United States District Court, C.D. California
Honorable Dale S. Fischer Presiding
Honorable Alicia G. Rosenberg United States Magistrate Judge
A. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS
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. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and
petition the 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
from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited
information or items that are entitled to confidential
treatment under the applicable legal principles. The parties
further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below,
that this Stipulated Protective Order does not entitle them
to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule
79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the
standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission
from the court to file material under seal.
GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT
action is likely to involve trade secrets, customer and
pricing lists and other valuable 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, sales summaries,
pricing, internal business strategies, and other confidential
business or financial information, or information regarding
confidential business practices. The confidential information
at issue is generally unavailable to the public and may be
privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure under state
or federal statutes, court rules, case decisions, or common
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.
Action: this pending federal lawsuit.
Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the
designation of information or items under this Order.
"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.
Counsel: Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well
as their support staff).
Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates
information or items that it produces in disclosures or in
responses to discovery as "CONFIDENTIAL."
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.
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.
"HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEY EYES
ONLY" 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 for which disclosures to another party is likely to
result in harm to the Designating Party.
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.
Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation,
association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to
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 that has appeared on behalf of that party, including
Party: any party to this Action, including all of its
officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained
experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their support
Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces
Disclosure or Discovery Material in this Action.
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.
Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that
is designated as "CONFIDENTIAL," "HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL," or "ATTORNEY EYES ONLY."
Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or
Discovery Material from a Producing Party.
protections conferred by this Stipulation and 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 testimony, conversations, or
presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal
of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by the
orders of the trial judge. This Order does not govern ...