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James L. Spinks v. County of Los Angeles

August 29, 2011

JAMES L. SPINKS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, DEPUTY ERMINA MCKELVY #413287, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A PEACE OFFICER, DEPUTY MARK COLLINS #515592, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A PEACE OFFICER, SGT. CHRIS MEADOWS #434144, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A PEACE OFFICER, SGT. AUGIE PANDO #110598 INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A PEACE OFFICER, DOES 1-10 . DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. John E. McDERMOTT United States Magistrate Judge

DISCOVERY MATTER [Discovery Matters Assigned to John. E. McDermott, Magistrate Judge]

[PROPOSED] PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL [Assigned to Hon. John F. Walter, Department 16] Trial Date: December 13, 2011

Subject to the approval of this Court, the parties, plaintiff JAMES L. SPINKS, by and through his attorney of record, Thomas E. Beck of The Beck Law Firm, and defendants COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES (COLA), DEPUTY MARK COLLINS, DEPUTY ERMINA McKELVY, SERGEANT CHRISTIAN MEADOWS, and SERGEANT AUGIE PANDO, by and through their attorneys of record, Thomas C. Hurrell and Jennifer A. Grady of Hurrell Cantrall LLP, hereby stipulate for entry of the following Protective Order:

1. In connection with informal or formal disclosure of documents and other materials in this action (including, but not limited to, those specified in Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1)(A)(ii) and 34(a)(1)(A) and (B)), and, in connection with discovery proceedings in this action, the parties may designate any document, thing, material, testimony, or other information derived therefrom, as "Confidential" under the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order (hereinafter "Order"). Confidential information is information which has not been made public, and which contains private, personal, proprietary, or otherwise sensitive information, the disclosure of which may have the effect of causing harm to the parties or other entities or persons.

By designating a document, thing, material, testimony, or other information derived therefrom as Confidential under the terms of this Order, the party making the designation is certifying to the Court that there is a good-faith basis both in law and in fact for the designation within the meaning of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(g).

GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT:

2. Good cause exists for entry of this Order. As for defendants, they expect to produce, among other things, materials comprising internal reports, County of Los Angeles (COLA) policies, investigative documents, and other documentation regarding the subject of this action, which COLA believes in good faith constitute or embody Confidential information, personnel records, and/or other materials that are entitled to privileges and/or protections against discovery or disclosure by the United States Constitution, First Amendment; the California Constitution, Article I, Section 1; California Penal Code Sections 832.5, 832.7 and 832.8; California Evidence Code Sections 1040 and 1043 et. seq; the Official Information Privilege; the right to privacy; and decisional law relating to such provisions, which matter is not generally known and which COLA would not voluntarily reveal to third parties and therefore is entitled to heightened protection from disclosure, are to be designated as "Confidential Material."

In addition, these materials contain the names and other identifying information of law enforcement personnel on unrelated matters that preceded or post-dated the incident. Limiting disclosure of their identities to the context of this litigation as provided herein will, accordingly, further important law-enforcement objectives and interests.

3. Confidential documents shall be so designated by stamping copies of the document or material produced by a party with the legend "CONFIDENTIAL." Stamping the legend "CONFIDENTIAL" on the cover of any multipage document or any multi-volume material, shall designate all pages of the document and all volumes of the material as Confidential, unless otherwise indicted by the producing party.

4. Testimony taken at a deposition may be designated as Confidential by making a statement to that effect on the record at the deposition. Arrangements shall be made with the court reporter transcribing the deposition to separately bind such portions of the transcript containing information designated as Confidential, and to label such portions appropriately.

5. Material designated as Confidential under this Order, the information contained therein, and any summaries, copies, abstracts, or other documents derived in whole or in part from material designated as Confidential Material shall be used solely for the purpose of litigating this action, and for no other action or purpose.

6. Confidential Material produced in this action may be disclosed or made available to the following persons (hereinafter "Qualified Persons"):

a. Each lawyer for a party in this action, including outside and in-house lawyers and other lawyers regularly employed in their offices, and such lawyers' staff to whom it is necessary that materials be disclosed for purposes of this litigation, including paralegals, assistants, law clerks, secretaries, and document clerks;

b. Each party, partner, officer, director, agent, or employee of a party deemed necessary by ...


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