Lee v. Avago Technologies U.S. Inc.

Filing 14

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 4/8/14. (sgrim)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 13-cv-03450-RM-KMT Sangho Lee, Plaintiff, v. Avago Technologies, Ltd., Defendant. PROTECTIVE ORDER Pursuant to the Joint Stipulated Motion for Protective Order filed by the parties, the Court hereby Orders as follows: 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, “document” is defined as provided by Fed. R. Civ. P. 34(a). A draft or non-identical copy is a separate document within the meaning of this term. 3. One who provides, serves, discloses or files any nonpublic documents or information in connection with this civil action, and who in good faith believes such documents or information are protected by a statutory, regulatory, or common law right of privacy or protection, or otherwise contain nonpublic personal, personnel, employment, private, medical, or other information implicating privacy interests, proprietary interests or safety and security concerns of either the Plaintiff, or the Defendant may designate such documents or information as “Confidential.” The documents or information so designated shall be deemed “Confidential Material” subject to this Protective Order. 4. Confidential Material shall be subject to the following restrictions. Confidential Material shall be used only for the limited purpose of preparing for and conducting this civil action (including any appeals), and not for any other purpose whatsoever, and shall not, without the consent of the party producing it or further Order of the Court, be disclosed in any way to anyone except those specified in this paragraph: (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, or at other proceedings in this case; (c) the parties and designated representatives of the Defendant; (d) 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; (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 who execute the attached Exhibit A; 2 (h) and other persons by written agreement of the parties who execute the attached Exhibit A. 5. Prior to disclosing any “Confidential” information to any person listed in Paragraph 4 (other than counsel, Court Personnel, and stenographic reporters), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective Order and have such person sign an acknowledgement that he or she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions, as set forth in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. 6. This Protective Order shall not prohibit or restrain any party from performing the tasks necessary to prepare for trial; however, any re-disclosure or communication of the information covered by this Protective Order, except as specifically allowed by this Protective Order for the purposes of this litigation only, is strictly prohibited. The object of this Protective Order is that none of the information revealed in connection with such protections be used for any purpose other than in relation to this litigation and that no one be allowed to use any information produced pursuant to this order in connection with any other issue, dispute, litigation or charge against any of the parties whether currently pending or contemplated in the future. 7. No reproduction of information disclosed in reliance on this Protective Order is authorized, except to the extent copies are required to prepare the case for trial. All copies, excerpts, or summaries made, shown, or given to those authorized hereby and according to the provisions hereof shall be stamped to indicate the protected and confidential nature of the disclosed information. Review of Confidential Material by counsel, experts or consultants for the litigation will not constitute any waiver of the confidentiality of the document or of any objections to production. Additionally, by designating information as Confidential or 3 Confidential-Attorneys Only and producing that information pursuant to this Protective Order’s terms, no party waives any objections or statutory exemptions that may otherwise be asserted. The inadvertent, unintentional or in camera disclosure of Confidential or Confidential-Attorneys Only Material shall not, under any circumstances, be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of any claims of confidentiality. 8. Counsel to the parties are required to advise, instruct and supervise all associates, staff and employees of counsel to keep designated Confidential Material confidential in the strictest possible fashion. Counsel and the Parties also agree to such treatment of the information by themselves, and counsel will appropriately instruct their clients as to the protected nature of the information produced pursuant to this order and the limitations on its use and disclosure. 9. Documents are designated as Confidential Material by placing or affixing on them (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility) the following or other appropriate notice: “CONFIDENTIAL.” 10. Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential Material, the deposition or portions thereof may be designated as Confidential and subject to 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. The cover page, those portions of the original transcripts that contain confidential or confidential-attorneys only material shall bear the legend “CONFIDENTIAL—SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER,” and 4 shall be bound separately from the non-confidential portions of the transcript. Any deposition exhibits designated confidential or confidential-attorneys only shall also be bound separately. 11. A party may object to the designation of particular documents as Confidential and to the scope of restrictions, by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information. The written notice shall identify the information to which objection is made and the limitations in scope to which objection is made where relevant. 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 any 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. 12. If a party discloses information NOT designated as Confidential, the other party may let the disclosing party know of its intention to designate the information as Confidential. If the party disclosing the information objects to the proposed designation of this information as Confidential, the provisions of Paragraph 11 will apply for the resolution of the dispute. 13. If a disclosing party inadvertently discloses information that was not designated as Confidential but later determines that the disclosed information should have been designated 5 as Confidential, the disclosing party shall promptly notify the other (or non-disclosing) parties of the error and furnish properly designated copies of the disclosed information. Upon learning of the improperly-designated disclosure, the non-disclosing parties shall treat all copies of the disclosed information as if they were originally designated as Confidential. 14. At the conclusion of this case, including any appeals, unless other arrangements are agreed upon, each document and all copies thereof designated as Confidential shall be returned to the party that designated the material as Confidential, or the parties may elect to destroy confidential or confidential-attorneys only documents. Where the parties agree to destroy confidential documents, the destroying party shall provide all parties with an affidavit confirming the destruction. However, this does not require parties including any entity who employs one of the parties to destroy any documents that would normally be maintained in their records, as part of a case file or required to be kept by law. In addition, all counsel is entitled to retain an archival copy of their case file, under terms subject to this Protective Order, even if such materials contain Confidential Information. 15. Stamped confidential documents shall not be filed with the clerk except when required in connection with motions under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12 or 56, motions to determine confidentiality under the terms of this Protective Order, Motions in Limine, and motions related to discovery disputes if the confidential documents are relevant to the motion. A party contemplating filing Confidential Material protected by this Protective Order with the Court shall make a good faith effort to have the Confidential information filed under seal, or otherwise restricted from public access, pursuant to D.C.Colo.LCiv.R. 7.2. 6 16. 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. 17. Nothing in this Protective Order shall prevent any party or other person from seeking modification of this order or from objecting to discovery that the party or other person believes to be improper. Nothing in this Protective Order shall prejudice the right of any party to contest the alleged relevancy, admissibility, or discoverability of confidential documents or information sought. Dated this 8th day of April, 2014. BY THE COURT: Kathleen M. Tafoya United States Magistrate Judge 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 13-cv-03450-RM-KMT Sangho Lee, Plaintiff, v. Avago Technologies, Ltd., Defendant. EXHIBIT A -- TO PROTECTIVE ORDER – CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT I, _________________________, the undersigned, being duly sworn, hereby acknowledges that I have read the Protective Order issued by the Court in the above captioned civil action and I understand the terms and conditions of such Protective Order governing the restricted use of information and materials obtained from the Parties and provided to me for the sole purposes of the above captioned action, and hereby agree to keep all such information and materials strictly and absolutely confidential, and in all other respects to be bound by the terms of the Protective Order. My current address and telephone number is: s/ Signature 8 . STATE of COUNTY of ) ) ss: ) The foregoing Confidentiality Agreement was sworn and acknowledged to before me by _________________________ on this ____ day of _____________________, 2014. Witness my hand and official seal. [S E A L] Notary Public My commission expires:_________________________ 9

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