Dykes v. Cleveland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 12/5/17. (ncb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
DANNY DYKES, INDIVIDUALLY AND
ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE AND
WRONGFUL DEATH BENEFICIARIES
OF JAMES A. DYKES, DECEASED
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15-cv-00076-DMB-JMV
CLEVELAND NURSING & REHABILITATION
CENTER and JOHN AND JANE DOES I-X
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
The Plaintiff, Danny Dykes, Individually and on behalf of the Estate and Wrongful Death
Beneficiaries of James A. Dykes, Deceased, has requested that the Defendant produce certain
confidential, commercial, and proprietary documents and tangible items (the “Protected
Documents”). In order to preserve and maintain the confidentiality of such documents, the parties
have agreed to the terms contained in this Order.
The Defendant has objected to producing the Protected Documents because they
contain confidential and proprietary information or trade secrets (“Confidential Information”) of
importance and value to the Defendant.
The Plaintiff and the Defendant acknowledge that disclosure of such Confidential
Information to, or use of such Confidential Information by, any person or entity not a party to the
lawsuit, or in any context other than this lawsuit, could cause commercial or financial harm to the
Recognizing the need to protect the Confidential Information contained in the
Protected Documents, the parties have agreed to the following provisions.
The documents subject to this Order shall hereafter and for the remainder of this
litigation be referred to as “Protected Documents.” When used in this Protective Order, the word
“documents” means all written material, videos, and all other tangible items.
Documents shall be marked by the Defendant as “Pursuant to Protective Order,” “Confidential,”
“Protected,” or identified in written discovery responses or other documents with specific Bates
numbers or other designation as being produced subject to this Protective Order. Any "Confidential"
indication or designation shall apply not only to the original materials, but also to all copies, excerpts,
abstracts, analyses, and summaries thereof.
The term "disclosure" includes, but is not limited to, the transmittal of information,
whether verbal, written, typed, printed, gestured or by other manner, regarding the content of the
The Protected Documents are subject to this Protective Order and may, even though
protected, be distributed, shown, and disseminated to the following persons (“Qualified Persons”):
The Plaintiff and Plaintiff's counsel of record in this case, including other members of
counsel’s law firm;
Employees of Plaintiff's counsel;
Experts and consultants retained by the Plaintiff for the preparation or trial of this case,
provided that no disclosure shall be made to an expert or consultant who is employed
by a competitor of the Defendants;
The Judge, the Judge’s staff, witnesses and jurors in this case; and
Mediator(s) retained or hired to help resolve this litigation, if any.
Before a Qualified Person described in paragraph 6(c) and (e) is given access to any
of the Protected Documents or the information contained therein, the Qualified Person shall first be
provided with a copy of this Agreement and shall sign the Acknowledgment Addendum,
acknowledging that s/he agrees to be bound by the terms of the Protective Order and will consent to
the jurisdiction of the Court for purposes of enforcing this Protective Order. The Plaintiff shall
maintain a list of the names and addresses of all persons who have had access to the Protected
Documents or their contents, in whole or in part, and all signed acknowledgements as required by this
paragraph. Such list and acknowledgements shall be subject to the Judge’s review at any time, and
upon Order of the Court, to Defendant's counsel.
Neither the Plaintiff nor Plaintiff's Counsel, nor any other person or party described in
paragraph 6 above, may post or upload Protected Documents on any website or internet accessible
document repository, other than that which is utilized by Qualified Persons and solely accessible to
Qualified Persons in the ordinary course of their business in the preparation or presentation of this
To the extent that Protected Documents or information contained therein are used in
the taking of depositions, the Protected Documents and information contained therein shall remain
subject to the provisions of this Order; the same, however, may be shown to witnesses being deposed,
the court reporter, and/or videographer after apprising that person of the provisions of this Order.
Any portion of a deposition that contains or refers to Confidential Information or Protected
Documents may within twenty days of receipt of the deposition transcript be marked Confidential
and will be subject to the procedures set forth in this Protective Order.
Counsel for the Plaintiff and counsel for the Defendant agree and understand that these
Protected Documents may only be used in the civil action styled Danny Dykes, Individually and on
behalf of the Estate and Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of James A. Dykes, Deceased v. Cleveland
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC and John and Jane Does I-X, Civil Action No. 4:15-CV00076-DMB-JMV, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, Greenville
Division, without waiving any objections asserted by any Party subject to this Order. Any use or
attempted use of these Protected Documents, or any information contained therein, in any other matter
or for any reason other than this litigation, without the express written consent of the Defendant, is
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, if counsel for any party intends to
file a document with the Court that contains any portion of any Protected Document or information
taken from any Protected Document, that counsel shall notify the producing party (assuming the
opposing party is the producing party) before filing. The producing party shall then, within three
business days of such notice, make any application they deem necessary under Local Rule 79 to
maintain the confidential status of such information, documents, affidavits, testimony or other
exhibits. Such filing shall comply with Local Rule 79. If, pursuant to Local Rule 79, the Court finds
that the document containing Protected information shall not be sealed, then the document may be
filed without seal.
The Order shall not apply to the disclosure of Protected Documents or the information
contained therein at the time of hearing or trial. Prior to the commencement of any public hearing or
trial, the parties may request the Court or Judge to establish procedures for the use of the Protected
Documents at such hearing or trial.
This Order shall continue to be binding after termination of this litigation. At the
conclusion of this litigation by appeal or otherwise, Plaintiff will return to the Defendant all
information and documents, including any copies made by Plaintiff's counsel pursuant to paragraph
6(a) – (e) herein, produced and designated as “confidential” pursuant to this Protective Order within
thirty (30) days of a written request from the Defendants. To the extent Protected Documents are
scanned and/or saved electronically, Plaintiff and Plaintiff's counsel will use commercially reasonable
efforts to delete those documents permanently from their computers, electronic systems, and servers.
However, to the extent such Protected Documents are not permanently deleted after Plaintiff and
Plaintiff's counsel have used commercially reasonable efforts to do so, this Order will remain in effect
and those documents shall remain confidential in perpetuity consistent with the terms of this Order,
unless otherwise ordered.
IT IS SO ORDERED, THIS THE 5th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2017.
/s/ Jane M. Virden
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
COUNSEL FOR THE PLAINTIFF
APPROVED FOR ENTRY:
/s/ Jason M. Kirschberg
Jason M. Kirschberg
GADOW TYLER, PLLC
511 E. Pearl Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
/s/ Clay Gunn
Bradley W. Smith (MSB No. 9834)
Clay Gunn (MSB No. 102920)
Adria H. Jetton (MSB No. 104094)
BAKER, DONELSON, BEARMAN, CALDWELL &
MAILING: Post Office Box 14167
Jackson, Mississippi 39236-4167
PHYSICAL: One Eastover Center
100 Vision Drive, Suite 400
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
John F. Hawkins
HAWKINS GIBSON, PLLC
628 North State Street (39202)
Post Office Drawer 24627
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-4627
DAVID NORQUIST LAW OFFICE, PLLC
Post Office Box 1379
301C West Sunflower Road
Cleveland, Mississippi 38732-1209
COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENDANT
R. Paul Williams, III
WILLIAMS NEWMAN WILLIAMS, PLLC
Post Office Box 23785
129B South President Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
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