Bittner v. Royal Gorge Company of Colorado, The
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. By Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 11/25/11. (mnfsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 11-cv-01823-CMA-MEH
THE ROYAL GORGE COMPANY OF COLORADO,
a Colorado Corporation,
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge.
Upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a protective order to protect the
discovery and dissemination of confidential information or information which will improperly
annoy, embarrass, or oppress any party, witness, or person providing discovery in this case,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
This Protective Order shall apply to all documents, materials, and information, including
without limitation, documents produced, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for
admission, deposition testimony, and other information disclosed pursuant to the disclosure or
discovery duties created by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
As used in this Protective Order, "document" is defined as provided in Fed. R. Civ. P.
34(a). A draft or non-identical copy is a separate document within the meaning of this term.
Information designated "confidential" shall be information that is confidential and
implicates common law and statutory privacy interests, including confidential or private medical
and/or mental health information, financial or tax information, information contained in
personnel files, or arrest and criminal records information of any party or person, as well as
proprietary business, commercial, and trade secret interests of the parties all as determined in
good faith by the attorneys representing the designating party. Confidential information shall not
be disclosed or used for any purpose except the preparation and trial of this case, and except as
authorized by the strict terms of this Protective Order.
Confidential documents, materials, and/or information (collectively "Confidential
Information") shall not, without the consent of the party producing it or further Order of the
Court, be disclosed except that such information may be disclosed to:
attorneys actively working on this case;
persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively working on
the case whose assistance is required by said attorneys in the preparation for trial, at trial, or at
other proceedings in this case;
the Parties, including designated representatives for Defendants;
expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this proceeding, to
the extent such disclosure is necessary for preparation, trial or other proceedings in this case;
the Court and its employees ("Court Personnel");
stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily incident to the
conduct of this action;
deponents, witnesses, or potential witnesses provided all such individuals have
agreed to be bound by this order; and
other persons by written agreement of all the Parties.
Prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any person listed above (other than
counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel, witnesses during the course of their
testimony and stenographic reporters), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this
Protective Order and obtain from such person an acknowledgment in writing in the form
attached hereto as Exhibit A, or on the record at a deposition, stating that he or she has read this
Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions, provided that no sanctions shall be
imposed on counsel as a result of the failure of counsel to obtain such an acknowledgment with
respect to information disclosed in the course of a deposition unless counsel's obligation under
this paragraph is raised on the record by opposing counsel before the conclusion of the
deposition. All such acknowledgments shall be retained by counsel, and shall be subject to in
camera review by the Court if good cause for review is demonstrated by opposing counsel.
When disclosing Confidential Information to witnesses during the course of their testimony, the
counsel designating a document as Confidential shall be obligated to advise the witness of the
confidential nature of the information at that time.
Documents are designated as Confidential by placing or affixing on them (in a manner
that will not interfere with their legibility) the following or other appropriate notice:
"Confidential." Any document designated as Confidential must have been reviewed by an
attorney who made a good faith determination that the document is entitled to protection.
Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential Information, the
deposition or portions thereof shall be designated as Confidential and shall be subject to the
provisions of this Protective Order. Such designation shall be made on the record during the
deposition whenever possible, but a Party may designate portions of depositions as Confidential
after transcription, provided written notice of the designation is promptly given to all counsel of
record within twenty (20) days after notice by the court reporter of the completion of the
A Party may object to the designation of information as Confidential by giving written
notice to the Party designating the disputed information. The written notice shall identify the
information to which the objection is made. If the Parties cannot resolve the objection within ten
(10) business days after the time the notice is received, it shall be the obligation of the Party
designating the information as Confidential to file an appropriate motion requesting that the
Court determine whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this
Protective Order. If such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as
Confidential Information under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the
motion. 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 the provision, the party designating the information as Confidential shall bear the burden
of establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as Confidential.
At the conclusion of this case, unless other arrangements are agreed upon, each document
and all copies thereof which have been designated as Confidential shall be returned to the Party
that designated it Confidential, or the Parties may elect to destroy Confidential documents at the
conclusion of the time required by the rules governing attorneys for maintenance of such
documents. Where the Parties agree to destroy Confidential documents, the destroying Party
shall provide all Parties with an affidavit confirming the destruction. Each party’s counsel shall
be permitted to keep one copy for its files of any work product that may contain or reference
Confidential documents. However, such copies shall be kept in a confidential manner and the
Confidential documents shall retain their confidential status until it is destroyed as part of
counsel’s regular file retention and destruction process.
When filing any document under seal, the Parties will file a Motion to Seal the document
and comply with the procedures as set forth in D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2.
This Protective Order may be modified by the Court at any time for good cause shown
following notice to all Parties and an opportunity for them to be heard.
Dated and entered at Denver, Colorado, this 25th day of November, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
Michael E. Hegarty
United States Magistrate Judge
s/ Ariel DeFazio
David Lichtenstein, Attorney at Law
1556 Williams Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80218-1661
Attorneys for Plaintiff
s/ Christian Hammond
Dufford & Brown, P.C.
1700 Broadway, Suite 2100
Denver, CO 80290-2101
Attorney for Defendant
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