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Koh v. SC Johnson & Son

December 3, 2009


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Howard Ronald M. Whyte United States District Judge



Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, 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 Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords extends only to the information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 10 below, 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 maerial under seal.


2.1 Party: 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: 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.


Information or Items: information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under standards developed under F.R.Civ.P.26(c).


Information or Items: extremely sensitive "Confidential Information or Items" whose disclosure to another Party or nonparty would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means, including trade secrets, confidential research and development, or proprietary business information, the disclosure of which might competitively disadvantage the Producing Party.

2.5 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.

2.6 Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material it this action.

2.7. Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY."

2.8 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY."

2.9. Outside Counsel: attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are retained to represent or advise a Party in this action.

2.10 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a Party.

2.11 Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel and House Counsel (as well as their support staffs).

2.12 Expert: 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, and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or competitor of a Party. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation.

2.13 Professional Vendors: 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 Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), 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 counsel to or in court or in other settings that might reveal Protected Material.


Even after the termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs.


5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must, to the extent feasible, take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. Notwithstanding the above, a Designating Party may designate a document in its entirety as Protected Material even though only portions of the document may qualify. If

A Designating it comes to a Party Designating must take Party's care attention to designate that for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written information communications or items that that qualify, it designated so that other for protection portions do of not the qualify material, for documents, protection at items, all, or or do not qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that Designating Party must, communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. If it comes to a Designating Party's attention that information or items within that it designated a reasonable for protection time, notify do all not other qualify parties for protection that it is at withdrawing all, or do not the qualify mistaken for the level of protection initially asserted, that Designating Party must, within a reasonable time, notify all designation. other parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation.

5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a), below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced. Designation in conformity with this Order requires:

(a) for information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of depositions or other pretrial (a) or trial for information proceedings), in that documentary the Producing formParty (apart affix from the transcripts legend "CONFIDENTIAL" of depositions or or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" on each page that contains protected other pretrial material. or If trial only proceedings), a portion or portions that the of Producing the material Party on a affix page qualifies the legend for protection,

"CONFIDENTIAL" the Producing or "HIGHLY Party also CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' must clearly identify the protected EYES portion(s) ONLY" on (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins) and must specify, for each portion, the level each page that contains protected material. of protection being asserted.

A Party or non-party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which material it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the ...

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