Protective Orders

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4 Questions to Ask Before Moving for a Discovery Protective Order

In California, civil discovery is “self-executing,” i.e., a party demanding discovery doesn’t need prior court approval, and the responding party may object instead of providing the requested information. An objection often...more

District Court Denies Unopposed Request to Seal Exhibits Where Only Justification for Sealing Was That Parties Designated the...

Defendant Ericsson filed an unopposed motion for leave to file its motion to strike certain paragraphs of a supplemental expert report for the plaintiff under seal. Although the request was unopposed, the district court...more

Nice Confidentiality You Have There – Would be a Pity if Something Happened to It

What happens when a litigant accidentally publicly files unredacted or poorly redacted information meant to be redacted pursuant to a protective order? Its confidentiality is gone, baby. Gone. ...more

Protective Order Issued in Suit to Stop EPA from Releasing Farmers’ Information

A federal district court in Minnesota recently issued a protective order prohibiting the EPA from releasing information about animal feeding operations—including farmers' names, home addresses, telephone numbers and email...more

District Court Sanctions Defendants for Failing to Agree to Standard Protective Order

In this patent infringement action, the plaintiff filed a motion for entry of a standard protective order after the defendant would not agree to sign a stipulated protective order. As explained by the district court, the...more

Plaintiffs' Motion for Protective Order Denied But Cautions Defendant That Sanctions Will Be Awarded If Defendant Fails to...

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiffs' filed a motion for a standard protective order to prevent the defendant from sharing confidential information. The district court denied the motion because the motion was not in...more

Court Chastises Both Parties for Contentious and Unprofessional Behavior and Warns That Further "Offending Conduct" Will Lead to a...

After a discovery dispute erupted in this patent infringement action, the court held a telephonic hearing on defendants' motion to compel discovery and for sanctions and plaintiff's cross-motion for a protective order....more

Court Denies Duplicative Deposition (New Jersey)

Koninklijke Philips Elecs. N.V. v. Hunt Control Sys., Inc., 2014 WL 5798109 (D. N.J. Nov. 7, 2014). In this trademark case, the parties engaged in discovery disputes over the plaintiff’s “ability to search and produce...more

Protective Orders in Virginia

As I am writing this article, it is the day after the first week of NFL football games. The sole topic on the cover of sports websites, discussed on sports radio shows and covered on ESPN and other sports channels is the...more

Business Court Resolves A Trio Of Discovery Issues

Three interesting discovery issues were resolved last week by Judge Bledsoe's Order in Gay v. Peoples Bank. First, can you obtain in discovery in a class action the fee arrangement between the plaintiff and his lawyers? ...more

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude litigation counsel from assisting in an IPR, and would have reached...

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-08060 - Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed...more

Judge Forrest authorizes depositions of declarants to support defendant’s motion for summary judgment

Following defendant Monster’s filing of a motion for summary judgment, the patentee provided declarations by two expert witnesses in opposition. Monster noticed depositions of these experts, but the patentee moved for a...more

7th Cir. Confirms Protections for Sealing Parties' Confidential Documents

A common concern for business litigants is protecting legitimately confidential matter contained in documents produced during discovery from dissemination to non-parties. The Supreme Court’s decision in Seattle Times Co. v....more

Admission of Former Employees as Consultants under GAO Bid Protest Protective Orders

Tight deadlines apply to bid protests at GAO, including the admission of consultants under protective orders to provide technical, quantitative or other specialized knowledge useful to the litigation. GAO generally allows...more

What to Do If Your Client Dies

You’re litigating a case and your client dies. What do you do? What are your ethical obligations? One of the first questions you have to ask yourself when you client dies is, “who is my client now?” The answer is...more

Quality Control Is Job 1

In January, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal sanctioned Samsung and its law firm for a series of violations involving the disclosure of a document containing confidential information in contravention of the court’s...more

GPNE v. Apple: Court Precludes Retention of Experts Where Expert Had Consulted for Apple's Competitors

Plaintiff GPNE Corporation ("GPNE") filed a patent infringement action against Apple. As part of its case, GPNE wanted to retain two experts, Ghobad Heidari and Kamran Etemad, and Apple objected for two reasons. First, as...more

NC Business Court Puts Teeth In Protective Order

I've never thought much about the consequences of the violation of a Protective Order. In fact, before last week's Business Court ruling in Out of the Box Developers, LLC v. Logicbit Corp., 2014 NCBC 7, no North Carolina...more

Judge Sweet Orders One-Level, AEO, Protective Order

Case Number: 1:13-cv-00746-RWS (Dkt. 29) - Judge Sweet ordered that the parties adopt a protective order having one level, in which no documents may be shared with a party’s designees without a request to the producer...more

Board will not Keep Highly Confidential Documents out of In-House Counsel’s Hands

In Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC v, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., IPR2013-00372, Paper 33 (March 7, 2014), the Board rejected Supernus proposed protective order which sought to create a category of highly confidential...more

Serving Privilege Log After Denial of Protective Order

In this insurance case, the trial court denied State Farm’s motion for protective order. On Appeal, State Farm argued that the trial court should have conducted an in-camera review or addressed the objections to the...more

Apple v. Samsung Sanction Decision: the Bark Is Worse Than the Bite as Apple and Nokia Overreach in Their Request for Sanctions

To resolve Apple and Nokia's request for sanctions against Samsung from Samsung's violation of a protective order, the court ordered written discovery and depositions to determine the extent of the violation. After discovery...more

Apple v. Samsung: Samsung's Request for Stay of Discovery Orders Denied Where Magistrate Judge Made No Ruling on Privilege Issues...

As a result of Samsung's alleged violation of the protective order, Magistrate Judge Grewal previously ordered Samsung to produce to Apple emails and communications by Samsung employees that would shed light on the scope of...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Special Discovery Requirements

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. It begins our discussion of aspects of discovery unique to class...more

Plaintiff Entitled To Employer’s Customers’ Addresses, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Griff v. GalaxE Solutions, Inc., 2013 WL 2242656 (D.N.J. May 21, 2013), the New Jersey District Court rejected an employer’s attempt to withhold disclosure to the plaintiff of the business addresses of several of its...more

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