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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA et al,    

                  Plaintiffs,

                  v.

ORACLE CORPORATION,

                  Defendant.


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No C 04-0807 VRW

ORDER

The court has received a March 11, 2004, letter from defendant and a March 12, 2004, letter from plaintiff. The parties disagree whether plaintiff immediately must begin producing the investigation materials described in paragraph 4 of the joint case management statement and proposed order (Doc # 13) (the "Investigation Materials").

Misunderstandings of the court's directive at the March 10, 2004, case management conference appear to exist. This order is intended to dispel any misunderstandings and to expedite this litigation.

In view of the accelerated trial schedule, swift and cooperative discovery is imperative. The failure of either party to conduct discovery in that manner invites sanctions under FRCP 37.

The court DIRECTS plaintiff forthwith to begin production to defendant's outside counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP, of all Investigation Materials and to complete this production not later than 4:00 pm PST, March 15, 2004. Access to the Investigation Materials produced by plaintiff shall be limited to Latham & Watkins until March 17, 2004. Beginning March 17, 2004, Latham & Watkins may disclose to defendant's designated in-house counsel any Investigation Materials that are not covered by a timely request for further protection made by a third party. Any Investigation Materials that are covered by a timely third party request for further protection may not be disclosed to defendant's designated in-house counsel until the court resolves any such request.

The clerk is DIRECTED to file defendant's March 11, 2004, letter, plaintiff's March 12, 2004, letter and defendant's March 9, 2004, letter. The parties are DIRECTED both to e-file and to provide chambers copies of all correspondence directed to the court in the future.

IT IS SO ORDERED.



Date: 3/12/2004 _______________/s/________________

VAUGHN R WALKER

United States District Judge