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Yardley v. ADP Totalsource, Inc.

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

January 16, 2014

ADP TOTALSOURCE, INC. a Florida Corporation; and DOES 1 to 150, inclusive, Defendants.


SEYFARTH SHAW LLP Jamie C. Chanin, Brian T. Ashe, Jamie C. Chanin, Nicholas Rosenthal, Attorneys for Defendant ADP TOTALSOURCE, INC.


JAY C. GANDHI, Magistrate Judge.

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by the parties to this action, plaintiff Jennifer Yardley ("Plaintiff") and defendant ADP TotalSource, Inc. ("Defendant") (collectively "the Parties"), by and through their respective attorneys of record, as follows:

WHEREAS, Defendant anticipates producing during discovery and introducing as deposition exhibits documents containing confidential and sensitive business, financial and proprietary information regarding Defendant, its affiliated companies, and its clients;

WHEREAS, Plaintiff anticipates that Defendant will seek to obtain confidential and sensitive medical information from Plaintiff's treating physicians concerning her claims for emotional distress; and

WHEREAS, the Parties acknowledge that future discovery in this lawsuit may require the disclosure of documents and other records that constitute or contain trade secret, commercially sensitive, proprietary and/or other confidential information, or implicate individuals' right to privacy.

WHEREAS, the Parties acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. The Parties further acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order creates no

1. This Stipulation and Protective Order shall govern documents, other records, depositions or other testimony, deposition exhibits, interrogatory responses, responses to requests for admissions, responses to document requests, and other information (any and all such materials and information shall be referred to as "Discovery Material") produced by the Parties (or third parties) in connection with this case.


2. Any information produced by a party to this litigation or a third party in connection with this case ("the Producing Party") that the Producing Party believes in good faith contains or comprises any confidential, proprietary, commercially sensitive, trade secret, or private personal information ("Confidential Information") may be designated by the Producing Party as "Confidential" by marking or designating the information in the manner provided in paragraph 3 of this Stipulated Protective Order. Failure of counsel to designate information as Confidential Information shall not be deemed a waiver of confidentiality. In the event that a Producing Party inadvertently fails to designate Confidential Information, or in the event that any other person or party learns of the disclosure of information that it deems to be Confidential Information, the Producing Party or another party may make a later designation or change the designation by so notifying all parties to whom the Confidential Information has been disclosed. Late designation shall not be deemed a waiver of the protected status of the designated information. The Producing Party must reproduce the documents or other materials with the appropriate designation and the receiving parties must return or certify destruction of the non-designated copies of the documents or other materials. Confidential Information includes not only the information contained in documents and other materials designated as such pursuant to this Order, but also any summaries, copies, abstracts, compilations, or other documents or material derived from Confidential Infor

3. Any Confidential Information shall be designated as "Confidential" by the Producing Party by so identifying the material with the appropriate legend. Whenever counsel for a party deems that any question or line of questioning calls for the disclosure of information that should be treated as Confidential Information, or when Confidential Information is used during or in connection with a deposition, counsel may: (i) state on the record that such information is being designated as "Confidential"; or (ii) give written notice to all other counsel that such information is being designated as "Confidential" within twenty-one (21) days after receiving a copy of the deposition transcript. Only those portions of the transcript of the deposition designated "Confidential" shall be so treated, except that all copies of deposition transcripts that contain designated Confidential Information shall be prominently marked "Confidential" on the cover, and when filed with the Court the "Confidential" portions of the deposition transcripts shall be filed in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph 13 below.

4. A party may designate as "Confidential" documents or discovery materials produced by a non-party by providing written notice to all parties of the relevant documents or other Confidential Information to be so designated, so long as such designation is done at least (30) days before the first day of trial. If that happens, the parties agree to treat that information as Confidential for all purposes, regardless of whether the information was previously disclosed without such a designation.

5. Any party may designate any documents that party has produced or information that party has produced, disclosed or exchanged during discovery prior to entry of this Stipulated Protective Order, which such party considers in good faith to contain Confidential Information, as "Confidential" by informing all other764764402471208 parties to this action in writing. Such materials are covered by this Stipulated Protective Order.

6. Plaintiff agrees that Defendant may designate as "Confidential" the following documents produced by Plaintiff: PLTF 63-72, 75, 172-174, 189-196, 198, 200-203, 237-242, 300-314, and 321-329. Defendant contends that it should also be permitted to designate as "Confidential" other documents produced by Plaintiff that are internal ADP documents and communications, as well as documents ADP provided to clients pursuant to a non-disclosure agreement. Specifically, Defendant would also like to designate as "Confidential" the following documents previously produced by Plaintiff: PLTF 2-5, 11, 18-19, 20-24, 25-34, 35-62, 73-74, 76-82, 83-85, 86-92, 93-112, 113-145, 146-147, 148-150, 151-157, 158-171, 175-186, 187-188, 197, 199, 204-205, 206-208, 209-222, 223-226, 227-231, 232-236, 243-245, 246-253, 254-267, 268-299, 315-319, 320, 330, 331-334, 335-337, 339-340, 341-342, 343-345, 354-381, 382-387, 388-421, and 422-429. Plaintiff does not agree to this.

7. The designation of Information as "Confidential" shall not be dispositive of the actual confidentiality of such material, nor shall it affect the burden of proof necessary to demonstrate the appropriateness of the designation of said material. Any dispute between the Parties as to the actual confidentiality of any particular material or information shall be resolved pursuant to paragraphs 7, 8 and 14, infra, of this Stipulated Protective Order.

8. The party that has designated information as "Confidential" shall have the burden of establishing that the information is Confidential. The filing of a motion for a protective order with the Court by a party seeking to protect the designation of any information shall not affect the designation of the information, which will continue to enjoy the designations made by the Producing Party or698698391334392 another party, unless and until an order of court changing the designations is entered.


9. Nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order shall prevent a party receiving "Confidential" information from seeking a further order of this Court declaring that such information shall not be subject to the provisions of this336336600100152131080 Stipulated Protective Order.


10. All "Confidential" information produced, disclosed, or exchanged in the course of this litigation shall be used by the party or parties to whom the Confidential Information is produced or disclosed solely for the purpose of this and for no other purpose.

11. Any information that has been designated "Confidential" in accordance with paragraphs 2, 3, 4, or 5, supra, shall not be disclosed to any person without the written consent of counsel for the party producing or designating it, except that disclosure may be made to:

a. Any party to this action, subject to the condition that any party to whom the Confidential Information is communicated must be advised of this protective order and be instructed and agree not to disclose the Confidential Information to any other individual or entity not entitled to receive such Confidential Information pursuant to the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order;

b. Any current or former officer, employee, agent, or independent contractor of any party who is requested by counsel for that party to assist in the defense or prosecution of this litigation;

c. Counsel retained by the parties for purposes of prosecuting or defending this litigation, and their employees, secretaries, paralegal assistants and case clerks;

d. Outside consultants, employees of copy services, or experts retained to assist counsel in this action;

e. The Court, its personnel and its reporters through the filing of a document, but only after compliance with paragraph 13 of this Order;

f. The members of the jury, the Court, court personnel and court reporters during any trial of this action; and/or

g. Any person who created the document or was a recipient thereof.

12. Any party that seeks to make disclosure of Confidential Information permitted under this Order to a person listed in subparagraphs 10(a)(b) or (d) above shall, prior to such disclosure, advise the recipient of such information of the contents of this Order and require each such person to whom such disclosure is intended to be made to execute a "Declaration Regarding Confidentiality" in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. All such "Declarations Regarding Confidentiality" shall be retained by counsel for the party who discloses Confidential Information in this way.



15. A party objecting to a designation under this Stipulated Protective Order shall attempt to resolve the disagreement informally with the designating party or designating third party. The party or third party asserting the "Confidential" designation shall have the burden of justifying that the designation is consistent with California law and that the material designated as "Confidential" is a trade secret, is protected by privacy rights, contains proprietary information of a sensitive nature, is otherwise privileged, or the disclosure would have an adverse impact on the party designating the material or on the third party whose privacy the designating party sought to protect. Until the Court rules otherwise, the challenged Information shall be treated as "Confidential" as designated.

16. Entering into, agreeing to, and/or producing or receiving information designated as "Confidential" or otherwise complying with the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order shall not:

a. operate as an admission by any party that any particular information designated as "Confidential" contains or reflects trade secrets, 759759347086928 proprietary or commercially sensitive information, or any other type of Confidential Information;

b. operate as an admission by any party that the restrictions and procedures set forth herein constitute or do not constitute adequate protection for any particular information deemed by any party to be "Confidential";

c. prejudice in any way the rights of any party to object to the production of information they consider not subject to discovery;

d. prejudice in any way the rights of any party to object to the authenticity or admissibility into evidence of any information, testimony, or other evidence subject to this Stipulated Protective Order;

e. prejudice in any way the rights of a party to seek a determination by the Court whether any information or material should be subject to the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order;

f. prejudice in any way the rights of a party to petition the Court for a further protective order relating to any purportedly Confidential Information;

g. prevent the Parties to this Stipulated Protective Order from agreeing in writing or on the record during a deposition or hearing in this action to alter or waive the provisions or protections provided for herein with respect to any particular information or material;

h. limit a party's ability to grant non-parties access to its own Discovery Materials and/or Confidential Information;

i. be deemed to waive any applicable privilege or work-product protection, or to affect the ability of a party to seek relief for an inadvertent disclosure of material protected by privilege or work-product protection;

j. prevent a party or third party from objecting to discovery which it believes to be improper, including objections based upon the privileged, confidential, or proprietary nature of the information requested; and/or706706127311408

k. prevent a party or third party from redacting in part documents marked "Confidential" to further protect information.

17. Nothing contained herein shall impose any restrictions on the use or disclosure by a party of information obtained lawfully by such party independently of any proceedings in this action, or which is or becomes publicly known through no fault or act of such party. However, any prior agreements to maintain confidentiality of any other information or documents remain in full force and effect.

18. Neither the taking of any action under this Stipulated Protective Order, nor the failure to object thereto, shall be construed as a waiver of any claim or defense in this action. Nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order, and no action taken in compliance with it, shall operate as an admission by any party or person that any particular document or information is or is not confidential.

19. The entry of this Stipulated Protective Order shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to object to the furnishing of information in response to discovery or to object to a requested inspection of documents or things, and, except as expressly provided, shall not relieve any party of its obligation to produce information in the course of discovery pursuant to controlling law.

20. Nothing in this Order shall prevent any party from seeking relief from any provision of this Stipulated Protective Order, seeking modification of this Stipulated Protective Order, or objecting to discovery which it believes to be privileged or otherwise improper.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

21. Nothing herein constitutes or may be interpreted as a waiver by any party of the attorney-client privilege, attorney-work-product doctrine, or any other privilege.

22. This Stipulated Protective Order has no effect upon, and shall not apply to, a party's use or disclosure of its own Confidential Information for any purpose.

23. This Stipulated Protective order may be modified by agreement of the parties, subject to approval of the Court.

24. This Stipulation shall be binding upon the Parties upon their signature hereto, and by signing hereto each Party agrees to comply with the terms of this Stipulation and to be bound thereby, even prior to the Court's entry of the proposed Protective Order based upon this Stipulation, and even if the Court does not enter the proposed Protective Order based upon this Stipulation. In the event that the Court does not enter the Proposed Protective Order based upon this Stipulation, the parties shall in good faith negotiate any terms that the Court finds objectionable.

25. If any privileged or otherwise protected information is inadvertently produced, the Producing Party must provide written notice to any other parties that such information, or Discovery Material containing such information, has been inadvertently produced or disclosed. Within three (3) business days of the receipt of such notice, each other party shall return to the Producing Party all such information and copies thereof identified in the notice in its possession, custody, or control and shall make reasonable efforts to reclaim and return any such Discovery Material and information. The party that has inadvertently produced or disclosed such information shall, within ten (10) business days after such material is returned to it, provide a privilege log identifying the information and the copies returned to the Producing Party such that the non-producing party is able to challenge the Producing Party's claim that the information is privileged or otherwise protected.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

26. The provisions of this Stipulation and Order shall not terminate at the conclusion of this action. Within 60 days after final conclusion of all aspects of the litigation, including any and all appeals, all Confidential Information, including any summaries, copies, abstracts, compilations, or other documents derived from the Confidential Information (other than exhibits of record, and deposition transcripts and the exhibits thereto) shall be returned to the Producing Party upon its request or destroyed in the ordinary course of business by counsel for the non-Producing Party. In the event a party other than the Producing Party has designated documents as Confidential (the "Designating Party), such documents shall be returned to the Designating Party upon its request or destroyed in the ordinary course of business by counsel for the other parties. Any party who has produced Confidential Information or designated information as Confidential during the course of litigation may request that the other parties make a certification of compliance and permit the Confidential Information to be picked up by the Producing Party or Designating Party within a reasonable period of time. Such request must be made within sixty days after conclusion of the litigation, including any and all appeals.

27. This Stipulation and Order are subject to modification by order of the Court upon written stipulation of the parties or upon motion and reasonable notice.



GOOD CAUSE APPEARING, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that all parties to this action shall obey the provisions of the attached Stipulation and Proposed Protective Order Re: Confidential Information.




1, ____________________________________, declare:

1. I have read the Stipulation and Protective Order (the "Order") in the litigation between plaintiff Jennifer Yardley and ADP TotalSource, Inc. (collectively "the Parties"). I am familiar with the contents of the Order and agree to comply with and be bound by the provisions thereof.

2. I will hold in confidence, will not disclose to anyone other than those specifically authorized by the Order, and will not copy or use except solely for the purposes of this litigation, and only as expressly permitted by the terms of the Order, any information designated as "Confidential" that I receive or view in this action.

3. I understand that I am to retain all copies of any documents or materials designated "Confidential" in a secure manner, and that all copies are to remairTin my personal custody until the completion of my assigned duties in this matter, whereupon all such documents and materials are to be returned immediately to counsel who provided me with such material.

4. By signing below, I hereby agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, as the sole and exclusive venue for resolving any and all disputes regarding the Order and this Declaration Regarding Confidentiality.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.

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