Design Basics, LLC v. Carhart Lumber Company et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER- The parties' Joint Motion 7 is granted and a protective order is entered. 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 third parties. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
DESIGN BASICS, L.L.C.,
CARHART LUMBER COMPANY; SCOTT
BRIAN CARHART; BRENDA KUHLMAN
CARHART; WILLIAM C. CARHART; and
CASE NO. 8:13-CV-00125
WHEREAS, during the course of this litigation, the parties or others may
voluntarily produce, or be required to produce in discovery, documents and
information which are confidential or proprietary in nature.
THEREFORE, it is hereby that the parties' joint motion, (Filing No. 7), is granted and
a protective order is entered as follows:
The purpose of this Agreed Protective Order is to ensure that confidential
or proprietary information and documents disclosed during this lawsuit are not used or
disclosed by any party for any purpose other than the instant litigation.
To further this purpose, this Protective Order shall govern all documents,
the information contained therein, and all information produced or disclosed during the
lawsuit whether revealed in a document, deposition, other testimony, discovery
response or otherwise, by any non-party (with respect to such documents or
information produced by the non-party) or Party to this Matter (the "Producing Entity")
to any Party (the "Receiving Party"). This Protective Order is binding upon the Parties
to this Matter, including their respective corporate parents, subsidiaries, affiliates,
successors and assigns, as well as their respective attorneys, agents, representatives,
officers, employees and experts.
Under this Order, any Producing Entity or Party shall have the right to
identify and designate as "Confidential" any document or other material produced or
provided, or any testimony given in this Proceeding, if the Producing Entity or Party
reasonably believes the testimony or discovery material (i) is not in the public domain
(i.e., not generally known and not reasonably or readily ascertainable by proper means),
and (ii) contains any trade secret, customer list, customer file or other confidential
research, proprietary, personnel, development, financial, or commercial information
which the Producing Entity or Party desires not be made public ("Confidential
Information"). The Producing Entity or Party will designate a document or other
material as "Confidential" if such Party has a good faith belief that the document or
other material is entitled to confidential treatment.
Documents shall be designated as Confidential, if and as appropriate, by
marking or stamping each page of any such document "Confidential". In lieu of
marking the originals of documents, any Producing Entity or Party may mark the
copies, including electronic copies, of such documents that are produced or exchanged.
In the case of interrogatory answers and responses to requests for
admissions, if appropriate, the designation of "Confidential" shall be made by means of
marking or stamping each page of any such document containing the information or by
a statement in the answers or responses specifying that the answers or responses or
specific parts thereof are designated "Confidential".
With respect to oral deposition testimony, any questions relating to
information that a Producing Entity or Party considers to be Confidential Information
may be so designated on the record by counsel for the Producing Entity or Party
making that claim, at which point all persons not entitled to be privy to the information
under this order will leave the room during the questioning regarding such
information. The transcript of all such portions of the deposition so designated will be
clearly marked by the reporter. The disclosure during the deposition of any
Confidential Information to any Party representatives present at the deposition shall not
be deemed a breach of this Protective Order if counsel for the Producing Entity or Party
has not designated the information Confidential on the record at the deposition under
this paragraph so that any persons not entitled to be privy to the information leave the
room during the questioning regarding such information.
7. Within ten (10) business days of receiving the original copy or copy of a
transcript or recording of a deposition (or written notification that the transcript is
available), a Producing Entity or Party choosing to designate any portions of the
transcript or recording as containing Confidential Information will notify all Parties in
writing of such designation. A party receiving a transcript or recording of a deposition
shall treat the transcript Confidential under this Order until the expiration of the abovereferenced ten-day period for designation by letter, or until written designations are
received, whichever comes first, except that the deponent may review the transcript of
his or her own deposition during this ten-day period. Deposition exhibits shall be
treated as "Confidential" to the extent they have been designated as either under this
Order. This procedure set forth in paragraphs 6 and 7 with respect to oral deposition
testimony may be applied in the case of oral deposition testimony of any Party, nonparty or any person employed by, formerly employed by or acting on behalf of a Party
to this action. The Parties may modify this procedure set forth in paragraphs 6 and 7
with respect to oral deposition testimony by mutual agreement without further order of
8. All Confidential Information shall be used by the Receiving Party solely for the
purpose of this Proceeding and not for any other purpose unless required by law or
permitted by Order of this Court.
9. No person shall disclose Confidential Information to any other person except
as provided in this Protective Order. Information designated as "Confidential"
pursuant to this Protective Order may be inspected and disclosed only to the following
persons and only for the purpose of conducting this Matter:
(a) counsel of record representing a Party in this Matter, and their lawyers,
employees or agents;
(b) independent experts or consultants and their staff retained by counsel of
record to assist in this Matter;
(c) a Party's in-house legal counsel actively involved in assisting in the Matter or
otherwise monitoring or advising in connection with the Matter;
(d) Parties and directors, officers, or employees of a Party; provided, however,
that Confidential Information shall be disclosed to the individual only to the extent
necessary to perform work or provide testimony in connection with this Matter and no
copies of Confidential Information shall be retained by such person after final
resolution of this Matter;
(e) the author, addressees, and recipients of the document or information;
(£) former employees or agents of the Producing Entity when counsel for the
Receiving Party believes in good faith that such former employees or agents were
previously privy to the Confidential Information;
(g) the Court and any person employed by the Court;
(i) mediators and their staff;
(j) court reporters, stenographers, and video technicians, including but not
limited to court reporters, stenographers, and video technicians involved in depositions
or other out of court proceedings in connection with this Matter;
(k) photocopying, data processing, or graphic production services employed by
the Parties or their counsel to assist in. this Matter (other than those persons already
covered by paragraph 9(a)) provided that all Confidential Information are retrieved by
the Party furnishing them upon final resolution of this Matter; and
(l) persons who, in addition to those identified above, are permitted access by
order of the Court or upon prior written consent of the Party that designated the
document or information as Confidential, after notice to all Parties and an opportunity
to object, subject to all other provisions of this Protective Order.
Each person listed in paragraphs 9 (b), (d), (f) and (1), above to whom
Confidential Information is disclosed shall be shown a copy of this Protective Order,
and all such persons shall:
(a) agree to be bound and abide by the terms of this Protective Order;
(b) agree to not use such Confidential Information for any purpose other than for
the purpose of this Matter;
(c) agree to not reveal such Confidential Information to any person other than a
person authorized to receive such information under this Protective Order; and
(d) agree that, upon termination of his or her connection with this Matter, he or
she will return all such Confidential Information, or certify in writing that all such
Confidential Information has been destroyed, to the counsel or person who provided
them in the first instance.
If any Party or counsel for any Party wishes to disclose any Confidential
Information or Highly Confidential Information in any affidavits, briefs, memoranda of
law, oral arguments, or other papers filed with the Court in this Proceeding, such filing,
or the portion of the filing that contains the Confidential Information should be made
under seal unless the Producing Party agrees that the Confidential Information need not
be filed under seal. Sealed materials shall not become part of the public record. If any
party wishes to file any un-redacted Confidential Information of another party, it shall
file said information with restricted access pursuant to the E-Government Act using the
procedure set out in NE Civ. R. 5.3(c).
The parties shall not make or permit the making of more copies of any
"Confidential Information" than are reasonably necessary for the conduct of settlement
negotiations, discovery, or trial preparation of this case.
After final termination of this Matter including any appeals, outside
counsel for a Receiving Party may retain one archival copy of discovery responses,
deposition transcripts, deposition exhibits, Court transcripts, Court exhibits, and other
submissions to the Court which include Confidential contained therein. Within thirty
(30) days after final termination of this Matter, including any appeals, all additional
Confidential Information of a producing party in the possession, custody or control of a
receiving party - or in the possession, custody or control of any person allowed access
to such information under this Order- must either be: (a) returned to outside counsel
for the producing party; or (b) destroyed and such destruction certified in writing to
outside counsel for the producing party.
Under this Protective Order, a Party shall not be obligated to challenge the
propriety of a confidentiality designation at the time made, and failure to do so shall not
preclude a subsequent challenge to such designation, and shall not constitute an
admission that any particular designation is proper. The Receiving Party may object to
the designation of any document or material as "Confidential" by notifying the
Producing Entity of the objection. The objection shall specify its grounds. In the event a
Party objects, at any stage of the Proceeding, to the designation of a document or
information as Confidential, the Parties shall try first to dispose of such dispute in good
faith on an informal basis. If the dispute cannot be resolved informally, the objecting
Party may, upon notice to all other Parties, apply to the Court for appropriate relief. The
Producing Entity or Party seeking to maintain the confidentiality of the information
shall have the burden of establishing that the document or information is entitled to
confidential treatment. If an application to the Court is made, the document or
information shall continue to be treated as Confidential, as appropriate, until the Court
enters an order determining otherwise.
The inadvertent or unintentional disclosure by the Producing Entity of
Confidential Information, shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of a Party's
claim of confidentiality, either as to the specific information disclosed or as to any other
information relating thereto on the same or related subject matter. If a Party
inadvertently or unintentionally produced any Confidential Information without
marking or designating it as such in accordance with the provisions of this Protective
Order, the Party may furnish a substitute copy properly marked along with a written
notice to all Parties that such information is deemed Confidential Information and
should be treated as such in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order.
Each Receiving Party must treat such information as Confidential, as appropriate, from
the date such notice is received. Disclosure of such Confidential Information prior to the
receipt of such notice shall not be deemed a breach of this Protective Order. This
paragraph only relates to a Party's claim of confidentiality under this Protective Order
and does not concern or govern the inadvertent or unintentional disclosure of
information that the Producing Entity may claim is otherwise subject to the attorneyclient privilege, the work product doctrine, or any other applicable privilege.
Nothing contained in this Protective Order shall affect the right, if any, of
any Party or witness to make any other type of objection, claim, or other response to
discovery requests, including, without limitation, interrogatories, requests for
admissions, requests for production of documents or questions at a deposition.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall prevent a Party from use of its own
documents or information, nor from seeking discovery of any Confidential Information
herein in any other action.
This Protective Order may be modified, and any matter related to it may
be resolved, by written stipulation of the Parties subject to approval of this Court.
All provisions of this Protective Order restricting the use, disclosure or
communication of any Confidential Information shall continue to be binding on parties,
and their successors, assigns and heirs, after the conclusion of this action.
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
July 16, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
United States Magistrate Judge
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