Avery Dennison Corporation v. 3M Innovative Properties Company et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 1 Motion to Compel. The parties should either agree on the amount and form of security or submit short briefs and supplemental information on this issue by January 23, 2012. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 1/9/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES
COMPANY and 3M COMPANY
For the reasons stated on the record during the 9 January 2012 hearing,
Avery Dennison's motion to compel, Document No.1, is granted in part and
denied in part. The Court orders production of all the requested documents,
with pricing information included, but with two limitations: (1) the scope is
narrowed to those documents dated after 8 December 2004 - the date 3M first
introduced the idea for "Type XI" retroreflective sheeting; and (2) pricing
information may remain redacted for all 3M products other than
retroreflective sheeting. The production is subject to the existing protective
order in the underlying litigation.
Because Mr. Brown is not a party to the underlying litigation and to
protect his interests, counsel should draft a supplemental protective order
governing any production from him or his company, Interstate SignWays.
This order should contain a provision directing Avery Dennison, 3M, and all
others to give Mr. Brown and his counsel two-weeks notice prior to the
use-in any court document or proceeding-of any information Brown
produces under the terms of the order. Counsel should submit a draft of the
supplemental protective order to the Court by 23 January 2012.
Avery Dennison is further ordered to post a bond (or letter of credit or
other security) with this Court to ensure compliance as to Brown with the
protective order and the supplemental protective order. Avery Dennison
needs the pricing information. But the Court must balance that need against
the reality that Brown's pricing represents sensitive information in a
competitive-bid marketplace. The Court also notes that Brown is a relatively
small player on the fringes of litigation between two much larger rival
companies. The Court is convinced of the need for substantial security; but
on further reflection, the Court concludes that it has insufficient information
to decide what the appropriate amount of security should be. The Court
therefore vacates its oral ruling on this issue. Instead, the parties should
confer on the amount-which should be sufficient to protect Brown against
disclosure, but no greater than necessary, given all material circumstances.
The parties should either agree on the amount and form of security or submit
short briefs and supplemental information on this issue by 23 January 2012.
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