The opinion of the court was delivered by: Marc L. Goldman United States Magistrate Judge
Frederick Gotha, Esq. [SBN 40480] firstname.lastname@example.org 301 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 800 Pasadena, CA 91101 Telephone No: 626.796.1849 Michael E. Friedman, Esq. [SBN 70895] email@example.com 301 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 800 Pasadena, CA 91101 Telephone No: 626.795.1839 Niria M. Arvizu, Esq., [SBN 236994] firstname.lastname@example.org 6201 1/4 Saylin Lane Los Angeles, CA 90042 Telephone No.: 310.948.4283 Attorneys for Plaintiff, Haro Bicycle Corporation
ORDER ON STIPULATION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
Subject to the approval of this Court, the parties hereby stipulate to the following protective order:
1. As used herein, the term "confidential material" shall refer to any answer, document, article or thing or any portion or portions thereof which contain information that is a trade secret or other confidential commercial information as such terms are used in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(c)(7). All materials identified as "confidential" shall be used only for purposes of this lawsuit.
2. If any answer given or document, article or thing produced in response to discovery is believed to contain confidential material, the responding party may mark or designate such answer, document, article or thing (hereinafter, sometimes "item") "confidential" and any item so marked or designated shall thereafter be handled in accordance with paragraphs 3 to 11 hereof. The designation of any answer, document, article or thing as "confidential" shall constitute a representation that counsel, in good faith, believes that the item so designated contains confidential materials as that term is defined in paragraph 1 above.
3. Any party may designate any item as "confidential" by placing on or affixing to such item, in a manner that will not interfere with the legibility thereof, a notice identifying the item as confidential.
4. The producing party shall retain the original of any items marked "confidential". Counsel for the other party shall, however, have the right to examine the original, and the copy or specimen furnished by the producing party shall have the same force and effect as the original thereof, subject to correction if error be shown. Unless otherwise expressly indicated, the title of a "confidential" item, or the absence of a title, the date and identity of the writer and recipient of such document as well as any materials which incorporate, in whole or in part, any of such designated confidential items, shall be deemed "confidential".
5. Subject to paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 hereof, "confidential" items shall be disclosed only to outside counsel in this case (hereinafter sometimes "counsel") and to "persons assisting those attorneys" as defined herein. All disclosures shall be in conformity with the terms of paragraph 6 hereof. As used herein, "persons assisting those attorneys" shall mean clerks, paralegals and secretaries in the regular employ of those outside counsel, and experts and consultants who are not otherwise in the employ of the parties and have need to know said confidential material to assist the outside counsel in this case. Further, if any such expert or consultant is involved in any business related to that of the party producing the confidential material, the party proposing to disclose confidential material to the expert shall, prior to disclosing the confidential material, submit a statement to counsel for the opposing party(s) identifying the expert or consultants and describing the relevant employment of such expert or consultant. Unless counsel for the opposing party(s) shall notify counsel of its objection, including the grounds for the objection, to any expert or consultant proposed within ten (10) days after service (via facsimile or overnight delivery) of the statement referred to above, counsel may disclose confidential materials to such person. In the event a party objects to an expert or consultant as provided in this paragraph and the parties are unable to meet and confer and resolve the objection within fifteen (15) days after service of the objection referred to above, the party proposing the expert or consultant shall have the right by noticed motion, to challenge the objection and thereby have the Court determine whether such expert or consultant may have access to confidential material and the proposed expert or consultant shall not receive confidential material until such time as the Court so determines.
6. Outside counsel, before disclosing "confidential" material to persons assisting outside counsel as defined in paragraph 5 above, shall first give a copy of this Protective Order to such persons and receive from such persons their acknowledgment in writing, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "A", that they have read this Protective Order and are fully familiar with the provisions hereof and agree to abide thereby and to make disclosures of such "confidential" material only to persons specified in paragraph 5 who have seen the Protective Order and executed an acknowledgment in writing.
7. In the event that any "confidential" item or items are included with any paper filed with the Court, such items shall be filed with instruction to the Clerk of the Court that, except as otherwise provided by the Court, they are to be sealed pursuant to this Protective Order and are not to be disclosed to any person other than the Court and outside counsel for the parties to this action.
8. In the event that any testimony or item embodying "confidential" material is given or used in depositions, the reporter shall be instructed that, pursuant to this Protective Order, the deposition and "confidential" deposition exhibits, if retained by the reporter, shall be retained under seal, and if filed in Court, shall be filed under seal with instructions to the Clerk of the Court set forth in paragraph 7 hereof, and the reporter shall be further instructed not to furnish copies of any such material or disclose its contents to any persons other than counsel of record in this action.
9. If outside counsel wishes to disclose any "confidential" material produced by the other party to witnesses and potential witnesses other than persons identified in paragraph 5 hereof, outside counsel may do so only with prior written consent of the other party under terms and conditions agreed to by the parties. If at a hearing in connection with any motion or other proceeding or at trial, a party intends to offer into evidence any "confidential" material produced by the other party, that party shall so inform the other party a reasonable time in advance so that the other party may take such steps as it deems reasonably necessary to preserve the confidentiality of such material.
10. With respect to any item or portion thereof which has been designated as "confidential", either party may at any time serve notice of nonacquiescence in such designation, and in the event that the parties are unable to meet and confer and resolve the dispute within fifteen (15) days after service of the notice referred to above, may thereafter move for an order vacating or modifying the provision in paragraphs 2 through 9 hereof as to such items or portion thereof. If no such motion is served, the item or portion thereof in question shall continue to be entitled to the protection provided in paragraphs 2 through 9. If either party should so move, the item or portion thereof in question shall continue to be classified as "confidential" until the motion is ruled upon by the Court and, if denied, as long as the Order denying the motion remains in effect.
11. Upon final termination of this action, including any appeals, at the request of the producing party, the other party shall return or destroy all "confidential" materials produced in this action, including all copies, abstracts or summaries thereof, or documents containing information taken therefrom, but excluding any materials which in the judgment of counsel for the other party are work-product materials of said counsel. Upon express approval of the Court, after final termination of this action, said counsel will take such ...