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Hyun Ji Byun, An Individual v. County of San Bernardino

July 20, 2011

HYUN JI BYUN, AN INDIVIDUAL, PLAINTIFF,
v.
COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO, ROD HOOPS, OFFICER M. GRIFFITH, OFFICER F. SHORT,
OFFICER B. PHILLIPS, OFFICER DUPPER, SERGEANT T. O'CONNELL, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Oswald Parada United States Magistrate Judge

Assigned to Hon. Cormac J. Carney

PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

Whereas counsel for the parties have discussed the mutual exchange of documents in this litigation, Defendants, through their counsel of record, have agreed to produce certain confidential information in this litigation, and therefore the parties have stipulated to the following terms and conditions. The Court hereby orders as follows:

1. Following the issuance of a protective order and in accordance with the above-referenced agreement, the parties have agreed to exchange copies of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's (hereinafter "Department") confidential investigative file and use of force reports (hereinafter "Law Enforcement Records") (Bates Nos.: D-0001to D-0080; D-0400 to D-0456).

2. This protective order is entered into because the Law Enforcement Records, which relate to Plaintiff's arrest and are relevant to the subject matter of this litigation, contain private information, including but not limited to names and contact information, concerning peace officers, third-party witnesses to a crime, and also contain classified information concerning the investigative techniques used by the Department's Special Enforcement Division in locating Plaintiff and effectuating his arrest.

3. While these Law Enforcement Records are relevant to this litigation, the documents are specifically protected from disclosure to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (hereinafter "Act"). (5 U.S.C. § 522(b)(7); Lane v. Department of Interior (9th Cir. 2008) 523 F.3d 1128, 1137.) Policy considerations, therefore, dictate that protections should be taken to ensure that these Law Enforcement Records are not disseminated to the public as the privacy rights of the Department, its employees, and third-party witnesses outweigh the public's interest in viewing the Law Enforcement Records. (Ibid.)

4. If the Protective Order is issued, the parties will produce the above-referenced documents, wherein the documents will be marked in one of the following ways: "Confidential,""Confidential Documents," "Confidential Material," "Subject to Protective Order" or words of similar effect. Documents, writings, or other tangible items, so designated, and all information derived therefrom (hereinafter, collectively referred to as "Confidential Information"), shall be treated in accordance with the terms of this stipulation and protective order.

5. In exchange for the release of the Law Enforcement Records, Plaintiff's counsel agrees that the Confidential Information shall only be used for the limited purpose of Plaintiff's pending civil case against Defendants County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, in the United States District Court, Central District of California, known as Hyun Ji Byun v. County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, and DOES 1 through 10, Case No.: EDCV11-00002 CJC.

6. Plaintiff's counsel also agrees that if the Confidential Information is attached to a document filed or submitted in the civil case such records shall be filed under seal IN COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL RULE 79-5. In entering into a Stipulation for the filing of Confidential Information under seal, neither one of the parties waives its right to object to the admissibility of said information in connection with that proceeding or to move to exclude said information prior to or during the time of trial.

7. During the course of depositions, when counsel makes an objection to a question concerning a protected document or information contained therein, which is the subject of this Stipulation and protective order, or concerning a general area that counsel believes should be covered by the scope of this Stipulation and protective order, those witnesses may answer the question, without waiving the objections, and the questions and answers to those questions will be sealed and covered by the terms of this protective order. Counsel and the parties reserve the right to object to the disclosure of confidential or private information which is not the subject of this Stipulation and protective order. Any documents deemed confidential pursuant to this protective order will be sealed, if they are used as exhibits in any deposition. This agreement does not waive any objections counsel may make, including objections unrelated to the reasons for this protective order.

8. Plaintiff's counsel also agrees that except as is necessary in the pending civil case against Defendants County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, in the United States District Court, Central District of California, known as Hyun Ji Byun v. County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, and DOES 1 through 10, Case No.: EDCV11-00002 CJC, the Confidential Information shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the parties, parties's counsel, experts, investigators, paralegal assistants, office clerks, secretaries, and other personnel working under their supervision.

9. Plaintiff's counsel further agrees that no portion of the protected information or documents shall be posted online in any manner, whether on the internet or otherwise, nor shall any portion of the information or documents be disseminated to the media whatsoever.

10. Plaintiff's counsel also agrees that no electronic and/or digital copies of the protected information or documents shall be made, nor shall any digital or electronic copies of the protected information or documents be transmitted over the internet in any manner, including, but not limited to, electronic mail.

11. Upon conclusion of the pending civil case against Defendants County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, in the United States District Court, Central District of California, known as Hyun Ji Byun v. County of San Bernardino, Rod Hoops, Officer M. Griffith, Officer F. Short, Officer B. Phillips, Officer Dupper, Sergeant T. O'Connell, ...


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