Alan Carney v. Home Instead, Inc. et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER adopting and approving the parties' Stipulated 61 Motion for Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
ALAN CARNEY, individually and
Derivatively, as he is a shareholder of
Oak Square Development Corporation,
Case No. 8:12cv156
MARK SIBBERNSEN and HOME
HOME INSTEAD, INC.
ALAN CARNEY and OAK SQUARE
This matter is before the Court on the parties’ Stipulated Motion for Protective Order
(filing 61). The Stipulation is hereby adopted and approved.
IT IS ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
The terms and conditions of this Order shall govern initial disclosures, the
production and handling of documents, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for
admissions, depositions, pleadings, exhibits, other discovery taken pursuant to the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure, and all other information exchanged by the parties or by any third
party in response to discovery requests or subpoenas.
The designation “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be limited to documents or
information that any producing party, including any third party, in good faith, believes to:
(a) contain proprietary or commercially sensitive information; (b) be subject to a
confidentiality agreement or other agreement containing a confidentiality provision;
(c) contain sensitive personal or financial information; or (d) contain information that should
otherwise be subject to confidential treatment under Rule 26(c)(1)(G) of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure.
Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” may be disclosed only to the
the Parties, meaning any named Plaintiff, Defendant, Counterclaimant,
Counterdefendant, Third Party Plaintiff or Defendant, or an Intervenor in this
case. Any officer, director, or employee of a corporate party provided with
CONFIDENTIAL information shall execute the Certification attached hereto
as Exhibit A;
outside counsel representing a named party in this action, including all legal
associates, clerical, copy service providers, document imaging service
providers, database/coding service providers, temporary or other support staff
who are employed by such counsel to assist such counsel and who have been
advised of this Order;
court reporters recording a properly noticed deposition in this litigation;
an expert or consultant who (i) is retained by any attorney described in
paragraphs 3(a) and (b) to assist with this litigation, (ii) is not a current
employee of a party or subsidiary or affiliate of a party, and (iii) executes the
Certification attached hereto as Exhibit A;
a person who prepared, received, or reviewed the “CONFIDENTIAL”
information prior to its production in this litigation;
any private mediators utilized in this litigation, provided such person executes
the Certification attached hereto as Exhibit A; and
the Court, and any Special Masters and/or Mediators appointed by the Court,
This Order does not apply to any information or documents:
already in the possession of a receiving party and not subject to any obligation
of confidentiality; and
acquired by a receiving party from a third party without being designated
confidential or similar material unless the third party received the information
or documents subject to any form of confidentiality protection.
All information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” in accordance with the terms
of this Order and produced or exchanged in the course of this litigation shall be used or
disclosed solely for the purpose of this litigation and in accordance with the provisions of this
Order. Such “CONFIDENTIAL” information shall not be used for any business purpose,
or in any other litigation or other proceeding or for any other purpose, except by Court Order
or otherwise required by law.
Persons other than those listed above in paragraph 3 may be allowed to review
CONFIDENTIAL information if, at least five (5) days prior to such review, the requesting
counsel first identifies the person to whom counsel desires to disclose the confidential
information and obtains the written consent of the attorney for the party who produced such
confidential information; provided, however, that neither party shall be required to disclose
the identity of any expert not retained as a trial witness. Should the attorney to whom the
request is made decline to give consent, the requesting attorney may file a motion seeking
If a party in possession of “CONFIDENTIAL” information receives a request,
subpoena, or other legally enforceable order from a non-party to this Protective Order
seeking production or disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” information, that party shall
promptly give notice by facsimile or electronic mail to the disclosing party identifying the
information sought and enclosing a copy of the subpoena or request. Provided that a timely
motion or other application for relief from the subpoena or other request has been filed by
the disclosing party in the appropriate forum, the party upon whom the subpoena, order, or
other request was served shall not produce or disclose the requested information without
consent of the disclosing party or until ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Counsel shall inform each person to whom they disclose or give access to
“CONFIDENTIAL” information the terms of this Order, as well as the obligation to comply
with those terms. Persons receiving “CONFIDENTIAL” information are prohibited from
disclosing it to any person except in conformance with this Order. The recipient of any
“CONFIDENTIAL” information agrees to subject himself/herself to the jurisdiction of the
Court for the purpose of any proceedings relating to the performance under, compliance with,
or violation of this Order. The parties agree, and agree to inform each person to whom they
disclose or give access to “CONFIDENTIAL” information, that damages for violation of this
Order are not an adequate remedy and that the appropriate remedy is injunctive relief.
Counsel agrees to maintain a file of all Certifications (Exhibit A) required by this Order.
The recipient of any “CONFIDENTIAL” information shall maintain such
information in a secure and safe area and shall exercise the same standard of due and proper
care with respect to the storage, custody, use and/or dissemination of such information as is
exercised by the recipient with respect to his or her own confidential or proprietary
In designating information “CONFIDENTIAL” the producing or testifying
party or person, including third parties, will make such designation only as to that
information that it in good faith believes meets the criteria for such designation as set forth
herein. All or any part of a document, tangible item, discovery response or pleading
disclosed, produced, or filed by any party or person in this litigation may be designated
“CONFIDENTIAL” by the producing or disclosing party or person by marking the
appropriate legend on the face of the document and each page so designated. With respect
to tangible items, the appropriate legend shall be marked on the face of the tangible item, if
practicable, or by delivering at the time of disclosure, production or filing to the party to
which disclosure is made, written notice that such tangible item is “CONFIDENTIAL”.
Nothing contained herein shall preclude any party to this action from utilizing
“CONFIDENTIAL” information in examining deponents or trial witnesses called in this
case. The manner with which “CONFIDENTIAL” information may be presented at trial will
be addressed by the Court at the Final Pretrial Conference or otherwise in advance of trial.
The parties may designate the deposition testimony and exhibits (or portions
thereof) of any witness in this litigation as “CONFIDENTIAL” at the time of the deposition
by advising the reporter and all parties of such fact during the deposition. If any portion of
a videotaped deposition is designated pursuant to this paragraph, the videocassette or other
videotape or CD-ROM or DVD container shall be labeled with the appropriate legend.
Unless a shortened time period is requested as set forth below, within thirty (30) days of
receipt of a transcript, the deponent’s counsel, or any other party may redesignate all or
portions of the transcript “CONFIDENTIAL.” The deponent’s counsel or any other party
shall list on a separate piece of paper the numbers of the pages of the deposition transcript
containing “CONFIDENTIAL” information and serve the same on opposing counsel.
Pending such designation, the entire deposition transcript, including exhibits, shall be
deemed “CONFIDENTIAL” information. If no designation is made within thirty (30) days
after receipt of the transcript, the transcript shall be considered not to contain any
A party may reasonably request a shortening of the time period within which
a confidentiality designation for a deposition transcript must be made for the purpose of
conducting effective discovery, and consent to such a request shall not be unreasonably
In the event of a dispute as to a request for a shortened time period, the parties
shall first try to dispose of such dispute in good faith on an informal basis. If the dispute
cannot be resolved within five (5) business days, the party requesting the shortened time
period may request appropriate relief from the Court. The parties agree, subject to Court
approval, that such relief sought can be in the form of a telephone conference to be scheduled
at the Court’s earliest convenience with the objective of obtaining an immediate resolution
of the dispute.
A party seeking to file sealed “CONFIDENTIAL” information, documents or
pleadings must follow the procedures set forth in NECivR 7.5 or NECivR 5.03(c). If the
pleading or document is already subject to this existing protective order, no motion to seal
or to file under restricted access is required. Any documents or pleadings to be filed with the
Court must bear the caption of this litigation and pleading or document title and such other
description as will allow the Court to readily identify the documents or information or
portions thereof so designated.
Nothing in this Order shall be construed in any way as a finding that
information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” actually is entitled to such designation. Any
party may object, in writing, to the designation by another party by specifying the
information in issue and its grounds for questioning the designation. A party shall not be
obligated to challenge the propriety of a designation at the time made, and a failure to do so
shall not preclude any subsequent challenge. In the event that any party to this litigation
disagrees at any point in these proceedings with the designation by the producing party, the
parties shall try first to dispose of such dispute in good faith on an informal basis. If the
parties cannot resolve the dispute within twenty-one (21) days of service of a written
objection, the party challenging the designation may file a motion to compel within
twenty-one (21) days after the parties’ informal attempts at resolution have concluded. The
information, documents or materials shall continue to receive the protection of their
designation until the Court rules on the motion. The party that designated the information
“CONFIDENTIAL” shall have the burden of demonstrating the propriety of its designation.
Nothing herein shall be construed to be an admission of relevance or to affect,
in any way, the admissibility of any documents, testimony or other evidence in this litigation.
This Order is without prejudice to the right of any party to bring before the Court at any time
the question of whether any particular information is or is not discoverable or admissible.
Nothing in this Order shall bar or otherwise restrict any attorney herein from
rendering advice to clients with respect to this litigation and in the course thereof, referring
to or relying upon the attorney’s examination of “CONFIDENTIAL” information so long as
the attorney does not disclose “CONFIDENTIAL” information.
Inadvertent disclosure by a producing party of “CONFIDENTIAL” information
that is not properly designated in accordance with this order shall not constitute a waiver of
any claim of protection under this order. Upon discovery of the inadvertent production, the
producing party shall notify the receiving parties in writing of such disclosure and within
thirty (30) days of such notice shall provide properly designated documents. During the
thirty (30) day period after notice, the materials shall be treated as designated in the
producing party’s notice. Upon receipt of properly designated documents, the receiving
parties shall return all unmarked or incorrectly designated documents and other materials to
the producing party within five (5) business days. The receiving party shall not retain any
copies, in either hard or electronic format, and shall treat information contained in said
documents and materials and any summaries or notes thereof as appropriately marked
pursuant to the producing party’s notice.
Should any “CONFIDENTIAL” information be disclosed, through
inadvertence or otherwise, by a receiving party to any person or party not authorized under
this Order, then the receiving party shall: (a) use its best efforts to obtain the return of any
such information and to bind such person or party to the terms of this Order; (b) within
seven (7) business days of the discovery of such disclosure, inform such person of all
provisions of this Order and identify such person or party to the producing party; and
(c) request such person or party to sign the Certification attached hereto as Exhibit A. The
executed Certification shall be served upon counsel for the producing party within ten
(10) business days of its execution by the party to whom the information was inadvertently
disclosed. Nothing in this paragraph is intended to limit the remedies that the producing
party may pursue for breach of this Order.
A producing person or entity who is not a party in this litigation shall be
entitled to the protections afforded herein by signing a copy of this Order and serving same
on all counsel of record. Thereafter, a non-party producing person or entity may designate
as “CONFIDENTIAL” only testimony, information, documents or things that such producing
person or entity has produced or provided in the action.
This Order shall survive the termination of this litigation and shall continue in
full force and effect thereafter.
After final termination of this action, the outside counsel for a named party
may each retain one copy of deposition transcripts and exhibits, Court transcripts and
exhibits, and documents and other materials submitted to the Court. Nothing herein shall
require the return or destruction of attorney work product. Such material shall continue to
be treated as designated under this Order. Within sixty (60) days after final termination of
this litigation, at the request of the producing party, counsel for the receiving party either
shall (a) return all additional “CONFIDENTIAL” information in his/her possession, custody
or control or in the custody of any authorized agents, outside experts and consultants retained
or utilized by counsel for the receiving party to counsel for the party who has provided such
“CONFIDENTIAL” information in discovery or (b) certify destruction thereof to the
producing party’s counsel. As to “CONFIDENTIAL” information reflected in computer
databases or backup tapes or any other electronic form, the receiving party shall erase all
such “CONFIDENTIAL” information.
Pursuant to NECivR 7.5(e), within thirty (30) days after final termination of
this litigation, outside counsel for a named party shall retrieve from the Court all
“CONFIDENTIAL” physical objects that it filed with the Court during the litigation and
return or dispose of such information in accordance with paragraph 24.
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d), if information subject to a claim
of attorney-client privilege or work product immunity is inadvertently or mistakenly
produced, such production shall in no way prejudice or otherwise constitute a waiver of, or
estoppel as to, any claim of privilege or work-product immunity for such information. Upon
receipt of a written request made by the producing party, the receiving parties shall return the
documents for which a claim of inadvertent production is made to the producing party within
seven (7) business days unless the receiving party intends to challenge the producing party’s
assertion of privilege or immunity. All copies of inadvertently or mistakenly produced
documents shall be destroyed. All paper copies of such documents shall be shredded, and
electronic copies of such documents shall be wiped from any storage medium upon which
the copy resides or, if the medium cannot be wiped, the storage medium shall be physically
destroyed. Any document or material information reflecting the contents of the inadvertently
produced information shall be expunged. If a receiving party objects to the return of such
information within the seven (7) business day period described above, the producing party
may move the Court for an order compelling the return of such information. Pending the
Court’s ruling, a receiving party may retain the inadvertently produced documents, however,
the party must not use or disclose the information until the claim is resolved and must take
reasonable steps to retrieve the information if the party disclosed it before being notified.
Nothing in this order shall prevent any party from applying to the Court for
relief therefrom, or from applying to the Court for further or additional protective orders or
modification of this order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED February 28, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
S/ F.A. Gossett
United States Magistrate Judge
CERTIFICATION - EXHIBIT A
I hereby certify that I have read the attached Protective Order in Carney vs.
Sibbernsen and Home Instead, Inc., Case No. 8:12-cv-156, dated ________ ___, 2013 (the
“Order”), and I agree that I will not reveal “CONFIDENTIAL” or information to, or discuss
such with, any person who is not entitled to receive “CONFIDENTIAL” information in
accordance with the Order. I will use “CONFIDENTIAL” information only for the purposes
of facilitating the prosecution or defense of the action and not for any business or other
I will otherwise keep all “CONFIDENTIAL” information confidential in
accordance with this Order. I agree that the United States District Court for the District of
Nebraska has jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the Order, and I consent to jurisdiction of
that Court over my person for that purpose. I will otherwise be bound by the strictures of the
Dated: __________________________ ___________________________________
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