UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 25, 2011
JENNIFER CRUZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF CEASAR CRUZ, AND AS GUARDIAN LITEM FOR R.C., C.C., C.C., AND M.C., ALL MINORS, THERESA SMITH, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOR M.C., A MINOR, LEONARD CRUZ, INDIVIDUALLY, PLAINTIFFS,
THE CITY OF ANAHEIM, A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, CHIEF JOHN WELTER, DEPUTY CHIEF CRAIG HUNTER AND DOES 1-10. DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. John E. McDermott United States Magistrate Judge
CRISTINA L. TALLEY, CITY ATTORNEY GREGG M. AUDET, DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY SBN 158682 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 200 S. Anaheim Boulevard, Suite 356 Anaheim, CA 92805 Tel: 714-765-5169 Fax: 714-765-5123 Attorneys for Defendants City of Anaheim, Chief John Welter and Deputy Chief Craig Hunter
PROTECTIVE ORDER RE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Based on the stipulation of plaintiffs Jennifer Cruz, individually and as Guardian Ad Litem for minors R.C., C.C., C.C., and M.C., Theresa Smith, individually and as Guardian Ad Litem for minor M.C., Leonard Cruz (collectively "Plaintiffs"), and defendants City of Anaheim, Chief John Welter and Deputy Chief Craig Hunter (collectively "Defendants"), through their respective attorneys of record, the Court hereby enters the following protective order:
1. This Protective Order applies to and governs the use of law enforcement investigative reports and records concerning the shooting of Caesar Cruz which are being produced to Plaintiffs by Defendants. This Order shall also apply to and govern any other investigative or law enforcement reports or records subsequently produced to Plaintiffs by Defendants concerning the shooting of Caesar Cruz or its aftermath (hereinafter referred to as "Confidential Information"), including but not limited to reports or memoranda prepared by the Anaheim Police Department or the Orange County District Attorney's Office. The term Confidential Information shall mean and include the documents listed above, any and all portions thereof, and all documents of whatever kind containing information set forth in or obtained from these documents.
2. Plaintiffs' counsel shall use the Confidential Information solely for the purposes of this litigation, and shall not disclose any portion of the Confidential Information to any other person, firm or corporation except:
a. Bona fide employees of counsel's law offices, and then only to the extent necessary to enable said persons to assist in litigation of this action;
b. Plaintiffs, to the extent deemed necessary by counsel for the prosecution of this litigation
c. Expert witnesses employed by the parties to this action;
d. Consultants retained by the parties to this action; or
e. The Court.
3. All persons described in paragraph 2 (a) through (e) above shall not disclose any portion of said Confidential Information and shall not use any information obtained therefrom except in conformance with this Protective Order and for purposes of this litigation. Any party who discloses Confidential Information to any person described in paragraph 2 (a) through (d) shall advise such person that said matters constitute Confidential Information which may be used only for the litigation of this action, and shall, prior to disclosure of the Confidential Information, have such person execute a written Understanding and Agreement to be bound by this Stipulation for Protective Order in the form attached hereto.
4. Any deposition testimony that encompasses or concerns Confidential Information shall be transcribed in a separate booklet that is marked on its cover "Confidential: Do Not Disclose Except By Court Order." In addition, any documents containing Confidential Information that are submitted to the Court shall be filed or lodged in a sealed envelope marked "Confidential: Subject to Protective Order."
5. The attorneys for Plaintiffs are directed to retain all copies of documents, notes, or summaries containing Confidential Information in their custody, possession and control and to take the necessary precautions to prevent persons not authorized as provided above from obtaining access to any such Confidential Information.
6. Production of the Confidential Information protected by this Stipulated Agreement and Order shall not constitute a waiver of any privilege or confidentiality or privacy right. The parties retain the right to assert all substantive objections to the Confidential Information, including but not limited to relevancy, hearsay, privacy, privilege, and Rule 403 of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
7. At the conclusion of this action, all documents containing Confidential Information, all copies and extracts thereof, with the exception of those documents affected by the attorney work-product doctrine or attorney-client privilege, shall be returned to counsel for Defendants. As to those documents protected by the attorney work-product doctrine or attorney-client privilege, Plaintiffs and their counsel agree that any and all such documents shall either be redacted and returned to Defendants' counsel or shall be destroyed.
It is so ORDERED.
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