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Mauran v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

United States District Court, C.D. California

May 5, 2017

WARREN MAURAN, an individual, Plaintiff,
v.
WAL-MART STORES, INC., a Delaware Corporation; and DOES 1-10, business entities, DOES 11-20, individuals; DOES 21-30, inclusive, Defendants

          Cheryl Johnson-Hartwell, Paloma P. Peracchio, Amber N. Morton, BURKE, WILLIAMS & SORENSEN, LLP Attorneys for Defendant, WAL-MART STORES, INC.

          PROTECTIVE ORDER

          Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian United States Magistrate Judge

         1. A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS

         As the parties have represented that discovery in this action is 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 litigation may be warranted, this Court enters the following Protective Order. This Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery. The protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. Further, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, this Protective Order does not entitle the parties to file confidential information under seal. Rather, when the parties seek permission from the court to file material under seal, the parties must comply with Civil Local Rule 79-5 and with any pertinent orders of the assigned District Judge and Magistrate Judge.

         B. GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT

         The parties have represented that that discovery in this action is likely to involve commercial, financial, and/or proprietary information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecution of this action is warranted. The parties have further represented that such confidential and proprietary materials and information consist of, among other things, confidential business or financial information, information regarding confidential business practices, or other confidential commercial information (including information implicating privacy rights of third parties), information otherwise generally unavailable to the public, or which may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state or federal statutes, court rules, case decisions, or common law. Accordingly, to expedite the flow of information, to facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality of discovery materials, to adequately protect information the parties are entitled to keep confidential, to ensure that the parties are permitted reasonable necessary uses of such material in connection with this action, to address their handling at the end of the litigation, and to serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such information is justified in this matter. The parties shall not designate any information/documents as confidential for tactical reasons and shall not designate information/documents as confidential without a good faith belief that such information/documents have been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and that there is good cause or a compelling reason such information/documents should not be part of the public record of this case.

         2. DEFINITIONS

         2.1 Action: refers to the Complaint for Damages filed by Plaintiff against WALMART on July 28, 2016 in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC628471, and subsequently removed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 2:16-cv-07808-RGK-JC.

         2.2 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of information or items under this Order.

         2.3 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), and as specified above in the Good Cause Statement.

         2.4 Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff).

         2.5 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL, ” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY, ” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE.”

         2.6 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.

         2.7 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.

         2.8 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY: information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that: (1) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure; and (2) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy. This includes any documents containing corporate trade secrets, nonpublic research and development data, pricing formulas, prospective inventory management programs, confidential business information not generally known to the general public, and customer-related information.

         2.9 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE: information that is, or includes, confidential, proprietary, or trade secret source code.

         2.10 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this Action. House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel.

         2.11 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action.

         2.12 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, and includes support staff.

         2.13 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).

         2.14 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this Action.

         2.15 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.

         2.16 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as “CONFIDENTIAL, ” “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY EYES ONLY, ” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - SOURCE CODE.”

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

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any deposition testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material, other than during a court hearing or at trial.

         Any use of Protected Material during a court hearing or at trial shall be governed by the orders of the presiding judge. This Order does not govern the use of ...


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