Martinez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer on 9/29/15. 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 Case No.: 15-CV-01338-WYD-CBS
WALMART STORES, INC.
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
The parties to this action, their counsel, and any other person who agrees in
writing to become bound by the terms of this protective order (“the Order”), are bound
by this Order.
Having shown good cause in support of the entry of this protective order to
protect against the dissemination of the confidential information set forth herein, and
recognizing the parties to this case have stipulated hereto, IT IS ORDERED:
This Protective Order shall apply to all documents, materials, and
interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, deposition testimony and other
information disclosed pursuant to the disclosures or discovery duties created by the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
As used in this Protective Order, “document” is defined as provided in
Fed. R. Civ. P. 34(a). A draft or non-identical copy is a separate document within the
meaning of this term.
Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be any information that is
designated as sensitive by the disclosing party including, but not limited to, printed
documents, computer disks or other electronic media, information contained in
documents or electronic media, information revealed during depositions, and
information revealed in interrogatory answers.
Prior to designation, the designating
party or designating party’s counsel will review the information, and the designation as
confidential will be based on a good faith belief that the information is confidential or
otherwise entitled to protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(7). In general,
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION includes and may be claimed with respect to
information which is confidential or proprietary in nature, such as, but not limited to,
trade secrets, research and development, customer lists or other commercial
information that has been kept confidential by the producing party, personnel
information or documents, medical or workers compensation information pertaining to
Plaintiff or employees, and internal corporate EEO investigation files, as well as any
information that implicates a common law or statutory privacy interest such as personal
identifying information or any other information that is otherwise entitled to protection
under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(7).
This CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be disclosed or used for
any purpose except the preparation and trial of this case.
The CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not, without the consent of the
party producing it or further Order of the Court, be disclosed except that such
information may be disclosed to:
attorneys actively working on this case;
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, or at trial, or at other proceedings in this case;
expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this
proceeding, to the extent such disclosure is necessary for preparation, trial or other
proceedings in this case;
the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”);
necessarily incident to the conduct of this action;
deponents or witnesses; and
other persons by written agreement of the parties.
Prior to disclosing any CONFIDENTIAL information to any person listed
above (other than 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 a written acknowledgement stating that he or she
has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions. All such
acknowledgments shall be retained by counsel and shall be subject to in camera review
by the Court if good cause for review is demonstrated by opposing counsel.
Documents are designated as CONFIDENTIAL by placing or affixing on
them (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility) the following or other
appropriate notice: “CONFIDENTIAL”.
Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of said CONFIDENTIAL
information, the deposition or portions thereof shall, at the election of counsel, be
designated as CONFIDENTIAL and shall be subject to the provisions of this Protective
Order. Such designation shall be made on the record during the deposition whenever
possible, but a party may 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
A party may object to the designation of particular CONFIDENTIAL
information by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information.
The written notice shall identify the information to which the objection is made. If the
parties cannot resolve the objection within ten (10) business days after the time the
notice is received, it shall be the obligation of the party designating the information as
CONFIDENTIAL to file an appropriate motion requesting that the Court determine
whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order.
If such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as
CONFIDENTIAL under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the
motion. If the designating party fails to file such a motion within the prescribed time, the
disputed information shall lose its designation as CONFIDENTIAL and shall not
thereafter be treated as CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with this Protective Order. In
connection with a motion filed under this provision, the party designating the information
as CONFIDENTIAL shall bear the burden of establishing that good cause exists for the
disputed information to be treated as CONFIDENTIAL.
The inadvertent production of any information or document without it being
properly marked or otherwise designated as CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not
be deemed a waiver of any claim of confidentiality in such information or document. If a
producing party or a supplying person acting for a producing party, through
inadvertence, produces any CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION without marking or
designating it as such in accordance with the provisions of this Order, the producing
party may, promptly on discovery, furnish a substitute copy properly marked along with
written notice to all parties (or written notice alone as to non-documentary information)
that such information is deemed CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION and should be
treated as such in accordance with the provisions of this Order. Each receiving person
must treat such information as CONFIDENTIAL from the date such notice is received.
Disclosure of such CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION prior to the receipt of such notice, if
known, shall be reported to the producing party and shall not be deemed a violation of
Pursuant to FRE 502 (d) and (e), privileged and otherwise protected
documents are protected against claims of waiver as follows:
The disclosure or production of documents by a Producing Party
subject to a legally recognized claim of privilege, including without limitation the
attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, to a Receiving Party, shall in no
way constitute the voluntary disclosure of such document. The inadvertent disclosure
or production of any document in this action shall not result in the waiver of any
privilege, evidentiary protection or other protection associated with such Document as to
the Receiving Party or any third parties.
If a party determines that any document produced by another party
is or may reasonably be subject to a legally recognizable privilege or evidentiary
protection (“Protected Document”): (i) the Receiving Party shall: (A) refrain from
reading the Protected Document any more closely than is necessary to ascertain that it
is privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure; (B) immediately notify the
Producing Party in writing that it has discovered Documents believed to be privileged or
protected; (C) specifically identify the Protected Documents by Bates number range or
hash value, and (D) within ten (10) days of discovery by the Receiving Party, return,
sequester, or destroy all copies of such Protected Documents, along with any notes,
abstracts or compilations of the content thereof. If the Producing Party intends to assert
a claim of privilege or other protection over Documents identified by the Receiving Party
as Protected Documents, the Producing Party will, within ten (10) days of receiving the
Receiving Party’s written notification described above, inform the Receiving Party of
such intention in writing and shall provide the Receiving Party with a log for such
Protected Documents that is consistent with the requirements of the Federal Rules of
If a party determines it has produced a Protected Document: (i) the
Producing Party may notify the Receiving Party of such inadvertent production in
writing, and demand the return of such documents. Such notice may be delivered orally
on the record at a deposition, promptly followed up in writing. The Producing Party shall
provide the Receiving Party with a log for such Protected Documents that is consistent
with the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Receiving Party
must, within ten (10) days of receiving the Producing Party’s written notification
described above, return, sequester, or destroy the Protected Document and any copies,
along with any notes, abstracts or compilations of the content thereof. If the Receiving
Party disclosed the Protected Document before being notified of its inadvertent
production, it must take reasonable steps to retrieve it.
The Receiving Party’s return, sequestering or destruction of
Protected Documents as provided herein will not act as a waiver of the Requesting
Party’s right to move for the production of the returned, sequestered or destroyed
documents on the grounds that the documents are not, in fact, subject to a viable claim
of privilege or protection. However, the Receiving Party is prohibited and estopped from
arguing that: (i) the disclosure or production of the Protected Documents acts as a
waiver of an applicable privilege or evidentiary protection; (ii) the disclosure of the
Protected Documents was not inadvertent; (iii) the Producing Party did not take
reasonable steps to prevent the disclosure of the Protected Documents; or (iv) the
Producing Party failed to take reasonable or timely steps to rectify the error.
Either party may submit Protected Documents to the Court under
seal for a determination of the claim of privilege or other protection. The Receiving
Party may not use the Protected Documents for any purpose absent this Court’s Order.
Upon a determination by the Court that the Protected Documents are protected by the
applicable privilege or evidentiary protection, and if the Protected Documents have been
sequestered rather than returned or destroyed by the Receiving Party, the Protected
Documents shall be returned or destroyed within 10 (ten) days of the Court’s order.
In the event that documents are produced containing corporate trade
secrets, nonpublic research and development data, pricing formulas, prospective
inventory management programs, confidential business information not generally known
to the general public, and customer-related information, the producing party may
designate these materials “Attorneys’ Eyes Only.” Qualified recipients of documents
marked "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" shall include only in-house counsel and law firms
for each party and the secretarial, clerical and paralegal staff of each.” The parties
should follow the procedure set forth in Paragraph 9 for any objections to an Attorneys’
Eyes Only designation.
At the conclusion of this case, unless other arrangements are agreed
upon, each document and all copies thereof which have been designated as
CONFIDENTIAL shall be returned to the party that designated it as CONFIDENTIAL, or
the parties may elect to destroy CONFIDENTIAL documents. Where the parties agree
to destroy CONFIDENTIAL documents, the destroying party shall provide all parties
with an affidavit confirming destruction.
This 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.
PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this _____ day of _____________, 2015.
United States District Court Judge
Stipulated and agreed to:
Craig B. Shaffer
United States Magistrate Judge
S/ Susan P. Klopman
Susan P. Klopman
H&K Law, LLC
3900 E. Mexico Avenue, Suite 330
Denver, CO 80210
Attorneys for Plaintiff
S/ J. Mark Baird
J. Mark Baird
Baird Quinn LLC
The Bushong Mansion
2036 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206,
Attorneys for Defendant
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