Pishney v. Denver Public Schools

Filing 47

PROTECTIVE ORDER. By Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 7/11/2014. (klyon, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-02501-RM-MEH MARY S. PISHNEY, Plaintiff, v. DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Defendant. 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 which will improperly annoy, embarrass, or oppress any party, witness, or person providing discovery in this case, IT IS ORDERED: 1. 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. 2. As used in this Protective Order, a “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. 3. Information designated by a party as “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be information that is confidential pursuant to federal or state law, or which implicates common law privacy interests of current and/or former School District employees, including Plaintiff, and current and former School District students, and mayinclude, without limitation, personnel records, student records, and personal information related to the Plaintiff (e.g. financial and medical records). See, e.g., 22 U.S.C. § 1232g and 34 C.F.R. § 99.3 (prohibiting an educational institution from disclosing personally identifiable information regarding students); Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-204(3)(a)(II)(A) (prohibiting a public entity from disclosing personnel records). Neither party shall designate as confidential documents which are public record, nor is either party permitted to designate as confidential documents which do not implicate the interests sought to be protected herein. Wholesale designation of all documents as confidential is not permitted. CONFIDENTIAL information shall not be disclosed or used for any purpose except the preparation and trial of this case and any related litigation or proceedings involving the parties to this lawsuit. 4. 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, including designated representatives for the defendant; d. expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this proceeding, to -2- 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. 5. 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 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. 6. CONFIDENTIAL documents, materials, and/or information will not be copied or retained by any person other than the parties’ counsel, subject to Paragraph 11 below. If any CONFIDENTIAL materials are provided to the persons listed in Paragraph 4(c), (d), (g) or (h) above, at the close of litigation such persons will either return the Confidential information to counsel who provided it or will provide written notification that the confidential material has been destroyed. 7. If CONFIDENTIAL materials are filed with the Court, the parties shall file a motion to restrict access, as appropriate, pursuant to Local Rule 7.2, or with appropriate -3- redactions made. 8. 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,” or by informing opposing counsel in writing of any documents to be treated as CONFIDENTIAL and subject to this protective order. 9. 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. 10. A party may object to the designation of particular CONFIDENTIAL information by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information. shall identify the information to which the objection is made. The written notice 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 treated as CONFIDENTIAL under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the motion. 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. -4- 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 unless otherwise deemed CONFIDENTIAL as a matter of law. 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. 11. At the conclusion of this case, unless other arrangements are agreed upon, each document, all copies thereof, or any summary of documents containing CONFIDENTIAL information, other than attorney work product, 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 in accordance with the established practice of the law firm in possession of the documents, which may include retention requirements. Where the parties agree to destroy CONFIDENTIAL documents, the destroying party shall, upon request, provide all parties with an affidavit confirming the destruction. 12. 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 at Denver, Colorado this 11th day of July, 2014. BY THE COURT: Michael E. Hegarty United States Magistrate Judge -5- AFFIDAVIT STATE OF COLORADO COUNTY OF ) )ss ) _____________________________, swears or affirms and states under penalty of perjury: 1. I have read the Protective Order inPishney v. Denver Public Schools, Civil Action No. 13-cv-02501-RM-MEH, a copy of which is attached to this Affidavit. 2. I have been informed by __________________, Esq., counsel for _____________________, that the materials described in the list attached to this Affidavit are Confidential Information as defined in the Protective Order. 3. I promise that I have not and will not divulge or undertake to divulge to any person or recording device any Confidential Information shown or told to me except as authorized in the Protective Order. I will not use the Confidential Information for any purpose other than this litigation. 4. For the purpose of enforcing the terms of the Protective Order, I hereby submit myself to the jurisdiction of the court in the civil action referenced above. 5. I will abide by the terms of the Protective Order. _________________________________________ (Signature) _________________________________________ (Print or Type Name) Address: _________________________________________ _________________________________________ SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ______________ day of ___________________________, 2014, by_______________________________. WITNESS my hand and official seal. _____________________________ Notary Public My commission expires:________________ S:\DPS\PISHNEY, Mary\2013-CV-2501\p\ProposedProtectiveOrder 140629.docx -6-

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