Berube v. Mike Ensminger, et al

Filing 20

Stipulation and PROTECTIVE ORDER re 17 , by Judge Richard P. Matsch on 6/5/2013. (rpmcd )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 13-cv-00950-RPM KIMBERLY BERUBE, Plaintiff, vs. THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF TELLER, COLORADO; SHERIFF MIKE ENSMINGER, in his official capacity as Sheriff of the County of Teller, Colorado; and NICKLOS PINELL, Defendants. _______________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER _____________________________________________________________________ The parties, by and through their undersigned counsel, stipulate and move the Court for a Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and as grounds therefor state as follows: 1. The parties anticipate seeking/disclosing confidential information contained in Teller County personnel files during discovery. The parties also anticipate that there will be questioning concerning confidential information in the course of depositions. The parties assert that the disclosure of such information outside the scope of this litigation could result in injury to the business and privacy interests of one or more of the parties. In order to protect the confidentiality of this information, the parties have entered into this stipulation and request the Court enter the within Protective Order for the purpose of preventing the disclosure and use of such information except as set forth herein. 2. “Confidential Information” means all documents produced from any Teller County personnel files, as well as any document, file, portions of files, transcribed testimony, or response to a discovery request, including any extract, abstract, chart, summary, note, or copy made therefrom - not made available to the public - disclosed pursuant to the disclosure or discovery duties created by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and designated by one of the parties in the manner provided in paragraphs 7 and 8 below as CONFIDENTIAL. 3. Information designated as CONFIDENTIAL shall first be reviewed by a lawyer and the designation of information as CONFIDENTIAL must be based on a good faith belief that the information is confidential, implicates common law or statutory privacy interests, or is otherwise entitled to protection. 4. Confidential Information shall not be disclosed or used for any purposes outside of this litigation. Individuals authorized to review Confidential Information pursuant to this Protective Order shall hold such information in confidence and shall not divulge such information, either verbally or in writing, to any other person, entity, or government agency unless authorized to do so by order of the Court. 5. Confidential Information shall not, without the consent of the party producing it or further order of the Court, be disclosed to anyone except: (a) attorneys actively working on this case; (b) persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively working on this case whose assistance is required by said attorneys in the litigation of this case; 2 (c) the parties, including the parties’ employees, officers, and directors actively participating in the litigation of this case; (d) expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this case, to the extent such disclosure is necessary for the litigation of 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 case; and (g) 6. 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 signed affidavit in the form attached to this Order as Attachment A, stating that he or she has read this Protective Order, agrees to be bound by its provisions, and submits to the jurisdiction of the Court for purposes of enforcing the Protective Order. All such original affidavits 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. 7. When Confidential Information is produced, disclosed, or otherwise provided by a party in response to any discovery request, it will be designated as Confidential Information by imprinting or affixing the word CONFIDENTIAL on the first page or cover of any document produced, or next to or above any response to a discovery request, in a manner that will not interfere with the legibility of the document or response. 3 8. 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 30 days after notice by the court reporter of the completion of the transcript. 9. 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 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 request that the court determine whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. If such 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. 4 10. The termination of this action shall not relieve counsel or other persons obligated hereunder from their responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of Confidential Information pursuant to this Protective Order, and the Court shall retain continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Protective Order. 11. At the conclusion of this case, including any appeals, 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. If the parties agree to destroy CONFIDENTIAL documents, the destroying party shall provide all other parties with an affidavit confirming the destruction. 12. The remedy for violations of this Protective Order shall be as follows: (a) For willful violation of the Protective Order, the remedy may include sanctions as determined by the Court and private remedies for damages resulting from the breach. (b) For non-willful violation of the Protective Order, the remedy is limited to sanctions as determined by the Court. 13. 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. WHEREFORE, upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a Protective Order to protect the discovery and dissemination of Confidential Information in this case, 5 IT IS ORDERED that the Stipulation of the parties is approved and made an Order of the Court this 5th day of June, 2013. BY THE COURT: s/Richard P. Matsch ________________________________ Richard P. Matsch, Senior District Judge STIPULATED AND AGREED TO BY: s/ R. Stephen Hall JEWELL & HALL, LLC Robert Stephen Hall, Esq. Lowe Douglas Jewell, Esq. 3233 South Dexter Street Denver, CO 80222 303-816-8588 (phone) 301-816-8566 (fax) (e-mail) (e-mail) ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF 6 s/ Andrew R. McLetchie FOWLER, SCHIMBERG & FLANAGAN, P.C. Andrew R. McLetchie, Esq. Timothy Schimberg, Esq. 1640 Grant Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203-1640 303-298-8603 (phone) 303-298-8748 (fax) (e-mail) (e-mail) ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT PINELL s/ Sara L. Cook VAUGHAN & DeMURO Gordon L. Vaughan, Esq. Sara Ludke Cook, Esq. 111 South Tejon Street, Suite 545 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-578-5500 (phone) 719-578-5504 (fax) (e-mail) ATTORNEYS FOR COUNTY DEFENDANTS 7

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