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Suarez v. Nutribullet, LLC

United States District Court, C.D. California, Western Division

January 7, 2020

JOHANA SUAREZ, an individual, Plaintiff,
v.
NUTRIBULLET, LLC., a California Limited Liability Company, CAPITAL BRANDS, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, HOMELAND HOUSEWARES, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, CALL TO ACTION, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, NUTRILIVING, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive, Defendants.

          YOKA & SMITH, LLP Walter M. Yoka David T. McCann R. Bryan Martin Alice Chen Smith Davida M. Frieman Attorneys for Defendants, Nutribullet, LLC; Capital Brands, LLC; Homeland Housewares, LLC; Call To Action, LLC; and Nutriliving, LLC.

          ABIR COHEN TREYZON SALO, LLP Boris Treyzon Douglas Rochen Aaron Lavine Attorneys for Plaintiff.

          Hon. Suzanne H. Segal, Magistrate Judge.

          PROTECTIVE ORDER

          Dean Pregerson, United States District Judge.

         IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between Plaintiffs, JOHANA SUAREZ (Plaintiff(s)”), and Defendant(s) NUTRIBULLET, LLC, CAPITAL BRANDS, LLC, HOMELAND HOUSEWARES, LLC, CALL TO ACTION, LLC AND NUTRILIVING (“Defendants”) (collectively the Plaintiffs and Defendant(s) are referred to as the “Parties” and each individually as a “Party”), through their counsel, that this Stipulated Protective Order shall govern the handling of any information produced or disclosed by any Party or non-Party in the above captioned matter (“Action”), including documents, depositions, deposition exhibits, interrogatory responses, responses to requests for admission, and other pretrial proceedings.

         GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT:

         This action is likely to involve trade secrets and other valuable research, development, commercial, financial, technical 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. 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 research, development, or 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 preparation for and in the conduct of trial, to address their handling at the end of the litigation, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such information is justified in this matter. It is the intent of the parties that information will not be designated as confidential for tactical reasons and that nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that it has been maintained in a confidential, non-public manner, and there is good cause why it should not be part of the public record of this case.

         1. Any Party or non-Party may designate as confidential any documents, materials, or information which the designating Party considers in good faith to contain non-public, confidential or trade secret (information and which is disclosed through formal or informal discovery in this Action (hereinafter “Confidential Material”) including, but not limited to, any written response to interrogatories and requests for admission, documents produced in response to requests for production of documents or subpoenas, deposition transcripts including exhibits, and all information contained in those materials (collectively “Discovery Materials”). The Parties reserve their rights to jointly amend this Stipulation and to supplement the above list as additional categories of Confidential Materials arise through the course of discovery.

         2. Documents produced or written responses served in this Action in response to a request for production, or otherwise, relating to matters that the designating Party deems to be Confidential Material shall be designated as such at the time of production or service of the response(s). Each document or page of a written response so designated shall be marked with the word “Confidential.”

         3. Any Party may designate certain Discovery Materials as “Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only” (hereinafter, “Attorneys' Eyes Only Material”). This designation shall be limited to such Discovery Materials that the designating Party believes, in good faith, contain highly sensitive information, the disclosure of which is likely to cause harm to the competitive position of the designating Party or the broader disclosure of which would violate any Party or third parties' constitutional right to financial privacy. All Attorneys' Eyes Only Materials are included within the meaning of “Confidential” information as used in this Protective Order and, except with respect to the classes of individuals who may view Attorneys' Eyes Only Materials, all the provisions set forth in the Protective Order that apply to Confidential Materials also apply to Attorneys' Eyes Only Materials. Documents produced or written responses served in this Action in response to a request for production, or otherwise, relating to matters that the designating Party deems to be Attorneys' Eyes Only Material shall be designated as such. Each document or page of a written response so designated shall be marked with the words “Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only.”

         4. The production of any document, evidence or testimony not marked as Confidential or Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only shall not constitute a waiver of any claim of confidentiality that may attach to the document and such materials.

         5. If any Party or non-Party inadvertently fails to designate any document(s) or written response(s) to a discovery request as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material at the time of production or service of the response, it may correct its error by notifying opposing counsel in writing and providing opposing counsel substitute copies of any document(s) or response(s) appropriately marked as Confidential or Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only. Within ten (10) days of receipt of the substitute copies, the receiving Party shall return the previously unmarked items and all copies thereof. Similarly, if any Party inadvertently designates any document(s) or written response(s) as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material, it may correct its error by notifying opposing counsel in writing and providing opposing counsel with substitute copies of the document(s) or response(s) without the Confidential or Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only designation. Within ten (10) days of receipt of the substitute copies, the receiving Party shall return the previously marked items and all copies thereof.

         6. The receipt of any document, transcript, thing, or information designated Confidential or Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only shall not be construed as an agreement by the receiving Party that any such document, transcript, thing, or information is in fact Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material, and shall not operate as a waiver of the receiving Party's right to challenge any such designation as provided herein.

         7. A Party may designate as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material, the whole or a portion of any deposition testimony, regardless by whom given, which contains or discloses Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material. The Party designating any portion of a deposition as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material may do so on the record at the deposition or shall serve a written statement on the Parties and court reporter specifying the portions of the deposition which are to be designated as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material within thirty (30) days after receipt of the deposition transcript. Except as otherwise designated on the record, the entire transcript shall be deemed Confidential prior to the expiration of the thirty-day period. If a document designated as Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material is used as an exhibit at a deposition, that document and the deposition testimony concerning it shall be deemed Confidential or Attorneys' Eyes Only Material regardless of whether a Party makes any formal designation thereof.

         8. A Party shall have the right to have the following persons excluded from a deposition before the taking of testimony designated as Confidential Material or before the introduction of documents or exhibits designated as Confidential Material: all persons except the court reporter, counsel of record, the Parties' experts, the deponent and the Parties (or their representatives who are involved in the handling, prosecution or defense of this Action). Additionally, a Party shall have the right to exclude the Parties (or their ...


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