Timebase Pty Ltd v. Thomson Corporation, The

Filing 44

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting by Timebase Pty Ltd, Thomson Corporation, The, West Publishing Corporation, West Services Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit(s) E-Discovery Protocol# 2 Exhibit(s) Plaintiff's Proposed Protective Order# 3 Exhibit(s) Defendants' Proposed Protective Order)(Gasey, Arthur)

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Timebase Pty Ltd v. Thomson Corporation, The Doc. 44 Att. 3 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 1 of 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) THE THOMSON CORPORATION, WEST ) PUBLISHING CORPORATION, AND WEST ) ) SERVICES, INC. ) ) Defendants. TIMEBASE PTY LTD., File No. 07-CV-1687 (JNE/JJG) DEFENDANTS' PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER Upon request by the parties for an order pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c) that trade secret or other confidential information be disclosed only in designated ways, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. As used in this Protective Order, these terms have the following meanings: "Attorneys" means counsel of record; "Confidential" documents are documents designated pursuant to paragraph 2; "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" documents are the subset of Confidential documents designated pursuant to paragraph 5; "Documents" are all materials within the scope of Fed. R. Civ. P. 34; "Written Assurance" means an executed document in the form attached as Exhibit A. 2. By identifying a document "Confidential," a party may designate any document, including interrogatory responses, other discovery responses, or transcripts, that it in good faith contends to constitute or contain trade secret or other confidential information and that it in good faith believes should be disclosed only to those persons authorized to have access to such information under paragraph 4 of this Protective Order. Page 1 of 8 Dockets.Justia.com Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 2 of 8 3. All Confidential documents, along with the information contained in the documents, shall be used solely for the purpose of this action and shall not be used for any other purposes, including, but not limited to, competitive business purposes or prosecution/procurement of any intellectual property rights. In addition, no person receiving such documents shall, directly or indirectly, transfer, disclose, or communicate in any way the contents of the documents to any person other than those specified in paragraph 4. 4. (a) (b) Access to any Confidential document or information shall be limited to: the Court and its officers; outside lawyers who are members of or employed by a law firm engaged to represent a party to this lawsuit, as well as employees of such law firms whose responsibilities require access to the documents, and outside vendors (e.g., reproduction services, scanning services, and data management services) who have been retained by such counsel and who are assisting counsel in connection with the lawsuit, provided that any outside vendor described above executes the appropriate Written Assurance in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto (to be retained by counsel for the party during the pendency of the case) before receiving access to any Confidential document or information; (c) (d) (e) persons shown on the face of the document to have authored or received it; court reporters and/or videographers retained to transcribe or record testimony; in-house lawyers for a party who are charged with responsibility for and are actively engaged in supervising this lawsuit and their immediate staff whose responsibilities require access to the documents or information so designated, provided that any non-lawyer staff or employee described above executes the appropriate Written Assurance in the form attached as Page 2 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 3 of 8 Exhibit A hereto (to be retained by counsel for the party during the pendency of the case) before receiving access to any Confidential document or information; (f) individual parties and officers or employees of each corporate party, provided that (A) access by such persons is reasonably necessary to prosecute or defend this lawsuit, and the disclosure is used only for that purpose, (B) each such person executes the appropriate Written Assurance in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto (to be retained by counsel for the party during the pendency of the case) before receiving access to any Confidential documents or information. (g) outside independent persons (i.e., persons not currently or formerly employed by, consulting with, or otherwise associated with any party) who are retained by a party or its attorneys to furnish technical or expert services, or to provide assistance as mock jurors or focus group members or the like, and/or to give testimony in this action, provided that each such person executes the appropriate Written Assurance in the form attached as Exhibit A. 5. The parties shall have the right to further designate Confidential documents (or portions of documents) as "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" that the designating party in good faith believes contains or constitutes its or another's highly sensitive and proprietary trade secrets or other confidential business, research, development, technical, financial, or commercial information that would provide a distinct competitive advantage if disclosed to business representatives of a party or non-party to this litigation. Disclosure of information designated "Confidential Attorneys' Eyes Only" shall be limited to the persons designated in paragraphs 4(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (g), with the additional limitation that no such information shall be disclosed to persons who are involved in prosecuting patent applications, supervising prosecution of patent applications, or managing prosecution of patent applications. Page 3 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 4 of 8 6. Third parties producing documents in the course of this action may also designate documents as "Confidential" or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only," subject to the same protections and constraints as the parties to the action. A copy of this Protective Order shall be served along with any subpoena served in connection with this action. All documents produced by such third parties shall be treated as "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" for a period of 15 days from the date of their production, and during that period any party may designate such documents as "Confidential" or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order. 7. Each person appropriately designated pursuant to paragraph 4(g) to receive Confidential information shall execute a "Written Assurance" in the form attached as Exhibit A. Opposing counsel shall be provided with written notice at least 10 days prior to disclosure of any Confidential information to any such person. Such written notice shall provide a reasonable description of the outside independent person to whom disclosure is sought sufficient to permit objection to be made. If a party objects in writing to such disclosure within 10 days after receipt of notice, no disclosure shall be made for a period of 5 business days after receiving the objection. During this period of 5 business days following the objection, the objecting party may file a motion to prevent disclosure. If the objecting party does not file a motion within 5 business days of the objection, the objection shall be deemed waived and the party seeking to make the disclosure shall be allowed to do so. In such a motion, the party opposing disclosure shall bear the burden of establishing that disclosure is not appropriate under applicable law. 8. All depositions or portions of depositions taken in this action that contain trade secret or other confidential information may be designated "Confidential" or "Confidential Attorneys' Eyes Only" and thereby obtain the protections accorded other "Confidential" or Page 4 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 5 of 8 "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" documents. Confidentiality designations for depositions shall be made either on the record or by written notice to the other party within 10 days of receipt of the transcript. Unless otherwise agreed, depositions shall be treated as "Confidential The Attorneys' Eyes Only" during the 10-day period following receipt of the transcript. deposition of any witness (or any portion of such deposition) that encompasses Confidential information shall be taken only in the presence of persons who are qualified to have access to such information under paragraphs 4 and 5. 9. Any party who inadvertently fails to identify documents as "Confidential" or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" shall have 10 days from the discovery of its oversight to correct its failure. Such failure shall be corrected by providing written notice of the error and substituted copies of the inadvertently produce documents. Any party receiving such inadvertently unmarked documents shall make reasonable efforts to retrieve documents distributed to persons not entitled to receive documents with the corrected designation. 10. Any party who inadvertently discloses documents that are privileged or otherwise immune from discovery shall, promptly upon discovery of such inadvertent disclosure, provide a written notice to the receiving party of the inadvertent disclosure. The written notice shall state the basis on which the documents are privileged or otherwise immune from discovery and request that the documents be returned. The receiving party shall return such inadvertently produced documents, including all copies, within 10 days of receiving such a written notice. The party returning such inadvertently produced documents may thereafter seek re-production of any such documents pursuant to applicable law. 11. If a party files a document containing Confidential information with the Court, it shall do so in compliance with the Electronic Case Filing Procedures for the District of Page 5 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 6 of 8 Minnesota. Prior to disclosure at trial or a hearing of materials or information designated "Confidential" or "Confidential- Attorneys' Eyes Only," the parties may seek further protections against public disclosure from the Court. 12. Any party may request a change in the designation of any information designated "Confidential" and/or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only." Any such document shall be treated as designated until the change is completed. If the requested change in designation is not agreed to, the party seeking the change may move the Court for appropriate relief, providing notice to any third party whose designation of produced documents as "Confidential" and/or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" in the action may be affected. The party asserting that the material is Confidential shall have the burden of proving that the information in question is within the scope of protection afforded by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c). 13. Within 60 days of the termination of this action, including any appeals, each party shall either destroy or return to the opposing party all documents designated by the opposing party as "Confidential" or "Confidential Attorneys' Eyes Only," and all copies of such documents, and shall destroy all extracts and/or data taken from such documents. Each party shall provide a certification as to such return or destruction as within the 60-day period. Attorneys shall be entitled to retain, however, a set of all documents filed with the Court, all pleadings, depositions and transcripts, and all correspondence generated in connection with the action. 14. Any party may apply to the Court for a modification of this Protective Order, and nothing in this Protective Order shall be construed to prevent a party from seeking such further provisions enhancing or limiting confidentiality as may be appropriate. Page 6 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 7 of 8 15. No action taken in accordance with this 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. 16. The obligations imposed by this Protective Order shall survive the termination of this action. Within 60 days following the expiration of the last period for appeal from any order issued in connection with this action, the parties shall remove any materials designated "Confidential" or "Confidential Attorneys' Eyes Only" from the office of the Clerk of Court. Following that 60-day period, the Clerk of Court shall destroy all "Confidential" materials. Stipulated to: Date: _________________________________ Date: _________________________________ By__________________________ By __________________________ IT IS SO ORDERED: Date:__________________________________ _____________________________ United States Magistrate Judge Page 7 of 8 Case 0:07-cv-01687-JNE-JJG Document 44 Filed 06/21/2007 Page 8 of 8 EXHIBIT A WRITTEN ASSURANCE I _______________________ acknowledge and declare as follows: 1. 2. My address is: _____________________________________________________________. I have received a copy of the Protective Order, filed in Civil Action No. 07-CV-1687 (JNE/JJG), pending in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. I agree to comply with, and to be bound by, its terms. I understand that any violation of the terms of the Protective Order may subject me to sanctions by the Court. 3. I shall not divulge any documents or information marked or designated as "Confidential" or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only" pursuant to the Protective Order, or the contents of such documents, to any person other than those specifically authorized by the Protective Order. I shall not copy or use such documents except for the purposes of this action and pursuant to the terms of the Protective Order. 4. As soon as practical, but no later than 30 days after final termination of this action, I shall return to the attorney from whom I have received any documents in my possession designated "Confidential" or "Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only," and all copies, excerpts, summaries, notes, digests, abstracts, and indices relating to such documents. 5. I submit myself to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota for the purpose of enforcing or otherwise providing relief relating to the Protective Order. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on ______________________ (Date) ____________________________ (Signature) Page 8 of 8

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