The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh
[Honorable PHILIP S. GUTIERREZ]
DISCOVERY MATTER PROTECTIVE ORDER PROTECTIVE ORDER
The parties having entered into a Stipulation for the entry of a Protective Order to govern the disclosure, dissemination, and use of "Confidential Information" produced by the parties in this action, and the Court having reviewed the Stipulation and finding good cause for the entry of such an order, hereby orders that the following Protective Order ("the Order") shall apply to any information designated as "Confidential" pursuant to agreement of the parties or order of the Court.
1. PLAINTIFF'S GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT
Plaintiff HRC contends that information regarding the investigative techniques employed by HRC staff and testers, as well as information relating to any investigation carried out by the HRC is confidential and the public disclosure of such information would jeopardize ongoing and future testing of other property owners' practices Los Angeles County and would tax the limited resources of the HRC by requiring them to continually find and employ new anonymous testers and new investigative techniques. Therefore, Plaintiff HRC seeks to keep documents related to its testers and investigative techniques as confidential. See Shammouh v. Karp, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16334 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 5, 1996) (holding good cause exists to treat information regarding the identities of testers and investigative techniques as confidential).
A "Disclosing Party" is the party (either Plaintiff or a Defendant) who produces or discloses Confidential Information, or on whose behalf such information is disclosed, to a receiving party's attorneys. A "Receiving Party" is any party (either Plaintiff or a Defendant) that receives or is permitted to receive Confidential Information from the Disclosing Party under the Order.
Confidential Information disclosed by a Disclosing Party under the Order shall be used by the Receiving Party only for purposes of this litigation and not for any business, commercial, scientific, competitive, or other purpose whatsoever.
4.1 Confidential Information may be designated by a Disclosing Party as "Confidential" by marking it as "Confidential" or by designating the information as "Confidential" by any separate writing sufficient to identify the information which is provided to the Receiving Party.
4.2 Where such designation is made by stamping or similar means, it shall be made by placing notice on the document, thing, response to discovery, deposition or court transcript or record, information, or document stored on diskette or otherwise in computer usable form, or tangible thing or object, in such a manner as will not interfere with the legibility or accessibility of the Confidential Information.
4.3 Information and documents designated as "Confidential Information" shall be subject to the disclosure restrictions of the Order. Any Receiving Party or other person who receives a document so designated is subject to this Protective Order and the jurisdiction of the U.S. ...