Vega v. Valley Venture II d/b/a Interstate Apartments et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER.Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (TCL )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
unincorporated entity, RICHARD NUTT,
individually, and MICHELLE HARLAN,
Case No.: 8:10cv429
This matter is before the court on the parties’ Motion and Joint Stipulation for Protective
Order (filing 20).
Plaintiffs and Defendants in this action seek discovery or documents,
information, or other materials that may contain non-public, confidential and sensitive
information of another party or of a third party. The parties wish to ensure that confidential
information shall be used only for the purposes of this action and shall not be disclosed or used
in any other way. In light of the nature of the non-public, confidential and sensitive information
that may be sought in discovery, good cause exists for entry of a protective order.
IT IS ORDERED that the disclosure and use of certain discovered information in this
action is limited as follows:
A party producing documents which it believes in good faith contain confidential
information shall stamp the copies of such documents with an appropriate legend containing the
substance of "CONFIDENTIAL" and/or "SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER." The parties
receiving or reviewing such confidential documents, their attorneys, and retained experts shall
treat such documents as confidential and shall not disclose them to, or discuss them with, anyone
except as provided in this Order. Disclosure of, or discussions about, confidential documents in
violation of this Order shall be subject to the Court's authority to sanction under Fed. R. Civ. P.
37. Provided, however, that either party may challenge the propriety of a "confidential"
designation and that, in the event of such a challenge, the party asserting confidentiality has the
burden of proof to establish confidentiality.
Any and all medical records of the Plaintiff or any of the Plaintiff’s children,
regardless of the source, whether they are produced by the Plaintiff or by a non-party pursuant to
a subpoena, are hereby declared confidential and shall be subject to the provisions of this
Documents subject to this Protective Order may be disclosed only to the
The parties to this action, and their attorneys, and such attorneys' respective
associates, clerks, legal assistants, stenographic personnel and experts retained to
consult or to testify in the case.
Any party who intends to disclose confidential documents to a non-party shall first provide such
non-party with a copy of this Protective Order.
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 3, confidential documents may be
used as exhibits during depositions in this case, provided, however, the reporter shall be
instructed not to furnish copies of any such material or disclose its contents to any person other
than counsel for the respective parties. To the extent that the transcript of any deposition, or
exhibit thereto, incorporates information from a confidential document, such transcript or exhibit
shall be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. Additionally, no confidential document
shall be attached to a pleading, or any other document provided to the Court, without the other
party's or parties' prior written consent, unless such pleading or other document is filed through
the ECF system with restrictive access, so that only counsel for the parties and the court can
access the document.
Counsel's agreement to this Order should not be construed as a waiver of
objections to production or admissibility or as otherwise requiring the parties to produce such
documents. This Order is intended to apply only to those documents which are required to be or
are actually produced.
The provisions of this Order shall not terminate at the conclusion of this action.
Unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties or otherwise determined by later order of this Court
upon conclusion of this action, all documents covered by this Protective Order shall be returned
to the party producing the documents or provide a certification of destruction. Copies of these
documents provided to experts, consultants or the law firm representing a party shall be returned
to the attorneys for the producing party at the conclusion of this action, or, at the option of the
producing party, the producing party may require certification of the destruction of the produced
documents. No copies of such documents shall be retained by such experts, consultants or others.
Subsequent to final disposition of this case, a party may seek leave to re-open the
case to enforce the provisions of this Protective Order.
Dated July 18, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
S/ F.A. Gossett
United States Magistrate Judge
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