Rogers v. National Oilwell Varco Tuboscope

Filing 41

Stipulation and PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge John L. Kane on 03/12/15. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A) (jhawk, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-01599-JLK RANDY R. ROGERS, Plaintiff, v. NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO TUBOSCOPE, Defendant. STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER Kane. J. Each Party and each Counsel of Record stipulate and move the Court for a Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning the treatment of Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined), and, as grounds therefor, state as follows: 1. In this action, at least one of the Parties has sought and/or is seeking Confidential Information (as defined in paragraph 2 below). The Parties also anticipate seeking additional Confidential Information during discovery and that there will be questioning concerning Confidential Information in the course of depositions. The Parties assert 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. 2. “Confidential Information” means any document, file, portions of files, transcribed testimony, or response to a discovery request, including any extract, abstract, chart, summary, note, or copy made therefrom - not made available to the public - and designated by one of the Parties in the manner provided in paragraph 3 below as containing: a. Documents containing confidential, financial, proprietary, and/or trade secret information related to Defendant National Oilwell Varco’s business operations, including but not limited to policies, rules, handbooks, manuals, training materials, forms, reports, catalogs, records, contracts, agreements, sales projections, schedules and invoices, commission and/or bonus information, and business-related information; b. Personnel, compensation, investigatory, and/or disciplinary-related documents regarding former and/or current agents, representatives, and/or employees of Defendant National Oilwell Varco; c. Documents containing information to Defendant’s business operations, including customer lists and contacts, customer communications, and business plans; d. Documents in which a party may have a privacy interest, including, but not limited to, personal or financial information, customer or client information, or other information of a personal or private nature. 3. Where 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: 2 a. By imprinting the word “Confidential” on the first page or cover of any document produced; b. By imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a discovery request; and c. With respect to transcribed testimony, by giving written notice to opposing counsel designating such portions as “Confidential” no later than then calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony. 4. 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 purpose of this litigation and not for any business or other purpose whatsoever; b. It shall not be communicated or disclosed by any Party’s counsel or a Party in any manner, either directly or indirectly, to anyone except for purposes of this case and unless an affidavit in the form of Exhibit A has been signed. 5. Individuals authorized to review Confidential Information pursuant to this Protective Order shall hold Confidential Information in confidence and shall not divulge the Confidential Information, either verbally or in writing, to any other person, entity or government agency unless authorized to do so by court order. 6. 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 obtain and retain the original affidavits 3 signed by qualified recipients of Confidential Information, and shall maintain a list of all persons to whom any Confidential Information is disclosed. 7. 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 6 above upon a showing of substantial need in order to establish the source of an unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information and that opposing counsel are unable otherwise to 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 terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the Court. 8. No copies of Confidential Information shall be made except by or on behalf of counsel in this litigation and such copies shall be made and used solely for purposes of this litigation. 9. During the pendency of this litigation, counsel shall retain custody of Confidential Information, and copies made therefrom pursuant to paragraph 8 above. 10. If opposing counsel objects to the designation of certain information as Confidential Information, he or she shall promptly inform the other parties’ counsel in writing of the specific grounds of objection to the designation. All counsel shall then, in good faith and on an informal basis, attempt to resolve such dispute. If after such good faith attempt, all counsel are unable to resolve their dispute, opposing counsel may move for a disclosure order consistent with this order. Any motion for disclosure shall be filed within 14 days of receipt by counsel of 4 notice of opposing counsel's objection, and the information shall continue to have Confidential Information status from the time it is produced until the ruling by the Court on the motion. 11. Use of Confidential Information in Court Proceedings: In the event Confidential Information is used in any court filing or proceeding in this action, including but not limited to its use at trial, it shall not lose its confidential status as between the parties through such use. Confidential Information and pleadings or briefs quoting or discussing Confidential Information will not be accepted for filing “under seal” or otherwise kept out of the public record in this action, however, except by court order issued upon motion of the party seeking to file the documents under seal. Any motion requesting leave to file documents under seal shall comply with the requirements of D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2 and demonstrate that the Confidential Information at issue is entitled to protection under the standards articulated in Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 598-602 (1978)(applied in United States v. Hickey, 767 F.2d 705, 708 (10th Cir. 1985) and Crystal Grower’s Corp. v. Dobbins, 616 F.2d 458, 461 (10th Cir. 1980)). 12. The termination of this action shall not relieve counsel 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. 13. 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. 5 14. Upon termination of this litigation, including any appeals, each Party’s counsel shall immediately return to the producing party all Confidential Information provided subject to this Protective Order, and all extracts, abstracts, charts, summaries, notes or copies made therefrom. At that time, counsel shall also file under seal with this Court the list of individuals who have received Confidential Information which counsel shall have maintained pursuant to paragraph 6 herein, and counsel shall provide the Court with verification that any of counsel's work product referencing Confidential Information has been destroyed. 15. 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. Dated at Denver, Colorado, this 12th day of March, 2015. BY THE COURT: s/John L. Kane _ JOHN L. KANE, SENIOR JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 STIPULATED AND AGREED TO: LINDQUIST & VENNUM LLP OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART, P.C. s/ John S. Cutler John S. Cutler 600 17th Street, Suite 1800-S Denver, CO 80202 Telephone: (303) 573-5900 s/ Raul Chacon, Jr. David D. Powell, Jr. Heidi K. Wilbur Raul Chacon, Jr. 1700 Lincoln St., Suite 4650 Denver, CO 80203 Telephone: (303) 764-6800 Facsimile: (303) 831-9246 Attorney for Plaintiff Christopher E. Moore Christine M. White One Shell Square 701 Poydras Street, Suite 3500 New Orleans, LA 70139 Telephone: (504) 648-3840 Facsimile: (504) 648-3859 Attorneys for Defendant 7 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on this 13th day of March, 2015, I electronically filed the foregoing STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER with the Clerk of Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing to the following e-mail addresses: John S. Cutler, Esq. Christopher E. Moore, Esq. Christine M. White s/ Linda R. Kerman Linda R. Kerman, Paralegal 8

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