Chafin v. Stasi et al
Stipulation and PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 01/30/14. (jhawk, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-2661-WYD-MEH
MICHAEL, a Durango Community Recreation Center Employee Whose Last Name is
THE CITY OF DURANGO
STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER
Each Party and each Counsel of Record stipulate and move the Court for entry of this
Stipulation and Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
concerning the treatment of Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined), and, therefore, the
Court ORDERS, as follows:
The nature of the claims, defenses and damages asserted in this lawsuit involves
discovery of documents and information containing Confidential Information (as defined in
paragraph 4 below).
The purpose of this Protective Order is to preclude disclosure of Confidential
Information to any person or entity not subject to this litigation as defined in this Protective
Order. The disclosure of such information outside the scope of this litigation could result in
significant injury to one or more of the Parties’ business or privacy interests.
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 Confidential
Information except as set forth herein, and prohibiting the Parties from using or disclosing the
Confidential Information for any purpose other than this litigation.
“Confidential Information” means any document, file, portions of files, deposition
or transcribed testimony, or response to a discovery request, including any extract, abstract,
chart, summary, note, or copy made therefrom, which contains information that is confidential
and implicates common law and statutory privacy interests of the individuals who are named,
including, but not limited to, the individual Defendants’ personnel and employment records,
personnel information that pertains to any party or third-party, electronically stored information
and metadata, which are not made available to the public, and as to which a reasonable
expectation of privacy or confidentiality exists, and documents previously subject to seal with
respect to People v. Chafin, 11M654.
Information designated as confidential must first be reviewed by the attorney for
the designating Party, who must have a good faith belief that the information is confidential or
otherwise entitled to protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). Gillard v. Boulder Valley Sch. Dist.,
196 F.R.D. 382, 386 (D. Colo. 2000).
When Confidential Information is produced, provided or otherwise disclosed by a
Party in response to any discovery request, it will be designated in the following manner by:
a. imprinting the word “Confidential” on the first page or cover of any document
b. imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a discovery
c. with respect to transcribed testimony, by either designating deposition testimony
as “Confidential” or containing “Confidential Information” on the record at the
time of the deposition or hearing that the testimony is “Confidential” and subject
to the protective order, or by designating portions of depositions or testimony as
“Confidential” after transcription, provided written notice of the designation is
given to all counsel of record within thirty (30) days after notice by the court
reporter of the completion of the transcript; and
d. with respect to electronically stored information, by labeling each document or
file produced as “Confidential” as a component of their bates number
e. the social security numbers, tax identification numbers, driver’s license numbers,
loan, credit and deposit account numbers and balances of any person or entity
shall be deemed Confidential Information without the requirement that it be
designated as such by any person.
All Confidential Information provided by a Party in response to a discovery
request or transcribed testimony shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. It shall be used only for the purposes of this litigation and not for any other
b. It shall not be communicated or disclosed by any Party’s counsel or a Party in any
manner, either directly or indirectly, except for purposes of this litigation, to
anyone other than those specified in this subparagraph:
attorneys actively working on this case;
persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively
working on this case, whose assistance is required by said attorneys for the
purpose of this litigation;
independent contractor investigators engaged by the attorneys in this case
who execute the attached Exhibit A;
the parties and designated representatives of the parties;
expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this litigation,
to the extent such disclosure is necessary for the purposes of this litigation, who
execute the attached Exhibit A;
the Court and its employees;
stenographic reporters who are engaged in this litigation;
deponents and witnesses who execute the attached Exhibit A or who
stipulate to be bound by this Protective Order and submit to the jurisdiction of this
Court on the record;
(viii) members of a jury or other finder(s) of fact; and
other persons by agreement of the parties who execute the attached
The Party’s counsel who discloses Confidential Information shall be responsible
for assuring compliance with the terms of this Protective Order with respect to persons to whom
such Confidential Information is disclosed and shall retain the original affidavits signed by
qualified recipients of confidential information and maintain a list of all persons to whom any
Confidential Information is disclosed.
During the pendency of this action, opposing counsel may upon court order or
agreement of the Parties inspect the list maintained by counsel pursuant to paragraph 9 above
upon showing of substantial need in order to establish the source of an unauthorized disclosure
of Confidential Information and that opposing counsel are unable to otherwise identify the
source of the disclosure. If counsel disagrees with opposing counsel’s showing of substantial
need, then counsel may seek a court order requiring inspection under the terms and conditions
deemed appropriate by the Court.
No copies of Confidential Information shall be made except by or on behalf of
counsel in this litigation for work product purposes, including for review by experts, consultants
and investigators in this case. Any such copies shall be made and used solely for purposes of
this litigation, and subject to all restrictions herein.
During the pendency of this litigation, counsel shall retain custody of Confidential
Information, and copies made therefrom pursuant to paragraph 11 above.
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
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 the grounds for the disputed information to be treated as confidential.
In the event it is necessary for the Parties to file Confidential Information with the
Court in connection with any proceeding or motion, the Confidential Information shall be filed
in accordance with the requirements of D.C.COLO.LCiv.R 7.2. In addition, any pleadings or
briefs quoting or discussing any information designated as “Confidential” will not be accepted
for filing “under seal” or otherwise kept out of the public record in this action, except pursuant
to Court Order issued upon motion of the party seeking to keep such information out of the
The termination of this action shall not relieve counsel or any Party 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.
By agreeing to the entry of this Protective Order, the Parties adopt no position as
to the authenticity or admissibility of documents produced subject to it, and admissibility of the
designated Confidential Information will be reserved for and addressed at trial. Neither the
taking of any action in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order, nor the failure to
object thereto, shall be construed as a waiver of any claim or defense in this action.
Within thirty (30) days following the complete conclusion of this matter,
including any appeals, each Party’s counsel shall return to the producing party all Confidential
Information provided subject to this Protective Order or dispose of it in a confidential manner.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall preclude any Party from filing a motion
seeking further or different protection from the Court under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure, or from filing a motion with respect to the manner in which Confidential
Information shall be treated at trial.
In the event information or documentation is inadvertently disclosed to an
opposing Party, any information or documentation so disclosed shall be immediately returned to
the producing Party without any copies being made or notes taken regarding said
information/documentation by those who have received the inadvertent disclosure. Further, no
recipient of inadvertently disclosed information or documentation shall utilize such
information/documentation or any fruits derived therefrom for the purposes of this litigation and
that the inadvertent disclosure of information or documentation shall not constitute a waiver of
any privilege that may otherwise apply.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall relieve any party of its obligation under
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5) to prepare and provide a privilege log.
This Protective Order may be modified by the Court at any time for good cause
shown following notice to all Parties and an opportunity to be heard.
DATED this 30th day of January, 2014, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
Michael E. Hegarty
United States Magistrate Judge
STATE OF COLORADO
____________________________, swears or affirms and states under penalty of perjury:
I have read the Protective Order in Chafin v. Stasi, et al., United States District
Court for the District of Colorado, Civil Action No. 13-cv-2661-WYD-MEH, a copy of which is
attached to this Affidavit.
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.
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.
I will abide by the terms of the Protective Order.
(Print or Type Name)
Telephone No.: (_____) __________________
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this __________ day of ________________, 2014
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
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