Panorama Consulting Solutions, LLC v. Armitage et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 47 Motion for Protective Order. So Ordered by Judge Raymond P. Moore on 06/29/2017. (rmlc2)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Raymond P. Moore
Case No. 17-cv-01400-RM
PANORAMA CONSULTING SOLUTIONS, LLC,
PATRICIA G. STEELE,
LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY ADVISORS, INC.,
Pending before the Court is defendants Richard Farrell, Brian Potts, and Liberty Technology
Advisors, Inc. (collectively “the LTA defendants”) Motion for Protective Order Staying Examination
(ECF No. 47) (“the motion”). Defendant Richard Armitage (“Armitage”) joins in the relief sought
by the motion. (Id at 2.) The motion was filed yesterday, June 28, 2017, and thus, no response has
yet been filed. Nevertheless, in light of the time sensitivities of the relief requested the Court is
prepared to rule on the motion without a response being filed.
In the motion, the LTA Defendants assert that plaintiff Panorama Consulting Solutions,
LLC’s (“plaintiff”) has scheduled a preservation deposition of Calvin Hamler (“Hamler”), plaintiff’s
managing partner, because Hamler will not be available to testify in court on the day of the
preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for July 7, 2017. (ECF No. 47 at 2.) Hamler’s deposition
is scheduled for tomorrow, June 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (Id. at 1-2.) The LTA Defendants ask for
Hamler’s preservation deposition to be stayed because plaintiff has not provided the LTA Defendants
with unredacted versions of numerous documents filed with plaintiff’s Amended Complaint;
documents which the LTA Defendants assert contain allegedly misappropriated confidential
information and which will be necessary to properly cross-examine Hamler during the deposition.
(Id. at 2-4.)
The Court GRANTS IN PART and DENIES IN PART the motion as follows. The Court will
ALLOW the preservation deposition of Hamler to take place. However, plaintiff is forewarned that
no part of Hamler’s testimony will be allowed into evidence or considered by the Court to the extent
that the testimony relates to any document that has not been fully disclosed to the LTA Defendants
or Armitage at least two (2) business days before any deposition.1 The Court would not allow such
testimony if Hamler testified in court, and thus, the Court will not allow it by way of deposition.
The Court further notes that, independent of the motion, the current status of the redacted
exhibits attached to the Amended Complaint is unacceptable. The Court will not consider any
documents at the preliminary injunction hearing that have not be submitted to the Court, in advance
of the hearing, in an unredacted fashion. As a result, to the extent plaintiff intends to rely upon any
exhibit attached to the Amended Complaint that is redacted to any degree, plaintiff must file it with
the Court unredacted on or before July 3, 2017. In doing so, plaintiff may file the exhibits pursuant
to D.C.Colo. L.Civ.R. 7.2, provided that plaintiff fully complies with the requirements of that rule,
including filing a motion to restrict explaining why the level of restriction is necessary.
Assuming that Hamler’s deposition is meant to take place on June 30, 2017, the practical effect of
requiring full disclosure at least two days prior to the deposition will prevent Hamler from testifying with
respect to any of the redacted exhibits attached to the Amended Complaint.
Finally, the Court observes that there are clearly many areas of contention between the
parties, and, from the Court’s vantage point, that contention appears to be spilling over into how this
case is being conducted. The Court advises the parties that this case will proceed more efficiently
and hopefully with less motions practice if the parties act in good faith and leave any mistrust outside
the proverbial courtroom doors. The Court expects nothing less.
For these reasons, the Court GRANTS IN PART and DENIES IN PART the Motion for
Protective Order Staying Examination (ECF No. 47) as set forth herein.
DATED this 29th day of June, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
RAYMOND P. MOORE
United States District Judge
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