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 the form of a joint stipulated as required by the local rules.

As explained by the court, "[b]efore the Court is Plaintiffs' motion for a protective order. The motion is denied because it is not in the form of a joint stipulation as required by Local Rule 37 and Plaintiffs do not explain why. The denial is, however, without prejudice for Plaintiffs to renew it in the form of a joint stipulation."

The court also warned that the defendant could face sanctions if it did not agree to a stipulated protective order: "Should they do so and should Defendant fail to convince the Court that there is a compelling reason for failing to sign off on a protective order in this patent case--an order that is customarily and routinely agreed to in patent cases--Plaintiffs will be awarded sanctions, including attorney's fees."

Unilin Beheer B.V. v. Topstar Flooring LLC, CV 14-2199-RSWL (PJW) (C.D. Cal. Nov. 24, 2014)