Kesters Merchandising Display International, Inc. v. Waldman et al
JOINT PROTECTIVE ORDER and ORDER granting 13 joint motion for a protective order. The court finds good cause to enter the protective order submitted by the parties. Signed by Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara on 5/15/2017. (amh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF KANSAS
KESTERS MERCHANDISING DISPLAY
EDWARD WALDMAN and
E.H. WALDMAN ART & FURNITURE
Case No.: 16-2783-DDC
JOINT PROTECTIVE ORDER
The parties to this case have advised the Court that during discovery, the parties or third
parties may be required to produce documents, answer interrogatories, and provide testimony
and other information that may contain Confidential Information (defined below) that should be
kept confidential. To prevent injury through improper disclosure of this type of information, to
allow discovery to proceed without delay, and to avoid disputes regarding the confidential
nature of such information, the Court finds that good cause exists under Rule 26(c) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the following protections and procedures.
The term “Confidential Information” shall mean the following: non-public financial and
business information of the parties that is maintained in a confidential manner, including but not
limited to financial account data and projections; nonpublic information regarding relationships
with non-parties, tax returns; non-public personnel records, manuals, compilations, trade secret
and other confidential research, development or commercial information within the meaning of
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1)(G).
“Confidential Information” shall also include materials designated “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” Any party may designate as “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” any Confidential Information that the party
believes in good faith is of such a sensitive or secret nature that disclosure of such information
to any other party or non-party reasonably poses the risk of competitive injury and may
compromise and/or jeopardize its business interests even if protected by a CONFIDENTIAL
Party and Parties.
As used herein, the term “party” means Kesters Merchandising Display International,
Inc., Edward Waldman, and E.H. Waldman Art & Furniture Studio, LLC. The term “parties” is
the plural form of “party.”
As used herein, the term “producing party” means a party voluntarily or
involuntarily providing or disclosing documents, information or tangible things as part of
discovery in this case.
As used herein, the term “requesting party” means a party seeking the disclosure
or production of documents, information or tangible things as part of discovery in this
As used herein, the term “designating party” means a party asserting that documents,
information or tangible things constitute or contain Confidential Information and stamping or
otherwise marking the documents or other materials as confidential pursuant to subparagraph 2.1
As used herein, the term “objecting party” means a party challenging or disputing the
validity of another party’s designation of documents or tangible things as confidential
pursuant to paragraph 5 below.
If a party believes that any written, recorded or graphic material, tangible items,
electronically stored information or any other form of information that it produces in this action
pursuant to discovery, subpoena, Court order, written discovery request or agreement of the
parties contains Confidential Information, it may designate such material as confidential by
stamping the words “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL–ATTORNEYS’
EYES ONLY” on the document or written discovery material. Materials designated as
“CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL–ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” and all
documents, including court filings, which quote from, summarize or comment on any such
materials shall be treated as Confidential Information as set forth in this Order and shall be used
solely for the prosecution or defense of this matter (including any appeals). Subject to a party’s
right to object, the designation of documents as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL–ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” means that the document or documents so
designated qualify for the protections herein.
If a party answering an interrogatory believes that the answer contains Confidential
Information, the party shall set forth that answer in a separate document that is produced and
designated as Confidential Information in the same manner as produced documents and
tangible things under subparagraph 2.1. The answers to interrogatories shall reference the
separately- produced document containing the confidential answer. The separate document
containing Confidential Information shall not be attached to the answers to interrogatories and
shall be deemed to be verified by the signature of the responding party applicable to the
answers to interrogatories.
Production in Electronic Form.
If a producing party elects to produce in electronic form documents or other information
that contain Confidential Information, the producing party shall ensure the electronic documents
or information contain designations of Confidential Information pursuant to subparagraph 2.1, so
that if any electronic information is printed, the designation will appear on the printed copy.
Deposition testimony shall be treated as containing Confidential Information under the
terms of this Protective Order if so designated at any time on the record during the deposition or
otherwise in writing within thirty (30) days after receipt of a deposition transcript. The party
making such a designation will indicate the pages or sections of the transcript that are to be
treated as confidential. The designation of documents as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL–ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” means that the testimony or transcript
portions so designated qualify for the protections herein. All parties in possession of a copy of
a designated deposition transcript shall appropriately label or mark it as containing Confidential
Handling of Confidential Information.
The parties shall not disclose or disseminate documents or other information
designated “CONFIDENTIAL” to any person except the following:
the parties in the above-captioned matter, including current or former
employees and/or agents of the parties that are assisting with this litigation and who have
executed an agreement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A;
counsel of record and other counsel for the parties and counsel’s employees
and/or agents that are assisting with this litigation;
outside experts and consultants working with counsel for the parties, which are
requested by counsel, in good faith, to provide assistance in connection with this action and
who have executed an agreement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A;
the Court (including court reporters, stenographic reporters and other
any other person as to whom the producing party agrees in writing and
who executes an agreement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A; and
any witness to whom disclosure is necessary for the prosecution or defense
of the action, and who have executed an agreement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit
A. Disclosure of materials designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’
EYES ONLY” shall be limited to the persons designated in subparagraphs 3.1(b), (c), (d),
and (e), above.
Maintenance of Agreements.
The written agreements required before authorized disclosure of Confidential
Information to the persons or entities described in subparagraph 3.1 (a), (c), (e), and (f) shall be
maintained by counsel for the disclosing party until ninety (90) days after the conclusion of this
If Confidential Information is disclosed to any person or entity other than in the manner
authorized by this Protective Order, the party responsible for the unauthorized disclosure shall
immediately notify the designating party in writing. Without prejudice to any other rights and
remedies of the designating party, the responsible party shall make every reasonable effort to
obtain the return of the Confidential Information and to prevent any further disclosure of the
Use of Own Confidential Information.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Order, it shall have no effect on, and shall
not limit or restrict, any party’s use of documents from its own files, its own Confidential
Information, or information that a party already has in its possession or has access to under
Use and Disclosure of Public Domain Materials.
This Protective Order governs use, dissemination, and disclosure of properly designated
Confidential Information only. It does not affect in any way the rights of the parties to use,
disseminate, or disclose materials legitimately obtained either from the public domain or from a
source other than the discovery process in this case.
To the extent a party seeks to file Confidential Information with the Court, it shall file
a motion seeking leave to file the particular document under seal pursuant to D. Kan. Rule
5.4.6 and the procedure described in the Standing and Administrative Orders Regarding
Procedural Rules for Electronically Filing Documents Under Seal in a Civil Case in the
United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
Use of Confidential Information at Pretrial Hearings.
At least 48 hours prior to any party’s use of Confidential Information in a pretrial
hearing, that party shall notify the Court and the designating party and shall identify the
Confidential Information to the designating party. The designating party shall have the right
to request that the Court take steps to ensure the continued confidentiality of the Confidential
Objections to Designations.
Any party may at any time notify the other party, or, if applicable, a non-party, in
writing, or in the case of a deposition, either upon the record of a deposition or in writing later,
of its objection to the designation of any material as Confidential Information. In that event,
the challenging and designating parties shall attempt to resolve any disputes on an informal
basis. If the dispute cannot be resolved, either the designating party or challenging party may,
on reasonable notice, apply for an appropriate ruling from the Court. The material in issue
shall continue to be treated as Confidential Information until the Court orders otherwise.
If counsel for a party receiving Confidential Information desires to disclose it to any
person other than those referred to in paragraph 3, such counsel shall give ten days written notice
to counsel for the designating party. Such written notice shall specify the information counsel
wishes to disclose and the identity of each person or categories of persons to whom such
disclosure is sought to be made. In that event, the parties shall attempt to resolve the request
informally. If the request cannot be resolved, the requesting party, upon reasonable notice, may
move for an order of the Court permitting disclosure of such material to such person. The
Confidential Information shall not be disclosed unless and until the Court orders that it is nonconfidential or orders that its disclosure to any such person is permissible.
No Implied Waivers.
The entry of this Protective Order shall not be interpreted as a waiver of the
right to object, under applicable law, to the production of information in response to discovery
requests, to the use or admission of any information at a pretrial hearing or trial, or to a
requested inspection of documents, things, or facilities.
The inadvertent failure by a producing party to designate a document or
testimony or other information as Confidential Information shall not constitute a waiver of such
party’s right to subsequently designate the document, testimony, or other information when the
error is discovered. Any such designation shall be effective when communicated in writing to
counsel for the receiving party within thirty (30) days of production. After the expiration of
thirty (30) days, the producing party may seek relief from the Court. No party will be deemed
to have violated any provision of this Protective Order by treating or handling such information
as nonconfidential prior to the receipt of written notification of the failure to designate the
information as Confidential Information. In addition, the written notification does not impose an
obligation to retrieve any documents or tangible things that have otherwise been properly
disseminated to any third party prior to receipt of the written notification. If, however, the
documents or tangible things at issue can reasonably be retrieved so that all copies or versions
can be properly designated, the parties agree to make good-faith efforts to do so.
Due to the large volume of electronic and hard copy data that may be in the
possession, custody or control of the parties and the numerous concerns regarding
attorney-client privilege and work product protection, a “Clawback” provision is appropriate
to expedite and facilitate the production of electronic and hard copy data, information and
documents, and to protect against the inadvertent disclosure of attorney-client privileged
communications or work product materials. The inadvertent disclosure or production of any
information or document that is subject to an objection on the basis of attorney-client
privilege or work-product protection, including but not limited to information or documents
that may be considered Confidential Information under this Order, will not be deemed to
waive a party’s claim to its privileged or protected nature or estop that party or the privilege
holder from designating the information or document as privileged or subject to the work
product doctrine at a later date. Any party receiving such information or document shall
return it upon request from the producing party. Upon receiving such a request, the receiving
party shall (1) destroy all copies of the information or document within five (5) business days,
regardless of whether the receiving party agrees with the claim of privilege and/or work
product protection; and (2) return the information or document to the producing party within
five (5) business days, regardless of whether the receiving party agrees with the claim of
privilege and/or work product protection. Permitted disclosure of the information or
document, as defined above, by the other party prior to such later designation shall not be
deemed a violation of the provisions of this Order.
During and after the conclusion of this litigation, including any appeals, the
restrictions on communication and disclosure set forth in this Order shall continue to be
binding upon the parties and all other persons who have signed the Agreement to Terms of
Protective Order, attached as Exhibit A hereto, and to whom Confidential Information has
been communicated or disclosed pursuant to the provisions of this Order or any other order of
any applicable court of competent jurisdiction.
Handling Upon Conclusion of Case.
Within sixty (60) days after the final termination of this proceeding, including any
proceedings in any appellate court, each party, upon the request of the other party, shall
destroy or return to the designating party all copies of any Confidential Information
designated by the other party (including any such information disclosed to third persons),
except for any attorneys’ work product and except for any such material that has become part
of the record. Any Confidential Information retained pursuant to this paragraph shall
continue to be governed by this Order until destroyed.
No Other Rights Affected.
Nothing in this Order shall prevent any party from seeking amendments broadening or
restricting the rights of access to or the use of Confidential Information or otherwise
modifying this Order, and this Order may be amended by filing a motion seeking leave of the
Court to do so. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to preclude a party who has received
Confidential Information pursuant to this Order from producing such information in response
to valid subpoena or order issued by a court or agency of competent jurisdiction in connection
with any other action, upon the giving of ten (10) days’ notice to the party who has designated
the material as confidential, or upon an appropriate order.
Counsel for any party producing Confidential Information shall have the right
to exclude from any deposition any person (other than the deponent, court reporter, and any
videographer), who is not allowed access by this Protective Order to Confidential Information.
This right to exclude shall be applicable only to those periods of examination or testimony
discussing or disclosing Confidential Information.
A producing party shall Bates number or provide another unique identifying
number for each page of each document that is designated as Confidential Information and
produced in this case.
The procedures established by this Protective Order are intended to be
cumulative and in addition to any party’s right to seek further or different protection or relief
from the Court regarding any issue addressed herein. This Protective Order is without
prejudice to the right of any party to apply to the Court at any time for modification of, or
exception to, this Protective Order.
As stated in Guideline 5 of the Court’s Guidelines for Agreed Protective
Orders, the Court’s jurisdiction to enforce this Protective Order terminates upon final
disposition of this case. A party may, however, file a motion to seek leave to reopen the case
to enforce the provisions of this Protective Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 15th day of May 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ James P. O’Hara
James P. O’Hara, U.S. Magistrate Judge
AGREEMENT TO TERMS OF PROTECTIVE ORDER
I, ________________________, have read the Protective Order entered on
________________________, 2017, in Kester Merchandising Display International, Inc. v.
Edward Waldman and E.H. Waldman Art & Furniture studio, LLC. Case No. 2:16-cv-02783DDC-JPO, currently pending or on appeal from the United States District Court for the District
of Kansas, and a copy of it has been provided to me.
I understand the provisions of the Protective Order, and agree to comply with and
to be bound by those provisions.
I submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court of Kansas, and the
state and federal courts of the locations from which Confidential Information was produced, for
any proceedings with respect to the Protective Order and agree to be subject to the judgment of
such courts with respect to issues related to the Protective Order if litigation is filed against me
and I am properly served with process.
I will keep in confidence, and will not divulge to anyone other than those
permitted to have access under the terms of the Protective Order, or copy or use except solely for
the purposes of this case, any documents, testimony or other information designated as
Confidential Information (as defined in the Protective Order) pursuant to the Protective Order.
I will return all Confidential Information to counsel who provided the
Confidential Information to me, or destroy it, within thirty (30) days after I am notified that this
case has concluded. If Confidential Information is destroyed, I will certify in writing that the
destruction has been completed.
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