NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM et al v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER granting #40 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on April 3, 2017. (lcesh2)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL
SERVICES PROGRAM, NATIONAL
CONSUMER LAW CENTER, and
ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE, for themselves
and all others similarly situated,
Civil Action No. 16-745 ESH
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
The parties stipulate as follows for an order, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
26(c), to protect the confidentiality of class member data:
As used in this Stipulated Protective Order, these terms have the following
“Action” means the case styled National Veterans Legal Services
Program v. United States, Case No. 16-745, in the United States District Court for the District of
“Attorneys” means any counsel that represents or advises a Party in the
“Class Administrator” means the entity chosen by Class Counsel to
provide notice to potential Class Members.
“Class Member” means any person or entity who paid fees for the use of
PACER between April 21, 2010 and April 21, 2016, according to records maintained by the
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, excluding the Attorneys and federal government
“Class Member Data” means the information specified in the Court’s
Order Approving Plan of Class Notice that Defendant shall produce to Plaintiffs’ Counsel for
production under the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order to the Class Administrator for
purposes of providing notice of the Action to potential Class Members.
“Party” or “Parties” means any of the named Plaintiffs and named
Defendant in this Action.
The Class Member Data shall be used solely for the purpose of this Action and no
other separate proceeding of any kind, and no one receiving it shall, directly or indirectly, use,
transfer, disclose, or communicate it to any person other than those specified in ¶ 3 of this
Stipulated Protective Order. Any other use is prohibited. Counsel for Plaintiffs shall provide a
copy of this order to the Class Administrator before the Class Member Data is provided to the
Class Administrator. A representative of the Class Administrator shall then sign and date a copy
of this Order affirming that the Class Administrator agrees to be bound by this Order’s
provisions. Counsel for Plaintiffs shall provide counsel for Defendant with a copy of the signed
Order prior to transmission of Class Member Data to the Class Administrator.
Access to the Class Member Data shall be limited to:
The Attorneys and their support staff; and
The Court and its staff;
The Class Administrator.
If a Party files with the Court a document containing Class Member Data, the data
shall be redacted or filed in compliance with the Electronic Case Filing Procedures for the
District of Columbia, as they pertain to filing Documents under seal, or with respect to
Documents filed pursuant to ¶ 7(b), the Electronic Case Filing Procedures for the court in which
the proceeding is pending.
This Stipulated Protective Order shall not apply to any documents or information
requested or produced in discovery.
Any Party may apply to the Court for a modification of this Stipulated Protective
Order, and nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order shall be construed to prevent a Party from
seeking such further provisions enhancing or limiting confidentiality as may be appropriate.
This Stipulated Protective Order shall apply only to Class Member Data, and shall not apply to
any documents or information requested or produced in discovery.
No action taken in accordance with this Stipulated Protective Order shall be
construed as a waiver of any claim or defense in the Action or of any position as to
discoverability or admissibility of evidence.
The obligations imposed by this Stipulated Protective Order shall survive the
termination of the Action.
IT IS SO STIPULATED.
Dated: March 31, 2017.
CHANNING D. PHILLIPS
DC Bar No. 415793
United States Attorney
By: /s/ William H. Narwold
MOTLEY RICE LLC
William H. Narwold
DC Bar No. 502352
One Corporate Center
20 Church Street, 17th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Telephone: (860) 882-1676
DANIEL F. VAN HORN
DC Bar No. 924092
Chief, Civil Division
By: /s/ W. Mark Nebeker
W. MARK NEBEKER, DC Bar No. 396739
Facsimile: (860) 882-1682
Assistant United States Attorney
555 4th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
GUPTA WESSLER PLLC
Deepak Gupta, Esq.
Jonathan E. Taylor
1735 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 888-1741
Facsimile: (202) 888-7792
Counsel for Defendant
Counsel for Plaintiffs and the Class
Finding good cause, the parties’ Consent Motion for Entry of Stipulated Protective Order
IT IS SO APPROVED AND ORDERED.
Dated: April 3, 2017
Ellen Segal Huvelle
The Honorable Ellen Segal Huvelle
United States District Judge
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