Chavez v. International Business Machines
PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer on 2/11/14. (cbssec)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-02734-PAB-CBS
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP.,
Plaintiff Rudolph Chavez (“Plaintiff”) and Defendant International Business Machines
Corporation (“IBM”) (collectively “Parties” or “Party”), by their respective counsel, having
shown good cause in support of the entry of this Protective Order to protect against the
dissemination of the confidential information set forth herein, and recognizing the Parties to this
case have stipulated hereto, IT IS ORDERED:
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
disclosures or discovery duties created by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which have been
marked as “CONFIDENTIAL” in accordance with this Order.
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
For the purposes of this Protective Order, CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
shall be limited to the following:
Personnel information containing employees’ work history, disciplinary
records, or other documents containing sensitive personal information that is not
available to the general public;
Confidential customer and client information pertaining to Plaintiff’s work
as a Security Compliance Advisor, such as information about bank audits and other
sensitive financial data;
Business records and communications that contain confidential business
information, such as client names, security information, proprietary information,
intellectual property, technology and customer data, sales figures, employee performance
summaries, employee training manuals, and other documents discussing business
operations or business strategy; and
Other documents that implicate a common law or statutory privacy interest
such as personal identifying information, including social security information, tax
returns and medical information, or any other information that is otherwise entitled to
protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1)(G).
A Party may designate any document or information, including any portion of a
document, any interrogatory response, other discovery response, and/or transcript of a discovery
response, as “Confidential” that it, in good faith, contends, constitutes, or contains information
that is entitled to protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1)(G) and this Protective Order.
This CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be disclosed or used for any
purpose except for the preparation and trial of this case. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
filed with the Court shall be accessible to the public unless and until this Court grants a motion to
file the information under restriction.
The 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:
attorneys actively working on this case;
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, or at trial, or at other proceedings in this case;
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;
the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”);
stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily
incident to the conduct of this action;
deponents or witnesses; and
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 acknowledgement, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, stating that he or
she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions.
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.
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 said CONFIDENTIAL
information, the deposition or portions thereof shall, at the election of counsel, be designated as
CONFIDENTIAL and shall be subject to the provisions of this Protective Order.
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 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. The Motion shall be filed within (5) five days after the
expiration of the 10-day period after the notice is received. 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.
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 as 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 destruction.
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.
PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, on February 11, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
s/Craig B. Shaffer
Craig B. Shaffer
United States Magistrate Judge
_________________________________________ declares that:
I reside at _______________________________________ in the City of
__________________, County of
, State of _____________. My
telephone number is __________________________________.
I am currently employed by ___________________________________, located at
_____________________________________________________, and my current job title is
I have read and I understand the terms of the Protective Order dated
___________________, filed in Rudolph Chavez v. International Business Machines Corp.,
pending in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Civil Action No. 1:13cv-02734-PAB-CBS. I agree to comply with and be bound by the provisions of the Protective
Order. I understand that any violation of the Protective Order may subject me to sanctions by the
I shall not divulge any documents, or copies of documents, designated
“CONFIDENTIAL” obtained pursuant to such Protective Order, or the contents of such
documents, to any person other than those specifically authorized by the Protective Order. I
shall not copy or use such documents except for the purposes of this action and pursuant to the
terms of the Protective Order.
As soon as practical, but no later than 30 days after final termination of this action, I shall
return to the attorney from whom I have received them, any documents in my possession
designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” and all copies, excerpts, summaries, notes, digests, abstracts,
and indices relating to such documents.
I submit myself to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of
Colorado for the purpose of enforcing or otherwise providing relief relating to the Protective
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
Executed on ______________________
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