Ag Resource Management LLC v. Southern Bank
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 5/19/2017. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
AG RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, L.L.C.
THIRD PARTY PLAINTIFF
B.C. FARMS LLC and
BODDY G. CLAUSE
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Ag Resource Management, L.L.C. ("AG") has served a subpoena on Riceland
Foods, Inc. ("Riceland"), a non-party to this action, requiring the production of
documents, electronically stored information, or tangible things pursuant to Rule 45
(a)(l)(D). AG has requested "copies of all checks (front and back) issued by Riceland
Foods, Inc., during 2014, 2015 and 2016 which were payable to Southern Bank as a joint
payee and lien holder." Riceland desires to protect customer information by safeguarding
their identities, account numbers, and banking information in connection with the
document production. The Court is advised that AG and Riceland have reached an
agreement to protect the customer information, and the parties hereto have consented to
the entry of this stipulated protective order in furtherance of their compromise. Upon
consideration of the pleadings, agreement of the parties and other evidence and proof, the
Court finds and orders as follows:
Scope. With respect to the documents and materials to be produced by
Riceland, the information related to customer identity, customer account numbers,
customer banking information, and the amount of such checks are subject to this Order,
and shall constitute "Confidential Information" as set forth below.
As there is a
presumption in favor of open and public judicial proceedings in the federal courts, this
Order will be strictly construed in favor of public disclosure and open proceedings
Protected Information. The documents and materials produced by
Riceland must be used or disclosed solely for purposes of prosecuting or defending this
lawsuit, including any appeals. Except with the prior written consent of Riceland or by
order of the court, the Confidential Information may only be disclosed to the following
persons (unless the precautions set forth section 4 of this Order are implemented):
The parties to this litigation, including any employees, agents, and
representatives of the parties
Counsel for the parties and employees and agents of counsel;
The Court and court personnel, including any special master
appointed by the court, and members of the jury;
Any mediator appointed by the court or jointly selected by the
Any expert witness, outside consultant, or investigator retained
specifically in connection with this litigation, but only after such
persons have completed the certification contained in Attachment A,
Acknowledgment and Agreement to be Bound;
Any potential, anticipated, or actual fact witness and his or her
counsel, but only to the extent such confidential documents or
information will assist the witness in recalling, relating, or
explaining facts or in testifying, and only after such persons have
completed the certification contained in Attachment A;
The author or recipient of the document (not including a person who
received the document in the course of the litigation);
Independent providers of document reproduction, electronic
discovery, or other litigation services retained or employed
specifically in connection with this litigation; and
Other persons only upon consent of the producing party and on such
conditions as the parties may agree.
Control of Documents.
The parties must take reasonable efforts to
prevent unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of documents designated as containing
Confidential Information pursuant to the terms of this Order. Counsel for the parties
must maintain a record of those persons, including employees of counsel, who have
reviewed or been given access to the documents along with the originals of the forms
signed by those persons acknowledging their obligations under this Order.
Filing of Confidential Information. In the event a party seeks to file
with the court any document containing Confidential Information subject to protection
under this Order, that party must take appropriate action to insure that the Confidential
Information receives proper protection from public disclosure including: (a) filing a
modified and redacted version of the document to prevent disclosure of the Confidential
Information as that term is defined in Paragraph 1 herein; (b) where appropriate (e.g., in
relation to discovery and evidentiary motions), submitting the document solely for in
camera review; or (c) when the preceding measures are inadequate, filing a motion for
leave to file under seal.
Confidential Documents or Information at Trial or Hearing. Nothing
in this Order will be construed to affect the use of any document, material, or information
at any trial or hearing. A party that intends to present or that anticipates that another
party may present Confidential Information at a hearing or trial must bring that issue to
the attention of the court and the other parties without disclosing the Confidential
Information. The court may thereafter make such orders as are necessary to govern the
use of such documents or information at the hearing or trial.
Obligations on Conclusion of Litigation.
Order Remains in Effect. Unless otherwise agreed or ordered, all
provisions of this Order will remain in effect and continue to be
binding after conclusion of the litigation.
Return of Confidential Documents. Within 60 days after this
litigation concludes by settlement, final judgment, or final order,
including all appeals, all documents designated as containing
Confidential Information, including copies as defined above, must
be returned to the party who previously produced the document
unless: (1) the document has been offered into evidence or filed
without restriction as to disclosure; (2) the parties agree to
destruction of the document to the extent practicable in lieu of return
and will certify the fact of destruction; or (3) the documents bear the
notations, summations, or other mental impressions of the receiving
party and that party elects to destroy the documents and certifies to
the producing party that it has done so;.
Retention of Work Product. Notwithstanding the above
requirements to return or destroy documents, counsel may retain
attorney work product, including an index which refers or relates to
designated Confidential Information, so long as that work product
does not duplicate verbatim substantial portions of the text or images
of designated documents. This work product will continue to be
confidential under this Order. An attorney may use his or her own
work product in subsequent litigation provided that its use does not
disclose Confidential Information.
Order Subject to Modification. This Order is subject to modification by
the court on its own motion or on motion of any party or any other person with standing
concerning the subject matter. The Order must not, however, be modified until the
parties have been given notice and an opportunity to be heard on the proposed
No Prior Judicial Determination. This Order is entered based on the
representations and agreements of the parties and for the purpose of facilitating
Nothing in this Order will be construed or presented as a judicial
determination that any document or material designated as Confidential Information by
counsel or the parties is entitled to protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) or otherwise
until such time as the court may rule on a specific document or issue.
Persons Bound by Protective Order. This Order will take effect when
entered and is binding upon all counsel of record and their law firms, the parties, and
persons made subject to this Order by its terms.
The court's jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this
Order will terminate on the final disposition of this case, but a party may file a motion to
seek leave to reopen the case to enforce the provisions of this Order.
Applicability to Parties Later Joined. If additional persons or entities
become parties to this lawsuit, they must not be given access to any Confidential
Information until they execute and file with the court their written agreement to be bound
by the provisions of this Order.
Protections Extended to Third-Party's Confidential Information. The
parties agree to extend the provisions of this Protective Order to Confidential Information
produced in this case by third parties, if timely requested by the third party.
Confidential Information Subpoenaed or Ordered Produced in Other
Litigation. If a receiving party is served with a subpoena or an order issued in other
litigation that would compel disclosure of any material or document designated in this
action as Confidential Information, the receiving party must so notify Riceland, in
writing, immediately and in no event more than three business days after receiving the
subpoena or order. Such notification must include a copy of the subpoena or court
The receiving party also must immediately inform in writing the party who caused
the subpoena or order to issue in the other litigation that some or all of the material
covered by the subpoena or order is the subject of this Order. In addition, the receiving
party must deliver a copy of this Order promptly to the party in the other action that
caused the subpoena to issue.
The purpose of imposing these duties is to alert the interested persons to the
existence of this Order and to afford Riceland an opportunity to try to protect its
Confidential Information in the court from which the subpoena or order issued.
Riceland bears the burden and the expense of seeking protection in that court of its
Confidential Information, and nothing in these provisions should be construed as
authorizing or encouraging a receiving party in this action to disobey a lawful directive
from another court. The obligations set forth in this paragraph remain in effect while the
party has in its possession, custody, or control Confidential Information by the other
party to this case.
Modification of Subpoena by Agreement.
Riceland and AG might
hereafter agree to limit the scope of the AG subpoena as well as the materials to be
Specifically, if the number of checks encompassed by the AG subpoena
would be too burdensome or expensive to produce, then AG may authorize Riceland to
provide a verified Declaration by the Custodian of Records stating the quantity of those
checks in lieu of producing the checks themselves.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Isl Harry S. Hurst, Jr.
Harry S. Hurst, Jr. (88116)
Parker Hurst & Burnett PLC
3000 Browns Lane
PO Box 1733
Jonesboro, AR 72403
Counsel for Plaintiff
Isl Jason C. Smith
Jason C. Smith AR #2006103
SPENCER FANE LLP
2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B300
Springfield, MO 65804
Attorneys for Defendant
AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she has read the Protective Order
in the case captioned Ag Resource Management, LLC v.
Southern Bank, and attached hereto, understands the terms thereof, and agrees to be
bound by its terms. The undersigned submits to the jurisdiction of the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in matters relating to this Protective
Order and understands that the terms of the Protective Order obligate him/her to use
materials designated as Confidential Information in accordance with the order solely for
the purposes of the above-captioned action, and not to disclose any such Confidential
Information to any other person, firm, or concern, except in accordance with the
provisions of the Protective Order.
The undersigned acknowledges that violation of the Protective Order may result in
penalties for contempt of court.
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