Morris v. A Child's Touch

Filing 12

Stipulation and Protective Order re: 11 . Entered by Judge John L. Kane on 09/22/15.(jhawk, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 15-cv-01388-JLK ROBERT L. MORRIS, Plaintiff, v. A CHILD’S TOUCH, a Colorado corporation, 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 1 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) personnel information concerning current and former employees of Defendant, to the extent that such information is private and is not generally known to the public; (b) proprietary business information of Defendant that, if not restricted as set forth in this Order, would likely cause the producing or disclosing person competitive or financial injury or subject the producing or disclosing person to potential legal liability to third parties; (c) information containing trade secrets; and/or (d) information relating to Plaintiff concerning personal matters not generally known to the public, such as, but not limited to, Plaintiffs’ financial and medical information. 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: 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 ten calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony. 2 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 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 3 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, the party asserting the confidentiality of the information shall file a motion seeking such designation within 14 days of receipt by counsel of notice of opposing counsel’s objection. 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 4 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. 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. 13. The termination of this action shall not relieve the Parties, counsel, or other persons obligated hereunder from their responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of Confidential Information pursuant to this Stipulated Protective Order, and the Court shall retain continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the Stipulated Protective Order. At the conclusion of this litigation, unless other arrangements are agreed upon, the documents and any copies thereof which have been designated as CONFIDENTIAL shall continue to be subject to this Stipulation and Protective Order and shall be stored in a manner which will preclude others from obtaining such documents and shall be destroyed in the routine course of business. 14. 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. 5 Dated at Denver, Colorado, this 22nd day of September, 2015. BY THE COURT: JOHN L. KANE, SENIOR JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT STIPULATED AND AGREED TO: Robert Morris Party s/ Paula Greisen Counsel: Paula Greisen A Child’s Touch Party s/ Robert A. Lees Counsel: Robert A. Lees 6 EXHIBIT A AFFIDAVIT STATE OF COLORADO COUNTY OF ) ) ) ss. , swears or affirms and states under penalty of perjury: 1. Affidavit. I have read the Protective Order in *, a copy of which is attached to this 2. I have been informed by *, Esq., counsel for *, that the materials described in the list attached to this Affidavit are Confidential Information as defined in the Protective Order. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. I will abide by the terms of the Protective Order. (Signature) (Print or Type Name) Address: Telephone No.: ( 7 ) SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this _____ day of ____________, 2015 by . WITNESS my hand and official seal. Notary Public [S E A L] My Commission Expires: 8

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