Holdridge v. Blank et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge R. Brooke Jackson on 3/9/16. (jdyne, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-02342-RBJ
JOHN DOES 1-10, and
CITY OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO;
STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER
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 therefore, state as follows:
1. The parties have reviewed this Court’s judicial practice standards with respect to
Protective Orders. This Protective Order generally governs how “confidential” information will
be treated by the parties through the course of discovery. The parties agree that if truly
“confidential” information must be filed with the Court, the information will be redacted. If the
Court must review “confidential” information, the party submitting same will request a narrow
order restricting public access and show good cause.
2. In this action, at least one of the Parties will produce or has sought and/or may seek
Confidential Information (as defined in paragraph 3 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’ security, safety, 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
“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 4 below as containing Confidential
Information, including, but not limited to:
Law enforcement Professional Standard/Internal Affairs investigations.
Individual Defendants’ personnel documents.
Plaintiff’s medical records.
Where Confidential Information is produced, provided or otherwise disclosed by
the Parties 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
By imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a
With respect to transcribed testimony, by giving written notice to
opposing counsel designating such portions as “Confidential” no later than thirty (30) calendar
days after receipt of the transcribed testimony; and
With respect to live testimony, by making a record at the time of the
Confidential Material is subject to the following restrictions.
Material may be used only for the limited purpose of preparing for and conducting this civil
action (including any appeals), and must not be disclosed in any way to anyone except:
attorneys actively working on this case;
persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively
working on the case;
the parties, including Defendants’ designated representatives and insurers;
stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings in this action;
the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”);
retained expert witnesses and consultants; and
other persons by written agreement of the parties.
For any disclosures to a person identified under Paragraph 4(f) through (g), prior to disclosing
any Confidential Information, counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective
Order and obtain verbal or written agreement from such person that he or she will be bound by
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 Parties recognize that the available
sanctions for the violation of the protective order include, but are not limited to, the sanctions
available under Fed.R.Civ.P. 37(b)(2)(A).
By producing any Confidential Information or testifying on any matter later
designated as “Confidential,” no Party to this protective order waives any objection or challenge
to the admissibility of any such Confidential Information.
Each party 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 maintain a list of all persons to whom any Confidential Information is disclosed.
Upon a showing of substantial need, each party has the right to seek court
intervention, including in camera review, to determine whether the terms of the Protective Order
are being complied with.
No copies of Confidential Information shall be made except by or on behalf of
counsel in this litigation for work product purposes, including for review by experts in this case.
Any such copies shall be made and used solely for purposes of this litigation.
During pendency of this litigation, counsel shall retain custody of Confidential
Information and copies made therefrom pursuant to paragraph 9 above.
A Party may object to the designation of particular Confidential Information by
giving written notice to the attorney for 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 attorney for 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
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
as a restricted document in accordance with the requirements of D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.2. The
Parties agree that any such motion will be narrowly tailored and only filed with good cause in
accord with this Court’s practice standards.
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. 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 this action.
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, even after this action is terminated.
When this litigation has been fully decided, including completion of all possible
appellate procedures, such protected material shall be destroyed or returned to the party that
produced the Confidential Information.
If destroyed, counsel for the party responsible for
destroying the Confidential Information will provide written verification to the producing party
that the 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.
The Parties agree that in the event information or documentation is inadvertently
disclosed to an opposing party, any information or documentation so disclosed shall be
immediately returned to the producing party without any copies being made or notes being taken
regarding said information/documentation by those who have received the inadvertent
disclosure. Further, the parties agree that no recipient of inadvertently disclosed information or
documentation shall utilize such information/documentation or any fruits derived therefrom for
the purposes of this litigation and that the inadvertent disclosure of information or documentation
shall not constitute a waiver of any privilege that may otherwise apply.
The protections afforded by Fed.R.Evid. 502(d) shall apply to this matter so that
attorney-client privilege or work-product protection are not waived by disclosure connected with
DATED this 9th day of March, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
R. Brooke Jackson
United States District Court Judge
STIPULATED AND AGREED TO:
s/ Eric M. Ziporin
Eric M. Ziporin
Senter Goldfarb & Rice, L.L.C.
3900 E. Mexico Ave, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80210
Telephone: (303) 320-0509
FAX: (303) 320-0210
Counsel for Defendants Malchow, Middleton,
and City of Steamboat Springs
s/ Clark Davidson
Oliphant & Bursek, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 774343
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Telephone: (970) 870-9800
Counsel for Plaintiff
s/ Skippere Spear
Office of the Colorado Attorney General
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: (720) 508-6000
FAX: (720) 508-6030
Counsel for Brendan DiGeorge
s/ Cathy Havener Greer
Cathy Havener Greer
Wells Anderson & Race, LLC
1700 Broadway, Suite 1020
Denver, CO 80290
Telephone: (303) 830-1212
FAX: (303) 830-0898
Counsel for Ross Blank
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