Riley v. Vilonia School District et al
CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 11/16/2020. (kdr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 4:20-cv-01012-BSM
VILONIA SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al.
CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER
This lawsuit is presently in the discovery process, and it appears that such discovery may
involve review of sensitive, proprietary and confidential records and employment information
about Vilonia School District’s past and present employees and students. Accordingly, good
cause having been shown within the meaning of the applicable laws and procedural rules, and it
appearing that the parties consent to entry of this Protective Order, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED
All documents produced and information produced by the parties in the categories
set forth above which are designated as “confidential” shall be treated as such by all parties to this
Such confidential documents, and all copies, summaries, compilations, notes or
abstracts thereof, shall be used exclusively in this action and for no other purpose.
confidential designation status shall specifically survive this litigation.
Documents and information designated confidential may be used only in
connection with this case and may not be disclosed to persons not parties or witnesses in this
Any confidential material disclosed in any pleading, motion, deposition transcript,
brief, exhibit, or other filing with the Court shall be maintained under seal. To the extent such
confidential filing is capable of redaction, the redacted version of the document is to be filed on
the public docket, with the unredacted version delivered in hard copy to the Clerk’s Office for
filing under seal. The redacted version of a confidential filing may include, when necessary, slip
sheets appropriately labeled “UNDER SEAL” to indicate the exhibits or other materials that have
been omitted in their entirety from the public filing.
No document which is otherwise subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom
of Information Act shall be designated as “confidential” by either party.
Any party who objects to the proffering party designating a document as
“confidential,” but believes the document should be of public record, shall confer with the
designating party in good faith on the matter.
The party that designates a document(s) as
confidential has the burden of proof if there is a dispute. If a resolution cannot be reached, the
party challenging the “confidential” designation shall file a motion with the Court, attaching the
documents in question under seal, asking the Court to determine if the documents are or are not
subject to confidentiality. The proffering party may respond. Each party agrees to be bound by
the ruling of this Court as to the confidentiality of documents. If the Court declines to intervene
on matters involving whether a document is or is not “confidential” under this Consent Protective
Order, the designation first given by the proffering party prevails.
If confidential documents are used during depositions, the portion of the deposition
discussing the confidential documents shall be treated as confidential in accordance with
paragraph (1), supra.
Any document, information or deposition designated as confidential under this
Order shall, when filed with the court, be clearly marked “confidential,” sealed, placed in separate,
secure, storage by the clerk, and opened only by authorized court personnel.
Documents and other material designated as confidential pursuant to the terms of
this Order may be disclosed only to trial counsel and employees or professional assistants of trial
counsel who have a bona fide need to review the information or contents of the documents to aid
effectively in the preparation of a party’s case. Disclosure to persons other than trial counsel or
employees or professional assistants of trial counsel shall be conditioned upon (a) the written
agreement of the producer or provider of the confidential information, or (b) an order of the court
Upon dissemination of any of the information furnished by the parties to any other
person, firm, or organization, the parties by whom such information was disseminated shall
maintain a list of the names, addresses, place of employment, and capacity of all persons to whom
the information is disclosed until further order of the Court.
Each person examining the subject documents and/or notes to whom any of the
contents thereof are disseminated hereby agrees to be subject to the jurisdiction of this court for
contempt in any other appropriate proceedings in the event of any violation or alleged violation of
this Protective Order.
This Protective Order shall govern all pretrial proceedings, but shall be subject to
modification either before, during, or after the trial upon the merits, upon application of any of the
parties to this lawsuit, and for good cause shown.
Entry of this Order shall not preclude the parties from objecting to production of
documents or information which it deems confidential or not discoverable.
The provisions of this Order shall not affect the admissibility of evidence at trial or
any preliminary evidentiary proceeding in open court, except as directed by separate order entered
for good cause shown.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 16th day of November, 2020.
HONORABLE BRIAN S. MILLER
Approved and Consented to:
CLARK LAW FIRM, PLLC
244 West Dickson Street, Suite 201
P.O. Box 4248
Fayetteville, AR 72702-4248
Phone: (479) 856-6380
Fax: (479) 856-6381
Suzanne G. Clark
Suzanne G. Clark, ABA #2008126
Attorney for Plaintiff
Approved and Prepared by:
BEQUETTE, BILLINGSLEY & KEES, P.A.
425 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 3200
Little Rock, AR 72201-3469
Phone: (501) 374-1107
Fax: (501) 374-5092
W. Cody Kees
Jay Bequette, Bar Number 87012
W. Cody Kees, Bar Number 2012118
Attorneys for Defendants
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