Tracey v. St. Jude Medical, Inc.
PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 19 Motion for Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (TRL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.,
This matter comes before the Court on Defendant’s Motion for Entry of Protective
Order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) (Filing No. 19). Having reviewed
the same, the Court finds that a Protective Order should be entered. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED:
The Defendant’s Motion for Entry of Protective Order pursuant to Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 26(c) (Filing No. 19) is granted.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: The parties’ discovery activities should be governed
1. This Protective Order governs the handling of designated discovery
material produced by the parties, as well as documents and information provided by
non-parties. Discovery material includes documents, interrogatory answers, responses
to requests for production, responses to requests for admission, deposition testimony,
and other written, recorded, or graphic matter produced by the parties or non-parties.
For purposes of this Protective Order, “Confidential Information” includes: (a) any and
all of Defendant’s trade secrets or other confidential research, development, sales
strategies and tactics, pricing formulas, commercial or financial information; (b)
Defendant’s confidential client information; (c) personnel documents containing
personal information and/or investigative and disciplinary files of non-party individuals;
(d) salary and benefit data of non-party individuals; (e) Social Security Numbers of nonparty individuals; and (f) documents, materials or information that are subject to any
other protective order or agreement, confidentiality order or agreement, or any other
order, ruling, or agreement preventing or limiting the disclosure of those documents,
materials, or information.
2. As used herein the term “disclosing party” shall refer to the party
designating documents or information as confidential or protected.
The term “non-
disclosing party” shall refer to the party receiving the documents or information
designated as confidential or protected.
3. A party is prohibited from making copies of any Confidential Information, or
portion thereof, except for use in this litigation. Confidential Information shall be held in
strictest confidence, shall be kept securely, and shall be used solely for the purpose of
prosecution or defense of this litigation and not for any other purpose.
4. A party may designate as Confidential Information any document, writing,
transcript, or other information produced through formal or informal discovery or
otherwise in the course of this litigation, whether produced by a party to this action or by
a non-party, by stamping the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on such document.
materials of a sort described in paragraph 1 may be designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.”
Such designation shall be made in good faith.
Without more, a designation as
“CONFIDENTIAL” shall subject the information produced to the provisions of this
5. Portions of any transcript mentioning, quoting, or referring to Confidential
Information may be designated “CONFIDENTIAL” when the deposition is taken or within
thirty (30) business days after the receipt of the transcript.
Until the expiration of the 30-
day period of time to make “CONFIDENTIAL” designations, the entire transcript shall be
treated as confidential.
6. Confidential Information shall be made available only to “Qualified
Persons.” No other person shall have access to Confidential Information without
approval of the disclosing party or without approval of the Court, nor shall any such other
person be informed of such Confidential Information by any person having access to it.
“Qualified Persons” as used herein means: (a) counsel for the parties, and their cocounsel, partners, associates, and employees who actually are assisting in the litigation;
(b) experts and consultants retained or employed to consult with, advise, or assist
counsel in the preparation or trial of this action; (c) the parties, including employees of
Defendant who are assisting counsel in this case; provided that such employees agree
to treat such documents as Confidential pursuant to this Stipulated Protective Order; (d)
the Court and officers of the Court in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 10;
(e) persons shown on the face of the document to have authored or received it; (f)
current employees of Defendant who have received a notice of deposition in the abovecaptioned matter and (g) to any other persons to whom the parties in writing agree.
7. The non-disclosing party shall be responsible for limiting distribution of
Confidential Information to those persons who: (i) have a need to know the information;
and (ii) are otherwise authorized to receive the information under this Protective Order.
The non-disclosing party shall be prepared to account for the disposition and use of
Confidential Information by those persons. Qualified Persons who testify at a deposition
and who receive Confidential Information shall be advised that they must not reveal or
discuss Confidential Information to or with any person who is not a Qualified Person
under this Protective Order.
8. If a disclosing party, through inadvertence produces or provides discovery
of any Confidential Information, without designating such disclosed information as
“CONFIDENTIAL” as provided for in this Protective Order, the disclosing party may give
written notice to the non-disclosing party that the document, thing, or other information,
response, or testimony is Confidential Information and should be treated as Confidential
Information in accordance with the provisions of this Protective Order.
disclosing party must treat such documents, things, information, responses, and
testimony as Confidential Information from the date such notice is received, subject to
the provisions of paragraphs 4, 5, 6 and 7. Disclosure of such documents, things,
information, responses, or testimony prior to receipt of such notice to persons not
authorized to receive Confidential Information shall not be deemed a violation of this
Protective Order; however, upon receipt of such notice, the non-disclosing party
promptly shall retrieve all such Confidential Information disclosed to anyone who is not
entitled to access to Confidential Information under this Protective Order, and absent a
challenge to the designation of such Confidential Information, destroy said Confidential
Information and notify the disclosing party that all such Confidential Information has
been retrieved and/or destroyed.
Nothing herein shall preclude a party from seeking relief from the
protections provided by this Protective Order or from challenging the designation of any
document as “CONFIDENTIAL” on such notice as appropriate under the circumstances,
or seeking such other relief as may be appropriate. Any party hereto may apply to the
Court by motion for modification of or release from this Protective Order.
Should counsel for the non-disclosing party object to the designation by the
disclosing party of any particular material as “CONFIDENTIAL” such counsel at any
time may notify counsel for the disclosing party in writing that he or she objects to the
designation, specifying with particularity the material he or she believes has been
improperly classified and the basis for his or her contention that said document should
not be designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Upon receipt by the disclosing party of such
written objection, counsel shall negotiate and attempt in good faith to resolve the
dispute as to the designation. If counsel are unable to resolve such a dispute, then
counsel for the disclosing party may file with the Court a motion regarding the
designation of such material as “CONFIDENTIAL.” If counsel for the disclosing party
does not file such a motion within 30 days of service of said objection, the documents at
issue will no longer be considered Confidential Information. Otherwise, during the
pendency of any such objection, dispute, or motion, the material in question shall
remain Confidential Information and be handled in accordance with the terms of this
Without losing the confidentiality of any Confidential Information, any
material stamped “CONFIDENTIAL” under this Protective Order may be redacted so as
to eliminate the stamp before the material is shown to the jury. Confidential Information
used as exhibits at trial shall otherwise be handled in accordance with the requirements
and procedures of the Court. Failure to so designate any document or thing shall not
constitute a waiver of any claim outside this litigation that such document or thing
contains confidential information. Prior to any trial in this case, counsel for the parties
shall endeavor to reach agreement on the handling of confidential material at that trial,
so as to provide the maximum protection possible against public disclosure without in
any way infringing on the rights of all parties to present all evidence they deem
necessary at such trial.
Upon termination of this action, including appeal, counsel for each party,
upon written request by the disclosing party, shall, within 60 days of said request,
destroy (and certify such destruction) or return to counsel for the disclosing party all
Confidential Information and all copies thereof, which had been produced by the
Notwithstanding this paragraph, counsel may for professional
purposes retain copies of transcripts, court filings, correspondence and other attorney
work product that incorporate “CONFIDENTIAL” documents, but any such documents
shall remain Confidential Information and subject to the restrictions contained in this
Protective Order. In addition, the Clerk may return to counsel or destroy any sealed
material in its possession upon such time as all proceedings are complete, including
any final appeals. Should a non-disclosing party become subject to a motion to disclose
information designated “confidential” pursuant to this order, they shall promptly notify
the disclosing party of the motion so that the disclosing party may have an opportunity
to appear and be heard on whether that information should be disclosed.
contained in this Protective Order, nor any action taken in compliance with it, shall
operate as an admission by any party that any particular document or information is, or
is not: (a) relevant to the issues involved in this litigation; (b) properly produced or
subject to production during discovery; (c) admissible in evidence at the trial of this
action; (d) subject to a claim of privilege; or (e) any other recognized objection to
Non-waiver of privilege for inadvertently disclosed materials: The inadvertent
disclosure of any document that is subject to a legitimate claim that the document is subject
to the attorney-client privilege or the work-product protection shall not waive the protection
or the privilege for either that document or for the subject matter of that document.
Return of inadvertently disclosed materials: Except in the event that the
requesting party disputes the claim, any documents the producing party deems to have
been inadvertently disclosed and to be subject to the attorney-client privilege or the workproduct protection shall be, upon written request, promptly returned to the producing party,
or destroyed, at that party’s option. If the claim is disputed, a single copy of the materials
may be retained by the requesting party for the exclusive purpose of seeking judicial
determination of the matter. Disputes arising under this Protective Order shall be resolved
by the U.S. District Court of Nebraska.
No part of the restrictions imposed by this Protective Order may be
terminated, except by a writing executed by counsel of record for all parties or by an order
of the Court.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to restrict any parties or their counsel with
respect to their own documents or information. Failure to enforce any term of this
Protective Order shall not constitute a waiver of any rights or deprive the disclosing
party of the right to insist thereafter upon strict adherence to that or any other term of
this Protective Order, nor shall a waiver of any breach of this Protective Order constitute
a waiver of any preceding or succeeding breach.
No waiver of a right under any
provision of this Protective Order shall occur except as provided in this document.
Further, nothing herein shall restrict the parties in any way from seeking stricter
protections or refusing production of a document because the protections afforded
hereunder are insufficient in one or more ways or from seeking to modify this Protective
Order, by way of motion or otherwise, or from seeking further and/or additional
protections from the Court regarding Confidential Information.
This Order shall survive the final conclusion of the action, and this Court
retains jurisdiction of the parties hereto indefinitely as to any dispute between them
regarding improper use of Confidential Information pursuant to this Order.
Dated this 1st day of December, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Thomas D. Thalken
United States Magistrate Judge
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