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Bail Busters, Inc., A California v. andrew Amir I. Sterling

May 25, 2011


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Dolly M. Gee


IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between Plaintiff Bail Busters, Inc. ("Plaintiff") and Defendants Andrew Amir I. Sterling, Andrew Sterling Bail Bonds, Inc., and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (collectively, "Defendants") as follows:


Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production and disclosure of certain documents and information pertaining to the parties' financial information, competitive information, personnel information, product development, or other kinds of commercially sensitive or proprietary information, which require special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective 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. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 10, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order creates no entitlement to file confidential information under seal.


2.1. Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, house counsel, corporate parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff).

2.2. Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.

2.3. "Confidential" Information or Items: information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that the Producing Party or Designating Party believes in good faith constitutes proprietary information, competitively or commercially sensitive information, or otherwise non-publicly available information, the disclosure of which without restriction would be detrimental to that party in the conduct of its business, that is not, or has not: (a) become public knowledge, as shown by publicly available writings, other than through violation of the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order; (b) is or was acquired lawfully by a non-designating party that has no obligation to the owner of the information; (c) is or was disclosed by a non-designating party with the approval of the designating party; or (d) is or has been independently developed by the Receiving Party.

2.4. "Highly Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only" Information or Items: extremely sensitive "Confidential Information or Items" whose disclosure to another Party or nonparty would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means.

2.5. Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.

2.6. Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action.

2.7. Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "Confidential" or "Highly Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only."

2.8. Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "Confidential" or as "Highly Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only."

2.9. Outside Counsel: attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are retained to represent or advise a Party in this action.

2.10. House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a Party, perform exclusively legal services, and are not engaged in competitive decisionmaking.

2.11. Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel and House Counsel (as well as their support staffs).

2.12. Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been or may be retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a past or a current employee of a Party or a competitor of a Party and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or a competitor of a Party. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation.

2.13. Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating; preparing exhibits or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium; etc.) and their employees and subcontractors.


The protections conferred by this Stipulated Protective Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or counsel to or in court or in other settings that might reveal Protected Material.


Following the conclusion or termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Stipulated Protective Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs.


5.1. Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this Stipulated Protective Order shall limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. A Designating Party shall 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 Stipulated Protective Order.

If a Party or a non-party concludes that information or items that it designated for protection do not qualify for protection at all, or do not qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that Party or non-party must promptly notify all other parties in writing that it is withdrawing the incorrect designation.

5.2. Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Stipulated Protective Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) and section 5.3, below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, material that qualifies for protection under this Stipulated Protective Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced.

Designation in conformity with this Stipulated Protective Order requires:

(a) for information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party affix the legend "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" on each page that contains protected material.

A Party or non-party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting Party has indicated which material it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all of the material made available for inspection shall be deemed "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." After the inspecting Party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the Producing Party must determine which documents qualify for protection under this Stipulated Protective Order, then, before producing the specified documents, the Producing Party must affix the appropriate legend ("CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY") on each page that contains Protected Material.

(b) for testimony given in deposition, that the Party or non-party offering or sponsoring the testimony identifies on the record, before the close of the deposition, all protected testimony, and further specifies any portions of the testimony that qualify as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." When it is impractical to identify separately each portion of testimony that is entitled to protection, and when it appears that substantial portions of the testimony may qualify for protection, the Party or non-party that sponsors, offers, or gives the testimony may invoke on the record (before the deposition is concluded) a right to have up to 20 days from the date of receipt of the transcript to identify the specific portions of the testimony as to which protection is sought and to specify the level of protection being asserted ("CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY"). When this right has been invoked, the transcript shall be treated as "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" during the sooner of: (a) 20 days from the date of receipt of the transcript; or (b) the date that the specific portions of testimony for which protection is sought have been designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY ...

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