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AstaReal, Inc. v. Algae Life Sciences, Inc.

United States District Court, C.D. California

February 9, 2017

ASTAREAL, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
ALGAE LIFE SCIENCES, INC., ALGAE HEALTH SCIENCES, INC., BGG NORTH AMERICA, INC. and JINKE GROUP USA, INC., Defendants.

          Fredrick A. Rafeedie (State Bar No. 138422) JONES, BELL, ABBOTT, FLEMING & FITZGERALD L.L.P., Nancy A. Del Pizzo (pro hac vice) RIVKIN RADLER LLP Michael C. Cannata (pro hac vice) RIVKIN RADLER LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff, AstaReal, Inc.

          PROTECTIVE ORDER

          DOUGLAS F. McCORMICK UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         1. PURPOSE AND LIMITS OF THIS ORDER

         Discovery in this action is likely to involve confidential, proprietary, or private information requiring special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than this litigation. Thus, the Court enters this Protective Order. This Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery, and the protection it gives from public disclosure and use extends only to the specific material entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles.

         The parties shall comply with L.R. 79-5.2.2(b) for purposes of filing with the Court any and all material designated in accordance with the terms set forth below, including any part of any pleadings and/or depositions and all papers (including pleadings, affidavits and memoranda of law) relying on or purporting to reproduce or paraphrase information designated in accordance with the terms set forth below.

         2. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL

         2.1 Over-Designation Prohibited. Any party or non-party who designates information or items for protection under this Order as “CONFIDENTIAL, ” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY” must only designate specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. To the extent practicable, only those parts of documents, items, or oral or written communications that require protection shall be designated. Designations with a higher confidentiality level when a lower level would suffice are prohibited. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Unjustified designations expose the designator to sanctions, including the Court's striking all confidentiality designations made by that designator. Designation under this Order is allowed only if the designation is necessary to protect material that, if disclosed to persons not authorized to view it, would cause competitive or other recognized harm. Material may not be designated if it has been made public, or if designation is otherwise unnecessary to protect a secrecy interest. If a designator learns 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 designator must promptly notify all parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation.

         2.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Designation under this Order requires the designator to affix the applicable legend (“CONFIDENTIAL, ” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY”) to each page that contains protected material. For testimony given in deposition or other proceeding, the designator shall specify all protected testimony and the level of protection being asserted. It may make that designation during the deposition or proceeding, or may invoke, on the record or by written notice to all parties on or before the next business day, a right to have up to 21 days from the deposition or proceeding to make its designation.

         2.2.1 A party or non-party that makes original documents or materials available for inspection need not designate them for protection until after the inspecting party has identified which material it would like copied and produced. During the inspection and before the designation, all material shall be treated as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY. After the inspecting party has identified the documents it wants copied and produced, the producing party must designate the documents, or portions thereof, that qualify for protection under this Order.

         2.2.2 Parties shall give advance notice if they expect a deposition or other proceeding to include designated material so that the other parties can ensure that only authorized individuals are present at those proceedings when such material is disclosed or used. The use of a document as an exhibit at a deposition shall not in any way affect its designation. Transcripts containing designated material shall have a legend on the title page noting the presence of designated material, and the title page shall be followed by a list of all pages (including line numbers as appropriate) that have been designated, and the level of protection being asserted. The designator shall inform the court reporter of these requirements. Any transcript that is prepared before the expiration of the 21-day period for designation shall be treated during that period as if it had been designated HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY unless otherwise agreed. After the expiration of the 21-day period, the transcript shall be treated only as actually designated.

         2.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. An inadvertent failure to designate does not, standing alone, waive protection under this Order. Upon timely assertion or correction of a designation, all recipients must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is treated according to this Order.

         3. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS

         All challenges to confidentiality designations shall proceed under L.R. 37-1 through L.R. 37-4.

         4. ACCESS TO DESIGNATED MATERIAL

         4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use designated material only for this litigation. Designated material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons ...


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