Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc. v. Barksdale, Inc.
ORDER granting 43 Motion for Protective Order Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (Zwart, Cheryl)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
REINKE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, )
BARKSDALE, INC. d/b/a BARKSDALE
CASE NO. 4:15-CV-03072
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
The conduct of this Action may involve disclosure of confidential and constitutionally
protected private, business, and financial information.
This Protective Order (“Protective
Order”) therefore is entered into pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) to protect
against unauthorized disclosure of such information, which could cause serious and irreparable
harm to the producing party or witness, and to ensure that such information will be used only for
purposes of this Action. The parties agree that such information, including electronically stored
information, should be given the protection of an order of this Court.
It is therefore, for good cause shown, ordered, adjudged and decreed that the following
Protective Order shall govern this Action:
Any party to this litigation and any third-party producing information, documents,
or things in this Action shall have the right to designate as "Confidential" and subject to this
Order any information, document, or thing, initial disclosure, interrogatory answer, admission,
pleading or testimony, or portion thereof that: (a) contains competitively sensitive technical,
marketing, financial, sales or other confidential business information, including without
limitation trade secrets; (b) contains private or confidential personal information; (c) contains
information received in confidence from third parties; or (d) the producing party otherwise
believes in good faith to be entitled to protection under Rule 26(c)(1)(G) of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure. Any party to this litigation or any third party producing or disclosing any such
material in this Action, including without limitation any information, document, thing, initial
disclosures, interrogatory answer, admission, pleading, or testimony, shall mark the same with
the following or similar legend: "CONFIDENTIAL" or "CONFIDENTIAL — SUBJECT TO
CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER" (hereinafter “Confidential Material”).
All Confidential Material shall be used by the receiving party solely for purposes
of the prosecution or defense of this Action, shall not be used by the receiving party for any
business, commercial, competitive, personal or other purpose, and shall not be disclosed by the
receiving party to anyone other than those set forth in Paragraph 3 herein, unless and until the
restrictions herein are removed either by written agreement of counsel for the parties, or by
Order of the Court.
Confidential Material and the contents of Confidential Material may be disclosed
only to the following individuals under the following conditions:
Outside counsel and relevant in-house counsel for the parties;
Outside experts or consultants retained by outside counsel for purposes of
this Action, provided they have signed a non-disclosure agreement in the form attached
hereto as Exhibit A;
Secretarial, paralegal, clerical, duplicating and data processing personnel
of the foregoing;
The named parties to this Action or their officers, directors, and
employees, all of whom have agreed to be bound and are bound by the terms of this
Any deponent or person from whom testimony is being taken, has been
taken, or is reasonably expected to be taken in this Action (whether in deposition or at
trial), provided that, if they are not a party to this Action or an employee or representative
of a party to this Action, they have signed a non-disclosure agreement in the form
attached hereto as Exhibit A;
The Court and court personnel; and
Vendors retained by or for the parties to assist in preparing for pretrial
discovery, trial and/or hearings including, but not limited to, court reporters, litigation
support personnel, jury consultants, individuals to prepare demonstrative and audiovisual
aids for use in the courtroom or in depositions or focus group or mock jury sessions, as
well as their staff, stenographic, and clerical employees whose duties and responsibilities
require access to such materials.
Confidential Material received by a party in this Action shall be used only by
individuals permitted access to it under Paragraph 3 and only for purposes of this Action.
Confidential Material, copies thereof, and the information contained therein, shall not be
disclosed in any manner to any other individual, until and unless (a) outside counsel for the party
asserting confidentiality waives the claim of confidentiality, or (b) the Court orders such
With respect to any depositions that involve a disclosure of Confidential Material
of a party to this Action, such party shall have until thirty (30) days after receipt of the deposition
transcript within which to inform all other parties that portions of the transcript are to be
designated Confidential, which period may be extended by agreement of the parties. No such
deposition transcript shall be disclosed to any individual other than the individuals described in
Paragraph 3 above and the deponent during these thirty (30) days, and no individual attending
such a deposition shall disclose the contents of the deposition to any individual other than those
described in Paragraph 3 above during said thirty (30) days. Upon being informed that certain
portions of a deposition are to be designated as Confidential Material, all parties shall
immediately cause each copy of the transcript in its custody or control to be appropriately
marked and limit disclosure of that transcript in accordance with Paragraph 3.
If counsel for a party receiving documents or information designated as
Confidential hereunder objects to such designation of any or all of such items, the following
procedure shall apply:
Counsel for the objecting party shall serve on the designating party or
third party a written objection to such designation, which shall identify the documents or
information in question. Counsel for the designating party or third party shall respond in
writing to such objection within ten (10) days, and shall state with particularity the
grounds for asserting that the document or information is Confidential. If no timely
written response is made to the objection, the challenged designation will be deemed to
be void. If the designating party or nonparty makes a timely response to such objection
asserting the propriety of the designation, counsel shall then confer in good faith in an
effort to resolve the dispute.
If a dispute as to a Confidential designation of a document or item of
information cannot be resolved by agreement, the proponent of the designation being
challenged shall present the dispute in accordance with the procedures relating to
resolution of discovery disputes as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the
Local Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, and any
Orders of the Court in this Action. The document or information that is the subject of the
filing shall be treated as being governed by its original designation pending resolution of
All filings with the Court that quote or directly or indirectly reveal the content of
Confidential Material shall be filed as Restricted Documents pursuant to the NECivR 5.3(c),
without the need for any additional Motion or Order. All disclosures, discovery responses, and
other documents that quote or directly or indirectly reveal the content of Confidential Material
shall be treated as Confidential Material, the same as the information that they quote or directly
or indirectly reveal.
If the need arises during trial or at any hearing before the Court for any party to
disclose Confidential Material, it may do so only after giving notice to the producing party and
as directed by the Court.
To the extent consistent with applicable law, the inadvertent or unintentional
disclosure of Confidential Material that should have been designated as such, regardless of
whether the information, document or thing was so designated at the time of disclosure, shall not
be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of a party's claim of confidentiality, either as to the
specific information, document or thing disclosed or as to any other material or information
concerning the same or related subject matter. Such inadvertent or unintentional disclosure may
be rectified by notifying in writing counsel for all parties to whom the material was disclosed
that the material should have been designated Confidential only within a reasonable time after
disclosure. Such notice shall constitute a designation of the information, document or thing as
Confidential Material under this Protective Order.
Pursuant to Federal Rules of Evidence 502(b), 502(c), and 502(d) and Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5), the inadvertent or mistaken disclosure of any information,
document or thing protected by privilege or work-product immunity shall not constitute a waiver
by the producing party of any claims of privilege or work-product immunity. However, nothing
herein restricts the right of the receiving party to challenge the producing party's claim of
privilege or work-product immunity on a basis other than waiver.
No information that is in the public domain, or that is already known by the
receiving party through proper means, or that is or becomes available to a party from a source
(other than the party asserting confidentiality) rightfully in possession of such information on a
non-confidential basis, shall be deemed or considered to be Confidential Material under this
Protective Order. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit in any way either party’s s use of its
own Confidential Material.
This Protective Order shall not deprive any party of its right to object to discovery
by any other party or on any otherwise permitted ground.
This Protective Order shall survive the termination of this Action and shall remain
in full force and effect unless modified by an Order of this Court or by the written stipulation of
the parties filed with the Court.
Within 120 days after final conclusion of this Action, each party or other
individual subject to the terms hereof shall, upon the request of the producing party, be under an
obligation to certify, under oath, that they have either returned to opposing counsel or destroyed
all originals and unmarked copies of documents and things containing Confidential Material.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, counsel of record for the parties may retain copies of
documents constituting work product, pleadings, motion papers, discovery responses, deposition
transcripts and deposition and trial exhibits. To the extent a party requests the return of
Confidential Material from the Court after the final conclusion of the litigation, including the
exhaustion of all appeals therefrom and all related proceedings, the party shall file a motion
seeking such relief.
Upon the court's review of the parties' discovery agreement, (as set forth above),
including their agreement regarding the application of Rule 502 to their discovery processes,
IT IS ORDERED:
In accordance with Rule 502(d) and (e) of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the
authority granted therein, the terms of the parties' discovery agreement are hereby ordered and
enforceable against the parties herein and all persons in federal and state proceedings, including
March 24, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
United States Magistrate Judge
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
I, ________________________________________________ [print or type full name],
of _________________________________________________ [print or type full address],
declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the attached
Protective Order Regarding Confidentiality that was issued by the United States District Court
for the District of Nebraska in Case Number 4:15-CV-03072. I agree to comply with and to be
bound by all the terms of that Order, and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply
could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly agree that I
will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to that Order to any
person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of that Order.
I further hereby agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for
the District of Nebraska for the purpose of enforcing the terms of that Order, even if such
enforcement proceedings occur after termination of the lawsuits listed above.
City and State where sworn and signed:
Printed name: ___________________________
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