The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Stephen J. Hillman United States Magistrate Judge
Hon. Gary A. Feess- Ctrm. 740 Roybal Hon. Mag. Stephen J. Hillman - Ctrm.550 Roybal
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. Defendants (hereinafter "Disclosing Party(ies)") may designate as confidential any personnel files, Internal Affairs documents or any other document or writing that they, in good faith, believe is protected from disclosure within the meaning of FRCivP 26(g), in that they believe the document contains confidential or private information. Such documents may be classified as subject to this protective order by marking each document or writing with a watermark, such as "Confidential," "Confidential Documents," "Confidential Material," "Subject to Protective Order," or words of a similar effect. Documents and writings so designated, and all privileged information derived therefrom [hereinafter collectively referred to as "Confidential Information"], shall be treated in accordance with the terms of this Stipulation. In making this designation, the Disclosing Parties are also representing that no portion of the document is segregable and, therefore, subject to production without restriction as "Confidential."
2. Confidential Information may be used by the persons receiving such information [hereinafter "Receiving Party(ies)"] only for the purpose of litigation of this case, and for such other purposes as permitted by law.
3. Subject to the further conditions imposed by this Stipulation, the Confidential Information may only be disclosed to the Court and to the following "qualified" persons:
(a) Counsel of record for the parties to this civil litigation;
(b) Defendants City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department;
(c) Attorneys, paralegals, law clerks,stenographic, clerical and secretarial personnel who are employees in the offices of counsel referred to in subparagraph (a);
(d) Parties to the litigation;
(e) Expert witnesses consulted and/or retained for this action; and
(f) The judge and court personnel, including stenographic reporters.
4. Prior to the disclosure of any Confidential Information to any person described in paragraph 3(a), (c) or (d), counsel for the Receiving Party who seeks to use or disclose such Confidential Information shall first provide a copy of this Stipulation and have the individual to whom the Receiving Party intends to disclose said Confidential Information sign the Nondisclosure Agreement set forth in Attachment "A", stating that the person has received and read a copy of the Stipulation and understands that s/he is bound by the terms of the Stipulation.
5. Unless made on the record in this litigation, counsel making the disclosure to any qualified person described herein shall retain the original executed copy of the Nondisclosure Agreements until thirty (30) days after this litigation has become final, including any appellate review, and monitoring of an injunction. Counsel for the Receiving Party shall maintain all signed Nondisclosure Agreements and shall produce the original signature page upon reasonable written notice from opposing counsel. If an issue arises regarding a purported unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information, upon noticed motion of contempt filed by the Disclosing Parties, counsel for the Receiving ...