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Deckers Outdoor Corp. v. Claire's Stores

March 31, 2010

DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CLAIRE'S STORES, INC., A DELAWARE COMPANY AND CBI DISTRIBUTING CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS.
CBI DISTRIBUTING CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, COUNTER-CLAIMANT,
v.
DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, COUNTER-DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Manuel Real United States District Judge

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

Judge: Hon. Manuel L. Real Ctrm. 8

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between Plaintiff and Counter-Defendant Deckers Outdoor Corporation ("Deckers") and Defendant Claire's Stores, Inc. and Defendant and Counter-Claimant CBI Distributing Corporation (collectively, "Claire's"), as follows:

I. APPLICABILITY AND SCOPE OF STIPULATION

1. This Order shall apply to all information produced during discovery in this action that shall be designated by the party or person producing it as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" (collectively, "Confidential Information"). This Order shall not apply to information that, before disclosure, is properly in the possession or knowledge of the party to whom such disclosure is made, or is public knowledge. The restrictions contained in this Order shall not apply to information that is, or after disclosure becomes, public knowledge other than by an act or omission of the party to whom such disclosure is made, or that is legitimately acquired from a source not subject to this Order.

2. If an exhibit, pleading, interrogatory answer or admission (collectively "discovery response"), deposition transcript, other transcript of testimony, declaration or affidavit (collectively "testimony"), or a document or thing contains information considered confidential by a party, such exhibit, pleading, discovery response, testimony, or document or thing shall be designated "Confidential" or "Confidential- Attorneys Eyes Only" by the party contending there is confidential information therein.

3. In connection with an exhibit, pleading, discovery response, document or thing, testimony or other court submission, the legend "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" (in such a manner as will not interfere with the legibility thereof) shall be affixed before the production or service upon a party.

4. As a general guideline, a document should be designated "Confidential" when it contains confidential business, technical or other information that may be reviewed by the receiving party, the parties' experts, and other representatives, but must be protected against disclosure to third parties. As a general guideline, a document should be designated "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" when it contains the following highly sensitive information: financial information; cost information; pricing information; sales information; customer, license, supplier, and vendor information; software and firmware for a party's products; technical and development information about a party's products; comparative product test results; business plans; marketing strategies; new product plans and competitive strategies; or any other information that would put the producing party at a competitive disadvantage if the information became known to employees of the receiving party or third parties.

5. All Confidential Information (i.e., "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" information) that has been obtained from a party during the course of this proceeding shall be used only for the purpose of this litigation and not for any other business, proceeding, litigation, or other purpose whatsoever. Further, such information may not be disclosed to anyone except as provided in this Order. Counsel for a party may give advice and opinions to their client based on evaluation of information designated as Confidential Information produced by the other party. For information designated "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only," such rendering of advice and opinions shall not reveal the content of such information except by prior agreement with opposing counsel.

6. All documents, or any portion thereof, produced for inspection only (i.e., copies have not yet been provided to the receiving party) shall be deemed "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only." If a copy of any such document is requested after inspection, the document shall be deemed "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" only if labeled or marked in conformity with paragraph 2, with access and dissemination limited as set forth in paragraphs 10 - 13.

7. Information disclosed at a deposition or other testimony may be designated as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" at the time of the testimony or deposition, or within ten (10) days following receipt of the transcript, and shall be subject to the provisions of this Order. Additional information disclosed during a deposition or other testimony may be designated as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" by notifying the other party, in writing, within ten (10) days after receipt of the transcript, of the specific pages of the transcript that should also be so designated.

8. All exhibits, pleadings, discovery responses, documents or things, testimony or other submissions, filed with the Court pursuant to this action that have been designated "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only," by any party, or any pleading or memorandum purporting to reproduce, paraphrase, or otherwise disclose such information designated as Confidential Information, shall be marked with the legend "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" and shall be maintained by the Court in camera by filing the same in the Clerk's Office in sealed envelopes or other appropriate sealed containers on which shall be endorsed the title and docket number of this action, an indication of the nature of the contents of such sealed envelope or other container, the legend "Confidential" and a statement substantially in the following form:

This envelope, containing documents that are filed in this action by (name of party), is not to be opened nor are the contents thereof to be displayed or revealed except by order of the Court or agreement of the parties.

9. As used in this Protective Order, "Trial Counsel" refers exclusively to the following:

(a) For Deckers: The attorneys, paralegals, agents, and support staff of Hunton & Williams LLP and the in-house attorneys and paralegals of Deckers.

(b) For Claire's: The attorneys, paralegals, agents, and support staff of Lewis Anten, a Professional Corp. and the in-house attorneys and paralegals of Claire's Stores, Inc. and CBI Distributing Corporation.

(c) Others: Such additional attorneys (and their paralegals, agents and support staff) as enter an appearance in this matter for any existing or additional party, as may be ordered by the Court or subsequently may be agreed upon by the parties, provided that such attorneys sign the Acknowledgement of Terms of Protective Order, attached hereto as Exhibit "A".

10. Material designated as "Confidential" that has been obtained from a party during the course of this proceeding may be disclosed or made available only to the Court, to Trial Counsel for any party, and to the persons ...


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