Zimmerling v. Waterfield Bank

Filing 64

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 3/12/2010. (kmtcd, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya Civil Action No. 09­cv­01071­CMA­KMT WILLIAM ZIMMERLING, Plaintiff, v. WATERFIELD BANK, Defendant. PROTECTIVE ORDER To adequately protect material entitled to be kept confidential, expedite the flow of discovery and facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Documents or information produced or provided by the parties during the course of discovery in the above-styled matter may be designated as "Confidential Information" so long as the party who seeks confidentiality has a good faith belief that such document or information is entitled to confidentiality under the terms of this Order. 2. For purposes of this Order, "Confidential Information" means (a) any personnel or personal information for employees of Defendant Waterfield Bank ("Defendant" or "Waterfield"), its parent, subsidiaries or affiliates, including any personnel database identifying such employees, (b) any document or information designated as confidential in accordance with paragraph 6 of this Order, and (c) any aggregation of Confidential Information. The identification of an individual document or category of documents or information as Confidential Information under paragraphs 2(b) or 2(c) may be challenged pursuant to paragraph 10 of this Order. 3. For purposes of this Order, "Document" means all written, recorded, or graphic material, in hard copy or electronic format, including but not limited to deposition transcripts and exhibits, trial and hearing transcripts and exhibits, pleadings, motions, affidavits, and briefs that may quote, summarize, or contain Confidential Information. 4. For purposes of this Order, "Producing Party" means a party that produces Confidential Information or other information in connection with this litigation. 5. For purposes of this Order, "Recipient" means a named party in this litigation (or counsel thereto and their agents) who receives Confidential Information or other information in connection with the litigation. 6. A. One who provides, serves, discloses or files any nonpublic documents or information in connection with this civil action must first have the documents or information reviewed by a lawyer who will certify that the designation as confidential is based on a good faith belief that the information is confidential or otherwise entitled to protection under FED. R. CIV. P. 26(c)(7), and who in good faith believes such documents or information contains: (i) non-public information about a past, present or potential employee of Waterfield or a parent, subsidiary or 2 affiliate, including personnel records, evaluations, compensation levels, databases, surveys, statistical analyses, analyses of personnel practices, or other information incorporating or aggregating information pertaining to individuals, and (ii) trade secrets or other non-public proprietary, strategic or commercial information, data or research of Waterfield or one or more of its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates. B. To designate Confidential Information on Documents, the Producing Party shall place a legend or stamp upon the Document indicating such in a way that brings the designation to the attention of a reasonable examiner, or otherwise puts the Recipient on reasonable notice that it contains Confidential Information. To designate Confidential Information in testimony (or in exhibits referred to therein), the Producing Party shall (a) make an oral statement to that effect on the record, or (b) notify the Recipient in writing at any time up until twenty (20) days after receipt of the transcript. 7. The Recipient of Confidential Information shall use that information solely in connection with this litigation, and shall not disclose Confidential Information to any person except: a) named plaintiffs, in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph 8 of this Order; b) c) the Court and its officers (including court reporters); counsel of record in this action and employees of counsel in this action who have been actively engaged in the conduct of this litigation; d) Waterfield's or its parent's, subsidiaries' or affiliates' in-house counsel; 3 e) experts or litigation consultants engaged by counsel to assist in this litigation, provided that these expert witnesses or litigation consultants expressly agree to be bound by the terms of this Order and not to disclose Confidential Information except as permitted herein; f) fact witnesses or potential fact witnesses providing information on to any counsel of record or testimony by deposition or at any court proceeding in this case but only in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph 8 of this Order. 8. The Recipient of Confidential Information shall disclose such information to persons set forth in paragraphs 7(a) or 7(f), of this Order only under the conditions set forth below: a) Prior to disclosure of Confidential Information to persons described in paragraphs 7(a) through 7(f), the Recipient shall advise that person that, pursuant to this Order, he or she may not divulge such information to any other individual. b) Any person who receives Confidential Information pursuant to paragraphs 7(a) through 7(f), shall execute an Agreement in the form annexed hereto as Exhibit A. Each original, executed Agreement shall be maintained in the files of the Recipient and shall be available for review by all counsel and parties upon reasonable notice. 4 c) The Recipient who discloses Confidential Information pursuant to paragraphs 7(a) through 7(f), shall maintain a list specifically identifying the persons to whom the information was disclosed and the Bates number and/or other means sufficient to identify such information disclosed. 9. In the event the Recipient disputes the Producing Party's designation of individual documents or a category of documents or information as Confidential Information, the Recipient shall notify the Producing Party in writing of such dispute. In an effort to settle such dispute without judicial intervention, the parties shall meet and confer to determine whether the restrictions imposed by this Order are warranted with respect to such disputed information. If resolution of the dispute cannot be reached within ten (10) business days after the time the notice is received, the Producing Party may apply to the Court for an appropriate determination. In connection with such an application, the Producing Party shall bear the burden to show that the information is entitled to continued protection under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and applicable case law. During the pendency of such dispute or application, and until the court may rule otherwise, the information designated Confidential Information shall remain subject to the designations and restrictions of this Order. If the designating party fails to file such a motion within the prescribed time, the disputed information shall lose its designation as CONFIDENTIAL and shall not thereafter be treated as CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with this Protective Order. In connection with a motion filed under this provision, the party 5 designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL shall bear the burden of establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as CONFIDENTIAL. 10. Inadvertent failure to designate Confidential Information shall not be construed as a waiver, in whole or in part, and may be corrected by the Producing Party by written notification to the Recipient promptly upon discovery of the failure to designate. 11. All information obtained by a Recipient in discovery in this litigation, regardless of whether it is Confidential Information, shall be used by the Recipient solely for the prosecution or defense of the claims in this litigation, and shall not be used by the Recipient in any other legal action, or for any business, commercial, competitive, personal, publicity, media or other purpose, except that nothing herein shall preclude Waterfield (or a parent, subsidiary or affiliate of it) from pursuing legal or other business action in discovered instances of misconduct as to its own employees or ensuring that its employees are acting in accordance with the law. No Recipient or other person to whom Confidential Information is disclosed shall copy, transcribe, or otherwise reproduce in written or any other form any part or portion of any Confidential Information except as necessary for purposes of the litigation. 12. Within ninety (90) business days after the conclusion of this litigation, by adjudication (including appeals) or otherwise, the Recipient shall destroy all such materials and certify in writing that all such materials have been destroyed. 13. Confidential Information shall not be filed in the public record of this litigation. Any Confidential Information that is filed with the Court, and any pleadings, motions, or other 6 papers filed with the Court containing such information, shall be filed pursuant to the Court's Electronic Case Filing Procedures for Filing of Papers and Documents under Seal. Where possible, only the portions of filings containing Confidential Information shall be filed with the Court under seal. 14. The restrictions set forth in this Order shall not apply to: a) information that was, is or becomes public knowledge through its authorized release by a person or entity who rightfully obtained and possesses such information during the normal course of business, and not in violation of this Order; b) Waterfield (or its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates), with respect to its own information or information received or created during the normal course of its own business. Whether information that becomes a matter of public record in any other manner may still be subject to protection as confidential shall be determined according to the standards and procedures set forth in paragraphs 2 through 10 of this Order. The owner of Confidential Information shall be able to seek protection of that information in accordance with paragraph 6 of this Order even if it did not produce that information in discovery. 15. Nothing in this Order shall be deemed to be a limit or waiver of the attorney- client privilege, the work product privilege, or any other relevant privilege. Further, inadvertent production of privileged information shall not waive the privilege. If privileged information is inadvertently produced, the Recipient agrees that, upon request from the Producing Party, it shall promptly return all copies of Documents containing the privileged information, delete any 7 versions of the Documents containing the privileged information on any database or computer filing system it maintains, and make no use of the privileged information. 16. Nothing in this Order shall prohibit any party from objecting to the production or disclosure of Confidential Information solely on the grounds that such information is confidential or sensitive, or on any other grounds. Furthermore, nothing in this Order shall preclude the parties from objecting to the admissibility or use of Confidential Information. 17. In the event plaintiff or his counsel obtain information of Waterfield's (or its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates) from a third party under an obligation to Waterfield to keep such information confidential, Waterfield may designate such information Confidential Information pursuant to this Order and it shall be treated as such in accordance with this Order. 18. If a Recipient discloses Confidential Information in a manner not authorized herein, the Recipient must immediately and in writing notify the Producing Party of all pertinent facts relating to such disclosure and, without prejudice to other rights and remedies of the Producing Party, make every effort to prevent further disclosure by the Recipient or by the person to whom the Recipient disclosed such information. 8 19. The Court shall retain jurisdiction, both before and after the entry of final judgment in this case, whether by settlement or adjudication, to construe, enforce, and amend the provisions of this Order. Dated this 12th day of March, 2010. BY THE COURT: Kathleen M. Tafoya United States Magistrate Judge 9 EXHIBIT A AGREEMENT CONCERNING INFORMATION COVERED BY A PROTECTIVE ORDER ENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she has read the Protective Order ("Order") in William Zimmerling v. Waterfield Bank, Inc., Civil Action No. 09-cv-01071-CMAKMT, and understands its terms, agrees to be bound by each of those terms, and agrees to subject himself/herself personally to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado for the purpose of enforcing its terms. Specifically, and without limitation upon such terms, the undersigned agrees not to use or disclose any Confidential Information made available to him/her other than in accordance with the Order. Dated: ___________________, 2010 By: ______________________________ _________________________________ (Type or print name of individual) Of: ______________________________ Name of Employer 10

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