Moore v. Philander Smith College

Filing 11

PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 1/21/14. (kpr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION ALDA MOORE v. PLAINTIFF Case No. 4:13-cv-00350 KGB PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE DEFENDANT ORDER The Court has reviewed the stipulation and agreement for a Protective Order between plaintiff and defendant, 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) Personnel files, applications, job descriptions, rates of pay, policies, training materials, insurance coverage information, benefits information, financial information, proprietary information, and recruiting information. b) Any information concerning such as set forth in 2(a) above as may be, from time to time, produced by the parties 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 for the purpose 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 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 a) At the end of three years following the conclusion of this case, counsel may destroy the confidential information. Further, after the end of the three years, 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 to remove specific matters designated “Confidential Information” 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. SO ORDERED this 21st day of January, 2014. ____________________________________ Kristine G. Baker United States District Judge EXHIBIT A 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 ALDA MOORE V. PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE, NO. 4:13-CV-00350 KGB (list all documents, pages, and depositions received): DATE: ____________________ 4

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