Albano v. Molycorp, Inc. et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 3/14/16. (sgrim)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 12-cv-00292-RM-KMT
In re MOLYCORP, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION.
JOINT MOTION FOR ENTRY OF STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Lead Plaintiffs Randall Duck, Jerry W. Jewell, Philip Marner and Donald E. McAlpin;
representative Plaintiffs Iron Workers Mid-South Pension Fund, Joseph Martiny, Jayne
McCarthy, Robert Grabowski, Marjorine Dowd, Kyle Hare, Robert DeStefano and Eugene R.
Salmon; Officer Defendants Mark A. Smith, James S. Allen, John F. Ashburn, Jr., and John L.
Burba; Director Defendants Russell D. Ball, Ross R. Bhappu, Brian T. Dolan, Mark Kristoff,
Alec Machiels, Charles R. Henry and Jack E. Thompson; and the Underwriter Defendants J.P.
Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Knight Capital Americas, L.P., Dahlman
Rose & Company, LLC, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, BNP Paribas Securities
Corp., CIBC World Markets Corp., Piper Jaffray & Co. and RBS Securities, Inc. move the Court
to enter a Stipulated Protective Order to protect confidential information that may be produced in
discovery in this action. The proposed Order below is based on the approved protective order
entered in this District in the matter of Gillard v. Boulder Valley School District, 196 F.R.D. 382
(D. Colo. 2000).
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
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 that will improperly
annoy, embarrass, or oppress any party, witness, or person providing discovery in this case, IT IS
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
Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be information that is not
available to the public and that the designating party (i) believes in good faith constitutes
sensitive personal or commercial information or (ii) is protected by a right to privacy under
federal or state law or any other applicable privilege or right related to confidentiality or privacy.
CONFIDENTIAL information shall not be disclosed or used for any purpose except the
preparation and trial of this case.
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:
a. attorneys actively working on this case;
b. 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;
c. the parties, and their designated representatives;
d. 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;
e. the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”);
f. stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily incident to the
conduct of this action;
g. deponents, witnesses, or potential witnesses; and
h. other persons by written agreement of the parties.
Prior to disclosing any CONFIDENTIAL information to any person listed above
(other than counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel and stenographic reporters),
counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective Order and obtain from such
person a written acknowledgment in the form attached as Exhibit A stating that he or she has
read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions. 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. CONFIDENTIAL information may be
disclosed to a deposition witness who refuses to sign Exhibit A if the witness has been told that
the CONFIDENTIAL information may be protected by federal and applicable state law, and that
misuse, misappropriation or wrongful disclosure of the CONFIDENTIAL information might
subject the witness to civil and/or criminal liability.
Witnesses shown CONFIDENTIAL
information, who will not sign Exhibit A, shall not be allowed to retain copies of the
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:
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 thirty (30) days after notice by the court reporter of the
completion of the transcript.
A party may object to the designation of particular CONFIDENTIAL information
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 thirty (30) 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 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 this 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.
In the event that any party or non-party inadvertently produces documents,
materials, or information that it determines to be CONFIDENTIAL, without designating them as
such, that party or non-party may provide written notice demanding that the inadvertently
produced documents, materials or information and all copies thereof either be returned within
three (3) days or immediately stamped with the appropriate designation. The receiving party
shall comply with the demand, but may then challenge the claim of confidentiality as provided
elsewhere in this Protective Order.
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Stipulation, including Paragraph 4,
the producing party may designate certain Confidential Information as “ADVISORS’ EYES
ONLY,” in which case such Confidential Information may be viewed by a receiving party’s
counsel (and other outside advisors that have executed Exhibit A) and the other parties identified
in Paragraph 4 (d) and (e) but may not otherwise be disclosed. “ADVISORS’ EYES ONLY”
means that subset of Confidential Information that would not normally be disclosed to the parties
or to the public at large, would be maintained in confidence, and that the designating party in
good faith believes is so economically, competitively, or personally sensitive that disclosure
would materially affect or threaten injury to personal, business, commercial or financial interests.
Such Confidential Information includes, but is not limited to, trade secrets or other highly
sensitive competitive personal, financial, commercial or proprietary research and development
information, including without limitation proprietary technical information about how Molycorp,
Inc. (“Molycorp”) produced and separated rare earth elements. Documents are designated as
ADVISORS’ EYES ONLY by placing or affixing on them (in a manner that will not interfere
with their legibility) the following or other appropriate notice: “ADVISORS’ EYES ONLY.”
Inadvertent production of any document in this action by any party or non-party
that the producing party later claims should have been withheld on grounds of a privilege,
including the work product doctrine (an “Inadvertently Produced Privileged Document”), will
not be deemed to waive any privilege or work product protection and will be governed by the
provisions of the “Stipulated Order Under Federal Rules of Evidence 502(D) and (E)” the Court
entered on February 19, 2016 (Dkt. 185).
To the extent that any party seeks to file a document, pleading, or brief with the
Court that contains information that has been designated as CONFIDENTIAL, that party shall
file the document as a restricted document pursuant to Local Rule 7.2(e). To the extent that any
party seeks to restrict any Court filing on the basis that it contains information that has been
designated as CONFIDENTIAL, the party will file an appropriate motion and comply with all
requirements of D.C. COLO. L Civ R 7.2. Nothing in this Protective Order requires the Court to
restrict any filing.
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. Where the parties agree to destroy CONFIDENTIAL documents,
the destroying party shall provide all parties with an affidavit confirming the destruction.
Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, outside counsel for the parties may
retain deposition and trial transcripts and exhibits thereto, attorney work product, and papers
filed with the Court containing information designated as CONFIDENTIAL, provided that such
outside counsel, and employees of such outside counsel, shall not disclose such documents or
material to any person except pursuant to court or administrative order or agreement with the
party that produced the information.
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.
APPROVED BY THE COURT:
March 14, 2016
Kathleen M. Tafoya,
United States Magistrate Judge
Dated: March 10, 2016
__s/ Trig R. Smith______________________
Jonah H. Goldstein
Trig R. Smith
Regis C. Worley, Jr.
ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD
655 West Broadway, Suite 1900
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 231-1058
Facsimile: (619) 231-7423
Counsel for Plaintiffs
Michael K. Yarnoff
Matthew L. Mustokoff
Meredith L. Lambert
Joshua A. Materese
KESSLER TOPAZ MELTZER & CHECK,
280 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
Telephone: (610) 667-7706
Facsimile: (610) 667-7056
__s/ Gregory J. Kerwin__________________
Gregory J. Kerwin
Allison K. Kostecka
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP
1801 California Street, Suite 4200
Denver, CO 80202
Counsel for Defendants Russell D. Ball, Ross
R. Bhappu, Brian T. Dolan, Mark Kristoff,
Alec Machiels, Charles R. Henry and Jack E.
__s/ Koji F. Fukumura___________________
Koji F. Fukumura
4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121-1909
Counsel for Plaintiffs
Counsel for Defendants Mark A. Smith,
James S. Allen, John F. Ashburn, Jr., and John
Jeffrey A. Berens
__s/ Jonathan K. Youngwood_____________
Jonathan K. Youngwood
BERENS LAW LLC
2373 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80238-2300
SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Liaison Counsel for Plaintiffs
Counsel for Defendants J.P. Morgan
Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC,
Knight Capital Americas, L.P., Dahlman Rose
& Company, LLC, Stifel, Nicolaus &
Company, Incorporated, BNP Paribas
Securities Corp., CIBC World Markets Corp.,
Piper Jaffray & Co. and RBS Securities, Inc.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I, hereby certify that on March 10, 2016, I served a copy of the foregoing JOINT
MOTION FOR ENTRY OF STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER through the Electronic
Court Filing system to all counsel of record.
/s/ Gregory J. Kerwin
Gregory J. Kerwin
I have read the attached Protective Order entered by the Court in In re Molycorp Securities
Litigation, No. 1:12-cv-292 (D. Colo.) and agree to be bound by its provisions.
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