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Huey v. City of Vallejo

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

December 12, 2013

MICHAEL HUEY, individually and as successor-in-interest to decedent J.H., a minor, and JANEEN LOTTON, individually and as successor-in-interest to decedent J.H., a minor, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF VALLEJO, a municipal corporation; ROBERT NICHELINI, individually and in his official as Chief of Police for the CITY OF VALLEJO; JOSEPH KREINS, in his official capacity as Chief of Police for the CITY OF VALLEJO; KEVIN BARTLETT, individually and in his official capacity as police officer for the CITY OF VALLEJO; JEREMY HUFF, individually and in his official capacity as police officer for the CITY OF VALLEJO and DOES 1-25, inclusive, Defendants.

CLAUDIA M. QUINTANA, City Attorney, SBN 178613 KELLY J. TRUJILLO, Deputy City Attorney, SBN 244286 CITY OF VALLEJO, City Hall Vallejo, CA, Attorneys for Defendants: CITY OF VALLEJO, R. NICHELINI, J. KREINS, K. BARTLETT, J. HUFF

DAN SIEGEL (SBN 56400) DEAN ROYER (SBN 233292) SIEGEL & YEE, Oakland, CA, Attorneys for Plaintiff: MICHAEL HUEY

DOUGLAS PHARR, ESQ. Law Office of Douglas Pharr, Napa, CA, Attorneys for Plaintiff: JANEEN LOTTON

STIPULATION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER AND ORDER IN CONNECTION WITH PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO COMPEL

KENDALL J. NEWMAN, Magistrate Judge.

WHEREAS, the Court issued an Order granting in part plaintiff Michael Huey's Motion to Compel Further Responses by Defendant City of Vallejo, subject to a protective order. (ECF No. 36).

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED BY ALL PARTIES to this action by and through their attorneys of record as follows:

1. That in order to protect the confidentiality of the records described below, any of said records disclosed are subject to a protective order (and designated as "Confidential Material") as follows:
A. Request for Production of Documents (RFP) No. 10 - Any citizen complaints filed in the last five years concerning excessive force or dishonesty against defendants Kevin Bartlett and Jeremy Huff.
B. RFP No. 4, 6, 9, 12, and 19 - (i) incident reports from any other incidents where a City of Vallejo police officer shot a civilian resulting in a fatality from January 1, 2011 to the present; and (ii) either any civil complaints filed regarding those incidents or any other documents disputing the involved officer's version of events.

2. Confidential material may not be disclosed except as set forth in paragraphs 3- 5.

3. Confidential Material may be disclosed only to the following persons:

a. Counsel for any party to this action.
b. Paralegal, stenographic, clerical and secretarial personnel regularly employed by counsel referred to in 4(a);
c. Court personnel including stenographic reporters engaged in such proceedings as are necessarily incidental to preparation for the trial of this action;
d. Any outside expert or consultant retained in connection with this action, and not otherwise employed by either party;
e. Any "in house" expert designated by defendant to testify at trial in this matter;
f. Witnesses, other than the plaintiff herein, who may have the documents disclosed to them during deposition proceedings; the witnesses may not leave the depositions with copies of the documents, and shall be bound by the provisions of paragraph 5;
g. Any Neutral Evaluator or other designated ADR provider;
h. Parties to this action; and
i. The jury, should this matter go to trial.

4. Each person to whom disclosure is made, with the exception of counsel who are presumed to know of the contents of this protective order, shall, prior to disclosure: (1) be provided with a copy of this order by the person furnishing him/her such material, and (2) agree on the record or in writing that she/he has read the protective order and that she/he understand the provisions of the protective order. Such person must also consent to be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, with respect to any proceeding relating to the enforcement of this order. Defendants City of Vallejo and the named defendants herein shall be entitled to retain possession of the original writings described above. Nothing in this paragraph 4 is intended to prevent officials or employees of the City of Vallejo or other authorized government officials or any other persons from having access to the documents if they would have had access in the normal course of their job duties or rights as a citizen. Further, nothing in this order prevents a witness from disclosing events or activities personal to them, i.e., a witness can disclose to others previous information given to the City of Vallejo with respect to what she/he saw, heard, or otherwise sensed.

5. At the conclusion of the trial and of any appeal or upon other termination of this litigation, all Confidential Material received under the provision of this order (including any copies made) shall be delivered back to the City of Vallejo. Provisions of this order insofar as they restrict disclosure and use of the material shall be in effect until all Confidential Material (including all copies thereof) are returned to defendants.

6. In the event that either party wishes to file Confidential Material with the court, as an exhibit to a pleading or otherwise, the filing party shall first seek an order to file under seal pursuant to Local Rule 141. The Request to Seal Documents shall refer to this stipulation and protective order.

7. Nothing in this order shall preclude a party from showing or disclosing any documents, e.g., deposition transcript, pleading or brief, which otherwise contain Confidential Material as defined in paragraph 1, as long as such document has been redacted so as to prevent disclosure of such Confidential Material.

8. The foregoing is without prejudice to the right of any party (a) to apply to the Court for a further protective order relating to any Confidential Material or relating to discovery in this litigation; (b) to apply to the Court for an order removing the Confidential Material designation from any document; and (c) to apply to the Court for an order compelling production of documents or modification of this order or for any order permitting disclosure of Confidential Materials beyond the terms of this order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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