Luce et al v. Bobby Wilkerson Inc

Filing 16

CONSENT CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 11/25/08. (bkp)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION ANDREA LUCE and HOT ROCKS, INC. vs. Case No. 5:07-CV-0241 BSM DEFENDANT PLAINTIFFS BOBBY WILKERSON, INC., d/b/a WILKERSON AND ASSOCIATES CONSENT CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER Whereas, the parties to this Consent Confidentiality Order ("parties"), have stipulated that certain discovery material is and should be treated as confidential, and have agreed to the terms of this Order; accordingly, it is this 25th day of November, 2008, ORDERED: 1. Scope. All documents produced in the course of discovery, all responses to discovery requests and all deposition testimony and deposition exhibits and any other materials which may be subject to discovery (hereinafter collectively "documents") will be subject to this Order concerning confidential information as set forth below. 2. Form and Timing of Designation. Confidential documents will be so designated by placing or affixing the word "CONFIDENTIAL" on the document in a manner which will not interfere with the legibility of the document and which will permit complete removal of the confidential designation. Documents will be designated confidential prior to, or contemporaneously with, the production or disclosure of the documents. Inadvertent or unintentional production of documents without prior designation as confidential will not be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of the right to designate documents as confidential as otherwise allowed by this Order. 3. Documents Which May be Designated Confidential. Any party may designate documents as confidential but only after review of the documents by an attorney who has, in good faith, determined that the documents contain information protected from disclosure by statute, sensitive personal information, trade secrets, or confidential research, development, or commercial information. Information or documents which are available in the public sector may not be designated as confidential. 4. Depositions. Portions of depositions will be deemed confidential only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within 14 business days after receipt of the transcript. Such designation will be specific as to the portions to be protected. 5. Protection of Confidential Material. a. General Protections. Documents designated confidential under this Order will not be used or disclosed by the parties or counsel for the parties or any other persons identified below (paragraph 5.b.) for any purposes whatsoever other than preparing for and conducting the litigation in which the documents were disclosed (including any appeal of that litigation). b. Limited Third Party Disclosures. The parties and counsel for the parties will not disclose or permit the disclosure of any documents designated confidential under the terms of this Order to any other person or entity except as set forth in subparagraphs (1)-(5) below, and then only after the person to whom disclosure is to be made has executed an acknowledgment (in the form set forth at Attachment A), that he or she has read and understands the terms of this Order 2 and is bound by it. Subject to these requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review documents which have been designated confidential based on this Order: (1) counsel and employees of counsel for the parties who have responsibility for the preparation and trial of the lawsuit; (2) (3) parties and employees of a party to this Order; court reporters engaged for depositions and those persons, if any, specifically engaged for the limited purpose of making photocopies of documents; (4) consultants, 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 the lawsuit; and (5) other persons only upon consent of the producing party or upon order of the Court and on such conditions as are agreed to or ordered. c. Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties will take reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosure of documents designated as confidential based on the terms of this Order. Counsel will maintain a record of those persons, including employees of counsel, who have reviewed or been given access to the documents along with the originals of the forms signed by those persons acknowledging their obligations under this Order. 3 d. Copies. All copies, duplicates, extracts, summaries or descriptions (hereinafter referred to collectively as "copies"), of documents designated as confidential under this Order or any portion of such a document, will be immediately affixed with the designation "CONFIDENTIAL" if the word does not already appear on the copy. protection of this Order. 6. Filing of Confidential Materials. In the event a party seeks to file any material All such copies will be afforded the full that is subject to protection under this Order with the Court, that party will take appropriate action to insure that the documents receive proper protection from public disclosure including: (1) filing a redacted document with the consent of the party who designated the document as confidential; (2) where appropriate (e.g. in relation to discovery and evidentiary motions), submitting the documents solely for in camera review; or (3) where the preceding measures are not adequate, seeking permission to file the document under seal. Absent extraordinary circumstances making prior consultation impractical or inappropriate, the party seeking to submit the document to the Court will first consult with counsel for the party who designated the document as confidential to determine if some measure less restrictive than filing the document under seal may serve to provide adequate protection. This duty exists irrespective of the duty to consult on the underlying motion. Nothing in this Order may be construed as a prior directive to the Clerk of Court to allow any document be filed under seal. 4 7. Greater Protection of Specific Documents. No party may withhold information from discovery on the ground that it requires protection greater than that afforded by this Order unless the party moves for an Order providing such special protection. 8. Challenges to Designation as Confidential. Any confidential designation is subject to challenge. The following procedures will apply to any such challenge. a. The burden of proving the necessity of a confidential designation remains with the party asserting confidentiality. b. A party who contends that documents designated confidential are not entitled to confidential treatment will give written notice to the party who affixed the designation of the specific basis for the challenge. The party who so designated the documents will have fifteen (15) days from service of the written notice to determine if the dispute can be resolved without judicial intervention and, if not, to move for an Order confirming the confidential designation. c. Notwithstanding any challenge to the designation of documents as confidential, all material previously designated confidential will continue to be treated as subject to the full protections of this Order until one of the following occurs: (1) the party who claims that the documents are confidential withdraws such designation in writing; 5 (2) the party who claims that the documents are confidential fails to move timely for an Order designating the documents as confidential as set forth in paragraph 8.b. above; or (3) the Court rules that the documents should no longer be designated as confidential information. d. Challenges to the confidentiality of documents may be made at any time and are not waived by the failure to raise the challenge at the time of initial disclosure or designation. 9. Treatment on Conclusion of Litigation. a. Order Remains in Effect. All provisions of this Order restricting the use of documents designated confidential will continue to be binding after the conclusion of the litigation unless otherwise agreed or ordered. b. Return of Confidential Documents. Within thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the litigation, including conclusion of any appeal, all documents treated as confidential under this Order, including copies as defined above (paragraph 5.d.) will be returned to the producing party unless: (1) the document has been entered as evidence or filed (unless introduced or filed under seal); (2) the parties stipulate to destruction in lieu of return; or (3) as to documents containing the notations, summations, or other mental impressions of the receiving party, that party elects destruction. Notwithstanding the above requirements to return or destroy documents, counsel may retain attorney work 6 product including an index which refers or relates to information designated confidential so long as that work product does not duplicate verbatim substantial portions of the text of confidential documents. This work product continues to be confidential under the terms of this Order. An attorney may use his or her work product in a subsequent litigation provided that its use does not disclose the confidential documents. 10. Order Subject to Modification. This Order will be subject to modification on motion of any party or any other person who may show an adequate interest in the matter to intervene for purposes of addressing the scope and terms of this Order. The Order will not, however, be modified until the parties will have been given notice and an opportunity to be heard on the proposed modification. 11. No Judicial Determination. This Order is entered based on the representations and agreements of the parties and for the purpose of facilitating discovery. Nothing herein will be construed or presented as a judicial determination that any specific document or item of information designated as confidential by counsel is subject to protection under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or otherwise until such time as a document-specific ruling will have been made. 12. Persons Bound. This Order will take effect when entered and will be binding upon: (1) counsel who signed below and their respective law firms; and (2) their respective clients. 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. _____________________________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE BRIAN S. MILLER APPROVED: QUATTLEBAUM, GROOMS, TULL & BURROW PLLC 111 Center Street, Suite 1900 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 /s/ Jennifer L. Wethington Steven W. Quattlebaum, Ark. Bar No. 84127 Kristine G. Baker, Ark. Bar No. 96211 Jennifer L. Wethington, Ark. Bar No. 2002148 Attorneys for Defendant Bobby Wilkerson, Inc., d/b/a Wilkerson & Associates Richard L. Angel Angel Law Firm, PLLC 100 Morgan Keegan Drive, Suite 420 Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-2213 /s/ Richard L. Angel Richard L. Angel, Ark. Bar No. 87004 Denise Reid Hoggard Chisenhall, Nestrud & Julian, P.A. 400 West Capitol, Suite 2840 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 /s/ Denise Reid Hoggard Denise Reid Hoggard, Ark. Bar No. 84072 Attorneys for Andrea Luce and Hot Rocks, Inc. 8 ATTACHMENT A IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION ANDREA LUCE and HOT ROCKS, INC. vs. Case No. 5:07-CV-0241 WRW DEFENDANT PLAINTIFFS BOBBY WILKERSON, INC., d/b/a WILKERSON AND ASSOCIATES ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he or she has read the Confidentiality Order dated______________ ____, 2008, in the above captioned action, understands the terms thereof, and agrees to be bound by such terms. The undersigned submits to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in matters relating to the Confidentiality Order and understands that the terms of said Order obligate him/her to use discovery materials designated as confidential solely for the purposes of the above-captioned action, and not to disclose any such confidential information to any other person, firm or concern. The undersigned acknowledges that violation of the Confidentiality Order may result in penalties for contempt of Court. Name: Job Title: Employer: ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ Business Address: Date: ___________________ ____________________________________ Signature 9 10

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