The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Andrew A. Wistrich Magistrate Judge of the District Court
ORDER ON STIPULATION COVERING CONFIDENTIALITY STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Discovery Cutoff: None Set Motion Cutoff: None Set Trial Date: None Set
Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of highly sensitive personal financial or business information or proprietary information that has not been disseminated to the public at large, which is not readily discoverable by persons and has been the subject of reasonable efforts by the respective parties to maintain its secrecy, and for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties have stipulated and petitioned the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this 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, 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. Trade Secret: information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that: (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and (ii) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy, as set forth in California Civil Code §3426.
2.4 "Confidential" Information or Items: information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under standards developed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) which shall only be disclosed to the parties to this litigation and their respective house and outside counsels, as set forth in section 7.2 below. Such information should fall into one or more of the following categories: (i) sales, marketing, or product or service development strategies, tactics or plans; (ii) financial data; (iii) costs of doing business; (iv) customer lists; (v) business agreements and contracts; (vi) licensing negotiations and agreements; and (vi) third-party documents covered by an obligation of confidentiality.
2.5. "Highly Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" Information or Items: information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that are extremely sensitive - such as trade secrets or highly sensitive business or product expansion plans or developments - and whose disclosure to any person other than the parties' respective outside counsel (Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP for plaintiff and Law Offices of Michael H. Rosenstein for defendants), as set forth in section 7.3 below, would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means.
2.6. Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.
2.7. Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action.
2.8. 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."
2.9. Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "Confidential" or as "Highly Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only."
2.10. Outside Counsel: attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are retained to represent or advise a Party in this action.
2.11. In-House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a Party and who regularly provide legal advice as part of their job duties.
2.12. Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel and In-House Counsel (as well as their support staffs).
2.13. Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been 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. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation.
2.14. 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.
Any Protected Material (as defined above) may not be disseminated or disclosed outside the parameters of the Order, whether that disclosure embodies the entirety of a designated document or any portion or segment thereof.
Even after the termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Stipulation and Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Nothing contained herein, however, is intended to limit or prevent parties from introducing evidence at trial to prove its case. The use of any Protected Material at trial, however, is not addressed at this time, but may be the subject of future application to the District Court Judge assigned to this matter as the need may arise. Unless otherwise ordered or agreed in writing by the Producing Party, within sixty days after the final termination of this action, each Receiving Party shall return all Protected Material to the Producing Party, or alternatively, destroy it. If the documents were originally produced without charge, they shall be returned without charge. If they were produced at a charge, they shall be returned for the same cost. As used in this subdivision, "all Protected Material" includes all copies, abstracts, compilations, summaries or any other form of reproducing or capturing any of the Protected Material. With permission in writing from the Designating Party, the Receiving Party may destroy some or all of the Protected Material instead of returning it. Whether the Protected Material is returned or destroyed, the Receiving Party must submit a written certification to the Producing Party (and, if not the same person or entity, to the Designating Party) by the sixty day deadline that identifies (by category, where appropriate) all the Protected Material that was returned or destroyed ...