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Levine v. City of Seattle

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

September 20, 2017

SAMUEL LEVINE, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF SEATTLE, Assistant Chief Steve Wilske John Doe 1, Jane Doe 1, Defendants.

          LAW OFFICES OF HARRY WILLIAMS LLC, Harry Williams, Attorney for Plaintiff.

          HKM EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEYS LLP, Daniel Kalish, Attorney for Plaintiff.

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          THOMAS S. ZILLY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         I. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS

         Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection 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 agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket protection 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, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file confidential information under seal.

         2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL

         “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things produced or otherwise exchanged: (1) police personnel files; (2) unsustained police internal investigations and disciplinary files; (3) unsustained complaints of police misconduct; (4) medical, psychological, and financial records; (5) non-public tactical policies and procedures and training protocols; (6) non-public police documents concerning procedures for protests and demonstrations and other emergency management; (7) non-public law enforcement, intelligence, and tactical documents; (8) records that could implicate the privacy rights of the plaintiff or third parties, including, but not limited to, personal identifying information (“PII”) such as date(s) of birth, social security number(s), personal home address(es), phone number(s), and e-mail address(es); driver's license or state identification number(s); personal financial information; passport information; immigration status; criminal history and/or criminal record number(s); and other unspecified PII; and (9) plaintiff's medical records and bills; plaintiff's employment information.

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, conversations or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise.

         4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL

         4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement.

         4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any confidential material only to:

(a) the receiving party's counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation;
(b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney's Eyes Only and is so designated;
(c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgement and Agreement ...

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