IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 31, 2012
PYRO SPECTACULARS NORTH, INC. ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
STEVEN SOUZA, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
On May 30, 2012, defendants J&M Displays, Hi-Tech FX LLC, Mark Johnson, and Brian Panther filed a request to inspect the documents that defendant Souza filed with the court in compliance with the court's March 16, 2012 order. (See Dkt. No. 118.) That order stated, in part, that:
No later than March 21, 2012, defendant Steven Souza shall deliver to chambers all copies of any PSI documents, databases, and information in his or his wife's actual or constructive possession, as well as copies of any PSI documents, databases, and information that were distributed to his new employers Hi-Tech FX, LLC and J&M Displays, that have not already been returned to PSI. Thereafter, any copies or remnants of copies in the actual or constructive possession of the above persons/entities that have already been returned to PSI shall be completely and permanently destroyed.
(See Dkt. No. 92 at 2-3.) Given that these documents relate to PSI databases and information that are relevant to the claims in this litigation and that these defendants have all executed the stipulated protective order filed on February 15, 2012 (dkt. nos. 22, 112, 117), the request will be granted along the terms outlined below.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. Defendants J&M Displays, Hi-Tech FX LLC, Mark Johnson, and Brian Panther's counsel's request to inspect documents that defendant Souza filed with the court in compliance with the court's March 16, 2012 order (dkt. no. 118) is GRANTED.
2. Defendants' counsel shall be permitted to inspect and copy the documents at the courthouse and retain a copy of such documents for their files, to be used only along the terms of the stipulated protective order. If PSI desires to designate these documents, or portions of these documents, as confidential or highly confidential pursuant to the stipulated protective order, PSI shall advise defendants' counsel of such designations within fourteen (14) days of this order. All documents shall be treated as highly confidential pursuant to the stipulated protective order until expiration of this fourteen-day period or PSI's designation of the documents, whichever occurs first.
3. Defendants' counsel shall contact chambers to arrange a mutually convenient time for the inspection.
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