Smith v. Arkansas Highway Police et al

Filing 22

PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO STIPULATION AND AGREEMENT regarding confidential information. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 9/1/11. (vjt)

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THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION RICKY SMITH v. PLAINTIFF Case No. 4:10-cv-1557 SWW ARKANSAS HIGHWAY POLICE, a division of the ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT; RONNIE BURKS, individually and as Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police DEFENDANTS PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO STIPULATION AND AGREEMENT On this 1st day of September, 2011, the Court reviewed the stipulation and agreement for a Protective Order between the Plaintiff and the Defendants, and makes the following Orders: 1. Confidential Information, as later defined herein, and produced by either party or pursuant to a release for medical or employment records in this action, shall be used only for the purpose of this litigation and for no other purpose whatsoever, and shall not be given, shown, made available, or communicated in any way to anyone except Qualified Persons, as herein defined. 2. Confidential Information shall be deemed to include, without limitation: a) Those personnel files, medical reports, rates of pay, interview information, insurance coverage information, benefits information, financial information, and other matters now requested or hereinafter requested by the parties or relating to the operation and organization of Defendants and such other information as may be deemed by this Court to be relevant or material herein. b) Any information concerning such as set forth in 2(a) herein above as may be, from time to time, produced by the parties herein and declared by the party at the time of production to be "Confidential Information" and subject to this Order, such designation to be in writing and may be by letter of transmittal to the party. 3. Except with the prior written consent of the party or pursuant to further Order of this Court on motion with notice to the party, no Confidential Information may be disclosed to any person other than "Qualified Persons" who shall be defined to include the parties, any future counsel of record for the parties in this action, and secretaries, paraprofessional assistants, and other employees of such counsel who would be actively engaged in assisting counsel in connection with this action. Plaintiff agrees that Confidential Information will not be disclosed to anyone, unless used in the course of trial preparation, depositions or the actual trial proceedings. Plaintiff agrees that if Confidential Information is disclosed during trial preparation or depositions, Plaintiff will advise the recipient of the information that he/she must keep the information confidential except during depositions or the actual trial proceedings. Plaintiff specifically agrees that Confidential Information contained in the personnel files of current or former employees will not be disclosed to anyone, unless used in the course of the actual trial proceedings. 4. Upon receipt of Confidential Information from opposing counsel, the party receiving the Confidential Information shall execute and return to opposing counsel a document entitled "Inventory of Confidential Documents Received" in the form affixed hereto as Exhibit A. 5. This Order, insofar as it restricts the communication in any way and use of Confidential Information, shall continue to be binding through and after the conclusion of this litigation. At the conclusion of this action, including all appeals: 2 179712-1 183483-1 184382-1 a) At the end of six (6) months following the conclusion of this case, counsel may destroy the confidential information or, prior to the expiration of the six (6) month deadline, counsel may take all reasonable steps necessary to reclaim all Confidential Information, including correspondence, memoranda, notes, or any other documents embodying such information, in whole or in part, by requesting the return of all copies of such Confidential Information and paying reasonable expenses for the return of the documents. b) Counsel and all Qualified Persons are enjoined from disclosing in any manner any Confidential Information obtained during the course of this proceeding. 6. Nothing in this Order shall prevent any party from seeking modification of this Order at any time as to specific matters designated "Confidential Information" to remove such from the application of this Order. 7. Such Confidential Information as may be required to be filed with the Court and with the Clerk of this Court shall be filed under seal. Only the Court, Court personnel, and counsel for the parties shall have access to the sealed record in this proceeding until further Order of this Court. IT IS HEREBY SO ORDERED. /s/Susan Webber Wright UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3 184382-1 APPROVED AS TO FORM: /s/ Carolyn B. Witherspoon_______ Carolyn B. Witherspoon (#78172) Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. 500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 200 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Telephone: (501) 371-9999 Facsimile: (501) 371-0035 ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS /s/ Shawn Garrick Childs_________________ Shawn Garrick Childs(#99058) John Walker, P.A. 1723 Broadway Little Rock, Arkansas 72206 Telephone: (501) 374-3758 Fax: (501) 374-4187 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF 4 184382-1 EXHIBIT 1 INVENTORY OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS RECEIVED I hereby acknowledge receipt of the following documents, document pages, and/or depositions which are subject to the Protective Order for the protection of documents in RICKY SMITH v. ARKANSAS HIGHWAY POLICE, a division of the ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT; RONNIE BURKS, individually and as Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police; Case No. 4:10-cv-1557 SWW(list all documents, pages, and depositions received): DATE: ____________________ Shawn Garrick Childs 5 184382-1

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