Green v. American Modern Home Insurance Company
PROTECTIVE ORDER re #26 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on October 30, 2014. (mll)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Case No. 4:14-cv-04074-SOH
Judge Susan O. Hickey
AMERICAN MODERN HOME
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIAL
Before the Court is the parties’ Joint Motion for Entry of Stipulated Protective Order.
(ECF No. 26). Upon consideration, the Court finds that the motion should be and hereby is
GRANTED. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26, it is hereby ORDERED that:
All documents, information and other materials designated as “Confidential” and
produced or exchanged in the course of this litigation by any party or third-party shall be used or
disclosed only in accordance with the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order (“Order”).
“Confidential Information,” as used herein, means any information of any type,
kind, or character that is designated as “Confidential” by any party or third-party, whether it be a
document (in any form), information contained in a document, information revealed during a
deposition, information revealed in an interrogatory answer or otherwise, including, but not
limited to, information pertaining to any type of business operations, of the Defendant or of its
affiliates, information about claims submitted by insureds of Defendant, and any other
confidential or proprietary information concerning Defendant.
DESIGNATION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Documents, information and other materials produced in this litigation may be
designated by any party, or by any third-party producing the documents, information or other
materials in this litigation, as "Confidential" by marking each page of the documents so
designated with a stamp or label stating that it is “Confidential,” or otherwise labeling the
information or other materials as “Confidential” at the time of production. Where feasible, any
electronic media containing Confidential Information shall likewise be marked with a stamp or
label stating that it is “Confidential.”
In designating information as “Confidential,” the party or third-party will make
such designation only as to that information which it, in good faith, believes contains
Confidential Information which is not known or freely obtainable by the general public and
which is regarded by that party or third-party as a trade secret, confidential, or proprietary, of or
to the disclosing party, including personal information of individuals or insureds, research, any
proprietary business information, policyholder and claims-handling information, as well as any
development or commercial information.
The term “Confidential” does not apply to any documents, information or other
materials to the extent that they have been previously disclosed publicly or are otherwise
available to the public from any source, provided such prior disclosure or public availability is
not the result of wrongful or improper conduct, or in violation of a duty not to disclose. Any
party asserting that a document or information is not “Confidential” as a result of circumstances
discussed in the preceding sentence must follow the procedures for contesting such a designation
set forth in paragraph 19 below. In agreeing that parties and third-parties may designate material
as “Confidential,” the parties do not endorse the propriety of any such designation and reserve all
rights to challenge any such designation in accordance with paragraph 19 below.
Information disclosed at the deposition of any party or third-party, or of one of its
present or former officers, directors, employees, agents or independent experts retained for the
purpose of this litigation, may be designated by any party, or by any third-party being deposed,
as “Confidential” by indicating on the record at the deposition that the testimony is
“Confidential” and is subject to the provisions of this Order.
Any party, or any third-party who is being deposed, may also designate
information disclosed at such deposition as “Confidential” by notifying all of the parties in
writing within thirty (30) days after receipt of the transcript, of the specific pages and lines of the
transcript that should be treated as “Confidential.” Each party or third-party shall attach a copy of
such written notice or notices to the face of the transcript and each copy thereof in his
possession, custody or control.
All deposition transcripts shall be treated as “Confidential” for a period of thirty
(30) days after the receipt of the transcript, except that this provision shall not prevent a deponent
from reviewing his or her deposition for purposes of review and signing and/or correcting the
transcript. All depositions involving information designated as “Confidential” shall be attended
only by the court reporter, the witness, their counsel, and appropriate Qualified Persons as
defined below in paragraph 10.
To the extent possible, the court reporter shall mark transcripts as “Confidential”
when so designated.
ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Confidential Information may only be disclosed to the following individuals
Counsel for any party, and employees of such counsel, to whom it is
necessary that the Confidential Information be shown for purposes of this
Actual or potential independent experts or consultants who have signed a
document in the form of Exhibit A attached herein;
Parties or party representatives (corporate officers, or employees for a
Court personnel, including stenographic reporters, video reporters and/or
translators engaged in such proceedings as are necessarily incident to this
litigation, as well as personnel of any other court where disclosure is
necessary in connection with a motion or other matter relating to this
Other witnesses and their counsel during the course of a deposition,
hearing, or trial pursuant to paragraphs 6-8 above; and
Any other person designated as a Qualified Person by Order of this Court,
after notice and an opportunity to be heard is provided to all parties.
Any Confidential Information produced or otherwise made available in this
litigation shall be used for the purposes of this litigation only and for no other business,
competitive, personal, private, public, or other purpose, and shall not without leave of this Court
be disclosed other than as authorized by this Order. Prohibited use of Confidential Information
includes, but is not limited to, contact with the media, and public comment or discussion of any
PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Documents, information, and other materials previously produced in this litigation
may be retroactively designated “Confidential” by written notice within thirty (30) days of the
entry of this order.
The written notice shall identify by Bates number the documents,
information and other materials being designated as “Confidential.”
INADVERTENT FAILURE TO MAKE “CONFIDENTIAL” DESIGNATION
Documents, information, and other materials inadvertently produced without a
designation as "Confidential" at any time during this litigation may be retroactively designated in
the same manner as paragraph 12 above and shall be treated as Confidential Information from
the date on which the notice of the designation is provided.
Any party or third-party
retroactively designating documents previously produced as “Confidential” has the right at its
discretion to provide a replacement production set with the same Bates numbers as the original,
but with the “Confidential” designation appearing on the document(s) pursuant to paragraph 3 of
this Order. Upon receipt of the replacement production set, each party receiving the replacement
production set shall within fourteen (14) days return the original production that bears the
applicable Bates numbers.
USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION DURING HEARINGS OR TRIAL
Nothing herein shall prevent any counsel of record from using Confidential
Information during any hearings conducted in this litigation, or at trial in this litigation. Any
counsel disclosing Confidential Information during any hearing or trial shall have a good-faith
basis for making the disclosure. In the event any Confidential Information is shown to a witness
or otherwise disclosed during a hearing or at trial, it shall not lose the protections set forth in this
Order. Counsel for each party shall disclose such Confidential Information in a manner that will
protect the Confidential Information from further disclosure. Any witness shown Confidential
Information during a hearing or trial in this litigation shall state under oath on the record, or shall
execute an affidavit or declaration in the form attached as Exhibit A, that he or she has agreed to
be bound by this Order.
Counsel for the parties will confer regarding procedures necessary to protect the
Confidential Information used in the course of any hearing or trial whenever practicable, and the
Court may issue any orders in connection therewith. For example, the Court may direct that
attendance at those portions of the hearing or trial, or access to the transcripts of those
proceedings, in which Confidential Information is disclosed be restricted to only Qualified
DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION TO OTHER PERSONS
Nothing herein shall prevent disclosure beyond the terms of this Order if each
party and third-party designating the information as “Confidential” consents in writing to such
disclosure in advance, or if the Court, after notice and an opportunity to object is provided to all
affected parties, orders such disclosure. Nor shall anything herein preclude court officials, jurors,
translators, or any certified reporter who is retained to transcribe depositions in this litigation
from access to Confidential Information during judicial proceedings or depositions in this
INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED
A party's inadvertent production of documents, information, or other materials in
this action shall not in itself be deemed to waive any claim of attorney-client privilege, attorney
work-product protection, or of any other protection that might exist with respect to such
documents, information or other materials, or to any other documents or communications,
written or oral, including, without limitation, other communications referred to in the documents
produced. In the event of such inadvertent production of any documents, information, or other
materials, whether in hard copy or electronic format, the parties shall follow the procedures set
forth in their Agreed Order on ESI relating to the inadvertent production of privileged or
otherwise protected documents, information, or other materials.
INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
In the event of inadvertent production of “Confidential Information” to a person
or entity that is not a Qualified Person, or to any other person permitted to view the Confidential
Information under this Order, the party that inadvertently disclosed such Confidential
Information shall promptly take all practical steps to retrieve the Confidential Information and
prevent its further disclosure. The party that inadvertently disclosed the Confidential Information
shall also promptly notify the party that designated the information as “Confidential” within
seven (7) days of the inadvertent disclosure of the steps being taken to rectify the disclosure,
including requiring any individual who received the Confidential Information in violation of this
Order to execute an affidavit or declaration in the form attached as Exhibit A.
CHALLENGES TO DESIGNATIONS
A party shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of a designation as
“Confidential” at the time the designation is made, and a failure to do so shall not preclude any
subsequent challenge. In the event that any party disagrees at any stage of these proceedings with
a “Confidential” designation by any party or third-party, or with the designation of any person as
a Qualified Person, the parties or third-parties shall first try to resolve such dispute in good faith
on an informal basis, such as by the production of redacted copies. If the dispute cannot be
resolved, the objecting party may invoke this Order by objecting in writing to the party or thirdparty that made the designation. The party or third-party making such designation shall respond
to any such objection within fourteen (14) days indicating whether it will agree to alter or
withdraw the designation. If the designating party does not agree to alter or withdraw the
designation as requested, the challenging party shall be required to move the Court for an Order
to withdraw or alter the designation within ten (10) days of receipt of the designating party’s
refusal to withdraw or alter the designation as requested.
FILING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION UNDER SEAL
All Confidential Information, including, but not limited to, any Confidential
Information contained in any transcripts of depositions, exhibits, answers to interrogatories,
answers to requests for admissions, briefs and memoranda of law, filed with the Court shall be
filed under seal. If any party or third-party fails to file any Confidential Information under seal,
the designating party or any other affected person may request that the Court place the filing
under seal without waiver of any other remedy to the designating party or to the affected person
and without releasing the filing party from liability for violating this Order.
RETURN OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AFTER TERMINATION
Within thirty (30) days after conclusion of this litigation and conclusion of any
appeal thereof, all documents containing any Confidential Information produced by a party or
third-party in this litigation, including all extracts or summaries of Confidential Information,
shall be returned to the producing party or certified as having been destroyed by counsel for the
receiving party, except to the extent that such information was used as evidence at trial or as this
Court may otherwise order. The provisions of this Order that restrict the disclosure and use of
Confidential Information shall be binding during this litigation and any appeal thereof and
continue to be binding after conclusion of this litigation and conclusion of any appeal thereof.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Order shall restrict or prevent (a) further use of
Confidential Information contained in exhibits permitted by this Order to be filed publicly with
the Court and not under seal, or (b) a party from seeking written permission of the designating
party or order of the Court with respect to dissolution or modification of this Order.
Any party designating any person as a Qualified Person shall have the duty to
reasonably ensure that such person observes the terms of this Order.
Nothing in this Order shall be construed to be an admission of relevance,
discoverability, or admissibility or to affect in any way the admissibility of any documents,
testimony, or other evidence in this litigation. This Order is without prejudice to the right of any
person to bring before the Court at any time the question of whether any particular document or
information is discoverable or admissible.
Nothing in this Order shall preclude any party from using its own Confidential
Information in any way it sees fit, without prior consent of any party or the Court. If a producing
party knowingly discloses its own Confidential Information in a pleading filed in the Court’s
public record, or in a publication disseminated to the general public, the producing party shall be
deemed thereby to have consented to the removal of that designation with respect to the
The parties may, by stipulation, provide for exceptions to this Order and any party
may seek an order of this Court modifying or seeking relief from this Order.
The parties agree to be bound by the terms of this Order until such time as the
Court rules thereon, and thereafter, the parties will be bound by the ruling of the Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 30th day of October, 2014.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
Agreed to and submitted by:
/s/ Matt Keil
Arkansas Bar Number 86099
John C. Goodson
Arkansas Bar Number 90018
Keil & Goodson P.A.
406 Walnut Street
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
Sean M. Handler
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
280 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
Arkansas Bar Number 77133
Arkansas Bar Number 2003109
Murphy, Thompson, Arnold,
Skinner & Castleberry
1141 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 2595
Batesville, AR 72503-2595
Facsimile: 870. 793.3815
/s/ Robert J. Tucker
Mark A. Johnson (pro hac vice)
Rodger L. Eckelberry (pro hac vice)
Robert J. Tucker (pro hac vice)
Andrew E. Samuels (pro hac vice)
65 East State Street, Suite 2100
Columbus, OH 43215-4260
W. Kelvin Wyrick (77149)
610 Laurel Street
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854-5237
Counsel for Defendant American Modern
Home Insurance Company
Richard E. Norman
R. Martin Weber, Jr.
Crowley Norman LLP
Houston, TX 77056
Arkansas Bar Number 74047
Wilson, Engstrom, Corum & Coulter
200 River Market Avenue, Suite 600
Post Office Box 71
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
George L. McWilliams
Arkansas Bar Number 68078
Law Office of George L. McWilliams, P.C.
406 Walnut Street
Texarkana, AR 71854
Counsel for Plaintiff
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Case No. 4:14-cv-04074-SOH
Judge Susan O. Hickey
AMERICAN MODERN HOME
CERTIFICATE OF CONFIDENTIALITY
I hereby acknowledge that I am about to receive information designated as "Confidential"
supplied in connection with the above referenced litigation. I have received and read a copy of
the Stipulated Protective Order entered in this case.
I understand and agree to be bound by the terms of the Stipulated Protective Order, and I
agree not to disclose or use this information except in accordance with the terms of the Stipulated
Protective Order. I will not copy or use the Confidential Information I am about to receive
except for purposes of this litigation unless such information is or becomes public information in
accordance with the terms of the Stipulated Protective Order.
I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Court and understand that the Court
may impose sanctions for any intentional violation of the Stipulated Protective Order.
I further agree that, upon termination of this litigation, or sooner if so requested, I will
return to counsel all Confidential Information provided to me, including any copies and excerpts
of such Confidential Information.
I understand that failure to abide by the terms of the Stipulated Protective Order may
result in legal action against me.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true
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