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Smith v. LiveOffice LLC

April 19, 2010

STEPHEN SMITH, AN INDIVIDUAL, PLAINTIFF,
v.
LIVEOFFICE LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, AND ALEXANDER RUSICH, AN INDIVIDUAL, DEFENDANTS.
LIVEOFFICE LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, COUNTERCLAIMANT,
v.
STEPHEN SMITH, AN INDIVIDUAL, COUNTERDEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. John F. Walter

[PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER

NOTE: CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THIS DOCUMENT

I. DEFINITIONS

1. As used in this Protective Order,

a. "Designating Party" means any Person who designates Material as Confidential Material.

b. "Discovering Counsel" means counsel of record for a Discovering Party.

c. "Discovering Party" means the Party to whom Material is being Provided by a Producing Party.

d. "Confidential Material" means any material designated as CONFIDENTIAL or, where appropriate, ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, in accordance with the terms of this Protective Order.

e. "Material" means any document, testimony or information in any form or medium whatsoever, including, without limitation, any written or printed matter, Provided in this action by a Party, or Non-Party, before or after the date of this Protective Order.

f. "Non-Party" means a Person who is not a Party.

g. "Party" means the Parties to this action.

h. "Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association, governmental agency, or other business or governmental entity whether a Party or not.

i. "Producing Party" means any Person who Provides Material during the course of this action.

j. "Provide" means to produce any Material, whether pursuant to request or process.

II. CONFIDENTIAL DESIGNATION

2. A Producing Party may designate as "CONFIDENTIAL" any Material Provided to a Party which contains or discloses any of the following:

a. Material that is considered in good faith by the Designating Party to constitute a trade secret pursuant to California Civil Code § 3426.1; confidential information regarding manufacturing; confidential customer lists and information from which a confidential customer list may be derived; confidential information regarding the finances of a privately-held company; confidential information regarding costs, sales, pricing, revenue, and profits; or other sensitive commercial information having a similar degree of confidentiality and value to the Producing Party; and

b. Material that the Party is under a duty to preserve as confidential under an agreement with or other obligation to another Person.

c. The Producing Party may designate as "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY," Materials that the Producing Party contends contains or discloses Materials which they in good faith believe to be of an extremely high degree of current commercial sensitivity and/or would provide a competitive advantage to its competitors if disclosed to them.

3. A Producing Party shall stamp as CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY Materials which the Producing Party in good faith believes are entitled to protection pursuant to the standards set forth in Paragraph 2 of this Order. A Producing Party may designate Confidential Material for protection under this order by either of the following methods:

a. By physically marking it with the following inscription prior to Providing it to a Party:

CONFIDENTIAL SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER

b. By identifying with specificity in writing to the Discovering Party any previously Provided Material which was not designated as Confidential Material prior to its having been Provided. For purposes of this method of designation, it will be a sufficiently specific identification to refer to the bates numbers or deposition page numbers of previously Provided Material. Where a Producing Party designates previously Provided Material as Confidential Material pursuant to this subparagraph, the Producing Party will follow the procedures set forth in the previous subparagraph for designating Confidential Material, and Provide to the Discovering Party additional copies of the previously Provided Material marked with the inscription described in the previous subparagraph. Upon receipt of the additional copies which comply with the procedures set forth in the previous subparagraph, the Discovering Party will immediately return to the Producing Party the previously Provided Material, or alternatively, will destroy all the previously Provided Material, at the option of the Producing Party. For previously Provided Material which was not designated as Confidential Material at the time of its being Provided, this Protective Order shall apply to such Materials beginning on the date that the Producing Party makes such designation.

c. The designation of documents as "Confidential" or "Attorneys' Eyes Only" does not entitle the parties to have those documents filed under seal. An application, including a stipulated application to file documents under seal, must comply with Local Rule 79-5.

d. Inadvertent failure to designate material as "Confidential" or "Confidential--For Attorneys' Eyes Only" under this Order shall not operate as waiver of the Party's right to subsequently designate such material as "Confidential" or "Confidential--For Attorneys' Eyes Only."

e. Non-Parties who produce documents or materials or provide testimony in connection with this action, whether in response to a subpoena or otherwise, may produce such documents or materials and/or testify pursuant to the protections afforded by this Order by complying with paragraph 2 above.

III. RESTRICTION ON USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL

4. Confidential Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL shall not be disclosed, nor shall its contents be disclosed, to any person other than those described in Paragraph 7 of this Protective Order and other than in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this Protective Order. Confidential Material designated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY shall not be disclosed, nor shall its contents be disclosed to any person other than those described in Paragraph 8 of this Protective Order. To the extent that Confidential Materials are or become known to the ...


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