Bell v. Pfizer Inc et al
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 4/15/11. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
SHIRLEY J. BELL,
PFIZER, INC. et al.
Case No. 5:10-cv-010l BSM
Judge Brian S. Miller
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
WHEREAS, Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides for the issuance
of protective orders limiting the disclosure of discovered information in appropriate
Therefore, the Court finds good cause for the entry of this Agreed Protective Order under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) and hereby ORDERS that all documents and other
information produced in this case by the parties shall be produced subject to the following:
At any time prior to the production of any documents or information by
the producing party, it may designate such information or documents as confidential and subject
to this Agreed Protective Order.
The producing party shall further designate material as
confidential and subject to this Agreed Protective Order by placing the following or substantially
similar marking on each copy of each document copied for, by, or on behalf of plaintiff or co
defendants in this action in a manner which will not interfere with its legibility:
"CONFIDENTIAL -- SUBJECT TO AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER."
information so designated shall be referred to herein as "Confidential Discovery Material."
This Agreed Protective Order shall apply to and govern all documents and
information designated by the producing party as confidential whether or not such documents or
information are informally produced or produced in response to formal discovery requests. The
producing party may designate those specific answers to interrogatories, responses to other
discovery requests, and excerpts of deposition testimony as confidential and protected by this
Agreed Protective Order.
With respect to deposition testimony, the designation of
confidentiality may be made on the record at the time of the deposition, at which time the
testimony and transcript thereof shall be subject to the full protection of this Agreed Protective
Order. Within thirty (30) days after the completion of the deposition, counsel for the party
asserting confidentiality shall clarify all portions to which it claims confidentiality. In the case of
testimony not so designated during the course of a deposition, counsel for the producing party
may, at any time within thirty (30) days of the completion of the deposition, notify the parties
that the deposition testimony contains confidential material, in which case the testimony and
transcript thereof shall be subject to the full protection of this Agreed Protective Order. During
the thirty (30) day period, the testimony will be treated as though it had been designated as
confidential pursuant to the terms of this Agreed Protective Order. "Confidential Discovery
Material" includes deposition testimony designated as confidential.
Any Confidential Discovery Material that is filed with the Court, and any
pleading, motion, or other paper filed with the Court that reveals the content of any such
Confidential Discovery Material, shall be filed under seal and shall bear the legend:
THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL
INFORMATION COVERED BY AN AGREED
PROTECTIVE ORDER OF THE COURT AND IS
SUBMITTED UNDER SEAL PURSUANT TO THAT
CONFIDENTIAL CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT
MAY NOT BE DISCLOSED WITHOUT EXPRESS
ORDER OF THE COURT.
This Agreed Protective Order allows parties to file Confidential Discovery Materials under seal
without a motion to file the documents under seal. Such Confidential Discovery Material and/or
other papers shall be kept under seal until further order of the Court; however, Confidential
Discovery Material and other papers filed under seal shall be available to the Court and counsel
of record, and to all other persons entitled to receive the confidential information contained
therein under the terms of this Agreed Protective Order.
The party wishing to use the
Confidential Discovery Material also agrees to submit such information sealed for the Court's incamera inspection only.
Use of Confidential Discovery Material subject to this Agreed Protective
Order at trial will be determined by subsequent agreement of the parties or order of this Court.
Confidential documents or information produced by PLIVA, Inc., in prior
litigation that are already in the possession of plaintiffs counsel can be used pursuant to the
terms of this Agreed Protective Order. All documents or information so produced shall remain
subject in all respects to all protections provided by this Agreed Protective Order even though
they have not been designated with the specific markings described in paragraph I.A.
Documents or information stamped as or otherwise marked as "confidential" in prior litigation
shall suffice. Their contents or existence shall not be disclosed by plaintiff or co-defendant(s)
except as provided in this Agreed Protective Order. The foregoing provision does not apply to
documents no longer considered confidential.
TERMS OF PROHIBITION
The documents and information provided by the producing party and
designated as confidential shall be revealed only to, (1) counsel of record for the parties in this
action; (2) paralegals or secretarial employees under the direct supervision or employ of counsel
of record in this action; (3) retained experts of the parties, provided, however, that no
confidential information shall be disseminated to any expert who is employed or affiliated with a
direct business competitor (Le., in the business of pharmaceutical manufacturing or distribution)
of any defendant or its affiliates; (4) outside copy and document processing entity or person
retained by any party in connection with the litigation; and (5) attorneys involved in a pending
Reglan/metoclopramide case against the producing party who agree to be bound by the terms of
this Agreed Protective Order. The parties agree that the documents designated as confidential
may be revealed to additional persons, including parties and/or in-house counsel, by agreement,
which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
With the exception of counsel as defined in paragraph 2.A(5), each person
who reviews or inspects confidential documents or information subject to this Agreed Protective
Order shall be brought within the personal jurisdiction of this court, including its contempt
power, by signing a copy of the Witness Endorsement of Agreed Protective Order form attached
as Exhibit A. Such execution shall signify agreement to the provisions of this Agreed Protective
Order and consent to the jurisdiction of this Court over his or her person for any proceedings
involving alleged improper disclosure of said protected documents or information.
person's signature shall be notarized by an officer authorized to administer oaths.
With the exception of counsel as defined by paragraph 2.A(5), no person
entitled to access to protected documents or information under this Agreed Protective Order shall
be provided with the protected documents or information unless such individual has first read the
Agreed Protective Order of this Court and completed and signed the affidavit provided. No
person entitled to access protected documents or information shall disclose or discuss the
existence or contents of any such materials with any other individual, except those individuals
who are also permitted to view, inspect or examine the materials protected herein.
information protected by this Agreed Protective Order shall be used for the sole purpose of the
preparation for this case, and shall not be used for any other purpose or for any other legal action
except as provided by this Agreed Protective Order.
Each party's counsel shall maintain a list of the names of all persons who
inspect or review confidential documents obtained from another party prior to trial of this matter
or who receive any copies of such confidential documents. Each party will produce a copy of the
executed Exhibit A for each of its testifying experts to whom confidential documents were
provided upon request, but no earlier than the time of the party's expert designation. For purely
consulting experts, the party retaining the expert shall furnish copies of the executed Exhibit A
for each consulting expert where good cause is shown. This provision in no way alters or
expands the terms of paragraph 2.A of this Agreed Protective Order identifying the persons to
whom confidential material may be revealed.
RETURN OF DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION. Copies of documents and
information produced by a defendant may remain in the possession of the undersigned plaintiffs'
attorneys and other counsel as defined in paragraph 2.A(5) but shall be governed by the terms
and conditions of this Agreed Protective Order. The documents and information produced by a
defendant may be used by the undersigned plaintiffs' attorneys and other counsel as defined in
paragraph 2.A(5). The documents and information produced by a defendant may not be used for
any other purpose nor disclosed to any other person except as provided by this Order without the
express written consent of the producing defendant upon written application or request to the
Reglan/metoclopramide cases filed by the undersigned plaintiffs' attorneys against the producing
defendant, the undersigned plaintiffs' attorneys shall either return all the documents and
information to the producing defendant at a location selected by the producing defendant and at
the undersigned plaintiffs' attorneys' expense, or produce an affidavit executed by the
undersigned plaintiffs' attorneys indicating that all of the documents from the producing
defendant have been destroyed or will be destroyed within a reasonable time.
Protective Order remains in full force and effect and governs the use of the documents and
APPLICAnON TO THE COURT. Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude
or limit any party from opposing any discovery on any ground which would otherwise be
available. Nothing in this Agreed Protective Order shall be deemed to preclude any party from
seeking or obtaining, on the appropriate showing, additional protection with respect to the
confidentiality of documents or information.
Nothing in this Agreed Protective Order shall
preclude any party from seeking or obtaining, on the appropriate showing, an order lifting the
protection granted in this Agreed Protective Order with respect to the confidentiality of
documents or information.
ADMISSION INTO EVIDENCE.
The terms of this Agreed Protective Order
shall not be construed as any limitation upon the right of any party to offer into evidence any
documents, response, or information designated as confidential.
VIOLATION OF AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER. A violation by any person
of any provision of this Agreed Protective Order may be punishable as determined by the Court.
Further, the parties may pursue any and all civil remedies available for breach of the terms of this
Agreed Protective Order.
JURISDICTION OF COURT. This Court retains jurisdiction over the parties,
counsel for the parties, and all persons, firms, corporations, or organizations, whomsoever, to
whom this Agreed Protective Order applies, for purposes of enforcement of this Agreed
Protective Order following the conclusion of this action.
CHALLENGE TO CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATION.
If a party elects to challenge any designation of confidentiality of any
documents or information pursuant to this Agreed Protective Order, that party shall provide the
designating party thirty (30) days advance written notice and afford the producing party
opportunity to voluntarily remove such designation. The producing party shall, within thirty (30)
days of the receipt of such notice, either voluntarily remove the designation or file a written
motion with the Court for an order preventing or limiting disclosure. Each such motion shall be
accompanied by one copy of each document, response, or portion or transcript challenged,
following the provision set forth above in paragraph I.C of this Agreed Protective Order, and the
confidentiality of such information shall remain protected until the Court shall order otherwise.
In the event the producing party files a motion seeking protection of challenged documents or
information, the party opposing the motion shall respond to the motion and the producing party
shall have the opportunity to reply.
The interested parties shall attempt to resolve any such challenge by agreement
prior to the time for filing of a motion as herein provided. If the challenge is not resolved by
agreement, or by voluntary removal, and if no motion is filed within thirty (30) days of the
receipt of written notice of challenge, then the confidential designation shall be removed and
shall not thereafter apply to such documents or information.
All documents, testimony, or other materials designated by the producing
party as confidential shall retain their confidential status during the pendency of any proceeding
challenging confidentiality initiated by a party until such time as the parties' contentions are fully
and finally adjudicated, including such appeals as may be sought.
Neither this Agreed Protective Order nor the designation of any item as
confidential materials shall be construed as an admission that such material or any testimony in
respect to such material in a deposition or otherwise would be admissible in evidence in this
litigation or in any other proceeding. In addition, this Agreed Protective Order does not, of itself,
require the production of any information or document.
THIRD PARTY REQUEST FOR CONFIDENTIAL DISCOVERY MATERIAL.
If confidential documents or information in the possession of a receiving party is subpoenaed or
requested by any court, administrative or legislative body, or any other person or organization
purporting to have authority to subpoena or request such data or information, the party to whom
the subpoena or request is directed shall not, to the extent permitted by applicable law, provide or
otherwise disclose such documents or information without waiting ten (10) business days after
first notifying counsel for the producing party in writing of:
(l) the information and
documentation which is requested for production in the subpoena or request; (2) the date on
which compliance with the subpoena or request is sought; (3) the location at which compliance
with the subpoena or request is sought; (4) the identity of the party serving the subpoena or
making the request; and (5) the case name, jurisdiction, and index, docket, complaint, charge,
civil action, or other identification number or designation identifying the litigation,
administrative proceeding, or other proceeding in which the subpoena or request has been issued.
INADVERTENT OR UNINTENTIONAL DISCLOSURE. Any inadvertent or
unintentional disclosure of confidential and proprietary material will not be construed as a
waiver, in whole or in part, of (1) the producing party's claims of confidentiality either as to the
specific information inadvertently or unintentionally disclosed or as to any other confidential
material disclosed prior to or after that date, or (2) the producing party's right to designate said
material as confidential material pursuant to this Agreed Protective Order.
Protective Order does not in any way deprive a party of its right to contest the producing party's
claims to protection for confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. Nor does this
Agreed Protective Order in any way deprive the producing party of its right to claim that such
information should be protected from disclosure.
Production of documents or information
pursuant to this Agreed Protective Order shall not be construed as a waiver of any sort by the
DISCLOSURE OF MEDICAL RECORDS.
Pursuant to authorizations from
Plaintiff(s) or duly executed subpoenas, Defendants are hereby granted the right, upon
compliance with the applicable discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to
obtain from health care providers covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1936 (1996), and to inspect and copy, any and all
information relating to the discoverable past, present, or future medical condition of and
provision of health care to plaintiff ("Protected Health Information"). Nothing herein shall be
construed as eliminating the right of Plaintiff(s) to object to and/or move to quash duly executed
subpoenas issued by Defendants. Defendants are expressly prohibited from using or disclosing
the Protected Health Information obtained pursuant to this Agreed Protective Order for any
purpose other than th is action. The disclosure of the Protected Health Information is limited to
the people identified in paragraph 2A above. Further, defendants any other recipients of the
Protected Health Information agree to destroy the information (including all copies made),
immediately upon conclusion of the action. The Protected Health Information is not subject to
the designation and disclosure provisions of paragraph lA-E above.
Nothing herein shall be construed or applied to affect the rights of any party to
discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or to assert any objection, or to prohibit
any party from seeking such further provisions or relief as it deems necessary or desirable
regarding this Agreed Protective Order, including, but not limited to an order that discovery not
be had. Moreover, nothing herein shall be construed to contravene the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure or the case law interpreting those rules.
SIGNED AND ORDERED ENTERED ON THE 'S"'t"'- OF
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
lsi Javier Gonzalez
William Burton Curtis
Curtis Law Group
3100 Monticello, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75205
Daniel J. McGlynn
Terrence J. Donahue, Jr., Esq.
McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton
340 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
lsi Thomas G. McIntosh
Linda E. Maichl
Matthew V. Brammer
Thomas G. McIntosh
600 Vine Street, Suite 2800
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2409
THE BRAD HENDRICKS LAW FIRM
E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV
R. Ryan Younger
Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow
111 Center Street, Suite 1900
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
500 C Pleasant Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR 72227
Attorneysfor Defendant PLIVA, Inc.
George Wise, Jr.
Attorneys for PlaintiffShirley Bell
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
SHIRLEY J. BELL,
Case No. 5:10-cv-OlOl BSM
PFIZER, INC. et al.
Judge Brian S. Miller
WITNESS ENDORSEMENT OF AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
hereby attest to my understanding that information or documents designated
confidential are provided to me subject to the Agreed Protective Order dated IS AQC''- \ '2 O~(,
in the above-captioned litigation; that I have been given a copy of and have read the Agreed
Protective Order, and that I agree to be bound by its terms. I also understand that my execution
of this Endorsement indicating my agreement to be bound by the Agreed Protective Order is a
prerequisite to my review of any information or documents designated as confidential pursuant
to the Agreed Protective Order.
I further agree that I shall not disclose to others, except in accord with the Agreed
Protective Order, any Confidential Discovery Material, as defined therein, or any information
contained in such Confidential Discovery Material, in any form whatsoever, and that such
Confidential Discovery Material and the information contained therein may be used only for the
purposes authorized by the Agreed Protective Order.
I further agree and attest to my understanding that my obligation to honor the
confidentiality of such Discovery Material and information will continue even after this litigation
I further agree and attest to my understanding that, if I fail to abide by the terms of the
Agreed Protective Order, I may be subject to sanctions, including contempt of court, for such
failure. I agree to be subject to the jurisdiction of this Court for the purposes of any proceedings
relating to enforcement of the Agreed Protective Order.
I further agree to be bound by and to comply with the terms of the Agreed Protective
Order as soon as I sign this Endorsement, whether or not the Agreed Protective Order has yet
been entered as an Order of the Court.
Printed Name:- - - - - - - - - - - - Subscribed and sworn to before me this
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