Latimer et al v. Wright Medical Technology Inc
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 5/1/2014. (thd)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
KEVEN LATIMER AND BRENDA
WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
This Order is entered in accordance with Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
and in consideration of the stipulation of the parties, by and through their respective counsel, that
this Protective Order should be entered to protect valid confidentiality or privacy interests of the
Parties as well as any third parties from whom information is sought in this matter and to avoid
any unnecessary delay in discovery caused by disputes which may arise regarding claims of
SCOPE OF PROTECTIVE ORDER
Scope of Order
This Order shall apply to discovery initiated by any of the parties to one or more of the
other parties or to any third parties and shall apply to all information, documents, electronically
stored information (“ESI”), and/or things in the possession of or under the control of any party or
third party subject to discovery in this action. This Order shall further govern the production of
documents and information supplied in this case in any form by a party and designated by that
producing party as embodying “Confidential” information for purposes of discovery or
PROCEDURES FOR PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
“Confidential” Information Defined
“Confidential” information shall include any non-public material or other information
that the Producing Party reasonably and in good faith believes contains or reveals trade secrets;
confidential research, development or commercial information, including, but not limited to,
inspections of premises or things; or other proprietary or sensitive information or know-how that
derives its value from secrecy, or such material the public disclosure of which would cause the
Producing Party, or third parties identified therein, irreparable harm, undue annoyance or
embarrassment which merit confidential status pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
local rules of this Court and applicable statutory and decisional law. The scope of this Order
shall include all copies, excerpts, summaries, or notes that are prepared or derived therefrom and
that incorporate or reflect information contained in any Confidential Material, as well as
testimony and oral conversations derived therefrom or related thereto.
“Confidential” information shall not include:
Information, materials, or documents already in the recipient’s possession
prior to the date of this Order and that are not acquired or obtained pursuant to
Information, materials, or documents obtained by the recipient from a
third party who, insofar as is known by the recipient, is not prohibited from transmitting
For purposes of this Order, “document” shall have the same meaning as that set forth in
Fed.R.Civ.P. 34(a)(1)(A), i.e., “any designated documents or electronically stored information including writings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, sound recordings, images, and other
data or date compilations - stored in any medium from which information can be obtained either
directly or, if necessary, after translation by the responding party into a reasonably usable form.”
the information to the recipient; and
Information, materials, or documents that are generally available to the
public, including information which becomes available to the public through no breach of
this agreement by a Party.
Designation of Confidential Information
Each deposition transcript page or portion thereof, each interrogatory answer or portion
thereof, each produced document or portion thereof, and each premise or thing or portion thereof
which is deemed by the Producing Party to disclose confidential information (hereinafter
“Confidential Information”), will be identified and labeled as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Labeling
should be done in such manner as not to obscure the text or content of the document.
Such identification and marking shall be made at the time when the Producing party
provides responses, documents, inspections, or things that it considers to be Confidential
In the case of deposition transcript pages, the designating party shall advise
opposing counsel of the specific pages to be designated “Confidential” information, if any,
within twenty-one (21) days after the receipt of the transcript of the deposition, if such request
for a confidential designation is not made at or during the deposition, in which case the
designating party has no further obligation. Counsel must make a good faith attempt to designate
only those materials which contain sensitive business or other confidential matters or
information, not available to the general public, as Confidential Information. During the 21-day
period, the entire deposition transcript shall be deemed to be confidential.
Disputes as to Confidential Information
A party may object to the designation of particular Confidential Information by giving
written notice to the party designating the disputed information within 30 days of said
designation. The written notice shall identify the information to which the objection is made. If
the parties cannot resolve the objection within thirty (30) days after the time the notice is
received, it shall be the obligation of the party designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL
to, within that 30-day period, voluntarily remove the “Confidential” designation or file an
appropriate motion requesting that the Court enter an order preventing or limiting disclosure. If
such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as Confidential
Information under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the motion. If the
designating party fails to file such a motion within the prescribed time, the disputed information
shall lose its designation as CONFIDENTIAL and shall not thereafter be treated as Confidential
Information in accordance with this Protective Order. In connection with a motion filed under
this provision the party designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL shall bear the burden of
establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as Confidential
If the confidential provisions of this Order become inapplicable to any Confidential
Material as set out above, then the Producing Party must supply Requesting Party with copies of
subject documents without the “Confidential” designation.
AUTHORIZED USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Use of Confidential Information
Confidential Information shall not be used or shown, disseminated, copied or in any way
communicated to any person for any purpose whatsoever, other than as required for the
preparation and trial of this action, including any appeals, and only in compliance with this
Order. Confidential Information shall not be used for competitive purposes. No person shall
under any circumstances sell, offer for sale, advertise or in any way disclose Confidential
Information (e.g., no person shall permit the viewing, dissemination, copying, recording,
duplicating, transmitting or sharing of Confidential Information). Counsel for Plaintiffs and
Defendants shall take necessary and reasonably proper precautions to prevent the unauthorized
or inadvertent disclosure or distribution of any Confidential Information.
Except with the prior written consent of counsel for the party designating the information
or upon further order of this Court, disclosure of Confidential Information shall be limited to the
following persons, who shall be referred to as “Qualified Persons”:
Attorneys of record for any of the parties and necessary employees of the
attorneys of record or the law firm of the attorneys of record in this case;
experts and consultants retained by the parties and whose assistance is
reasonably necessary in the preparation and trial of this action, as well as the employees
of the outside experts and consultants for the firm of such experts and consultants who
have a need related to this litigation to review the Confidential Information provided said
expert has agreed to be bound by the terms of this Order and has executed the
acknowledgement attached hereto as Exhibit “A”2;
all named parties who have made an appearance in this lawsuit and their
the Court (including any appellate court), jury that hears this case at trial,
court personnel, and court reporters in connection with this litigation;
persons or entities that provide litigation support services (including, but
not limited to, photocopying, videotaping, preparing exhibits or demonstrations,
A copy of each executed acknowledgement relating to Plaintiffs’ consultants/experts
shall be maintained by counsel for Plaintiffs and those relating to Defendant’s
consultants/experts shall be maintained by counsel for Defendant.
organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and
any person who was involved in or has knowledge of the preparation of
the document or information or who authored, received a copy of, or reviewed the
document before it was produced in this litigation, provided the person’s prior receipt of
this information was not subject to a confidentiality or protective order;
current and former officers and employees of Producing Party in
connection with the deposition or trial testimony of such person;
persons designated by the Producing Party as custodians for purposes of e-
any other person, entity or firm, with the prior written consent of the Party
that produced the document or information and designated such document or information
mediators and mediators’ employees actively assisting in the mediation in
connection with this matter;
witnesses or deponents in the course of this litigation, only as necessary
for the litigation and only after the person to whom such disclosure is made has been
informed of this Protective Order and has agreed in writing to be bound by signing the
form of acknowledgement annexed as Exhibit “A”; and
any other person designated by the Court in the interest of justice, upon
such terms as the Court may deem proper;
Prerequisites to Disclosure to Qualified Persons
No person listed in paragraph 3.01(b) or (k) shall be allowed access to Confidential
Information unless each person is (i) given a copy of this Order and advised as to its terms by the
respective party’s attorney; and (ii) agrees in writing to strictly comply with the terms of this
order through completion of the form that is attached to this Order as Exhibit “A”.
In addition, if a party wishes to disclose “CONFIDENTIAL” information to an expert or
consultant under paragraphs 8b who is known to be a Competitor (or an employee of a
Competitor of the party that so designated the discovery material), the party wishing to make
such disclosure shall give at least seven business days advance notice in writing to the counsel
who designated such discovery material as “CONFIDENTIAL,” stating that such disclosure will
be made, identifying by subject matter category of the discovery material to be disclosed, and
stating the purposes of such disclosure. If, within the seven business day period, an application
is made to the Court objecting to the proposed disclosure, disclosure is not permissible until the
Court has ruled on such application. As used in this paragraph, the term “Competitor” means
any medical device manufacturer, distributor or seller other than Wright Medical Technology.
The confidentiality requirements of this Order extend to oral depositions and depositions
on written questions. Any individual not authorized by this Protective Order to be a recipient of
Confidential Information may be excluded from a deposition while such information is being
Filing of Confidential Information
The parties shall comply with the Local Rules and other Court procedures when filing
Confidential Information under seal. Confidential Information shall not be filed with the Court
except when required in connection with matters ending before the Court. Said Confidential
Information shall be kept under seal until further order of the Court; however, Confidential
Information and other papers filed under seal shall be available to the Court, to counsel of record,
and to all other persons entitled to receive the Confidential Information contained herein under
the terms of this Order.
Use of Confidential Information during the course of litigation and at trial.
Confidential Information may be included in whole or in part in pleadings, motions,
briefs, or otherwise filed with the Court as necessary so long as the filing party complies with the
requirements outlined in 3.04 above.
PROCEDURES UPON THE CONCLUSION OF THIS LITIGATION
Return or Destruction of Materials Containing Confidential Information
At the conclusion of this action, including any appeals, all documents, records, tangible
materials, or other information designated as CONFIDENTIAL and (except as provided herein
with respect to documents reflecting privileged communication or attorney work product) and all
copies of any of the foregoing shall be promptly returned by counsel for the Receiving Party to
counsel for the Producing Party. In the alternative, to the extent that documents reflecting
privileged communications or attorney work product contain information designated
CONFIDENTIAL, the Receiving Party may, in lieu of returning such documents to the
Producing Party, certify in writing to the Producing Party, within 30 days of the termination of
the litigation, that such documents have been destroyed.
Continuing Jurisdiction of the Court
After termination of this litigation, the provisions of this Order shall continue to be
binding unless otherwise ordered by the Court. This Court retains and shall have jurisdiction
over the parties and recipients of Confidential Information for enforcement of the provisions of
This Order shall be binding upon the parties, their attorneys, and their successors,
executors, personal representatives, administrators, heirs, legal representatives, assigns,
employees, agents, independent contractors, and other persons or organizations over which they
No Waiver or Admission
Neither the taking of any action in accordance with the provisions of this Protective
Order, nor the failure to object thereto, shall be construed as a waiver of any claim or defense in
this action. The entry of this Protective Order shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to
object to furnishing information in response to a discovery request or to object to a requested
inspection of documents or things. Nothing contained in this Protective Order, and no action
taken in compliance with it shall: (a) operate as an admission by any party or person that any
particular document or information is or is not confidential; (b) operate as a waiver of any claim
or defense in this action; or (c) prejudice in any way the right of any party or person to seek a
Court determination of whether or not particular documents or information should be disclosed
or, if disclosed, whether or not they should be deemed Confidential Information and subject to
this Protective Order.
Inadvertent Disclosure by Producing Party
The inadvertent and/or unintentional disclosure by the Producing Party of Confidential
Information, either by way of document production or by deposition testimony, regardless of
whether the information was so designated at the time of disclosure, shall not be deemed a
waiver in whole or in part of a party’s claim of confidentiality, either as to the specific
information disclosed or as to any other information relating thereto or concerning the same or
unrelated subject matter. Any such inadvertently or unintentionally disclosed material by a
Producing Party not designated as such at the time of its release shall be designated as
CONFIDENTIAL as soon as reasonably possible after the Producing Party becomes aware of the
erroneous release and shall thereafter be treated as confidential hereunder. No liability shall
attach for the Receiving Party’s disclosure of inadvertently or unintentionally disclosed
Confidential Material from the time of receipt of that material until such time as the Producing
Party properly designates it as confidential.
Privileges and Objections
Nothing in this Order shall preclude any party from asserting the attorney-client, work
product, or any other applicable privilege as to any document or information. It is understood
and agreed that nothing herein constitutes a waiver of the right of any party to raise or assert any
objections, including, but not limited to, defenses or objections with respect to the use, relevance,
or admissibility at trial of any evidence. This Order shall not be construed as a waiver by any
party of any legally cognizable privilege or protection to withhold any document or information,
or of any right that any party may have to assert such privilege or protection at any stage of the
proceeding. However, nothing herein shall be construed as a waiver of the parties’ duty to
timely and adequately preserve any claim of privilege, including providing a privilege log.
In the event that a producing party inadvertently or unintentionally produces a document
that otherwise is not discoverable for reasons of the attorney-client privilege, work product
immunity, or other privilege, doctrine or immunity, such party shall promptly give written notice
to the requesting party upon discovering such inadvertent disclosure.
receiving such notice, counsel for the receiving party shall sequester all identified information,
including any and all copies, in its offices until the matter is resolved. If the parties are unable to
reach a satisfactory resolution as to the return, destruction or use of such documents within 14
business days of such notice, the producing party may, within 28 business days of receiving the
initial notice, request that the Court resolve the matter.
If the party alleging inadvertent
disclosure makes an adequate showing, reasonable under the circumstances, of both inadvertence
and privilege, the Court shall order all such information to be returned to the producing party.
The period of time that elapses while a party follows the procedures set forth in this paragraph
for resolving any inadvertent disclosure dispute shall not be considered a factor in deciding
whether a party’s delay in attending to the inadvertent disclosure was reasonable under the
Nothing herein shall preclude the receiving party from challenging the privilege or
immunity claimed by the producing party regarding the inadvertently produced document or
information, and the receiving party may use the inadvertently produced document or
information that is claimed to be privileged or work product in a submission to the Court when
challenging the privilege or immunity claimed by the producing party.
Nothing herein shall impose any restrictions on the use or disclosure by any party or any
witness of documents or information obtained lawfully by any party or any witness
independently of the discovery proceedings in this action, whether or not such documents or
information are also obtained from Plaintiffs or Defendant, as the case might be, in this action.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall prevent a party or non-party from using or disclosing its
own documents or information for any purpose, regardless of whether they are designated
confidential under this Protective Order. Nothing in this Protective Order shall prevent a party
from disclosing information to any person who authored, or who otherwise lawfully received or
possessed such information, including, without limitation, for purposes of obtaining additional
discovery from that person.
The Court retains the final and complete authority to re-designate any confidential
document as a public document.
Relief from Order
Any person may request the Court to grant relief from or modification of any provisions
of this Protective Order.
SO ORDERED, this1st day of May, 2014.
/s/BILLY ROY WILSON
UNITEDSTATES DISTRICT JUDGE
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
/s/ George E. McLaughlin
George E. McLaughlin
Attorney for Plaintiffs
/s/ William M. Griffin III
William M. Griffin III
Attorney for Defendant
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT
, being duly sworn, state that:
My address is
My present employer is
and the address of my present employment is
My present occupation or job description is
I have received a copy of the Protective Order in this case.
I have carefully read and understand the provisions of the Protective Order.
I will comply with all of the provisions of the Protective Order.
I will hold in confidence and not disclose to anyone not qualified under the
Protective Order, any CONFIDENTIAL Information or any words, summaries, abstracts or
indices of CONFIDENTIAL Information disclosed to me.
I will return all CONFIDENTIAL Information and summaries, abstracts and
indices thereof which come into my possession, and documents or things which I have prepared
relating thereto, to counsel for the party by whom I am employed or retained.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this _____day of __________________, 20_____.
Notary Public in and for the
My Commission Expires
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