Peetz v. Genentech, Inc. et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER adopting 49 Stipulation. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (TRL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
GENENTECH, INC., a California
corporation; BIOGEN IDEC INC., a
Massachusetts corporation; and DOES
1 - 25, residents of California,
Case No. 8:10CV297
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between Plaintiff Jesse Peetz (the
“Plaintiff”) and Defendants Genentech, Inc. and Biogen Idec Inc. (the “Defendants”) that the
following Stipulated Protective Order (“Protective Order”) should be entered by the Court:
Discovery Material: All items or information that are produced in
disclosures or responses to discovery. Discovery Material includes the record of any oral or
written testimony given at any deposition, pre-trial evidentiary hearing, trial or evidentiary
proceeding in this action, as well as all documents or other materials produced, and any copies,
abstracts, excerpts, analyses, summaries or other materials which contain, reflect or disclose any
such testimony, documents, other materials or information. Any designation by any Party of
materials referred to or introduced at any hearing, trial or other proceeding as Discovery Material
shall be binding under this Order unless the Court presiding over such hearing, trial or other
proceeding determines that such materials may not be so designated. If a Party seeks to
challenge the designation of any Discovery Material, it may do so by motion, but will take
reasonable efforts in presenting the Motion to preserve confidentiality pending the Court’s
ruling, including filing the material in a sealed envelope and requesting review in camera.
Document or Documents: Shall have the broadest meaning permitted
under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 and 34.
Designated Material: Any Discovery Material that constitutes, reflects or
discloses Trade Secrets or other proprietary or confidential research, development, technical,
financial, or commercial information, any medical record of Jesse Peetz, or any other medical,
psychological, or psychiatric record of Jesse Peetz. Designated Material is either
CONFIDENTIAL Material or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material. Any copies, abstracts,
excerpts, analyses, summaries or other materials that contain, reflect or disclose information
contained in Designated Material shall themselves be Designated Material and marked with the
same designation as the underlying material.
CONFIDENTIAL: Designated Material that is non-public and contains
information the disclosure or further disclosure of which will result in clearly defined and serious
injury to the Party seeking protection, including but not limited to, medical records of Jesse
Peetz, other medical, psychological, or psychiatric records of Jesse Peetz, or any information
contained in such records, whether produced by the Plaintiff or by any non-party, subject to
protection in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL: Designated Material that constitutes a Trade
Secret or Designated Material that is non-public and consists of extremely confidential and
sensitive material, including but not limited to Documents relating to the chemistry,
manufacturing, and controls of the Defendants’ products.
Trade Secrets: Anything tangible or intangible, or electronically kept or
stored, that constitutes, represents, evidences, or records a secret scientific, technical,
merchandising, production or management information, design, process, procedure, formula,
invention, or improvement.
Party: Either the Plaintiff or the Defendants, singly.
Parties: The Plaintiff and the Defendants, collectively.
Receiving Party: A Party that receives Discovery Material.
Producing Party: A Party that produces Discovery Material.
Designating Party: A Party that designates information, Documents, or
items that it produces as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Expert: A person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter
pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party to serve as an expert witness or as a
Professional Vendors: Persons or entities that provide litigation support
services for purposes of this specific litigation (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating;
preparing exhibits or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium;
etc.) and their employees and subcontractors. This definition includes a professional jury or trial
consultant retained in connection with this litigation.
Final Termination of this Action: The date of: (a) the filing of a
stipulated dismissal or the entry of a voluntary dismissal; (b) a final non-appealable order
disposing of this case; or (c) the expiration of the time for any appeal following a final order
disposing of this case.
Scope of Protection.
Purpose. Documents to be produced by the Parties may disclose
confidential and proprietary business, personal, and financial information. This Protective Order
is therefore entered into pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) to protect against
unauthorized disclosure or use of such information.
Nothing contained in this Protective Order shall be construed in any way
to control the use, dissemination, publication, or disposition by any Party of Documents or
information received at any time by any Party outside the discovery process in this action.
Generally. This Protective Order shall govern all Discovery Material, and
shall govern all Documents produced by the Parties in this case, including all copies, excerpts,
and summaries thereof or materials derived therefrom, except the following shall not be subject
to the Protective Order:
Documents in the public domain;
Documents in a Party’s rightful and lawful possession, including
without limitation documents disclosed to the Receiving Party without an obligation of
confidentiality by someone not a Party to this action who the Receiving Party believes in good
faith was in lawful possession of such documents; and
Documents obtained from a third-party that the third-party has the
right to possess and disclose, provided the Receiving Party is in lawful possession of such
Documents and not under a contractual obligation of confidentiality with respect to the
disclosure of such Documents.
Applies to All Parties. The provisions of this Protective Order shall apply
to the Parties and their officers, directors, employees, attorneys, experts, consultants,
independent contractors and agents.
Right to Designate. Each Party shall have the right to designate as
CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL any Discovery Material meeting the
definitions set forth in Paragraphs 1.4, 1.5 and/or 1.6. However, each Party shall use good faith
efforts to properly designate only Discovery Material containing information that is
CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Responses to Interrogatories or Requests for Admissions and the
information contained therein. The Designating Party may place a CONFIDENTIAL or
HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL legend on any page of any set of responses to interrogatories or
requests for admissions containing information designated as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY
Related Documents. Information designated CONFIDENTIAL or
HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL shall include: (a) all Documents, copies, extracts, and complete or
partial summaries prepared from or containing such information; (b) portions of deposition
transcripts and exhibits thereto which contain or reflect the content of any such Documents,
copies, extracts, or summaries; (c) portions of briefs, memoranda or any other papers filed with
the Court and exhibits thereto which contain or reflect the content of any such Documents,
copies, extracts, or summaries; and (d) testimony taken in a deposition, hearing, or other
proceeding that is designated in accordance with Paragraph 3.3(b).
Manner and Timing of Designations
For information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of
depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings). All Designated Material shall bear a legend on
each page stating that the material is CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL. All
Designated Material shall be marked before being sent to any Receiving Party, or if inadvertently
produced without such legend, by furnishing written notice to the Receiving Party (within 45
days after the Producing Party has sent such inadvertently produced information to the Receiving
Party) that the information shall be considered CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL under this Protective Order.
For testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial
proceedings. A Party’s counsel may identify on the record, before the close of the deposition,
hearing, or other proceeding, all protected testimony, and further specify any portions of the
testimony that qualify as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL. A Party’s counsel
may also invoke on the record (before the deposition or proceeding is concluded) a right to have
up to ten (10) days after receipt of a deposition or hearing transcript to identify specific portions
of the testimony as to which protection is sought. Each transcript in its entirety shall be treated
as having been designated HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, until the expiration of this ten (10) day
review period, and neither the transcript nor the content of any testimony shall be disclosed by a
non-Designating Party to persons other than those persons approved according to Paragraph 4.5.
Transcript pages containing Designated Material must be separately bound by the court reporter,
who must affix to the top of each such page the legend CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL as instructed by the Party.
For information produced in some form other than documentary,
and for any other tangible items. The Producing Party shall affix in a prominent place on the
exterior of the container in which the information or item is stored the legend CONFIDENTIAL
or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL. If only portions of the information or item warrant protection,
the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portions, specifying
whether they qualify as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Inadvertent Failure to Designate. An inadvertent failure to designate
Discovery Material as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL does not, standing
alone, waive the Designating Party’s right to secure protection for such material. If material is
appropriately designated as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL after the material
was initially produced, the Receiving Party, on timely notification of the designation (within 45
days after the Producing Party has sent such information to the Receiving Party absent
designation), must treat the material in accordance with this Protective Order including retrieving
all copies and excerpts of any re-designated Discovery Material from persons not entitled to
Limit on Use and Disclosure of Designated Material.
No person shall use Designated Material for purposes other than
the prosecution or defense of this action.
Disclosure of Party’s Own Documents. A Party or non-party may
disclose its own Designated Material to any person as it deems appropriate.
The attorneys of record for the Parties and other persons receiving
Designated Material shall exercise reasonable care to ensure that the Designated Material is: (a)
used only for the purposes specified herein; and (b) disclosed only to authorized persons.
It is, however, understood that counsel for a Party may give advice
and opinions to his or her client based on his or her evaluation of Designated Material, provided
that such rendering of advice and opinions shall not reveal the content of HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL information except by prior written agreement with counsel for the Producing
Designated Material must be stored and maintained by a Receiving
Party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons
authorized under this Protective Order.
Disclosure of Confidential Material. Except to the extent disclosed at any
stage of the action in court or by judicial decision, all CONFIDENTIAL Material subject to this
Protective Order shall be kept in a confidential manner and may be disclosed to and among the
following persons only:
The attorneys of record and employees under their supervision
working on this litigation;
Any person not employed by a Party who is expressly retained or
consulted by the Party or by an attorney described in Paragraph 4.2(a) above to assist in this
litigation, including any consulting or testifying experts;
Any director, officer, or employee of a Party who in the normal
course of business would have access to the CONFIDENTIAL Materials;
Any employee of a Party who is required by such Party to work
directly on this litigation, but only in connection with such work;
Any person of whom testimony is taken or may be taken in this
litigation, except that such a person may only see and retain copies of CONFIDENTIAL
Material during his testimony, in preparation therefore, or in discussions of possible testimony,
and may not thereafter retain any CONFIDENTIAL Material;
The Court, and any members of its staff to whom it is necessary to
disclose CONFIDENTIAL Material for the purpose of assisting the Court in this litigation;
Stenographic employees, videographers, or court reporters
recording or transcribing testimony for this litigation; and
Professional Vendors, Frosty Peetz, and Nancy Peetz.
Any person who makes any disclosure of CONFIDENTIAL Material
permitted under Paragraph 4.2 above shall advise each person to whom such disclosure is made
concerning the terms of this Protective Order and shall at the conclusion of this litigation obtain
from each such person the return of the CONFIDENTIAL Material and all copies thereof in
accordance with Paragraph 9, below. The Court and all court personnel shall be exempt from the
requirements of this provision.
Copies and extracts of CONFIDENTIAL Material may be made by or for
persons qualified to see such CONFIDENTIAL Material or by a Professional Vendor retained
for that purpose, provided that all copies and extracts are appropriately marked. Copies of
CONFIDENTIAL Material shall be made only when reasonably necessary to prepare work
product or conduct proceedings in this litigation. Copies of CONFIDENTIAL Material, and the
documents prepared by an expert or consultant that incorporate or reveal CONFIDENTIAL
Material, shall be subject to the same treatment hereunder as are the original documents or
Disclosure of HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material. Discovery Material
designated HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL shall not be given, shown, disclosed or made available in
any way to any person other than those categories of individuals listed in Paragraphs 4.2(a), (b),
(g), (h), and (i).
Agreement of Confidentiality. Except for the individuals listed in
Paragraphs 4.2(a), (b), (g), and (h), all other persons to whom HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
Material is disclosed shall be informed of and agree to be bound by the terms of this Protective
Order. Prior to disclosure of HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material to any such person, the
person shall execute a written acknowledgment, substantially in the form of Exhibit A annexed
hereto. Prior to dissemination by a Receiving Party of any HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material
to any such person, the Disseminating Party shall obtain and maintain a copy of this Protective
Order and Agreement evidencing that such person has executed the undertaking set out above.
Duty to Notify Regarding Inappropriate Disclosure. If HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL Material is disclosed to any person other than in the manner authorized by this
Protective Order, the Party responsible for the disclosure shall, immediately upon learning of
such disclosure, inform the Designating Party of all pertinent facts relating to such disclosures
and retrieve the Designated Material and prevent disclosure by each unauthorized person who
received such information.
Proposed Disclosures To Unauthorized Persons. In the event that a
Party deems it necessary to disclose any HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material to any person not
specified in Paragraphs 4.2(a), (b), (g), (h), and (i) (the “Proposed Disclosure”), that Party shall
notify counsel for the Producing Party in writing of: (a) the Designated Material sought to be
disclosed; and (b) the person(s) to whom such disclosure is to be made. The Proposed
Disclosure shall not be made absent written permission of the Producing Party, unless the Party
wishing to disclose, after reasonable notice, obtains an Order from the Court presiding over the
action permitting the Proposed Disclosure. The Producing Party shall not unreasonably refuse to
grant such permission, and shall respond in writing to any Proposed Disclosure within ten (10)
business days of its receipt of a Proposed Disclosure. If the Producing Party objects to the
proposed disclosure, the parties shall meet and confer within ten (10) business days of receipt of
such objection and make a good faith effort to resolve the disagreement. Counsel shall obtain
from all persons to whom disclosures are made pursuant to this Paragraph a written
acknowledgment, substantially in the form of Exhibit A annexed hereto.
Documents Filed Under Seal.
Designated Material, if filed with the Court, shall be filed under seal and shall be
made available only to the Court and to persons authorized by the terms of this Protective Order.
The Party filing any paper which reflects or includes any Designated Material shall file such
paper in a sealed envelope, or other appropriately sealed container, which indicates the title of
the action, the Party filing the materials, the nature of the materials filed, the appropriate legend
(CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL), and a statement substantially in the
following form, in bold-face, large-type font:
This envelope (or container) is sealed pursuant to order of the
Court and contains confidential information filed in this action and
is not to be opened or the contents thereof to be displayed or
revealed except to counsel of record in this action or by court order
pursuant to stipulation of the producing party or parties to this
action. Any person or party found to have compromised the
confidentiality of such confidential information shall be subject to
sanctions imposed by the Court.
Challenge To Confidentiality.
Generally. This Protective Order shall not preclude any Party from
seeking such additional protection with respect to the confidentiality of documents or other
Discovery Materials. Nor shall any Party be precluded from: (a) claiming that any Designated
Material is not entitled to the protections of this Protective Order; (b) applying to the Court for
an order permitting the disclosure or use of information or documents otherwise prohibited by
this Protective Order; or (c) applying for an order modifying this Protective Order. No Party
shall be obligated to challenge the propriety of any designation, and failure to do so shall not
preclude a subsequent challenge to the propriety of such designation.
Procedure for Challenges. At any time, the Receiving Party may notify
the Designating Party, in writing, of its objection to the designation applied to any Designated
Material. In the event that there is a disagreement as to whether the material has been properly
designated, the following procedure shall be utilized:
Meet and Confer. The Parties shall meet and confer within ten
(10) business days of receipt of such objection and make a good faith effort to resolve the
Judicial Resolution. If such negotiation fails to resolve the dispute,
the Receiving Party shall have the burden of moving the Court for an order terminating the
designation. Designated Material shall retain its CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL status until such time as: (1) the Parties expressly agree otherwise in writing;
or (2) this Court enters an order reclassifying such material or stripping it of its
CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL status, and the time to seek review of such
order has expired, no appeal having been taken; or in the event review is sought, this Court or an
appellate court has completed its review and rendered a final decision on the matter.
Discovery Material Subject to Confidentiality Agreement with Third-Party.
A Party may be requested to produce to another Party Discovery Material subject
to contractual or other obligations of confidentiality owed to a non-party. The Party subject to
such contractual or other obligation of confidentiality shall promptly contact the non-party to
determine whether such non-party is willing to permit disclosure of the confidential document or
information under the terms of this Protective Order. If the non-party is willing to permit
disclosure, the documents shall be produced in accordance with this Protective Order. If the
non-party is not willing to permit disclosure, the Requesting Party shall be notified and any
documents withheld on the basis of such contractual or other confidentiality obligation shall be
identified on a separate index stating the reason for withholding the document and the person to
whom the obligation of confidentiality is owed. This Protective Order shall not preclude any
Party from moving the Court for an order compelling production of such material.
Inadvertent Disclosure of Work Product or Privileged Information: Procedure and
The Producing Party must take reasonable steps to prevent inadvertent disclosure of
information, Documents, or items subject to claims of protection under the attorney-client
privilege, work product doctrine, or other doctrines or privileges of nondisclosure (“assertedly
privileged material”). Even with reasonable preventative measures, production of documents
may result in inadvertent disclosure of assertedly privileged materials. Within 45 days after the
Producing Party actually learns of an inadvertent disclosure, the Producing Party may notify in
writing the Receiving Party that said production was inadvertent and demand the return of the
assertedly privileged material. On such timely demand, the Receiving Party must retrieve and
return all copies of such information, Documents and/or things to the Producing Party within 5
business days of receipt of such notice and may not further disclose or use the information
contained in such items for any purpose, other than in connection with the service or filing of a
motion seeking a ruling of the Court as to whether the materials at issue are protected by
privilege and should be returned to the Producing Party. If a Party seeks to challenge the
claimed privileged status of any document(s), it shall use reasonable efforts in presenting the
motion to preserve the confidentiality of the document(s) pending a ruling by the Court,
including filing the document(s) in a sealed envelope and seeking review in camera. If the
Producing Party demands the return of the assertedly privileged material within this 45-day grace
period, the disclosure of the assertedly privileged material must be deemed inadvertent. If the
Receiving Party disputes in Court whether an inadvertently-produced Document is privileged,
the Receiving Party may not utilize in the litigation, or disclose to any third-party the
inadvertently-produced Document pending a ruling from the Court on the question. After the
45-day grace period, any demand for return of inadvertently produced assertedly privileged
material will be governed by the procedures and standards of the applicable case law.
Return of Designated Material.
Duty to Return Designated Material. Inadvertent disclosures will be
governed by Federal Rule of Evidence 502 and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B).
Duration. After Final Termination of this Action, the restrictions on the
communication and/or disclosure provided for herein shall continue to be binding upon the
parties and all other persons to whom Designated Material was disclosed. The Court shall retain
continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Protective Order.
Violation of Protective Order.
In the event of a proven violation of this Protective Order by any of the Parties in
this action or others designated in Paragraph 4 above, all Parties acknowledge that the offending
Party or persons may be subject to sanctions determined in the discretion of this Court.
Conflict With Prior Agreements or Local Rules.
To the extent the terms of this Protective Order conflict with any Local Rule or
with any agreements between the Parties regarding the confidentiality of particular Documents or
information entered into before the date of this Protective Order, the terms of this Protective
Order shall govern.
Waiver, Modification and Termination.
For good cause, any Party may seek a modification of this Protective Order first
by attempting to obtain the consent of every other Party to such modification, and then, absent
consent, by application to this Court.
No part of the restrictions imposed by this Protective Order may be modified,
waived or terminated, except by written stipulation executed by counsel of record for each
Designating Party, or by an order of the Court.
Entering into, agreeing to, producing or receiving Designated Material, or
otherwise complying with the terms of this Protective Order shall not:
operate as an admission by any Party that any Designated Material
designated as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL by any other person contains or
reflects trade secrets or any type of confidential information;
reduce in any way the rights of the Parties from whom discovery may be
sought to object to requests for discovery or to the production of documents that they consider
not subject to or privileged from discovery, or operate as an admission by any Party that the
restrictions and procedures set forth herein constitute adequate protection for any particular
prejudice in any way the rights of any Party to object to the authenticity or
admissibility into evidence of any Document, testimony or other evidence that is subject to this
prejudice in any way the rights of a Party to seek a determination by the
Court whether any Designated Material should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order;
prejudice in any way the rights of a Party to petition the Court to amend
this Protective Order or enter a further order relating to any Designated Material or other
Discovery Material; or
prevent the Parties from agreeing to alter or waive the provisions or
protections provided for in this Protective Order with respect to any particular Designated
Material or other Discovery Material.
preclude any Party from disclosing Designated Material to the United
States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) or other governmental authority pursuant to
applicable FDA rules and regulations or other applicable law.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this 5th day of December, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Thomas D. Thalken
United States Magistrate Judge
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
GENENTECH, INC., a California
corporation; BIOGEN IDEC INC., a
Massachusetts corporation; and DOES
1 - 25, residents of California,
Case No. 8:10-cv-297
I have read and am fully familiar with the terms of the Protective Order entered on
_____________, 2011 in the above-captioned litigation.
I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Protective Order and I understand
and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the
nature of contempt. I agree that I shall not disclose in any manner any information or item that is
subject to this Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the
provisions of this Order.
I agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court of Nebraska, for the
purpose of ensuring compliance with this stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement
proceedings occur after termination of this action.
I declare the foregoing under penalty of perjury.
City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________
Printed name: ______________________________
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