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Bank of America, N.A. v. Mesa Homeowners Association

United States District Court, D. Nevada

July 9, 2018

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff,
v.
MESA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION; SFR INVESTMENTS POOL 1, LLC, Defendants.

          AKERMAN LLP MELANIE D. MORGAN, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 8215 VATANA LAY, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 12993 Attorneys for Plaintiff Bank of America, N.A. and Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

          KIM GILBERT EBRON DIANA S. EBRON, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 10580 JACQUELINE A. GILBERT, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 10593 KAREN L. HANKS, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 9578 JASON G. MARTINEZ, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 13375 Attorneys for SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC

          PENGILLY LAW FIRM JAMES W. PENGILLY, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 6085 ELIZABETH LOWELL, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 8551 Attorneys for Mesa Homeowners Association

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

         Subject to the approval of the court, Bank of America, N.A. (BANA), Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (Countrywide), Mesa Homeowners Association (Mesa), and SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC (SFR) stipulate to the following Protective Order:

         To expedite the flow of discovery, facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality, adequately protect material claimed to be confidential, and ensure protection is afforded only to material so designated, it is, pursuant to the Court's authority under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(c), ORDERED this Protective Order shall govern the disclosure, handling and disposition of documents in this litigation as follows:

         1. Application.

         1.1 This Protective Order shall govern any document, information or other material that is designated as containing "Confidential Information" as defined herein, and is produced in connection with this litigation by any person or entity (the "producing party"), whether in response to a discovery request, subpoena or otherwise, to any other person or entity (the "receiving party") regardless of whether the person or entity producing or receiving such information is a party to this litigation.

         1.2 The party who asserts that particular information should be treated as Confidential Information under this Protective Order has the burden of proof to establish that the information or document is entitled to such protection.

         2. Definitions.

         2.1 Confidential Information. "Confidential Information" shall mean and include, without limitation, any non-public information that concerns or relates to the following areas: confidential proprietary information, trade secrets, practices and procedures, personal financial information, commercial, financial, pricing, budgeting, and/or accounting information, information about existing and potential customers, marketing studies, performance projections, business strategies, decisions and/or negotiations, personnel compensation, evaluations and other employment information, and confidential proprietary information about affiliates, parents, subsidiaries and third-parties with whom the parties to this action have or have had business relationships.

         2.2 Documents. As used herein, the term "documents" includes all writings, records, files, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, e-mails, video tapes, audio tapes, compact discs, electronic messages, other data compilations from which information can be obtained and other tangible things subject to production under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

         3. Initial Designation.

         3.1 Good Faith Claims. Claims of confidentiality will be made only with respect to documents, other tangible things and information that the asserting party has a good faith belief are within the definition set forth in subparagraph 2.1 of this Protective Order. Objections to such claims made pursuant to paragraph 5, below, shall also be made only in good faith.

         3.2 Produced Documents. A party producing documents that it believes constitute or contain Confidential Information shall state that the material is being produced under this Protective Order by describing the documents or materials to be treated as confidential in writing, by page or bates No. wherever possible and/or shall produce copies bearing a label that contains or includes language substantially identical to the following:

         CONFIDENTIAL

         This label shall be affixed in a manner that does not obliterate or obscure the contents of the copies. If any person or party makes copies of documents designated as containing Confidential Information, the copying person or party shall mark each such copy as containing Confidential Information in the same form as the Confidentiality notice on the original document.

         A party producing documents that are stored on electronic, magnetic, optical or other non-paper media, such as compact discs, DVD's, video tapes and audio tapes (collectively, "data storage devices") shall designate the data storage device as containing Confidential Information, by affixing a label or stamp to the data storage device in the manner described above at the time copies of such data storage devices are produced. If the receiving party or other persons or entities to whom disclosure is authorized pursuant to subparagraph 7.1 make a copy of any data storage device designated by the producing party as containing Confidential Information, the receiving party or other authorized person shall mark each such copy as containing Confidential Information in the same form as the confidentiality notice on the original data storage device produced. If the receiving party or other authorized person prints out or otherwise makes copies of the documents or information stored on such data storage device, the receiving party or other authorized person shall mark each page so copied with the label or stamp specified in subparagraph 3.2.

         3.3 Interrogatory Answers. If a party answering an interrogatory or other discovery demand believes that its answer contains Confidential Information, it shall state so in the interrogatory response, and that portion of the response will be entitled to the protections of this order.

         3.4 Inspection of Documents. In the event a party elects to produce files and records for inspection and the requesting party elects to inspect them, no designation of Confidential Information needs to be made in advance of the inspection. For purposes of such inspection, all material produced shall be considered as Confidential Information. If the inspecting party selects specified documents to be copied, the producing party shall designate Confidential Information in accordance with subparagraph 3.2 at the time the copies are produced.

         3.5 Deposition Transcripts. The party asserting confidentiality shall state on the record the portions it deems confidential. The failure to designate testimony on the record as confidential shall be a waiver unless the designating party notifies all other parties and files a motion to designate the testimony as confidential within 5 days of the notification.

         3.6 Inadvertent Failure to Designate. Inadvertent failure to identify documents or things as "Confidential" pursuant to this Protective Order shall not constitute a waiver of any otherwise valid claim for protection, provided that the provisions of this paragraph are satisfied. If the designating party discovers that information should have but was not designated "Confidential" or of the designating party receives notice that would enable the designated party to learn that it has disclosed such information, the designating party must immediately notify all other parties. In such event, within thirty (30) days of notifying all other parties, the designating parties must also provide copies of the "Confidential" information designated in accordance with this Protective Order. After receipt of such re-designated information, the "Confidential" information shall be treated as required by this Protective Order, and the receiving party(ies) shall promptly, and in no event more than fourteen (14) calendar days from the receipt of the re-designated information, return to the designated party all previously produced copies of the same unlegended documents or things. The designating party and the parties may agree to alternative means. The receiving party(ies) shall receive no liability, under this Protective Order or otherwise, for any disclosure of information contained in unlegended documents or things occurring before the receiving party was placed on notice of the designating party's claims of confidentiality.

         4. Designations by Another Party.

         4.1 Notification of Designation. If a party other than the producing party believes that a producing party has produced a document that contains or constitutes Confidential Information of the non-producing party, the non-producing party may designate the document as Confidential Information by so notifying all parties in writing within fourteen (14) days of service of the document.

         4.2 Return of Documents; Non-disclosure. Whenever a party other than the producing party designates a document produced by a producing party as Confidential Information in accordance with subparagraph 4.1, each party receiving the document shall either add the Confidential Information designation in accordance with subparagraph 3.2 or substitute a copy of the document bearing such designation for each copy of the document produced by the producing party. Each party shall destroy all undesignated copies of the document or return those copies to the producing party, at the direction of the producing party. No. party shall disclose a produced document to any person, other than the persons authorized to receive Confidential Information under subparagraph 7.1, until after the expiration of the fourteen (14) day designation period specified in subparagraph 4.1. If during the fourteen (14) day designation period a party discloses a produced document to a person authorized to receive Confidential Information under subparagraph 7.1, and that document is subsequently designated as Confidential Information in accordance with subparagraph 4.1, the disclosing party shall cause all copies of the document to be destroyed or returned to the producing party, at the direction of the producing party. The party may thereafter disclose a copy of the document that has been marked as Confidential Information by the designating party, in accordance with subparagraphs 3.2 and 7.1.

         5. Objections to Designations.

         Any party objecting to a designation of Confidential Information, including objections to portions of designations of multi-page documents, shall notify the designating party and all other parties of the objection in writing forty-five (45) days before trial of the matter. This notice must specifically identify each document that the objecting party in good faith believes should not be designated as Confidential Information and provide a brief statement of the grounds for such belief. In accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing discovery disputes, the objecting and the designating parties thereafter shall confer within ten (10) days after the date of such objection in an attempt to resolve their differences. If the parties are unable to resolve their differences, the designating party shall have fourteen (14) days after the conference concludes to file with the Court a motion to deem the information as Confidential Information. Where a party authored, created, owns, or controls a document, information or other material that another party designates as Confidential Information, the party that authored, created, owns, or controls the Confidential Information may so inform the objecting party and thereafter shall also be considered a designating party for purposes of this paragraph.

         All documents, information and other materials initially designated as Confidential Information shall be treated as such in accordance with this Protective Order unless and until the Court rules otherwise, except for deposition transcripts and exhibits initially considered as containing Confidential Information under subparagraph 3.5, which will lose their confidential status after fourteen (14) days unless so designated as Confidential Information. If the Court rules that a designation should not be maintained as to a particular document, the ...


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