The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Patrick J. Walsh Magistrate Judge OF The United States District Court
[Assigned to the Hon. A. Howard Marz and the Hon. Patrick J. Walsh] STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Complaint Filed: September 8, 2010 Trial Date: December 13, 2011
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between Plaintiff Paul Lara ("Lara") and Defendant Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. ("Home Depot") through their respective attorneys of record, that a Protective Order be entered by this Court as follows:
This Stipulation and Protective Order shall be applicable to and shall apply to the production and exchange of all document requests and documents, interrogatories and answers to interrogatories, depositions, request for admissions, and responses to requests for admissions, exhibits, and pleadings and all other information exchanged and furnished in this Action by the Parties that the parties customarily treat as confidential, proprietary, and/or a trade secret as defined by California Civil Code § 3426.1.
(a) The parties acknowledge that discovery may require disclosure of information that is private and personal or confidential and proprietary, specifically personnel records, personnel policies, employment offers, competitive analyses, income statements, employee, client, or customer personal information (including, but not limited to medical, age, and contact information), medical records, and financial records and statements, along with other trade secret information as defined in California Civil Code, § 3426.1. As a result, the parties agree to enter into a Protective Order on the following terms to ensure the continuing confidentiality of such information. The parties further 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 limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential.
(b) This Protective Order shall limit the use or disclosure of documents, deposition testimony, and related information which are or which embody or disclose any information falling with the scope of Section (1)(a) and designated hereunder as "Confidential," and shall apply to:
(i) All such documents, including those from third parties, so designated in accordance with this Protective Order and legal standards and definitions and all information contained therein;
(ii) Portions of deposition testimony and transcripts and exhibits thereto which include, refer or relate to any Confidential Information;
(iii) All information, copies, extracts and complete or partial summaries prepared or derived from Confidential Information; and
(iv) Portions of briefs, memoranda or any writing filed with or otherwise supplied to the Court, which include or refer to any such Confidential Information.
(c) Any person designating documents, testimony, or other information as "Confidential" hereunder asserts that he or she believes in good faith that such material is Confidential Information which falls within the scope of Section (1)(a) and is not otherwise available to the public generally. Each party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. A designating party must take care to designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order.
2. DESIGNATION OF DOCUMENTS AND DEPOSITIONS
(a) Designation of a document as "Confidential" shall be made by stamping or writing CONFIDENTIAL on the document(s). Alternatively, the parties may designate documents as "Confidential" by producing the documents with a letter designating the documents by Bates number as "Confidential." The parties shall make every effort to designate as "Confidential" only those documents that they reasonably believe constitute personnel records, personnel policies, employment offers, competitive analyses, income statements, employee, client or customer personal information, medical records, financial records and statements, and trade secret information as defined in California Civil Code, § 3426.1. The failure to designate documents as "Confidential" at the time of production shall not constitute a waiver of the protection of this Order and any Party may, at any time up to 30 days before the actual trial date in this action, designate any documents or information produced as confidential that have not as yet been so designated. Stamping the legend "Confidential" on the cover of any multi-page document shall designate all pages of the document as confidential, unless otherwise indicated by the Designating Party, but only if the entire document is produced in bound or otherwise intact manner.
(b) Designation of a deposition or other pretrial testimony, or portions thereof, as "Confidential" shall be made by a statement on the record by counsel for the party or other person making the claim of confidentiality at the time of such testimony. The portions of depositions so designated as "Confidential" shall be taken only in the presence of persons qualified to receive such information pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order: the parties and their attorneys and staff, the court reporter, videographer, the deponent, and the deponent's attorney. Failure of any other person to comply with a request to leave the deposition room will constitute sufficient justification for the witness to refuse to answer any question calling for disclosure of Confidential Information so long as persons not entitled by this Protective Order to have access to such information are in attendance. The parties may instruct the court reporter to segregate such portions of the deposition in a separate transcript designated as "Confidential." Portions of such deposition transcripts shall be clearly marked as "Confidential" on the cover or on each page, as appropriate.
(c) Any party may designate documents produced or portions of depositions taken as containing Confidential Information even if not initially marked as "Confidential" in accordance with the terms of this Protective Order by so advising counsel for each other party in writing and by reproducing said documents with the required confidential designation. Thereafter each such document or transcript shall be treated in accordance with the terms of this Protective Order; provided, however, that there shall be no liability for any disclosure or use of such documents or transcripts, or the Confidential Information contained therein, which occurred prior to actual receipt of such written notice. Any person who receives actual notice of any such designation of previously produced documents or deposition transcripts as containing Confidential Information shall thereafter treat such information as if it had been designated as "Confidential" at the time he, she, or it first received it in connection with this matter.
(d) Inadvertent failure to designate Confidential Information shall not be construed as a waiver, in whole or in part, and may be corrected by the producing party designating document produced or portions of depositions taken as containing Confidential Information even if not initially marked as "Confidential" in accordance with the terms of this Protective Order and, specifically, subsection 2(c) above.
3. LIMITATIONS ON DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
(a) No Confidential Information shall be disclosed by anyone receiving such information to anyone other than those persons designated herein and in no event shall Confidential Information be used, either directly or indirectly, by anyone receiving such information for any business, commercial or competitive purpose or for any purpose whatsoever other than the direct furtherance of the litigation of this action in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order.
(b) Confidential Information shall not be disclosed by any person who has received such information through discovery in this ...