Croft et al v. Protomotive, Inc et al
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER; granting 30 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on February 5, 2013. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DONNA CROFT; BOBBIE HICKMAN;
and BENJAMIN SUTTON,
Individually and on Behalf of Others
Case No. 3:12-CV-03102
PROTOMOTIVE, LLC; TODD
KNIGHTON and CYNTHIA
and as Owners/Managers of
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Before the Court is the parties’ Joint Motion for Protective Order (Doc. 30), which is hereby
GRANTED. Based on the agreement of the parties and pursuant to the Court’s authority under
Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED AS FOLLOWS:
Confidential Information, as defined in this order, and obtained by Plaintiffs from
Defendants in this action or obtained from Plaintiffs by Defendants, 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.
Confidential Information means:
Salary or other pay information, personnel files, trade secrets, medical
records, social security numbers, and other information the confidentiality or
privacy of which is protected by statute or other law.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include
information that is publically known or publically available prior to being
disclosed, furnished or submitted in this litigation. Counsel shall not use the
confidentiality designation except where counsel has a good faith belief that
the documentation/information meets the criteria of this paragraph 2 and is
consistent with the intent of this Order. For example, and without limitation,
counsel shall not use the confidential designation for tactical purposes, or
otherwise to gain advantage in this litigation or to conceal or encumber
Except with the prior written consent of Defendant or Plaintiff, or pursuant to further
Orders of this Court on motion with notice to Defendant or Plaintiff, no Confidential Information
may be disclosed to any person other than “Qualified Persons”. “Qualified Persons” shall be defined
to include Plaintiffs, Defendants, any current or future counsel of record for either party in this
action, and secretaries, paraprofessional assistants, experts, and other employees of such counsel
who would be actively engaged in assisting counsel in connection with this action.
If and to the extent any party believes that any Confidential Information has been
improperly designated as Confidential Information and wishes to disclose such information outside
the terms of this agreed Protective Order, then the party shall (1) first, promptly meet and confer
with the designating party to resolve the issue; then, if the meet and confer is unsuccessful; (2)
provide all parties to this Order with at least ten days calendar notice of its intent to so disclose the
information. If the parties disagree on the anticipated disclosure, the party who claims
confidentiality shall have the burden to move the Court for a determination of the issues. If the
opposing party does not move the Court prior to the expiration of the ten calendar days notice
period, then the party intending to disclose the confidential information shall postpone its intended
disclosure until after the Court has ruled on these issues. Otherwise confidentiality is automatically
This Protective 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:
Upon request by a party, the other parties (or their counsel, if any,) shall 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.
All Qualified Persons are enjoined from disclosing in any manner any
Confidential Information obtained during the course of this proceeding.
If extirpation is impractical, Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2, then 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, Plaintiffs, Defendants, and their counsel, if any, shall have access to the
sealed record in this proceeding until further Order of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 5th day of February, 2013.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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