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Regents of University v. Global Excel Management, Inc.

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

June 28, 2013

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, a public trust corporation, on behalf of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, Plaintiff,
v.
GLOBAL EXCEL MANAGEMENT, INC., A Canadian for-profit corporation; and DOES 1 THROUGH 10, INCLUSIVE, Defendants.

Cyndie M. Chang, (SBN 227542) Katherine L. Nichols, (SBN 228893) DUANE MORRIS LLP, Los Angeles, CA. Attorneys for Defendant Global Excel Management, Inc.

PROTECTIVE ORDER

PAUL L. ABRAMS, Magistrate Judge.

1. PURPOSE

Pursuant to this Court's order of June 18, 2013 ordering the production of certain material, and to expedite the flow of discovery materials, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery materials, to adequately protect the information the parties are entitled or obligated to keep confidential, to ensure that only materials the parties are entitled or obligated to keep confidential are subject to such treatment, and to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonably necessary uses of such materials in preparation for and in the conduct of trial pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c), the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Protective Order.

2. DEFINITIONS

2.1 "CONFIDENTIAL" Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things which contain trade secrets or other confidential research, development, technical, financial, or commercial information, or protected health information (as that term is defined by 45 C.F.R. 160.103), whether embodied in physical objects, documents, or the factual knowledge of persons; and that has been so designated by the producing party, unless a Court declares such information to not properly meet said descriptions.

2.2 "Counsel": Outside Counsel of Record.

2.3 "Disclosure or Discovery Material": All items or information, regardless of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.

2.4 "Expert": A person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who (1) has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action, (2) is not a past or current employee or a Party or of a Party's competitor, and (3) at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or a Party's competitor.

2.5 "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" Information or Items: Extremely sensitive "Confidential Information or Items, " disclosure of which to another Party or Non-Party would create a substantial risk of serious harm that could not be avoided by less restrictive means.

2.6 "Non-Party": any natural person, partnership, corporation, associations, or other legal entity not named as a party in this action.

2.7 "Outside Counsel of Record": Attorneys who are not employees of a party to this action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this action and have appeared in this action on behalf of that party or are affiliated with a law firm which has appeared on behalf of that party.

2.8 "Party": Any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their support staffs).

2.9 "Professional Vendors": Persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and subcontractors.

2.10 "Protected Material": Any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "CONFIDENTIAL, " or as "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY."

3. DESIGNATION OF PROTECTED INFORMATION

3.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. To the extent it is practical to do so, a producing Party must designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items or communications that qualify - so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. Nothing in this Order shall prevent a receiving Party from contending that any or all documents or information designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY".

If it comes to a producing Party's attention that information or items that it designated for protection do not qualify for protection at all or do not qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that Party must promptly notify all other parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation.

3.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, Disclosure or Discovery Material that qualifies for protection under this Order must ...


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