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Jurisdiction: California Central District Court
Decision Date: 10/31/2011



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lopez v. Cnty. of Los Angeles Lopez v. Cnty. of Los Angeles (C.D. Cal., 2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TATIANA LOPEZ, MIGUEL AMARILLAS, Plaintiffs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DEPUTY F. ENRIQUEZ #459592, individually and as a peace officer, DEPUTY JAVIER MARTINEZ #487832, individually and as a peace officer, DET. S. KALASSAY #287342 individually and as a peace officer, LT. CHRIS BRANUELAS individuallyand as a peace officer, DOES 1-10, Defendants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CASE NO. CV10-8926 PSG (CWx)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Complaint Filed: October 31, 2011Trial Date: May 22, 2012Dated: October 28, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catherine M. Mathers, Esq State Bar No. 221983
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christie Bodnar Swiss, Esq State Bar No. 245151
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COLLINS COLLINS MUIR + STEWART LLP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Attorneys for Defendants COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DEPUTY F. ENRIQUEZ, DEPUTY JAVIER MARTINEZ, DET. S. KALASSAY, LT. CHRIS BRANUELAS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assigned to Hon. Philip S. Gutierrez, Courtroom 880

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PROTECTIVE ORDER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Parties' Stipulation and Proposed Protective Order have come before this Court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Court hereby grants the Parties' Stipulation for Protective Order precluding publication and limiting the use of documents and information identified

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        herein which contain confidential and privileged information:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Information contained in the personnel files of DEPUTY F. ENRIQUEZ, DEPUTY JAVIER MARTINEZ, DET. S. KALASSAY, and LT. CHRIS BRANUELAS, including citizen's complaints and/or complaints initiated by other law enforcement personnel, within the last ten years which assert any of the following allegations: false arrest; improper detention; fabrication of false police reports; perjury; or planted evidence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Good cause exists for issuance of a protective order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 26(c) to facilitate the production of documents and information responsive to the discovery requests of Plaintiffs TATIANA LOPEZ, MIGUEL AMARILLAS (hereinafter "PLAINTIFFS") and to balance the privacy interests and protection of information of DEPUTY F. ENRIQUEZ, DEPUTY JAVIER MARTINEZ, DET. S. KALASSAY, and LT. CHRIS BRANUELAS that is protected by California Evidence Code § § 1040 et seq. and the official information privilege (Sanchez v. City of Santa Ana, 936 F.2d 1027 1033 (9th Cir. 1990)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IT IS FURTHER STIPULATED THAT:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. The information and/or documentation referred to in paragraph 1 above will be referred to collectively as the "CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. " The Court orders that the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION be released to PLAINTIFFS' counsel for purposes of litigation in this matter. The parties and their respective counsel hereby stipulate that the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall be used in this litigation as follows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained therein shall be used solely in connection with this litigation and the preparation of this case, or any related appellate proceeding, and not for any other purpose, including any other litigation or administrative proceedings. Further, PLAINTIFFS' Counsel agrees that CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        contained therein shall not be disclosed to his client's family;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        b. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION produced in this action may be designated by DEFENDANTS by marking each page of the document(s) with a stamp stating "CONFIDENTIAL";
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c. Under no circumstances shall the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, or the information contained therein, be retained, compiled, stored, used as a database, or disseminated, in any form, except for purposes of this litigated matter in accordance with this Protective Order or by further order of the Court;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        d. DEFENDANTS reserve all objections, including but not limited to the following objections: on grounds that particular documents are CONFIDENTIAL by the attorney-client and/or the attorney work product doctrine; official information privilege; are not likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, and as such are not relevant to the causes of action raised by this lawsuit under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26(a)(1)(A)(B); and all remedies under the code, including the right to recess the deposition to bring a protective order before the Court;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        e. PLAINTIFFS reserve all rights and remedies under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence pertaining to discovery;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        f. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained therein may not be disclosed, except as set forth in paragraph 2(g) below;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        g. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and the information contained therein may only be disclosed to the following persons:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i. Counsel for PLAINTIFFS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ii. Paralegal, law clerk, stenographic, clerical and secretarial

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        personnel regularly employed by counsel referred to in paragraph 2(g)(i) above.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iii. Court personnel, including stenographic reporters, necessary for the preparation and processing of this action.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i v. Any expert or consultant retained in the instant case.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        v. Any individual approved by the Court.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        h. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be divulged to any other person or entities, including the print, radio, television media; i. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be posted on the internet or on any website;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        j. If CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION is included in any papers to be filed in Court, such papers shall be labeled "Confidential -Subject to Court Order" and filed under seal until further order of the Court;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        k. In the event that any of the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION is used in any Court proceeding in this action, it shall not lose its confidential status through such use, and the party using CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall take all reasonable steps to maintain its confidentiality during such use; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        l. Nothing in paragraph 2(c) is intended to prevent authorized
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        government officials for the County of Los Angeles from having access to the documents if they had access in the normal course of their job duties;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. PLAINTIFFS, PLAINTIFFS' Counsel, DEFENDANTS, and DEFENDANTS' Counsel shall cause the substance of this Protective Order to be communicated and obtain agreement to abide by the Protective Order to each person whom CONFIDENTIAL materials are revealed in accordance with this Order.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. After completion of the judicial process in this case, including any appeals or other termination of this litigation, all CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION received under the provisions of this Order and copies thereof shall be destroyed or returned to the attorneys of record for DEFENDANTS, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP, 1100 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. The provisions of this Order shall be in effect until further order of this Court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. That any counsel, expert or consultant retained in the instant case or investigator retained by counsel for any party to this case, shall not disclose the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION or the information contained therein in any other court proceeding subject to further order of this Court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Provisions of this Order insofar as they restrict disclosure and the use of material shall be in effect until further order of this Court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Honorable Carla Woehrle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DISTRICT COURT MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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