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Hall v. Equifax Information Services, LLC

United States District Court, E.D. Washington

August 5, 2019

NINA HALL, Plaintiff,
EQUIFAX INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company; and EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC., an Ohio corporation, Defendants.


          ROSANNA MALOUF PETERSON United States District Judge.

         BEFORE THE COURT is a motion for entry of a stipulated protective order by Plaintiff Nina Hall and Defendant Experian Information Solutions, Inc., ECF No. 17. A district court may issue protective orders regarding discovery upon a showing of good cause. Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c). Before issuing a stipulated protective order, a district court judge should ensure that the protective order's restrictions do not infringe on the public's general right to inspect and copy judicial records and documents. See Kamakana v. City and Cty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1178 (9th Cir. 2006).

         Having reviewed the protective order and the remaining record, the Court finds good cause to grant the stipulated motion and enter the agreed-upon protective order, with limited modifications in paragraph 3 to comply with the requirement of a showing of compelling reasons to seal under Kamakana, 447 F.3d at 1182. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties' motion for entry of a stipulated protective order, ECF NO. 17, is GRANTED. The protective order in effect is set forth below.


         Plaintiff Nina Hall (“Plaintiff”) and Defendant Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (“Experian”) hereby stipulate and agree, through their respective attorneys of record, as follows:

         WHEREAS, documents and information have been and may be sought, produced or exhibited by and among the parties to this action relating to trade secrets, confidential research, development, technology or other proprietary information belonging to the defendants, and/or personal income, credit and other confidential information of Plaintiff.

         THEREFORE, an Order of this Court protecting such confidential information shall be and hereby is made by this Court on the following terms:

         1. This Order shall govern the use, handling and disclosure of all documents, testimony or information produced or given in this action which are designated to be subject to this Order in accordance with the terms hereof.

         2. Any party or non-party producing or filing documents or other materials in this action may designate such materials and the information contained therein subject to this Order by typing or stamping on the front of the document, or on the portion(s) of the document for which confidential treatment is designated, “Confidential.” 3. To the extent any motions, briefs, pleadings, deposition transcripts, or other papers to be filed with the Court incorporate documents or information subject to this Order, the party filing such papers shall designate such materials, or portions thereof, as “Confidential” and shall file them with the clerk as an attachment to a motion to seal, along with a copy of such filing having the confidential information deleted therefrom, to be filed as an unsealed document in the event that the Court does not find compelling reasons to seal the unredacted filing.

         4. All documents, transcripts, or other materials subject to this Order, and all information derived therefrom (including, but not limited to, all testimony given in a deposition, declaration or otherwise, that refers, reflects or otherwise discusses any information designated “Confidential” hereunder), shall not be used, directly or indirectly, by any person for any business, commercial or competitive purposes or for any purpose whatsoever other than solely for the preparation and trial of this action in accordance with the provisions of this Order.

         5. Except with the prior written consent of the individual or entity designating a document or portions of a document as “Confidential, ” or pursuant to prior Order after notice, any document, transcript or pleading given “Confidential” treatment under this Order, and any information contained in, or derived from any such materials (including but not limited to, all deposition testimony that refers to, reflects or otherwise discusses any information designated “Confidential” hereunder) may not be disclosed other than in accordance with this Order and may not be disclosed to any person other than: (a) the Court and its officers; (b) parties to this litigation; (c) counsel for the parties, whether retained outside counsel or in-house counsel and employees of counsel assigned to assist such counsel in the preparation of this litigation; (d) fact witnesses subject to a proffer to the Court or a stipulation of the parties that such witnesses need to know such information; (e) present or former employees of the Producing Party in connection with their depositions in this action (provided that no former employees shall be shown documents prepared after the date of his or her departure); and (f) experts specifically retained as consultants or expert witnesses in connection with this litigation.

         6. Documents produced pursuant to this Order shall not be made available to any person designated in Subparagraph 5(f) unless he or she shall have first read this Order, agreed to be bound by its terms, and signed the attached Declaration of Compliance.

         7. All persons receiving any or all documents produced pursuant to this Order shall be advised of their confidential nature. All persons to whom confidential information and/or documents are disclosed are hereby enjoined from disclosing same to any person except as provided herein, and are further enjoined from using same except in the preparation for and trial of the above-captioned action between the named parties thereto. No person receiving or reviewing such confidential documents, information or transcript shall disseminate or disclose them to any person other than those described above in Paragraph 5 and for the purposes specified, and in no event shall such person make any other use of such document or transcript.

         8. Nothing in this Order shall prevent a party from using at trial any information or materials designated “Confidential.” 9. This Order has been agreed to by the parties to facilitate discovery and the production of relevant evidence in this action. Neither the entry of this Order, nor the designation of any information, document, or the like as “Confidential, ” ...

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