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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd v. Seamaster Logistics

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 3, 2012

MITSUI O.S.K. LINES, LTD., PLAINTIFF,
v.
SEAMASTER LOGISTICS, INC., ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jacqueline Scott Corley United States Magistrate Judge

United States District Court Northern District of California

ORDER RE: IN CAMERA REVIEW OF FMC DOCUMENT (Dkt. Nos. 82 & 84)

Plaintiff submitted an unredated version of the Federal Maritime Commission 20 ("FMC") document to the Court for in camera review pursuant to the Court's Orders of 21 November 8 and 14, 2012. (Dkt. Nos. 77 & 80.) Plaintiff also submitted a declaration from 22 an individual identified in the FMC document who fears retaliation should an unredacted 23 version of the document be produced to Defendants. Having reviewed these documents and 24 considered the relevant authority, the Court GRANTS Defendant's request to compel 25 disclosure of the document in part.

The Court previously found that Plaintiff had waived any work product privilege 27 associated with the document by producing it to the FMC. See Dkt. No. 77 at 2:1-6. The only question currently before the Court is whether the document should nonetheless be redacted to shield the identity of a third-party who fears retaliation. Under Federal Rule of 2 Civil Procedure 26, the Court looks to whether the revised redacted information is potentially 3 relevant to the claims and defenses in this action. The Court finds that it is for the reasons 4 stated by Defendant in their November 28, 2012 submission to the Court. (Dkt. No. 84.)

However, the Court must also consider the confidentiality concerns of the third-party who 6 fears retaliation. In this regard, the Court finds that the concerns regarding retaliation can be 7 alleviated through a protective order providing that this highly confidential information be designated Attorneys' Eyes Only; Defendants' attorneys would not be permitted to share the 9 information with their clients (including in-house attorneys) or anyone else without prior order of the Court.

Accordingly, the parties shall meet and confer regarding such a protective order. The parties are encouraged to submit a stipulated protective order utilizing language from the 13 Court's Model Stipulated Protective Order for Litigation Involving Patents, Highly Sensitive 14 Confidential Information and/or Trade Secrets. The parties shall submit either a Stipulated 15 Protective Order or joint letter brief regarding the competing proposals for a protective order 16 on or before Thursday, December 6, 2012.

This Order disposes of Docket Nos. 82 & 84 in Case No. 10-5591, and Docket Nos. 18 138 & 139 in Case No. 11-2861.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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