to challenge by any party. The following procedure shall apply to any such 10 challenge. 11 (1) 12 Confidential Information must do so in good faith and must begin the 13 process by conferring directly with counsel for the designating party. In 14 conferring, the challenging party must explain the basis for its belief 15 that the confidentiality designation was not proper and must give the 16 designating party an opportunity to review the designated material, to 17 reconsider the designation, and, if no change in designation is offered, 18 to explain the basis for the designation. The designating party must 19 respond to the challenge within five (5) business days. 20 (2) 21 confidentiality designation may file and serve a motion that identifies 22 the challenged material and sets forth in detail the basis for the 23 challenge. Each such motion must be accompanied by a competent 24 declaration that affirms that the movant has complied with the meet 25 and confer requirements of this procedure. The burden of persuasion in 26 any such challenge proceeding shall be on the designating party. Until 27 the Court rules on the challenge, all parties shall continue to treat the 28 materials as Confidential Information under the terms of this Order. Meet and Confer. A party challenging the designation of Judicial Intervention. A party that elects to challenge a Page 6 of 10 1 (3) 2 relating 3 Information shall be by motion. Nothing in this Order or any action or 4 agreement of a party under this Order limits the Court’s power to make 5 orders concerning the disclosure of documents produced in response to 6 the subpoena duces-tecum. 7 (4) 8 Nothing in this Order shall be construed to affect the use of any 9 document, material, or information at any trial or hearing. A party that 10 intends to present or that anticipates that another party may present 11 Confidential Information at a hearing or trial shall bring that issue to 12 the Court’s and parties’ attention by motion or in a pretrial 13 memorandum without disclosing the Confidential Information. The 14 Court may thereafter make such orders as are necessary to govern the 15 use of such documents or information at trial. 16 6. 17 Action by the Court. Applications to the Court for an order to materials or documents designated Confidential Use of Confidential Documents or Information at Trial. Produced in Other Litigation. (a) If a receiving party is served with a subpoena or an order issued in other 18 litigation that would compel disclosure of any material or document designated in this 19 action as Confidential Information, the receiving party must so notify the designating 20 party, in writing, immediately and in no event more than three business days after 21 receiving the subpoena or order. Such notification must include a copy of the subpoena or 22 court order. 23 (b) The receiving party also must immediately inform in writing the party 24 who caused the subpoena or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the 25 material covered by the subpoena or order is the subject of this Order. In addition, the 26 receiving party must deliver a copy of this Order promptly to the party in the other action 27 that caused the subpoena to issue. 28 (c) The purpose of imposing these duties is to alert the interested persons Page 7 of 10 1 to the existence of this Order and to afford the designating party in this case an opportunity 2 to try to protect its Confidential Information in the court from which the subpoena or order 3 issued. The designating party shall bear the burden and the expense of seeking protection 4 in that court of its Confidential Information, and nothing in these provisions should be 5 construed as authorizing or encouraging a receiving party in this action to disobey a lawful 6 directive from another court. The obligations set forth in this paragraph remain in effect 7 while the party has in its possession, custody or control Confidential Information by the 8 other party to this case. 9 7. Challenges by Members of the Public to Sealing Orders. A party or 10 interested member of the public has a right to challenge the sealing of particular documents 11 that have been filed under seal, and the party asserting confidentiality will have the burden 12 of demonstrating the propriety of filing under seal. 13 8. 14 Conclusion of Litigation. (a) Order Continues in Force. Unless otherwise agreed or ordered, this 15 Order shall remain in force after dismissal or entry of final judgment not subject to further 16 appeal. 17 (b) Obligations at Conclusion of Litigation. Within 63 days after 18 dismissal or entry of final judgment not subject to further appeal, all Confidential 19 Information and documents marked “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE 20 ORDER” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” under this Order, including copies as defined 21 in ¶ 3(a), shall be returned to the producing party or certify destruction of copies to 22 producing party unless: (1) the document has been offered into evidence or filed without 23 restriction as to disclosure; (2) the parties agree to some other procedure; or (3) as to 24 documents bearing the notations, summations, or other mental impressions of the receiving 25 party, that party elects to destroy the documents and certifies to the producing party that 26 it has done so. 27 28 (c) Retention of Work Product and one set of Filed Documents. Notwithstanding the above requirements to return or destroy documents, counsel may Page 8 of 10 1 retain (1) attorney work product, including an index that refers or relates to designated 2 Confidential Information so long as that work product does not duplicate verbatim 3 substantial portions of Confidential Information, and (2) one complete set of all documents 4 filed with the Court including those filed under seal. Any retained Confidential Information 5 shall continue to be protected under this Order. An attorney may use his or her work 6 product in subsequent litigation, provided that its use does not disclose or use Confidential 7 Information. The Court is unclear as to the Deletion of Documents filed under Seal from Electronic Case purpose of this provision, as documents are not deleted stem. Filings under seal shall be deleted from the ECF system only upon from CMECF. 10 order of the Court. 11 9. No Effect on Rendering Legal Advice. Nothing in this Order shall bar or 12 otherwise prevent any attorney herein from (1) rendering advice to his or her client with 13 respect to this litigation and in the course thereof, from relying upon his or her 14 examination or knowledge of Confidential Information and any information derived 15 therefrom, or (2) providing his or her client information about the type of information 16 designated as Confidential Information in order to provide legal advice regarding the 17 designation and whether to challenge the same; provided, however, that in rendering such 18 advice and in otherwise communicating with his or her client, such attorney shall not 19 provide or show copies of the Confidential Information produced by another party or party 20 herein to any person who is not authorized to receive such information under the 21 provisions of this Order. 22 10. Order Subject to Modification. This Order shall be subject to modification 23 by the Court on its own initiative or on motion of a party or any other person with standing 24 concerning the subject matter. 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// Page 9 of 10 1 11. Persons Bound. This Order shall take effect when entered and shall be 2 binding upon all counsel of record and their law firms, the parties, and persons made 3 subject to this Order by its terms. 4 Dated this 9th day of May 2024. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Dated this 9th day of May 2024. AARON D. FORD NEVADA ATTORNEY GENERAL By: /s/ Andrew C. Nelson ANDREW C. NELSON Senior Deputy Attorney General Nevada Bar No. 15971 100 N. Carson Street Carson City, NV 89701-4717 (775)684-1227 E-mail: acnelson@ag.nv.gov By: /s/ Lisa A. Rasmussen LISA A. RASMUSSEN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 007491 550 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite A Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 222-0007 Attorneys for Plaintiff, Raymond Sharpe Attorneys for Defendants 13 14 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 18 19 20 ____________________________________ United States Magistrate Judge May 10, 2024 DATED: ____________________________ 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Page 10 of 10

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