Rutter v. Bromley East Charter School
Stipulation and PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 3/20/2014. (evana, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-03489-WJM-KMT
BROMLEY EAST CHARTER SCHOOL,
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 and/or identifiable health information
(“Protected Health Information”) (as hereinafter defined), and, therefore, the Court ORDERS, as
The nature of the claims, defenses and damages asserted in this lawsuit involves
disclosure and discovery of documents and information containing Confidential Information (as
defined in paragraph 4 below) and/or Protected Health Information (as defined in paragraph 6
The purpose of this Protective Order is to preclude disclosure of Confidential
Information and/or Protected Health 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’ privacy
interests, or affect the privacy interests of patients identified in protected health records in
violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”).
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 and/or Protected Health Information except as set forth herein, and prohibiting the
Parties from using or disclosing the Confidential Information and/or Protected Health
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 Parties, including confidential
or private medical and/or mental health information, financial or tax information, information
contained in personnel files, or arrest and criminal records information of any party or person.
“See, e.g.; COLO. REV. STAT. § 13-90-107(1)(d) (physician-patient privilege); Alcon v. Spicer,
113 P.3d 735 (Colo. 2005); Weil v. Dillon Co., Inc., 109 P.3d 127 (Colo. 2005); COLO. REV.
STAT. § 24-72-204(3)(a)(II)(A) (concerning disclosure of personnel records); Everitt v. Brezzel,
750 F. Supp. 1063 (D. Colo. 1990); Martinelli v. District Court in and for the City and County of
Denver, 612 P.2d 1083 (Colo. 1980).”
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).
“Protected Health Information” (hereinafter “PHI”) means, a patient’s name,
address, birth date, admission date, discharge date, date of death, telephone number, fax number,
e-mail address, social security number, medical records number, insurance plan information,
account number, certificate/license number, vehicle identifier and license number, device
identifier and serial number, URL, IP address number, biometric identifier including voice and
finger prints, photographs, and any other unique identifying number, characteristic or code.
When Confidential Information and/or PHI is produced, provided or otherwise
disclosed by a Party in response to any discovery request, it will be designated in the following
imprinting the word “Confidential” on the first page or cover of any
imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a
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 fourteen (14) after notice by the court reporter of the completion of
the transcript; and
with respect to electronically stored information, by labeling each
document or file produced as “Confidential” as a component of their bates
All designations of Confidential Information and/or PHI must be made at least
forty (40) days before the dispositive motion deadline. All confidentiality issues must be raised
with the Court if not resolved between the parties no later than thirty (30) days before the
dispositive motion deadline, except with respect to timely discovery conducted after such date, in
which case the issues shall be raised no later than fourteen (14) days after the designation of any
information as confidential.
All Confidential Information and/or PHI provided by a Party in response to a
discovery request or transcribed testimony shall be subject to the following restrictions:
it shall be used only for the purposes of this litigation and not for any other
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;
the parties and designated representatives of the Bromley East
Charter School, Colorado;
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;
(viii) members of a jury or other finder(s) of fact; and
other persons by agreement of the parties who execute the attached
Prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any person listed above (other
than counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel, witnesses during the course of
their testimony, and stenographic reporters), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of
this Protective Order and obtain from such person a written acknowledgment (in the form of the
attached Exhibit A) 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.
When disclosing Confidential Information to witnesses during the course of their testimony, the
counsel designating a document as Confidential shall be obligated to advise the witness of the
confidential nature of the information at that time.
No copies of Confidential Information and/or PHI shall be made except by or on
behalf of counsel in this litigation for work product purposes, including for review by experts 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/or PHI, and copies made there from pursuant to paragraph 11 above.
A Party may object to the designation of particular Confidential Information
and/or PHI by giving written notice to the Party designating the disputed information within the
time period set forth in paragraph 8. The written notice shall identify the information to which
the objection is made. If the Parties cannot resolve the objection within fourteen (14) 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
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 and/or
PHI with the Court in connection with any proceeding or motion, the Confidential Information
and/or PHI 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 as a restricted document or otherwise kept out of
the public record in this action, except pursuant to Court Order issued upon motion of the party
seeking to file such information as a restricted document.
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 and/or PHI pursuant to this Protective Order, and the Court shall retain
continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Protective Order, until termination of this
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 and/or PHI 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 and/or PHI provided subject to this Protective Order, or the Parties may elect to
destroy Confidential documents in a confidential manner at the conclusion of the time required
by the rules governing attorneys for maintenance of such documents. When the Parties agree to
destroy Confidential documents, the destroying Party shall provide all Parties with an affidavit
confirming the destruction.
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 and/or PHI shall be treated at trial.
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 20th day of March, 2014.
STIPULATED AND AGREED TO:
DAVID LICHTENSTEIN, Attorney at Law
SENTER GOLDFARB & RICE, L.L.C.
s/ David Lichtenstein
s/ Gillian M. Fahlsing
Gillian M. Fahlsing
1700 Broadway, Suite 1700
Denver, Colorado 80290
Telephone: (303) 320-0509
Facsimile: (303) 320-0210
Attorney for Defendant
s/ Ariel DeFazio
1556 Williams Street, Suite 100
Denver, Colorado 80218-1661
Telephone: (303) 831-4750
Facsimile: (303) 863-0835
Attorneys for Plaintiff
STATE OF COLORADO
_____________________________, swears or affirms and states under penalty of
I have read the Protective Order in ___________________________, a copy of
which is attached to this Affidavit.
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.
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, by_______________________________.
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
My commission expires:________________
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