Mullin v. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc. et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 10/9/13. (bnbcd, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-02348-WJM-BNB
HYATT RESIDENTIAL GROUP, INC. f/k/a Hyatt Vacation
Ownership Group, a Delaware corporation; and
HYATT RESIDENTIAL MARKETING CORPORATION,
a Florida corporation,
PROTECTIVE ORDER RE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Based upon the joint motion of the parties, and for good cause shown, it is hereby
ORDERED that the following provisions shall govern “Confidential Information” in the abovecaptioned action:
Certain records, documents, and information of the parties produced in discovery
in this action and any information derived directly or indirectly from such records, documents,
and information, (hereinafter “Confidential Information”), shall be kept confidential by the
parties and their counsel according to the terms and conditions which follow below.
A party may designate as Confidential Information any documents, testimony or
information that the designating party in good faith believes to contain non-public information
that which may be privileged or subject to confidentiality limitations on disclosure due to
federal laws, state laws, or privacy rights. Confidential Information shall not be disclosed
directly or indirectly to any person other than as provided in this order except as otherwise
agreed in writing by the parties. Unauthorized disclosure of the substance, a summary, or any
portion of Confidential Information constitutes a violation of this order. Confidential
Information shall be used solely for the purpose of either prosecuting or defending this action
and shall not be used for any business, commercial, or any other purposes whatsoever.
Confidential Information shall be stamped “CONFIDENTIAL” or otherwise
designated by the party producing it. In the event a party inadvertently fails to designate a
document or testimony as Confidential Information, it may make such a designation
subsequently by notifying the other parties in writing as soon as practicable. Until such
notification, however, disclosure of any such document shall not constitute a violation of this
order. The inadvertent failure to designate a document or testimony as Confidential
Information shall be without prejudice to any claim that such item is Confidential Information
and such party shall not be held to have waived any rights by such inadvertent production.
Portions of deposition transcripts pertaining to Confidential Information may be
designated as Confidential Information by a statement on the record at the deposition or by
written designation as soon as practicable after the transcript is prepared. After receipt of such
notification, the parties and counsel will treat that document or testimony as Confidential
Information subject to their right to contest such designation as provided below.
Confidential Information may be disclosed only to the following persons:
the parties and their counsel of record and in-house counsel, including any
staff members assisting in the preparation for trial, or appeal of the action;
any experts, consultants, and advisors employed or retained by the parties
to perform investigative work, research, analysis or other services related to this action if such
person executes a Confidentiality Agreement pursuant to paragraph 6;
deponents, during the course of their depositions, if the attorney making
such disclosure obtains an executed Confidentiality Agreement from that deponent pursuant to
the Court, and any members thereof who require access to the Confidential
Information, in accordance with the procedures described in paragraph 7; and
court reporters and their staff.
Each person receiving Confidential Information, other than those specified in
Part 5(d) above, shall be shown a copy of this order and shall sign a Confidentiality Agreement
in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. Each such person agrees to be subject to the
restrictions imposed by this order and to submit to the jurisdiction of the Court for the limited
purpose of securing compliance with the terms of this order.
Any request to restrict access must comply with the requirements of
D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2. Confidential Information may be submitted to the Court in connection
with any pleading, motion or other paper filed with the Court, or hearing before the Court,
provided that it is filed as a restricted document and the filing party moves to restrict access as
provided in Local Rule 7.2.
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 Information 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
Information and shall not thereafter be treated as Confidential Information in accordance
with this Protective Order. In connection with a motion filed under this provision, the
party designating the information as Confidential Information shall bear the burden of
establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as
Confidential Information. If at any time a party disagrees with the designation of a document
or testimony as Confidential Information, the parties shall meet and confer. If they are unable
to reach agreement, the designation will be effective for an additional period of twenty-one
days. Thereafter, the designation will be effective only upon the occurrence of an agreement to
that effect by the parties or a decision of the Court upon a motion made prior to the expiration
of the twenty-one day period and set for hearing on the earliest available hearing date.
This order does not alter, waive, modify, or abridge any right, privilege, objection
or protection otherwise available to a party with respect to the discovery of any matters,
including but not limited to a party’s right to assert the attorney-client privilege, the attorney
work product doctrine, or other privileges or objections, or a party’s right to contest any such
assertion. Nothing in this order shall be deemed to preclude a party at any time from seeking
and obtaining from the Court, on an appropriate showing, additional protection.
All documents subject to this order, including any and all copies made of such
documents, will, if requested, be returned to the party that produced the documents at the
termination of this action. The provisions of this order shall continue to be binding at the
termination of this action.
Any voluntary public disclosure of documents or testimony designated
Confidential Information by a designating party shall render the documents or testimony, and/or
any information derived directly or indirectly from such documents or testimony, no longer
confidential and subject to this order.
Nothing in this order shall affect the admissibility into evidence of Confidential
Information, or abridge the rights of any party to seek judicial review or to pursue other
appropriate judicial action with respect to any ruling made by the Court concerning the issue of
the status of Confidential Information.
Dated October 9, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
I, _________________________________, have read and understand the foregoing
PROTECTIVE ORDER RE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. I agree to comply with and to
be bound by all the terms of the order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so
comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I promise that I
will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to the order to any person
or entity except in strict compliance with its provisions. I hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the
Court for the purpose of securing compliance with its terms.
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