Haseloh et al v. Saunders County Medical Center
PROTECTIVE ORDER granting motion filing 25 . Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (GJG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ex rel., LINDA R. HASELOH,
SAUNDERS MEDICAL CENTER,
Case No. 8:12CV240
This matter is before the Court on the joint motion of the parties, for a
protective order. (Filing 25.) The motion is granted.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26, this protective order is entered by
the Court, covering documents and information produced by the parties to any
other party or the parties’ counsel, whether produced voluntarily or by Court
rules or order of the Court, or other legal process during this litigation.
Plaintiff has issued discovery requests to Defendant Saunders
Medical Center (“SMC”), some of which seek confidential documents including,
without limitation, documents containing Protected Health Information (“PHI”),
which is protected from disclosure by HIPAA and may be protected by other
state and federal law.
Plaintiff (and her attorneys) and any future parties (and their
attorneys) to the above-captioned matter are hereby authorized to receive
documents containing PHI or other confidential information subject to the
conditions outlined herein.
As a “covered entity” (as defined by 45 CFR § 160.103), SMC is
hereby authorized to disclose responsive documents containing PHI to
Plaintiff’s attorneys or the attorneys of other parties who may become of record
in this litigation in the future subject to the conditions outlined herein. This
provision does not prohibit Defendant from objecting to future requests on
other grounds, such as relevancy.
This protective order applies to the following categories of
information (hereinafter “Protected Information”):
For the purposes of this protective order, PHI shall
have the same scope and definition as set forth in 45 CFR § 160.103 and §
160.501. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, “PHI” includes, but is
not limited to, health information, including demographic information relating
the provision of care to an individual,
the payment for care provided to an individual, which
identifies the individual or which reasonably could be
expected to identify the individual; or
the past, present or future physical or mental
condition of an individual,
documents containing the name, social security
number, or other identifying information pertaining
Documents sought in discovery, which while not PHI, refer in
any way to specific patients, by name, who were patients of SMC;
Documents containing proprietary business information,
trade secrets, customer lists, financial information which is not otherwise
public (including any and all tax information and tax returns as well as tax
return supporting documentation), personnel files, performance information,
disciplinary information, payroll information, benefit information, or leave
Documents containing statements or information about the
internal policies or procedures of SMC;
If any party believes any discovery requested of that party
concerning matters not otherwise described above as confidential seeks
discovery of confidential or proprietary information then that party may
produce responsive materials marked “CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS” and such
materials shall then constitute Protected Information, unless otherwise ordered
by the Court;
Copies made from any such documents or discovery
materials as described in paragraphs (a) through (f) above;
documents and/or discovery materials described in paragraphs (a) through (g)
When produced in discovery, all Protected Information shall be
clearly designated as “CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS.”
To the extent any party claims any testimony within any deposition
transcript should be treated as Protected Information, the party so claiming
shall identify in writing to all counsel such portions of the deposition transcript
deemed to be Protected Information within thirty (30) business days following
the service of the Errata Sheet upon the deponent by the official reporter who
took the deposition.
To the extent any portion of a deposition transcript is
required for purposes of this litigation prior to the written identification
required in this paragraph or prior to the completion of thirty business days
following service of the Errata Sheet upon the deponent by the official reporter
who took the deposition, such deposition transcript or portions thereof utilized
shall be treated as if Protected Information until written identification required
herein or the close of the thirty business days identified herein are completed.
The identification required in this paragraph shall include all documents used
as exhibits in any deposition, with the exception of those documents that had
been previously designated as encompassed within this Protective Order.
Access to Protected Information, shall be limited to the following
Attorneys representing a named party in this action
including all attorneys and other support staff who are employed by counsel
and who have been advised of this Order;
The parties and their employees;
Stenographers or videographers who take and transcribe
testimony, as well as necessary secretarial and clerical assistants.
stenographer or videographer who records testimony in this action at a
deposition shall be provided with a copy of this Order by the party noticing the
The noticing party shall advise the stenographer and/or
videographer, before any testimony is taken, that all Protected Information is
and shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed except as provided in
The noticing party shall further advise the stenographer and/or
videographer that copies of all transcripts, reporting notes, videos, DVDs, and
all other records of any such testimony containing Protected Information must
be treated in accordance with the Order.
Experts or consultants who (i) are specially retained to assist
with this litigation, (ii) are not a current employee of a party or subsidiary or
affiliate of a party;
A person who prepared, received, or reviewed the Protected
Information prior to its production in this litigation;
A witness at any deposition or other proceeding in this
action and his or her counsel, provided that such witness is only shown
Protected Information during his or her testimony or in preparation for such
Any mediator retained by the parties in an effort to mediate
and/or settle the claims in this action; and
The Court under seal.
Protected Information shall be used or disclosed solely for the
purpose of this action and in accordance with the provisions of this Order.
Protected Information shall not be used or disclosed for use in any other
litigation or other proceeding or for any other purpose, except by Court order or
as otherwise required by law. Protected Information shall only be disclosed to
Qualified Recipients, as set forth above in paragraph 8.
Each recipient of
Protected Information shall use his/her/its best efforts to maintain all
Protected Information in such a manner as to prevent access by individuals
who are not Qualified Recipients.
Each recipient of Protected Information shall maintain such
information in a secure and safe area and shall exercise due and proper care
with respect to the storage, custody, use and/or dissemination of Protected
The parties and their attorneys shall inform each person to whom
they disclose or give access to Protected Information the terms of this Order
and shall inform the person of his or her obligation to comply with the terms of
Recipients of any Protected Information agree to subject
himself/herself/itself 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 to inform each person to whom they disclose or
give access to Protected Information that damages for violation of this Order
are not an adequate remedy and that the appropriate remedy is injunctive
A copy of this Protective order shall be served with every subpoena
or Notice of Deposition served upon nonparty deponents. A non-party witness
may designate any document it believes contains confidential or proprietary
business information and/or trade secrets as Protected Information pursuant
to this Protective Order by stamping it with such designation prior to
Each expert or consultant who is expected to be called as a witness
at trial or used as a consulting expert and to whom a party plans to disclose
Protected Information shall be identified to opposing counsel by name and
position at least ten (10) days prior to the date of any such proposed
disclosure, and shall agree to be bound by the terms of this Protective Order. If
opposing counsel provides notice of objection to the disclosure of confidential
information to the expert, disclosure shall not be made until the objection is
resolved by agreement or Court order.
Any Protected Information submitted to the Court shall be filed
under seal. If Protected Information is offered into evidence at a hearing, trial,
or other judicial proceeding, the party offering the Protected Information shall
notify the Court and the evidence shall be maintained by the Court under seal.
After this litigation is terminated by the entry of a final and non-
further appealable order or upon the decision by the parties not to appeal
further, or by settlement, within thirty (30) days thereof, any party holding
Protected Information shall certify the return or destruction of all copies to the
party who initially produced the Protected Information.
This Order shall survive the final termination of this action and
shall be binding on the parties and their legal counsel at all times in the future.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall limit any party or person in
its use of its own documents, or from disclosing its own documents and
information, or from any use of documents or other discovery not designated as
A party’s waiver of any rights under this Protective order must be
made in writing or, if at a deposition or in Court, on the record.
This Protective Order shall be without prejudice to the right of any
party to object to the production of any documents, or any testimony, or
inspection upon any appropriate grounds, and nothing contained shall be
construed as a waiver of any objection which might be raised as to the
admissibility of evidentiary materials at trial or any hearings held.
DATED May 29, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
United States Magistrate Judge
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