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Inter-Avid Productions, A California Corporation v. Ventura Content

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 30, 2011

INTER-AVID PRODUCTIONS, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
VENTURA CONTENT, AVV, AN ARUBAN CORPORATION, AND DOING BUSINESS AS PINK VISUAL; CYBERHEAT, INC., AN ARIZONA CORPORATION, AND DOING BUSINESS AS PINK VISUAL; AND DOES 1 THROUGH 20, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
VENTURA CONTENT, LTD., AN ANGUILLA COMPANY; AND CYBERHEAT, INC., AN ARIZONA CORPORATION, COUNTER-CLAIMANTS,
v.
INTER-AVID PRODUCTIONS, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION; AND ANDREW STODDARD, AN INDIVIDUAL, COUNTER-DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Victor B. Kenton

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

Plaintiff and counter-defendant Inter-Avid Productions ("Inter-Avid'), counter-defendant Andrew Stoddard ("Stoddard"), defendant and counter-claimant Ventura Content, Ltd. ("Ventura"), and defendant and counter-claimant Cyberheat, Inc. ("Cyberheat"), recognizing that each may have confidential business, financial, and/or trade secret information relevant to the subject matter of this lawsuit that would be subject to discovery, have agreed to this Protective Order on the terms set forth below. It appearing to the Court that the parties have agreed to the terms of an appropriate Protective Order to govern discovery proceedings in this action, and for good cause shown,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. This Order shall apply to all information produced during discovery in this action that shall be designated by the party or person producing it as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" (collectively "Confidential Information"). This Order shall not apply to information that, before disclosure, is properly in the possession or knowledge of the party to whom such disclosure is made, or is public knowledge. The restrictions contained in this Order shall not apply to information that is, or after disclosure becomes, public knowledge other than by an act or omission of the party to whom such disclosure is made, or that is legitimately acquired from a source not subject to this Order.

2. If an exhibit, pleading, interrogatory answer, or admission (collectively "discovery response"), document or thing (collectively "document"), or a deposition transcript, other transcript of testimony, or declaration or affidavit (collectively "testimony") contains information considered confidential by a party, such exhibit, pleading, discovery response, document, or testimony shall be designated "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" by the party contending there is confidential information therein, by affixing a legend to each of the relevant pages or as otherwise set forth below.

3. In connection with an exhibit, pleading, discovery response, document, testimony or other court submission, the legend "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" (in such a manner as will not interfere with the legibility thereof) shall be affixed before the production or service upon a party.

4. As a general guideline, a document should be designated "Confidential" when it contains confidential business, technical or other information that may be reviewed by the receiving party, the parties' experts, and other representatives, but must be protected against disclosure to third parties. A document may be designated "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" only when it contains highly sensitive information, such as financial information; cost information; pricing information; sales information; customer, license, supplier, and vendor information; technical and development information about a party's products; comparative product test results; business plans; marketing strategies; new product plans and competitive strategies; or trade secrets, as that term is defined under applicable law.

5. All Confidential Information (i.e., "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" information) that has been obtained from a party during the course of this proceeding shall be used only for the purpose of this litigation and not for any other business, proceeding, litigation, or other purpose whatsoever. Further, such information may not be disclosed to anyone except as provided in this Order.

6. All documents, or any portion thereof, produced for inspection only (i.e., copies have not yet been provided to the receiving party) shall be deemed "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only." If a copy of any such document is requested after inspection, the document shall be deemed "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" only if labeled or marked in conformity with paragraph 2, with access and dissemination limited as set forth in paragraphs 11-12 below.

7. Information disclosed at a deposition or other testimony may be designated as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" at the time of the testimony or deposition and shall be subject to the provisions of this Order. Information disclosed during a deposition or other testimony also may be designated as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" by notifying the other party, in writing, within ten (10) court days after receipt of the transcript, of the specific pages of the transcript that should also be so designated. Unless otherwise agreed on the record of the deposition or other testimony, all transcripts shall be treated as "Confidential" for a period of ten (10) court days after their receipt, and during that time period the transcript shall not be disclosed by a non-designating party to persons other than those persons named or approved according to paragraph 11 to review documents or materials designated "Confidential" on behalf of that non-designating party.

8. All exhibits, pleadings, discovery responses, documents, testimony or other submissions filed with the Court pursuant to this action that have been designated "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only," by any party, or any pleading or memorandum purporting to reproduce, paraphrase, or otherwise disclose such information designated as Confidential Information, shall be marked with the legend "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" and shall be filed pursuant to and in compliance with Local Rule 79-5.1. If a filing under seal is requested, a written application and proposed order shall be presented along with the document for filing under seal. The original and judge's copy of the document shall be sealed in separate envelopes with a copy of the title page attached to the front of each envelope. The application shall request that the Court return the underlying document and the sealed application without filing to the extent the Court denies the application to file under seal. The party seeking to seal documents must demonstrate for each document or category of documents sufficient grounds to warrant placing the documents under seal.

9. As used in this Protective Order, "Litigation Counsel" refers to (i) the counsel of record in this litigation and their associate attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and support staff; (ii) in-house counsel responsible for the oversight of this litigation; and (iii) such additional attorneys as may be ordered by the Court, or subsequently may be agreed upon by the parties, such agreement not to be unreasonably withheld.

10. As used in this Protective Order, "independent experts or consultants" refers exclusively to a person, who has not been and is not an employee of a party or scheduled to become an employee in the near future, and who is retained or employed as a consultant or expert for purposes of this litigation, either full or part-time, by or at the direction of counsel of a party.

11. Material designated as "Confidential" that has been obtained from a party during the course of this proceeding may be disclosed or made available only to the Court, to Litigation Counsel for either party, and to the persons designated below:

(a) a party, or an officer, director, or designated employee of a party deemed necessary by Litigation Counsel to aid in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action, provided that each such person shall execute a copy of the Certification attached to this Order before being shown or given any information;

(b) independent experts or consultants (together with their clerical staff) retained by such Litigation Counsel to assist in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action, provided that each such person shall execute a copy of the Certification attached to this Order before being shown or given any Confidential Information;

(c) court reporter(s), stenographers, and deposition videographers in this action;

(d) agents of Litigation Counsel needed to perform various services such as, for example, copying, drafting of exhibits, and support and management services, including vendors retained by the parties, or by counsel for parties, for the purpose of encoding, loading into a computer and storing and maintaining for information control and retrieval purposes, transcripts of depositions, hearings, trials, pleadings, exhibits marked by a party, or attorneys' work product, all of which may contain material designated Confidential;

(e) witnesses in any deposition or other proceeding of this action, provided the witness shall sign a copy of the Certification prior to being shown another party's confidential document. Information designated "Confidential" may be disclosed to a witness who will not sign the Certification only in a deposition at which the party who designated the information is represented or has been given notice that information produced by the party may be used. At the request of any party, the portion of the deposition transcript involving such information shall be designated "Confidential" pursuant to paragraph 7 above. Witnesses shown information designated "Confidential" shall not be allowed to retain copies;

(f) any authors or known recipients of the information designated "Confidential";

(g) any other persons as to whom the parties in writing agree.

12. Any persons receiving information designed "Confidential" shall not reveal or discuss such information with any person who is not entitled to receive such information, except as set forth in this Stipulated Protective Order.

13. Material designated as "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" that has been obtained from Inter-Avid, Stoddard, Ventura and/or Cyberheat during the course of this proceeding may be disclosed or made available only to the Court, to Litigation Counsel for either party, and to the persons designated below:

(a) independent experts or consultants (together with their clerical staff) retained by such Litigation Counsel to assist in the prosecution, defense, or settlement of this action, provided that each such person shall execute a copy of the Certification attached to this Order before being shown or given any Confidential Information;

(b) authors and recipients of any material bearing a "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" legend;

(c) court reporter(s), stenographers, and deposition videographers in this action;

(d) agents of Litigation Counsel needed to perform various services such as, for example, copying, drafting of exhibits, and support and management services, including vendors retained by the parties, or by counsel for parties, for the purpose of encoding, loading into a computer and storing and maintaining for information control and retrieval purposes, transcripts of depositions, hearings, trials, pleadings, exhibits marked by a party, or attorneys' work product, all of which may contain material designated "Confidential-Attorney Eyes Only";

(e) witnesses in any deposition or other proceeding in this action who are the author or recipient of the "Confidential-Attorney Eyes Only" material, or who, based on evidence, have seen the material in the past, provided the witness shall sign a copy of the Certification prior to being shown another party's confidential document. Information designated "Confidential-Attorney Eyes Only" may be disclosed to a witness who will not sign the Certification only in a deposition at which the party who designated the information is represented or has been given notice that information produced by the party may be used. At the request of any party, the portion of the deposition transcript involving such information shall be designated "Confidential-Attorney Eyes Only" pursuant to paragraph 7 above. Witnesses shown information designated "Confidential-Attorney Eyes Only" shall not be allowed to retain copies; and

(f) any other persons as to whom the parties in writing agree. 14. Copies of all Certifications shall be retained by counsel for the party disclosing the information designated "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" and shall be made available for inspection upon request by opposing counsel during the pendency of the action or within thirty days (30) following the conclusion of this litigation, except that Certifications executed by consultants or expert witnesses who have not been disclosed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 shall be made available only upon good cause show and upon order of the Court.

15. All Confidential Information used at a hearing or at trial shall become public absent a separate order from the Court upon written motion and sufficient cause shown. If any party desires at a hearing or at trial to offer into evidence Confidential Information, or to use Confidential Information in such a way as to reveal its nature or contents, such offers or use shall be made only upon the taking of all steps reasonably available to preserve the confidentiality of such Confidential Information. The party seeking to use the Confidential Information must provide the party that produced such Confidential Information sufficient time to request an order from the Court to limit the offer of such Confidential Information.

16. Any Confidential Information may be used in the course of any deposition taken of the party producing such Confidential Information or its employees without consent, or otherwise used in any deposition with the consent of the party producing such Confidential Information, subject to the condition that when such Confidential Information is so used, the party who made the designation may notify the reporter that the portion of the deposition in any way pertaining to such Confidential Information or any portion of the deposition relevant thereto is being taken pursuant to this Order. Further, whenever any Confidential Information is to be discussed or disclosed in a deposition, any party claiming such confidentiality may exclude from the room any person not entitled to receive such confidential information pursuant to the terms of this Order.

17. A receiving party who objects to the designation of any discovery response, document, or testimony as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" may at any time give notice of its objection by letter to counsel for the producing party. If the objection cannot be resolved within five (5) days following receipt of the objection, the receiving party may move the Court pursuant to Local Rule 37 for a determination whether the discovery response, document, or testimony at issue qualifies for treatment as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only." If the receiving party files such a motion, the discovery response, document, or testimony at issue will continue to be entitled to the protections accorded by this Stipulated Protective Order until and unless the Court rules otherwise. If the receiving party files such a motion, the producing party shall bear the burden of establishing that the discovery response, document, or testimony at issue qualifies for treatment as "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only." Nothing herein shall operate as an admission by any party that any particular discovery response, document, thing, or testimony contains "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only" information for purposes of determining the merits of the claims in this litigation. A party shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of the designation of any discovery response, document, or testimony at the time such designation is made; failure to do so shall not preclude a subsequent challenge within a reasonable time. A party's failure to challenge a designation during pretrial discovery shall not preclude a subsequent challenge of such designation at trial or in connection with the submission of any discovery response document, or testimony to the Court for any purpose.

18. If a party through inadvertence or mistake produces any Confidential Information in discovery without marking it with the legend "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorneys Eyes Only," or by designating it with an incorrect level of confidentiality, the producing party may give written notice to the receiving party that the exhibit, pleading, discovery response, document, or testimony contains Confidential Information and should be treated as such in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order. Upon receipt of such notice, and upon receipt of properly marked materials, the receiving party shall return said unmarked or incorrectly marked materials and not retain copies thereof, and must treat such exhibits, pleadings, discovery responses, documents, or testimony as Confidential Information and shall cooperate in restoring the confidentiality of such Confidential Information. The inadvertent or unintentional disclosure by a party of Confidential Information, regardless of whether the information was so designated at the time of disclosure, shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of a party's claim of confidentiality either as to the specific information disclosed or as to any other information relating thereto or on the same or related subject matter, provided that the non-producing party is notified and properly marked documents are supplied as provided herein. The receiving party shall not be responsible for the disclosure or other distribution of belatedly designated Confidential Information as to such disclosure or distribution that may occur before the receipt of such notification of a claim of confidentiality and such disclosure or distribution shall not be deemed to be a violation of this Protective Order.

19. Documents produced or made available for inspection may be subject to redaction, in good faith by the producing party, of sensitive material that is subject to the attorney-client privilege or to work-product immunity. Each such redaction, regardless of size, will be clearly labeled. This paragraph shall not be construed as a waiver of any party's right to seek disclosure of redacted information.

20. Neither the taking or the failure to take any action to enforce the provisions of this Order, nor the failure to object to any designation or any such action or omission, shall constitute a waiver of any signatory's right to seek and obtain protection or relief, with respect to any claim or defense in this action or any other action including, but not limited to, the claim or defense that any information is or is not proprietary to any party, is or is not entitled to particular protection or that such information embodies trade secret or other confidential information of any party. The procedures set forth herein shall not affect the rights of the parties to object to discovery on grounds other than those related to trade secrets or other confidential information claims, nor shall it relieve a party of the necessity of proper responses to discovery requests.

21. This Order shall not abrogate or diminish any contractual, statutory, or other legal obligation or right of any party to this Order, as to any third party, with respect to any Confidential Information. The fact that Information is designated "Confidential" or "Confidential-Attorney's Eyes Only" under this Order shall not be deemed to be determinative of what a trier of fact may determine to be confidential or proprietary. This Order shall be without prejudice to the right of any party to bring before the Court the question of:

(a) whether any particular information is or is not Confidential Information;

(b) whether any particular information is or is not entitled to a greater or lesser degree of protection than provided hereunder; or

(c) whether any particular information is or is not relevant to any issue in this case, provided that in doing so the party complies with the foregoing procedures.

22. The terms of the Protective Order are applicable to Confidential Information produced by a non-party. Such non-party may designate material produced by it in connection with this litigation as Confidential Information, and such Confidential Information is protected by the remedies and relief provided by the Protective Order.

23. Within sixty (60) days following the conclusion of this litigation, including all appeals, all information designated as Confidential Information, except such documents or information which incorporate or are incorporated into attorney work product (a single copy of which may be retained in counsel's file), shall, upon request, be returned to the producing party, or disposed of pursuant to the instructions of the producing party, as long as such instructions are reasonable. If the producing party instructs the parties to dispose of Confidential Information in an unreasonable or unfeasible manner, the other party shall dispose of it or safeguard it in a manner consistent with this Order.

24. The restrictions provided for above shall not terminate upon the conclusion of this lawsuit, but shall continue until further order of this Court. This Stipulated Protective Order is without prejudice to the right of a party hereto to seek relief from the Court, upon good cause shown, from any of the provisions or restrictions provided herein.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Honorable Victor B. Kenton United States Magistrate Judge

IT IS SO STIPULATED.

Respectfully submitted,

DATED: November 28, 2011 JENNER & BLOCK LLP By: /s/Andrew J. Thomas . Andrew J. Thomas Attorneys for Defendants and Counter-Claimants Ventura Content, Ltd. (incorrectly named as Ventura Content, AVV) and Cyberheat, Inc. DATED: November 28, 2011 ECOFF, BLUT & SALOMONS, LLP By:/s/Philip H.R. Nevinny . Philip H.R. Nevinny Attorneys for Plaintiff and Counter-Defendant Inter-Avid Productions and Counter-Defendant Andrew Stoddard

CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify my understanding that Confidential Information is being provided to me pursuant to the terms and restrictions of the Protective Order entered by the Court in Inter-Avid Productions v. Ventura Content, AVV, et al., Case No. 11-CV-05119 GHK (VBK) (C.D. Cal.). I have been given a copy of that Order and have read it. I agree to be bound by the Order and will not reveal the Confidential Information to anyone, except as allowed by the Order. I will maintain all such Confidential Information -- including copies, notes, or other transcriptions made therefrom -- in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized access to it. No later than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of this action, I will return the Confidential Information -- including copies, notes, or other transcriptions made from that information -- to the counsel who provided me with the Confidential Information. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court of the Central District of California for the purpose of enforcing the Protective Order.

Dated: ______________

By:

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