Echon et al v. Sackett et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang on 11/3/15. (bsimm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Case No. 14-cv-03420-PAB-NYW
ESMERALDO VILLANUEVA ECHON JR;
and JUSTIN ECHON,
WILLIAM SACKET and LEONIDA SACKETT,
During the Motions Hearing held before the court on October 1, 2015, the court
ordered the Parties to meet and confer and submit a proposed Protective Order no
later than October 14, 2015. Defendants, who are proceeding pro se, assented to that
deadline and represented to the court that they would comply. On October 15, 2015,
Plaintiffs filed a Status Report, attaching a proposed Protective Order that had been
provided to Defendants, to which Defendants had not responded.
The court has
deferred passing on the proposed Protective Order to give Defendants time to respond.
Having received no response or objection by Defendants, the Court now enters this
Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
concerning the treatment of Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined):
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.
“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: confidential business or financial information, or other
information of a sensitive nature about a party (or of another person which
information the party is under a duty to maintain in confidence).
Any party designating information as “Confidential Information” certifies
that either counsel of Record, or the Party if proceeding pro se, has reviewed such
information and has determined in good faith and pursuant to Rule 26(g) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that such information qualifies as “Confidential.”
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:
By imprinting the word “Confidential” on the first page or cover of
any document produced;
By imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to
a discovery request; and
With respect to transcribed testimony, by giving written notice to
opposing counsel or pro se litigant designating such portions as “Confidential” no later
than ten calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony.
All documents that have already been produced up to this point in this
case have been designated as “attorney eyes only” until a protective order is in place.
For any documents already produced that a party would like to designate as
confidential, that party must inform the opposing party, in writing, within 14 days of
the filing of the protective order which documents already produced it desires to
designate as confidential.
All Confidential Information provided by a Party in response to a
discovery request or transcribed testimony shall be subject to the following
It shall be used only for the purpose of this litigation and not for
any business or other purpose whatsoever;
It shall not be communicated or disclosed by any Party’s counsel or pro
se litigant 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.
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.
The Party’s counsel or pro se litigant 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 signed by qualified
recipients of Confidential Information, and shall maintain a list of all persons to whom
any Confidential Information is disclosed.
During the pendency of this action, opposing counsel or pro se litigant
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 or pro se litigant are unable otherwise to identify the source of
the disclosure. If counsel or pro se litigant disagrees with opposing party’s showing of
substantial need, then counsel or pro se litigant may seek a court order requiring
inspection under terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the Court.
No copies of Confidential Information shall be made except by or on
behalf of counsel or pro se litigant in this litigation and such copies shall be made
and used solely for purposes of this litigation.
During the pendency of this litigation, counsel or pro se litigant shall
retain custody of Confidential Information, and copies made therefrom pursuant to
paragraph 8 above.
If opposing counsel or pro se litigant objects to the designation of certain
information as Confidential Information, he or she shall promptly inform the other parties’
counsel or pro se litigant in writing of the specific grounds of objection to the
designation. All parties shall then, in good faith and on an informal basis, attempt to
resolve such dispute. If after such good faith attempt, all parties are unable to resolve
their dispute, opposing counsel or pro se litigant may move for a disclosure order
consistent with this order. Any motion for disclosure shall be filed within 14 days of
receipt by counsel or pro se litigant of notice of opposing party’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.
Use of Confidential Information in Court Proceedings:
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)).
The termination of this action shall not relieve counsel, pro se litigants,
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.
By agreeing to the entry of this Protective Order, the Parties adopt
no position as to the authenticity or admissibility of documents produced subject
Upon termination of this litigation, including any appeals, each Party’s
counsel or pro se litigant 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 and pro se litigant shall also file under seal with this Court the list of
individuals who have received Confidential Information which counsel and pro se
litigant shall have maintained pursuant to paragraph 6 herein, and counsel and pro
se litigant shall provide the Court with verification that any of counsel or pro se
litigant 's work product referencing Confidential Information has been destroyed.
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 3d day of November, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Nina Y. Wang
Nina Y. Wang
United States Magistrate Judge
STATE OF COLORADO
, swears or affirms and states under penalty of perjury:
I have read the Protective Order in *, a copy of which is attached to this Affidavit.
I have been informed by *, counsel for */pro se litigant, 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 purposes 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.
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SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this * day of *, 2015, by
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
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