Baker v. City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer on 11/23/15. ORDERED that when filing restricted documents, parties MUST fully comply with the requirements of D.C.ColoL.CivR. 7.2. (cbssec)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02468-REB-CBS
BRENDA T. BAKER,
CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ Proposed Stipulated Motion for
Protective Order. In this action, at least one of the parties has sought Confidential
Information, as defined in paragraph 1 below, in discovery. The parties may seek additional
Confidential Information during discovery and anticipate that there may 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 injury to one
or more of the parties’ business or privacy interests. Because there is good cause for the entry
of a protective order, the Court therefore enters this Protective Order for the purpose of
preventing the disclosure and use of Confidential Information except as set forth herein.
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IT IS ORDERED:
As used in this Protective Order, the term “Confidential Information” means
any document, file, portions of files, electronic data, audio, video, 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 implicating a business or privacy
interest - disclosed pursuant to the disclosure or discovery duties created by the Colorado
Rules of Civil Procedure and designated by one of the Parties in the manner provided in
paragraphs 7 or 8 below as CONFIDENTIAL. In addition, “Confidential Information” shall
include but not be limited to the following types of information whether or not designated by
one of the Parties in the manner provided in paragraphs 7 or 8 below as CONFIDENTIAL:
(a) the documents and information containing medical, psychological, disability, or
financial records or information of a party;
(b) the documents or information the producing party identifies to be proprietary,
sensitive and/or of such nature that it is not generally known or capable of
independent discernment; or
As used in this Protective Order the term “document” is defined as provided
in the applicable rules of civil procedure. A draft or non-identical copy is a separate
document within the meaning of this term.
The designation of information as CONFIDENTIAL must be based on a
good faith belief that the information is confidential, implicates common law or statutory
privacy interests, or is otherwise entitled to protection under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c)(1)(G).
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Confidential Information shall not be disclosed or used for any purpose other
than the preparation and trial of this case. Individuals authorized to review Confidential
Information pursuant to this Protective Order shall hold such 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 Order of the Court.
Confidential documents, materials and/or information (collectively
“Confidential Information”) shall not, without the consent of the party producing it or further
Order of the Court, be disclosed to anyone except:
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, at trial, or at other proceedings in this case;
c) the parties, including the parties’ employees, officers, agents, and directors
actively participating in the preparation and trial of this case;
d) expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this case, to the
extent such disclosure is necessary for preparation, trial or other proceedings in
e) the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”)in their conduct of this action;
f) stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily incident to the
course of depositions involving this case.
g) other persons by written agreement of the parties; and
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h) witnesses or prospective witnesses in this case, to the extent such disclosure is
necessary for preparation, trial or other proceedings in this case.
i) insurance adjusters or insurance related professionals to whom disclosure is
required, and professional licensing organizations, including those that may be
associated with state or federal regulatory agencies, to whom disclosure is
Prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any person listed above
(other than the Parties, their counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel and
stenographic reporters), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective Order
and obtain from such person an agreement that he or she has read this Protective Order, agrees
to be bound by its provisions, and submits to the jurisdiction of the court for purposes of
enforcing the Protective Order. All such original agreements shall be retained by counsel and
shall be subject to in camera review by the Court if good cause for review is demonstrated by
When Confidential Information is produced, disclosed or otherwise provided by
a party in response to any discovery request it may be designated as Confidential Information
by imprinting or affixing the word CONFIDENTIAL on the first page or cover of any
document produced, or next to or above any response to a discovery request, in a manner that
will not interfere with the legibility of the document or response. Failure to so designate as
Confidential Information is not a requirement or prerequisite for information to be
Confidential, as confidential information has or may have already been exchanged between the
parties, and/or the parties have or may have already obtained Confidential information by way
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of discovery responses, medical records, medical authorizations, disclosures by the parties or
through other means.
Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential Information, the
deposition or portions thereof may be designated as CONFIDENTIAL and shall be subject to
the provisions of this Protective Order. Such designation may be made on the record during the
deposition whenever possible, but a party may also 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. Failure to so designate medical or other confidential information
contained within portions of a deposition as Confidential Information is not a requirement or
prerequisite for information to be confidential.
A party may object to the designation of certain information as
CONFIDENTIAL within fourteen (14) days from the receipt of such designation of the
document or information, by sending notice of such objection to the designating party in
writing, identifying the confidential document or information as to which objection is made.
The designating party shall respond within fourteen (14) days from receipt of such notice. If
the parties cannot agree with respect to the treatment to be accorded the document or
information that has been designated as CONFIDENTIAL, any party may seek a ruling from
the Court with respect to that designation. The document or information shall continue to have
CONFIDENTIAL status from the time it is produced until the ruling by the Court.
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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.
In the event it is necessary for the Parties to file Confidential Information with
the Court in connection with any proceeding or motion, the Confidential Information shall be
filed in accordance with the requirements of D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2. In the event the Parties
use any documents marked pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order as Confidential
Information during the trial, the Party must remove or redact any markings of “Confidential”
before such documents are shown or given to any jurors.
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.
The 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.
The parties submit that the documents or portions of documents sought to be
restricted from public access are of a nature that redaction of the confidential nature would
defeat the purpose of providing relevant or discoverable confidential information to
opponents. The parties will redact, summarize, or restrict public access pursuant to
D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2, only as necessary and only with regard to the confidential
documents or confidential portions of the documents.
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The Parties acknowledge and agree that the interests to be protected
outweighs the presumption of public access in that the information is of a private medical,
financial, trade secret or similar confidential nature, and the parties risk suffering
irreversible adverse consequences if public access was permitted.
By agreeing and stipulating to the entry of this Protective Order, the Parties
adopt no position as to the authenticity or admissibility of documents produced subject to its
effect. 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 the is litigation.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall preclude any Party from filing a
motion seeking further or different protection from the Court under Tule 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.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall relieve any Party from its obligation
under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(b)(5) to prepare and produce a privilege log.
The Parties Agree that in the event documents are exchanged before the
Court reduces this Proposed Stipulated Protective Order into a final enforceable Order of the
Court, the Parties shall abide by the terms of this Protective Order in the same manner as if
it had been reduced to a final enforceable Order of the Court before such exchange of
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WHEREFORE, upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a Protective
Order to protect the discovery and dissemination of Confidential Information in this case,
IT IS ORDERED that the Stipulated Protective Order of the parties is approved and
made an Order of the Court.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, on November 23, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/Craig B. Shaffer
Craig B. Shaffer
United States Magistrate Judge
STIPULATED AND AGREED TO BY:
Attorneys for Plaintiff
s/Andrew T. Brake
Andrew Brake, #12021
Andrew T. Brake, P.C.
777 E. Girard Avenue, Suite #200
Englewood, CO 80113
Phone Number: (303) 806-9000
Attorneys for Defendant
s/Charles T. Mitchell________________
Natalia S. Ballinger
Charles T. Mitchell
Denver City Attorney’s Office
201 West Colfax Avenue, Department 1108
Denver, Colorado 80202-5332
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