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Minx International, Inc. v. Around The World Apparel, Inc.

United States District Court, C.D. California

June 21, 2016

Minx International, Inc., d/b/a DAMASK FABRICS, a California Corporation; Plaintiff,
v.
AROUND THE WORLD APPAREL, INC. d/b/a/ MISS CHIEVOUS, a California Corporation; DRY GOODS, LLC, an Iowa Corporation; and DOES 1-10 inclusive, Defendants.

          HON. JOHN A. KRONSTADT, JUDGE PRESIDING

          AMENDED PROTECTIVE ORDER NOTE CHANGES MADE BY THE COURT

          HONORABLE JEAN P. ROSENBLUTH UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         On stipulation of the Parties, the Court enters a Protective Order in this matter as follows:

         1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS

         Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this matter would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties have stipulated to and petitioned this Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this 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 have agreed that the terms of this Protective Order shall also apply to any future voluntary disclosures of confidential, proprietary, or private information. The parties reserve their rights to object to or withhold any information, including confidential, proprietary, or private information, on any other applicable grounds permitted by law, including third-party rights and relevancy.

         2. DEFINITIONS

         2.1 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff).

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

         2.3 "Confidential" Information or Items: All information in whatever form, such as oral, written, documentary, tangible, intangible, electronic, or digitized now or hereafter in existence that that the producing party or protected person reasonably believes not to be in the public domain and reasonably believes contains any trade secret or other confidential, strategic, research, development, or commercial information, as such terms are used in Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c)(G), that, if disclosed, would materially affect the party's or protected person's business, commercial or financial interests.:

         2.4 "Attorneys' Eyes Only": Discovery Material or such portion of such material that the disclosing party has a reasonable belief that the information disclosed, if known to one or more parties in the case would have a reasonable chance of putting the disclosing party to a competitive disadvantage or otherwise result in the disclosure of sensitive proprietary information that could cause future harm. Notwithstanding the terms of this agreement, Plaintiff's attorney is entitled to disclose to Plaintiff the total revenue and gross profit data related to the accused product,, as well as the names of any parties responsible for distributing the accused product at issue, so long as Plaintiff agrees to keep such information confidential.

         2.5 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.

         2.6 Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action.

         2.7 Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." 2.8 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." 2.9 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation. The expert witness or consultant may not be a past or a current employee of the Party (including any affiliates or related entities) adverse to the Party engaging the expert witness or consultant, or someone who at the time of retention is anticipated to become an employee of the Party (including any affiliates or related entities) adverse to the Party engaging the expert witness or consultant.

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

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or counsel to or in litigation or in other settings that might reveal Protected Material. This Protective Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery. The protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential.

         4. DURATION

         Even after the termination of this action, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs.

         5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL

         5.1 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. A Designating Party must take care to designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written 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.

         If it comes to a Party's or a non-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 or non-party must ...


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