OWENS v. PERDUE FARMS INC
ORDER granting 74 Motion for Protective Order Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE TILMAN E SELF, III on 9/7/2021 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Confidential Agreement) (tam)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
PERDUE FOODS LLC,
CIVIL ACTION NUMBER:
PERDUE FOODS LLC,
THE VINCIT GROUP d/b/a QSI INC.,
Currently before the Court is Plaintiff, Perdue Foods LLC, and The Vincit Group's (the
"Parties" and individually a "Party") Consent Motion for Protective Order. After careful
consideration, and for good cause shown, the Court GRANTS the Parties' Motion and
ORDERS as follows:
The Parties anticipate that certain documents and information subject to discovery
in this case may contain confidential, proprietary, and/or personal information.
Any Party may mark any document, information, or other item produced
("Material") "Confidential" that it believes in good faith contains confidential, proprietary,
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and/or personal information by labeling the Material with the term "Confidential." Any Party
may also designate any portion of any deposition transcript "Confidential" within 21 days from
the date that Party receives the deposition transcript by informing counsel for all other Parties in
writing of the page and line numbers that are "Confidential." If a Party wishes to designate as
"Confidential" Material that is not capable of being physically marked-such as a video or
electronic file-that Party shall inform all other Parties in writing that the Material is to be
considered marked "Confidential."
Material designated "Confidential" by one Party may be shared by the other
Patties only with the following:
a. In-house and outside counsel for any Patty and any person employed by those
counsel or their firm, including independent or outside companies that provide
document-management services, copying services, technology services, or similar
b. A Party or employees of a Party engaged in assisting with this litigation.
c. Any person who authored, created, or received "Confidential" Material before it
was designated "Confidential."
d. Anyone not covered by Sections 3(a)-(c) who is retained by counsel or a Party to
assist in this litigation, including, but not limited to, expert consultants and
witnesses, after those individuals have signed a document substantially similar to
the form attached as Exhibit I .
e. The Court and court officials and members of any jury.
Any witness, after the witness has signed a document substantially similar to the
form attached as Exhibit I.
If any Party or counsel wishes to disclose "Confidential" Material designated
"Confidential" by another Party to someone not covered by Section 4, that Party or counsel must
inform the Party that designated the Material of its intent to do so, including with a description of
the person to whom the disclosure will be made, within 10 days of sharing the Material. If the
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Party that designated the Material "Confidential" does not object within that I 0-day period, the
other Party may share the Material, after the individual signs a document substantially similar to
the form attached as Exhibit I. If the designating Party objects during that I 0-day period, the
other Party may not share the Material until the Parties reach an agreement or the Court allows
The inadvertent or unintentional disclosure of "Confidential" Material without
designation does not waive or forfeit the confidential nature of the Material.
If any Party believes that any Material has been improperly designated
"Confidential," that Party must notify the designating Party in writing of its objection to the
designation. The notification must identify the Material and explain why the Party believes it has
been improperly designated. The Parties shall attempt to resolve any dispute by agreement in
good faith without Court intervention. If the Parties are unsuccessful, however, the Party seeking
to remove the designation must seek relief from the Court within 14 days from the date the
designating Patty finally refuses to remove the designation. If a Party moves the Court the
remove a "Confidential" designation from Material, the Material will remain "Confidential" until
the Court rules otherwise, if the Comt rules otherwise.
"Confidential" Material may be shown to a witness in a deposition only after the
witness signs a document substantially similar to the form found in Exhibit I. If the witness
refuses to sign the form, the deposition shall not proceed until the issue is resolved either
between the Parties or by the Comt.
If a Party wishes to cite to "Confidential" Material in a filing or otherwise file
"Confidential" Material with the Court, that Party must first seek leave to file the "Confidential"
Material under seal before filing the "Confidential" Material.
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This Protective Order is not a waiver of
a. Any Party's right to object to discovery requests;
b. Any Party's right to seek an order compelling discovery;
c. Any Party's right to use its own documents or information, including
"Confidential" Material in its sole and complete discretion.
The requirements of this Protective Order will remain in effect with respect to any
"Confidential" Material until the designating Party releases any Material from these
Unless otherwise agreed to by the designating Party, counsel for each Party must
take reasonable measures to ensure that all party representatives, witnesses, experts, consultants,
or others possessing "Confidential" Material destroy or return all "Confidential" Material to the
designating Party within 60 days from the date this litigation completely ends, whether by
judgment, settlement, or otherwise. As long as any claim against any party remains pending, this
Section 13 is not triggered. Counsel for any Party, however, need not destroy or return
"Confidential" Material in counsel's possession or files.
If a Party wishes to use Material designated "Confidential" during any trial or
hearing in this case, the Parties will, in advance, confer in good faith to agree upon a method to
protect such marked Material during such proceedings. If the Parties are unable to agree upon a
method to protect the designated Material, any Party may apply to th
maintain the confidentiality of the Material.
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