Windsor v. The United States Of America
STIPULATION AND ORDER GOVERNING PROTECTION AND EXCHANGE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION...regarding procedures to be followed that shall govern the handling of confidential material...This order may be modified by further order of the Court. (Signed by Magistrate Judge James C. Francis on 5/26/11) (cd)
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10 eiy, 8435 (13SJ) (JCF)
EDITH SCIILAI N WINDSOR.
STH>ULATION AND (pnOP06FlItj"
PROTECTION AND EXCHANGE
OF CONFlDENTIA L
TilE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
WHEREAS. a1l the parties 10 this action (collectively the "Parties" amI
individually a "Party") request that this Court issue a protective order pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) 10 protect the confidentiality of nonpublic and sensitive
personal informlltion that they may need to disclose in connection with discovery in this
WHEREAS, the P.u1ies. through counseL agree to the following terms:
WHEREAS. this Court finds good calise exists for issuance of an
appropriate ly t:lilored
COil fidentialit y order
governing the pretrial phase of this action.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that any person subject
this Order ---
including without limitation the Parties to this action (including their respective corpontte
pments. successors, and assigns), their representatives, agents. experts and consultants, all
third pm1ies providing discovery in this actioll, and all other interested persons with
or constructive Ilotice of this Order -
pain of contl!mpt:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOLJTHERN D1STIUCT OF NEW YORK
the following terms, upon
With respect to "Discovery Material" (i.e., information of any kind
produced or disclosed in the course of discovery in this action) that ,1 person has
designated as "Confidential" pllrsuant to this Order, no person subject 10 this Order may
disclose slich Conlitlential Dbcovery Material to anyone else except as this Order
The Party or person producing or disclosing Discovery rVlatcrial
CProducing Party") may designate as Conlidential snch material that it reasonably and in
good faith believes consists of:
any inh1rmation of a personal or
regarding any individual: or
any other category of information this Court
subsequent Iy affords conlidential status.
With respect to the Confidential portion of any Discovery i\1aterial
other than deposition transcripts and exhibits, the Producing Party or its counsel may
designate documents as "Confidential" by stamping or otherwise clearly marking as
"Confidential" the protected portion in a manner that will not inlerfere with legibility or
A Producing ParlY Of its counsel may designate deposition exhibits
or p0l1ions of deposition transcripts as Confidential Discovery Material either by:
indicating on the record during the deposition that a question calls for C:onlidential
information, in which case the reporter will bind the transcript of the designated
ill a separate volume and mark it as "ConJidential Infofmation Governed by
(b) notifying the reporter and all
of record, in writing.
within 30 days ancr the transcript of the deposition has been received, of the specific
pages and Jines of the transcript thaI are to be designated "Confidential," in which case all
counsel receiving the transcript will be responsible lor marking the copies of the
designatcd transcript in their possession or under their control as directed by the
Producing Party or that person's counsel. During the period after the deposition has
taken place but before the 30 days following the receipt of the deposition transcript has
lapsed, all Parties will treat the entire deposition transcript as if it had been designated
If' at any time before the trial of this action a Producing Party
realizes that it should have designmed as Confidential some portiones} of Discovery
Material that it previously prouuced without limitation, the Producing Party may so
designate such material by so apprising all prior recipients in writing. Thcrealter, this
Court and all persons subject to this Order will treat such designated pOI1ion(s) of the
Discovery Material as Confidential.
by a Pm1y
Nothing contained in this Order will be construed as: (a) a waiver
person of its right to object to an)' discovery request; (b) a waiver of any
privilege or protection; or (c) a ruling regarding the admissibility at trial of any
document, testimony, or other evidence.
Where a Producing Party has designated Discovery Material as
Confident ial, other persons subject to this Onkr may disclose such information only to
the following persons:
the Parties to this action;
including any paralegal. clerical, or other assistant that slich outsidc
counsel employs and assigns to this matter:
outside vendors or service provider:> (such as copy-
service providers) that counsel hire amJ assign
allY person u Party retains to serve as an expert
witness or otherwise provide specialized advice to counsel in connection
\vith this action. provided such person has
executed a Non-Disclosure
Agreement in the form annexed as Exhibit A hereto;
witnesses or deponents and their counsel. during the
course of and in preparation for depositions or testimony, provided such
person has first executed a Non-Disclosure Agreement in the form
annexed as Exhibit A hereto;
stenographers engnged to transcribe depositions the
Parties conduct in this act ion: and
this Court, including any appellate coul1, its support
personnel, and court rep0l1ers.
Before disclosing any Confidentiul Discovery Material to any
person retCrred to in subparagraphs 7(d) and 7(e) nbove, counsel must provide u copy of
this Order to slIch person. who must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement in the farm
annexed as Exhibit A hereto stating thai he or she has reud this Order and agrees to be
bound by its terms. Counsel must retain each signed Non-Disclosure Agreement and
produce it to opposing counsel either before such person is permitted to testify (at
deposition or lrial) or al the concillsion of the case, whichever comes I1rsl.
Ir allY paper which incorporates any Confidential Materinls or
reveals tbe contents thereof is filed in this C01ll1. those p0l1ions of the pupers shall bc
delivcred to the
enclosed in a scaled envelope bearing the caption of this action. an
indication of the nature of the contents. ant! the following legend:
This envelope contains documenls or information
designated confidential pursuant to an order entered by the
United States District COll!1 for the Southern District or
New York in the above-captioned action. This envelope
shall not be opened or unsealed without the express
direction of a judge of this COUlt. and its contents shall not
be displayed or revealed except as the Court may order.
This envelope and ils contents shall at all times be
maintained separate and apart from the publicly available
riles or this case.
In tiling Conl1dclltial
with this COllrt, or filing
portions of any pleadings, motions. or other papers that disclose such Conlldential
Discovery IVlatcrbl ("Confidential Court Submission"), the Parties shall publicly file n
Ihe Confidential Court Submission via the Electronic Case Filing
System. The Parties shall file an unredacted copy of the Confidential Court Submission
under seal with the Clerk of this
and the Parties shall serve this Court and
opposing counsel with unredacted courtesy copies of the Confidential Court Submission.
Any Party who
to any designation of confidentiality may at
any time before the trial of this action serve upon counsel for the Producing Party a
written notice Slating with particularity the grollnds ofthl.! objection. If the Parties cannot
reach agreelliellt prornptly, counsel lor all affected Parties will address their dispuw to
this Court in accordance with the Local Rules of this Court and the Federal Rules of Civil
Recipients of Confidential Disco\'cry tvlatcrial under this Order
may llse sucb material solely for the prosecution and defense of this action and any
Nothing contained in this Order, however, will affect or restrict the
rights of any Party with respect to its own documents or information produced in this
Nothing in this Order will prevent any Pat1y from producing. :my
Cont1dential Discovery ivlaterial in its possession in response to a lawful subpoena or
other compulsory process, or if required to produce by law or by any government agency
having jurisdiction, provided that such Party gives written notice to the Producing Party
as soon as rensonably possible, and if pcrmilled by the time allowed under the request, HI
least 10 days before any disclosure. Upon receiving such notice, the Producing Party will
bear the burden to oppose compliance with the subpoena. other compulsory process, or
other legal notice if the Producing Party deems it appropriate to do so.
Each person who has access to Discovery Material designated as
to this Order must take all due precantions to prevent the
unaut horized or inadvertent disdosure of such materiul.
Within 60 days of the final disposition of this action -- including
all appeals --- all recipients of Conlidential Discovery Material must either return it
including all copics thereof -
the Producing Party. or, upon permission of the
Producing Party, destroy such l11aterial- including all copies thereof. In either even!, by
the 60-day deadline, the recipient must certify its n::turn or destruction by submilling a
written certification to the Producing Party that afl1rms that it has not
abstral:ts, compilations. summaries, or other forms of reproducing or capturing any of (he
ConJickntial Discovery .Material. Notwithstanding this provision, the attorneys that the
Parties have specifically retained for this action rnay retain an archival cop)' of all
pleadings. motion papers, transcripts, expert reports, legal memoranda. correspondenl:e.
or attorney work product. even if such materials contain Confidential Discovery Material.
archival copies that contain or constitute Confidential Discovery Material
remain subject to this Order.
This Order will survive the termination of the litigation and will
continue to be binding upon all persons to whom Confidential Discovery Material is
produced or disclosed.
Order to the extent necessary
will retain jurisdiction over all persons subject to this
enforce any obligations arising hereunder or to impose
sanctions l'or any contempt thereof.
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SO STIPULATED AND AGREED.
PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND. WHARTON
& GARRISON LLP
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Roberta A. Kaplan. Esq.
Andrew J. Ehrlich. Esq.
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 100]9
James D. Esseks, Esq.
Rose A. Sax.e, Esq.
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004-2400
Alex.is Kalteron. Esq.
Arthur Eisenberg. Esq.
NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
125 Broad Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Counsel for Pl(lillfiff
Dated: Ma yd.2011
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
an Lin. Esq.
oMassachusetts Ave.• N.W.. 7th FI.
Washington, DC 20530
Counsel for Defendant
Paw D. Clement, Esq. .
. H. Christopher .B artolomUcc~ Esq.
. 1919 M Street, NW
. Washington, DC.20036
Counsellor The Bipartisan r,egcd A,dViiory' G~¥p ofthe
U.S. Horue ofRepresenlatlves
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: . . . . • SO ORDERED:.
KABLE lAMES ~CIS
States Magistrate' Ju(lge