Wilson et al v. Santander Consumer USA Inc
ORDER entering the parties' 39 stipulated protective order. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 4/28/2021. (jbh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTER DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FRENZETTA WILSON, et al.
Case No. 4:20-cv-00152-KGB
SANTANDER CONSUMER USA, INC.
Before the Court is the parties’ stipulated protective order (Dkt. No. 39). For good cause
shown, the Court enters the parties’ stipulated protective order (Id.). Pursuant to the Court’s
authority under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), it is hereby ordered that:
Scope. All documents produced in the course of discovery, including initial
disclosures, all responses to discovery requests, all deposition testimony and exhibits, other
materials which may be subject to restrictions on disclosure for good cause and information
derived directly therefrom (hereinafter collectively “documents”), shall be subject to this Order
concerning confidential information as set forth below. The Order is subject to the Local Rules of
this District and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on matters of procedure and calculation of
Form and Timing of Designation.
A party may designate documents as
confidential and restricted in disclosure under this Order by placing or affixing the words
“CONFIDENTIAL” on the document in a manner that will not interfere with the legibility of the
document and that will permit complete removal of the CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO
PROTECTIVE ORDER designation. Documents shall be designated CONFIDENTIAL prior to
or at the time of the production or disclosure of the documents. When electronically stored
information is produced which itself cannot be marked with the designation CONFIDENTIAL,
the physical media on which such electronically stored information is or the file name of the
electronically stored information produced shall be marked with the applicable designation. The
party receiving such electronically stored information shall then be responsible for labeling any
copies that it creates thereof, whether electronic or paper, with the applicable designation. By
written stipulation the parties may agree temporarily to designate original documents that are
produced for inspection CONFIDENTIAL, even though the original documents being produced
have not themselves been so labeled. All information learned in the course of such an inspection
shall be protected in accordance with the stipulated designation. The copies of documents that are
selected for copying during such an inspection shall be marked CONFIDENTIAL, as required
under this Order and thereafter the copies shall be subject to protection under this Order in
accordance with their designation. The designation “CONFIDENTIAL” does not mean that the
document has any status or protection by statute or otherwise except to the extent and for the
purposes of this Order.
Documents Which May be Designated CONFIDENTIAL. Any party may
designate documents as CONFIDENTIAL upon making a good faith determination that the
documents contain information protected from disclosure by statute or that should be protected
from disclosure as confidential personal information, medical or psychiatric information, trade
secrets, personnel records, or such other sensitive commercial information that is not publicly
available. Public records and other information or documents that are publicly available may not
be designated as CONFIDENTIAL.
Depositions. Oral or transcribed testimony may be designated by any party or
third party as CONFIDENTIAL either by an oral statement on the record during the deposition, or
by providing written notice to all other parties and the court reporter within thirty (30) days
following the deposition, hearing, or other proceeding. The following procedures shall apply:
Unless designated earlier as CONFIDENTIAL (whether through written
notice or an oral statement on the record during the deposition, hearing, or
other procedure), all transcripts in this action shall be treated as
CONFIDENTIAL in their entirety until thirty (30) days following receipt
of the final transcript, which period may be extended by agreement of the
parties. During this thirty (30) day period, no such transcript shall be
disclosed to any individual other than the parties listed in section 6 below
and the deponent, and no individual attending such deposition, hearing, or
other proceeding shall disclose the content of that deposition, hearing, or
other proceeding to any individual other than those described in section 5
below during said thirty (30) days.
If within that thirty (30) day period a party or non-party designates the
transcript or portions of the transcript CONFIDENTIAL by providing
written notice to the other parties and the court reporter, then that
designation shall control.
Upon being informed that certain portions of a deposition, hearing, or other
proceeding are to be designated as CONFIDENTIAL, all parties shall
immediately cause each copy of the transcript in its possession, custody, or
control to be appropriately marked and limit disclosure of that transcript in
accordance with this Protective Order.
The use of material produced and marked as CONFIDENTIAL only as an
exhibit in a deposition, hearing, or other proceeding shall in no way affect
that material’s designation.
Protection of Confidential Material.
General Protections. Documents designated CONFIDENTIAL under this
Order shall not be used or disclosed by the parties, counsel for the parties
or any other persons identified in ¶ 5(b) for any purpose whatsoever other
than to prepare for and to conduct discovery and trial in this action,
including any appeal thereof.
Limited Third-Party Disclosures. The parties and counsel for the parties
shall not disclose or permit the disclosure of any CONFIDENTIAL
documents to any third person or entity except as set forth in subparagraphs
(1)-(5). Subject to these requirements, the following categories of persons
may be allowed to review documents that have been designated
Counsel. Counsel for the parties and employees and agents of
counsel who have responsibility for the preparation and trial of the
Parties. Parties and employees of a party to this Order.1
NOTE: If the CONFIDENTIAL documents contain highly sensitive trade secrets or
other highly sensitive competitive or confidential information and disclosure to another party
would result in demonstrable harm to the disclosing party, then the parties may stipulate or move
for the establishment of an additional category of protection that prohibits disclosure of such
documents or information to category (2) or that limits disclosure only to specifically designated
in-house counsel or party representative(s) whose assistance is reasonably necessary to the conduct
of the litigation and who agree to be bound by the terms of the order.
Court Reporters and Recorders. Court reporters and recorders
engaged for depositions;
investigators, or experts (hereinafter referred to collectively as
“experts”) employed by the parties or counsel for the parties to assist
in the preparation and trial of this action or proceeding, but only
after such persons have completed the certification contained in
Attachment A, Acknowledgment of Understanding and Agreement
to Be Bound; and
Others by Consent. Other persons only by written consent of the
producing party or upon order of the Court and on such conditions
as may be agreed or ordered. All such persons shall execute the
certification contained in Attachment A, Acknowledgment of
Understanding and Agreement to Be Bound.
Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties shall take reasonable and
appropriate measures to prevent unauthorized disclosure of documents
designated as CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to the terms of this Order.
Counsel shall maintain the originals of the forms signed by persons
acknowledging their obligations under this Order for a period of 1 year after
dismissal of the action, the entry of final judgment and/or the conclusion of
any appeals arising therefrom.
Copies. Prior to production to another party, all copies, electronic images,
duplicates, extracts, summaries or descriptions (hereinafter referred to
collectively as “copies”) of documents designated as CONFIDENTIAL
under this Order, or any individual portion of such a document, shall be
affixed with the designation “CONFIDENTIAL” if the word does not
already appear on the copy. All such copies shall thereafter be entitled to
the protection of this Order. The term “copies” shall not include indices,
electronic databases, or lists of documents, provided these indices,
electronic databases, or lists do not contain substantial portions or images
of the text of confidential documents or otherwise disclose the substance of
the confidential information contained in those documents.
Inadvertent Production. Inadvertent production of any document or
information without a designation of “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be governed
by Federal Rule of Evidence 502.
Filing of CONFIDENTIAL Documents Under Seal. Absent a statute or an order
of this Court, documents may not be filed under seal. Neither this Stipulated Protective Order nor
any other sealing order constitutes blanket authority to file entire documents under seal. Only
confidential portions of relevant documents are subject to sealing. To the extent that a brief,
memorandum, or pleading references any information from, or document marked as,
CONFIDENTIAL, then the party referencing the information or document must timely move the
Court for leave to file both a redacted version for the public docket and an unredacted version for
sealing of the confidential portions. Absent a court-granted exception based upon extraordinary
circumstances, any and all filings made under seal shall comply with applicable Local Rules and
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Any and all documents that may have been subject to sealing during discovery or motion
practice will not enjoy a protected or confidential designation if the matter comes on for hearing,
argument, or trial in the courtroom. The hearing, argument, or trial will be public in all respects.
Challenges by a Party to Designation as Confidential. Any CONFIDENTIAL
designation is subject to challenge by a non-designating party to this action. The objecting party
shall have an obligation to meet and confer in a good faith effort to resolve the objection by
agreement, at least 14 days before filing any motions or objections to a confidentiality designation
with the Court. If agreement is reached confirming or waiving the CONFIDENTIAL designation
as to any documents subject to the objection, the designating party shall serve on all parties a notice
specifying the documents and the nature of the agreement.
Action by the Court. Applications to the Court for an order relating to any
documents designated CONFIDENTIAL shall be by motion consistent with the Court’s local rules,
standing orders, and any other relevant orders.
Any motion challenging confidentiality
designations must include a statement affirming that the movant has complied with the meet and
confer requirements imposed by the preceding paragraph. The burden of persuasion in any such
challenge proceeding shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those made for
an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties)
may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to afford the material in
question the level of protection to which it is entitled under the producing party’s designation until
the Court rules on the challenge. Nothing in this Order or any action or agreement of a party under
this Order limits the Court’s power to make any orders that may be appropriate with respect to the
use and disclosure of any documents produced or used in discovery or at trial.
Use of Confidential Documents or Information at Trial. All trials are open to
the public. Absent order of the Court, there will be no restrictions on the use of any document that
may be introduced by any party during the trial. If a party intends to present at trial
CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER documents or information, other than
solely for purposes of impeachment, derived therefrom, such party shall provide advance notice to
the other party at the time and in the manner the Court orders for the identification of trial exhibits.
The Court may thereafter make such orders as are necessary to govern the use of such documents
or information at trial.
Obligations on Conclusion of Litigation.
Order Remains in Effect. Unless otherwise agreed or ordered, this Order
shall remain in force after dismissal or entry of final judgment not subject
to further appeal.
Return of CONFIDENTIAL Documents.
Within thirty days after
dismissal or entry of final judgment not subject to further appeal, all
documents treated as CONFIDENTIAL under this Order, including copies
as defined in ¶ 5(d), shall be returned to the producing party unless: (1) the
document has been offered into evidence or filed without restriction as to
disclosure; (2) the parties agree to destruction in lieu of return; or (3) as to
documents bearing the notations, summations, or other mental impressions
of the receiving party, that party elects to destroy the documents and
certifies to the producing party that it has done so. Notwithstanding the
above requirements to return or destroy documents, counsel may retain
attorney work product, including an index which refers or relates to
information designated CONFIDENTIAL. This work product shall
continue to be CONFIDENTIAL under this Order.
Return of Documents Filed under Seal. After dismissal or entry of final
judgment not subject to further appeal, the Clerk may elect to return to
counsel for the parties or, after notice, destroy documents filed or offered at
trial under seal or otherwise restricted by the Court as to disclosure.
Order Subject to Modification. This Order shall be subject to modification by
the Court on its own motion or on motion of a party or any other person with standing concerning
the subject matter. Motions to modify this Order shall be served and filed pursuant to Local Rules,
the Court’s standing orders, and any other relevant orders.
No Prior Judicial Determination.
This Order is entered based on the
representations and agreements of the parties and for the purpose of facilitating discovery. Nothing
herein shall be construed or presented as a judicial determination that any documents or
information designated CONFIDENTIAL by counsel or the parties is subject to protection under
Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or otherwise until such time as the Court may
rule on a specific document or issue.
Persons Bound. This Order shall take effect when entered and shall be binding
upon all counsel and their law firms, the parties, and persons made subject to this Order by its
So ordered this the 28th day of April, 2021.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
WE SO STIPULATE
and agree to abide by the
terms of this Order
CARNEY BATES & PULLIAM, PLLC
Edwin Lee Lowther
Randall Keith Pulliam
Cassandra J. DeCoursey
519 W. 7th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 321‐8500 (Telephone)
(501) 312‐8505 (Facsimile)
WE SO STIPULATE
and agree to abide by the
terms of this Order
K. Issac deVyver
Benjamin J. Sitter
Blaec C. Croft
260 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222‐3142
Telephone: (412) 667‐6057
Facsimile: (412) 402‐4187
ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT, SANTANDER
CONSUMER USA INC.
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FRENZETTA WILSON, RONNIE DICKERSON, and
DEVON BYRD, on behalf of themselves and all
others similarly situated
SANTANDER CONSUMER USA INC.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:20‐cv‐00152‐KGB
Compl. Filed: January 13, 2020
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she has read the Protective Order dated
_________________ in the above-captioned action 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 the Protective
Order and understands that the terms of the Protective Order obligate him/her to use documents
designated CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER in accordance with the
Order solely for the purposes of the above-captioned action, and not to disclose any such
documents or information derived directly therefrom to any other person, firm or concern.
The undersigned acknowledges that violation of the Protective Order may result in
penalties for contempt of court.
Date: ____________ __________________________________
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