The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Oswald Parada United States Magistrate Judge
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
1. Purposes and Limitations
Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. The parties further acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order creates no entitlement to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and reflects the standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the Court to file material under seal.
2.1. "Party" means any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff).
2.2. "Disclosure or Discovery Material" means all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.
2.3. "Confidential" information or items means information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under standards developed under FED. R. CIV. P. 26(c).
2.4. "Receiving Party" means a party who receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.
2.5. "Producing Party" means a Party or non-Party who produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action.
2.6. "Designating Party" means a Party or non-Party who designates information or items it produces in disclosures or in response to discovery as "Confidential."
2.7. "Protected Material" means any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "Confidential."
2.8. "Outside Counsel" means attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are retained to represent or advise a Party in this action.
2.9. "House Counsel" means attorneys who are employees of a Party.
2.10. "Counsel" (without qualifier) means Outside Counsel and House Counsel (as well as their support staffs).
2.11. "Expert" means a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a past or a current employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party's and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or a competitor of a Party's. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation.
2.12. "Professional Vendors" means persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating; preparing exhibits or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium; etc.) and their employees and subcontractors.
The protections conferred by this Stipulated Protective Order cover not only Protected Material, but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or ...