El Toledo, LLC v. Sequoia Insurance Company
PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 1/9/15. (sgrim)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No.: 1:14-cv-01696-RM-KMT
EL TOLEDO, LLC, a Colorado Limited Liability Company
SEQUOIA INSURANCE COMPANY, a California Corporation,
The Court issues this Protective Order to facilitate document disclosure and production
under the Local Rules of this Court and the Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure. Unless modified
pursuant to the terms contained in this Order, shall remain in effect through the conclusion of
In support of this order, the court finds that:
Documents or information containing confidential or proprietary information
and/or trade secrets (“Confidential Information”) that bear significantly on the parties’ claims or
defenses is likely to be disclosed or produced during the course of discovery in this litigation;
The parties to this litigation may assert that public dissemination and disclosure of
Confidential Information could severely injure or damage the party disclosing or producing the
Confidential Information and could place that party at a competitive disadvantage;
Counsel for the party or parties receiving Confidential Information are presently
without sufficient information to accept the representation(s) made by the party or parties
producing Confidential Information as to the confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret nature
of such Confidential Information as to the confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret nature of
such Confidential Information; and
To protect the respective interests of the parties and facilitate the progress of
disclosure and discovery in this case, the following Order should issue:
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Documents or discovery responses containing Confidential Information disclosed
or produced by any party in this litigation are referred to as “Protected Documents.”
Documents are designated as “Protected Documents” by marking each page
“Confidential” (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility). Prior to designating any
information as “Confidential,” counsel for the producing party shall review the information to be
disclosed and designate the information it believes in good-faith is “Confidential” or otherwise
entitled to protection.
Except as otherwise indicated below, all documents or discovery responses
designated by the producing party as “Confidential” and which are disclosed or produced to the
attorneys for the other parties to this litigation are Protected Documents and are entitled to
confidential treatment as described below.
Protected Documents shall not include: (a) advertising materials, (b) materials
that have been published to the general public, (c) materials that have been provided to third
parties without a confidentiality agreement and/or protective order, (d) documents that have been
produced in other litigation without a confidentiality agreement and/or protective order, or (e)
documents that have been submitted to any governmental entity without agreement for
confidential treatment. Further, the name and/or title of Protected Documents shall not be
entitled to confidential treatment and may be used for identification purposes.
At any time after the delivery of Protected Documents, counsel for the party or
parties receiving the Protected Documents may challenge the Confidential designation of all or
any portion thereof by providing written notice to counsel for the party disclosing or producing
the Protected Documents. However, a Confidential designation may not be challenged pursuant
to paragraph 6 without documentation showing that the designated document was previously
disclosed in a manner described by paragraph 6(a)-(e). If the parties are unable to agree as to
whether the confidential designation of discovery material is appropriate within fourteen (14)
days of receipt of written notice, the party or parties asserting that the materials should be treated
as Protected Documents may seek a ruling from this Court on the matter(s). The party or parties
producing the Protected Documents shall have the burden of establishing that the disputed
Protected Documents are entitled to confidential treatment. If the party or parties producing
Protected Documents do not timely file a motion for protective order, the Protected Documents
in dispute shall no longer be subject to confidential treatment pursuant to the terms of this Order.
All Protected Documents are entitled to confidential treatment pursuant to the terms of the Order
until and unless the parties formally agree in writing to the contrary, a party fails to timely move
for a protective order, or a contrary determination is made by the Court as to whether all, or a
portion of, a Protected Document is entitled to confidential treatment.
Protected Documents and any information contained therein shall be disclosed
only to the following persons provided that any individual provided with Protected Documents
agrees to comply with the provisions of this Order:
a. Parties and counsel of record for the parties, including their associates, legal
assistants, paralegals, and other support staff;
b. Experts retained by Counsel for purposes of serving as consulting or testifying
experts in this lawsuit;
c. Witnesses or potential witnesses whose testimony a party reasonably believes
may be offered at trial to prove or disprove a party’s claim or defense for the
purposes of eliciting, preparing, or developing written or oral testimony;
d. Witnesses being examined in depositions, the court reporters recording their
testimony, and any videographers recording the depositions;
e. Third-party retained by the parties for discovery and/or preparation for trial who
are involved solely in copying, document management, computer imaging,
preparation of demonstrative exhibits, organizing, filing, coding, converting,
storing, retrieving data or designing programs for handling data connected with
this action; and
f. The Court, the mediator, persons employed by the court or mediator, the jury, and
the court reporters.
Any individual receiving Protected Documents pursuant to Paragraph 8,
subparagraphs (b)-(e) above must agree in writing to abide by the provisions of this
confidentiality agreement prior to receiving any Protected Documents and be subject to this
Court’s jurisdiction for purposes of enforcing this Order. The party providing the Protected
Documents pursuant to subparagraphs (b)-(e) must retain all such written attestations and
maintain a list of all Protected Documents provided to said individuals.
To the extent that Protected Documents are used in depositions, at hearings, or at
trial, such documents shall remain subject to the provisions of this Order.
To the extent that a party or parties contend that any portion of any deposition,
hearing, or trial transcript contains Confidential Information, the party or parties must, within
fourteen (14) days of receiving a copy of said transcript, notify all parties of the specific portions
of the transcript to which confidentiality is claimed. Any portions not designated within fourteen
(14) days of the date in which the transcript is received shall not be considered confidential.
In the event that any Confidential Information is included with, or the contents
thereof are in any way disclosed, in any pleading, motion, deposition transcript or other paper
filed with the Clerk of any Court, such protected documents and information shall be filed under
Restricted Access consistent with D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2 and maintained under Restricted
Access by the Clerk until further order of this Court. The use of any protected document or of the
information contained therein and any in-court testimony associated with the protected
information contained therein shall be held in camera if necessary to prevent disclosure to
nonparties, or otherwise under such circumstances as will prevent the inadvertent disclosure of
such documents and information, unless the Court orders otherwise upon good cause shown.
This paragraph shall not apply with respect to documents admitted into evidence as exhibits at
the trial of this matter. Sequoia reserves the right, however, to petition the Court for protection
with respect to such documents admitted into evidence as exhibits at trial. After termination of
this litigation, the provisions of this Order shall continue to be binding, except with respect to
those documents and information that become a matter of public record. This Court retains and
shall have continuing jurisdiction over the parties and recipients of the Protected Documents for
enforcement of this provisions of this Order following termination of this litigation.
Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the party or parties receiving the
Protected Documents from retaining their attorney work product and/or using that attorney work
product in other matters provided that any such use complies with the provisions of this Order.
This Order shall be binding upon the parties and their attorneys, successors,
executors, personal representatives, administrators, heirs, legal representatives, assigns,
subsidiaries, divisions, employees, agents, independent contractors, or other persons or
organizations over which they have control.
The parties may move to amend this Order upon a showing of good cause.
So ORDERED this 9th day of January, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
Kathleen M. Tafoya
United States Magistrate Judge
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