Durr v. Davis et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 2/21/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 4:12-CV-272-KGB
SHALON DAVIS, MANAGER AT WORLEY’S PLACE
APARTMENTS; ELDERLY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
AND OPERATIONS CORPORATION; and
JACKSONVILLE GARDENS, INC.
The defendants served the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) with a subpoena duces
tecum that was issued on October 25, 2012 (“the subpoena”). The subpoena seeks production of
certain documents and records (hereinafter referred to as “records”) on Marylene Murrel, a
witness in this action, that are in the possession, custody, and control of the USPS and that are
deemed private and confidential under the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a. Production of these
records, in the absence of an order authorizing their production, is prohibited by the Privacy Act.
The Court hereby orders production of the records listed in the subpoena pursuant to this
stipulated protective order, providing as follows:
PROTECTED INFORMATION. All documents and information the USPS produces
regarding Marylene Murrel produced in response to the subpoena served on it by defendants
shall be designated as “protected information” and shall be subject to the provisions below.
THE PRIVACY ACT. Although the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, possibly applies
to certain records or portions of records that are responsive to defendants’ subpoena, the USPS is
nevertheless authorized and ordered to produce the requested records in response to the
subpoena. The defendants assert that at least some of the information contained in the requested
records is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action or appears reasonably
calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. Defendants also assert that their need
for disclosure of such records outweighs the Privacy Act’s concerns against disclosure so long as
appropriate protective measures are taken. Upon entry of this order under the authority of the
Court pursuant to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 5 U.S.C. § 552a(b)(11),
such production will not be contrary to the Privacy Act even though the records contain the
names and other identifying information and/or actions regarding persons who qualify for
protection under the Privacy Act.
PROTECTED INFORMATION. Except with the prior written
consent of the USPS, or as otherwise provided under this order or by prior approval of this
Court, no protected information provided to defendants in response to the subpoena may be
disclosed to any individual or entity, in any form whatsoever, except to those persons, and for
those purposes, delineated in paragraphs 4 and 5 below. Under no circumstances may protected
information be used by defendants or their attorney for any purpose other than for those purposes
necessary to this litigation.
PERMISSIBLE DISCLOSURES. Notwithstanding paragraph 3, protected information
may be disclosed to:
An individual party;
Counsel for the parties in this action who are actively engaged in the
conduct of this litigation;
The partners, associates, secretaries, paralegal assistants, and employees of
such counsel to the extent reasonably necessary to render professional services in the
Retained consultants or experts (testimonial and non-testimonial) and
employees of said persons directly involved in the prosecution or defense of this
Persons giving testimony, including testimony during depositions, in this
Court officials involved in this litigation (including court reporters,
persons operating video recording equipment at depositions, and any special master
appointed by the Court); and
Persons designated by the Court in the interest of justice, upon such terms
as the Court may deem proper.
The provisions of this
stipulated order shall not apply to restrict the use of protected information in connection with any
deposition, proceeding, hearing, trial, or appeal in this action provided any person receiving the
protected information is subject to the provisions of this order.
CUSTODY AND SAFEKEEPING OF PROTECTED INFORMATION. Counsel for a party to
whom protected information has been produced shall be responsible for taking appropriate
precautions to preserve the confidentiality of the protected information. The duplication of
protected information shall be limited to what is reasonably necessary for the conduct of this
FILING OF DOCUMENTS CONTAINING PROTECTED INFORMATION WITH THE COURT.
Documents containing protected information may be filed with the Court to the extent
reasonably necessary to support motions or other matters relating to the litigation.
NON-TERMINATION. The provisions of this stipulated order shall not terminate at
the conclusion of this litigation. Within 120 days after final conclusion of all aspects of this
litigation, including all appeals, protected documents and all copies of same (other than exhibits
of record) shall be returned to the USPS or its counsel or, at the option of the USPS, destroyed.
All counsel of record shall make certification of compliance herewith and shall deliver the same
to the USPS not more than 150 days after final termination of this litigation.
In the event that a reviewing party wishes to disclose
protected material to any person to whom disclosure is not authorized by this protective order,
such reviewing party may apply to this Court for modification of this order.
pendency of any such application, this protective order shall remain in full effect. The party who
produced the information as protected shall have the burden to prove that there is good cause for
the information to have such protection. Failure of a party promptly to challenge any designation
of confidentiality shall not constitute acquiescence in such designation nor preclude the filing of
an application under this paragraph at any time prior to trial. Nothing herein shall impose any
restriction on the use or disclosure by a party of information obtained by such party
independently of discovery proceedings herein.
MODIFICATION PERMITTED. Nothing in this protective order shall prevent any
party from seeking modification of this order or from objecting to discovery that it believes to be
IT IS SO ORDERED.
ENTERED this the 21st day of February, 2012.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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