Sheppard v. Weatherford International, LLC
PROTECTIVE ORDER signed and entered with interlineations by Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer on 8/4/14. ORDERED that parties' 21 MOTION for Protective Order is GRANTED. FURTHER ORDERED that when filing documents under seal parties MUST fully comply with the requirements of D.C.ColoL.CivR. 7.2 and D.C.COLO. ECF. PROC. 5.1. (cbssec)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-01000-RM-CBS
MITCH SHEPPARD, individually and on behalf of all persons similarly situated,
WEATHERFORD INTERNATIONAL, LLC F/K/A WEATHERFORD
INTERNATIONAL, INC. and PRECISION ENERGY SERVICES, INC.,
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Plaintiff Mitch Sheppard (“Plaintiff”) and Defendants Weatherford International, LLC
F/K/A Weatherford International, Inc. and Precision Energy Services, Inc. (collectively
“Defendants”) move for entry of the following Agreed Protective Order pursuant to Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1) to preserve and maintain the confidentiality of “Confidential
Information” which includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1) sensitive personal
information; 2) personnel records, including payroll records; 3) confidential business records;
4) trade secret information; and 5) bonus plans and other compensation-related documents, all of
which may be disclosed or obtained by the parties during the course of discovery.
The Court specifically finds that good cause exists for entry of this Agreed Protective
This Order is necessary to preserve the legitimate privacy interests of all current
and any future parties to this litigation as well as all non-parties whose Confidential Information
may be subject to discovery. This Order establishes a procedure for disclosing Confidential
Information or documents to the parties in this litigation, imposes obligations on persons
receiving Confidential Information or documents to protect the information or documents from
unauthorized use or disclosure, and establishes a procedure for challenging confidentiality
The parties to this lawsuit do not waive any objections raised in response to
discovery by agreeing to the entry of this Order, nor does this Order in any way obligate either
party to produce any specific documents or records in the future that a party deems inappropriate
for production. Nothing contained in this Order shall prejudice the right of any party to urge or
contest the alleged relevance or admissibility of any information or documents subject to this
Order. Further, this Order shall not be construed or interpreted as a waiver by any party of claims
or objections regarding the discoverability of any information sought through discovery in this
In responding to discovery in this action, the producing party may designate
information produced as “Confidential,” provided that it is information which the producing party
in good faith deems to constitute Confidential Information as that term is defined in the first
paragraph of this Order.
The following requirements apply to all information that is designated
Documents or information designated as “Confidential” shall not be used
for any purpose except this litigation, as set forth in this Order.
The producing party may not make blanket designations of an entire set or
category of documents as Confidential, unless the producing party in good
faith believes that its interests could not have been protected by
identifying narrowly limited portions of those documents as Confidential,
and separately produces a set of redacted pages for such pages designated
Confidential to be used for public filings.
The producing party may not make confidentiality designations by
labeling an entire disk/CD/DVD as Confidential, and must either mark
individual pages as Confidential by bates-stamping them as such, or for
documents that cannot be bates-stamped as Confidential due to file type,
by identifying in writing by file name the individual files contained therein
to be designated Confidential.
Counsel for a party claiming confidentiality at a deposition or proceeding
may on an interim basis designate the information as Confidential by
making a statement on the record, or by having the court reporter label the
information Confidential, but within ten (10) business days after receipt of
a transcript must inform opposing counsel in writing of the Confidential
designations of specific portions by page numbers (and, if applicable, by
page numbers of exhibits) in order for any content to remain Confidential.
Unless otherwise provided by this Order, all documents or information designated
as “Confidential” shall be used solely for the purposes of this litigation and shall not be disclosed
to any person other than a “Qualified Person” as defined in paragraph 6 below. Any such
designation must be made by the parties in good faith.
Neither the recipient of documents or information designated as “Confidential”
nor their representatives shall disclose such documents or information to any person other than to
an individual on the following list of “Qualified Persons:”
Plaintiff, Opt-In Plaintiffs and their designated counsel of record in this
Employees of Plaintiff’s counsel (including contractors) acting at the
direction of counsel and assigned to and necessary to assist such counsel
in the preparation or trial of this action;
Any representative of Defendants and any of Defendants’ designated
counsel of record in this action;
Employees of Defendants’ counsel (including contractors) acting at the
direction of counsel and assigned to and necessary to assist such counsel
in the preparation or trial of this action;
Authors and recipients of such Confidential Information;
Counsel for the parties may disclose information designated as
“Confidential” to retained experts and consultants to assist counsel in this
litigation, contingent upon the expert or consultant being provided a copy
of this Order and agreeing in writing to be bound by its terms;
Non-party fact witnesses may review information designated as
“Confidential,” provided that such witnesses are provided a copy of this
Order and agree in writing to be bound by its terms;
Any legal copying service or other third party who is retained to assist
with the preparation or trial of this action, provided each such third party
is provided a copy of this Order and agrees in writing to be bound by its
The Court (including any agent of the Court or the appellate court), any
court reporter used during any deposition wherein information designated
as “Confidential” is disclosed either through testimony or by introduction
of exhibits, or any Mediator agreed upon by the parties and their staff.
A party who seeks to file a document with the Court that has been designated
“Confidential” shall file such document under seal, accompanied by a Motion to Restrict,
D.C. COLO.LCivR 7.2 .
pursuant to D.C. COLO. L CrR 47.1(c) and a statement in substantially the following form:
This envelope contains documents that were filed in this cause by [name of party]
in conjunction with [name of pleading] (or for the purpose of trial), and it is
neither to be opened nor the contents displayed or revealed except by or upon
order of the Court.
The party attempting to file documents designated Confidential with the Court
shall take all steps necessary to remove social security numbers, exact dates of birth, identifying
information, home addresses and telephone numbers, or any other items prohibited from
disclosure by statute or the Court.
Confidential Information shall not lose its character as confidential simply
because the documents are designated as exhibits to a deposition, regardless of whether the
deposition or deposition transcript itself is later designated, in whole or in part, as Confidential.
Confidential Information shall not be made public by counsel for the receiving
party or divulged to anyone other than the persons entitled to access the information under the
express terms of this Order.
This Order shall not be construed as an agreement or admission (i) that any
information or document designated as Confidential is, in fact, confidential; (ii) that any
allegation contained within a document designated as Confidential is correct or true; or (iii) that
any document designated as Confidential is authentic, relevant, or material.
If documents or information that were designated as Confidential by a party to
this action are requested or subpoenaed by any court, administrative agency, legislative body, or
any other person not a party to this action, the party to whom the request or subpoena is directed
shall (i) immediately notify opposing counsel of the request or subpoena and forward a copy of
same to opposing counsel; (ii) provide no less than ten (10) days for opposing counsel to file
objections to the request or subpoena before producing the documents or information requested
or subpoenaed; and (iii) notify the party who issued the request or subpoena of the existence of
this Order and that the information demanded or requested has been designated as Confidential
pursuant to this Order. The responsibility for attempting to prevent the disclosure or production
of information designated Confidential shall rest exclusively with the party who designated the
information as such. If the producing party objects to disclosure, the subpoenaed party shall not
disclose the Confidential Information without the written consent of the producing party or an
order of a court or tribunal that has jurisdiction over the subpoena.
A party shall designate all other Confidential Information disclosed during any
deposition in this matter as Confidential, either during the deposition or by notifying all parties in
writing, within ten (10) days of receipt of the transcript, or of the entry of this Order, whichever
is later, of the specific documents that contain Confidential Information. Each party shall attach
a copy of the written notice to the face of the transcript and each copy thereof in its possession,
custody, or control.
Nothing shall prevent disclosure beyond the terms of this Order if either party
expressly consents to such disclosure, either in writing or in the record of any proceeding in this
litigation, or if the Court, after notice to all affected parties, orders such disclosure. Either party
may petition the Court for permission to divulge or disclose information protected by this Order,
and the burden of keeping the information as Confidential shall be on the Producing Party.
This Order shall not preclude any party from using information or documents
designated as “Confidential” during any trial or in motions or other court proceedings in this
The inadvertent or unintentional disclosure of Confidential Information by the
party who so designated the information, regardless of whether the information was designated at
the time of disclosure, shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of a party’s claim of
confidentiality, either as to the specific information disclosed or as to any other information
relating thereto or on the same or related subject matters. The producing party may correct the
inadvertent or unintentional disclosure by subsequent written notice promptly after discovery of
the inadvertent failure to designate. The party receiving such written notice will then handle the
relevant materials according to the designation and those materials will be fully subject to this
Order as if they had been initially designated. Within ten (10) days of issuing a written notice,
the producing party shall provide the receiving party with a replacement set of materials with the
appropriate designation. Within ten (10) days of receipt of the replacement set, the receiving
party shall exercise reasonable, good faith efforts to return the non-designated material, or
confirm in writing that it has destroyed it.
The provisions of this Order shall survive the conclusion of this action. Within
sixty (60) days after the final conclusion of all aspects of this litigation (including the conclusion
of any appeal), any party who produced documents designated “Confidential” may request in
writing that the other party return or destroy all originals or copies of the Confidential
Information produced, provided the requestor pays all costs for the return or destruction of the
documents, subject to the following procedures:
The receiving party’s reasonable efforts shall not require the return or
destruction of materials that (i) are stored on backup storage media made
in accordance with regular data backup procedures for disaster recovery
purposes; (ii) are located in the email archive system or archived
electronic files of departed employees; or (iii) are subject to legal hold
obligations. Backup storage media need not be restored for purpose of
returning or certifying destruction of materials, but any such materials
retained in backup storage media shall continue to be treated in
accordance with this Order.
The parties shall be entitled to retain copies of court papers (and exhibits
thereto), pleadings, deposition and trial transcripts (and exhibits thereto),
expert reports, correspondence (including internal correspondence and email), and attorney work product that contain or refer to material
designated “Confidential,” provided that the terms of this Order will
continue to govern any such retained materials.
A party shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of a “Confidential”
designation at the time the designation is made, and a failure to do so shall not preclude a
subsequent challenge thereto. The acceptance or receipt by a party of material designated
“Confidential” shall not constitute an admission or concession, or permit an inference that such
material is, in fact, Confidential or that such designations has not been waived based on the prior
production and treatment of the document.
A party may challenge any “Confidential”
designation at any time in accordance with the following procedures:
The party disputing the designation shall notify the producing party of
such dispute in writing, specifying the materials in dispute by exact Bates
number(s) (or by other identification if Bates number(s) are not on said
materials) and specifying the reasons that party believes the materials are
not subject to the designation. Counsel for the relevant parties shall confer
in good faith in an effort to resolve the dispute.
If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute within fourteen (14) days of
the producing party receiving notice, or until the parties have agreed that
they have reached an impasse, either party may present the dispute to the
Court. The producing party shall have the burden of proof on such motion
to establish the propriety of its “Confidential” designation. The material
that is the subject of the filing shall be treated as originally designated
pending resolution of the dispute.
Nothing in this Order shall be construed as precluding a party from seeking
additional or reduced protection from the Court against the disclosure or production of any
information designated “Confidential” including an order that such information not be disclosed
or that it be disclosed only in a designated manner.
This Order, once entered by the Court, supersedes any previous verbal or written
agreement for confidentiality between the parties.
This Agreed Protective Order is hereby entered this _____ day of ____________, 2014.
HONORABLE CRAIG B. SHAFFER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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