United States of America for the use of Donald B. Murphy Contractors v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 66 Motion for Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (JSF)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, for the
use of DONALD B. MURPHY
CONTRACTORS, INC., a Washington
TRAVELERS CASUALTY AND SURETY
COMPANY OF AMERICA, a Connecticut
corporation (Bond No. 041-SB105826131); TRAVELERS INDEMNITY
COMPANY, a Connecticut corporation
(Bond No. 041-SB-105826131); and
KIEWITPHELPS, A Joint Venture,
KIEWITPHELPS, A Joint Venture,
TREVIICOS SOUTH, INC., a Delaware
TREVIICOS SOUTH, INC., a Delaware
LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE
This Order shall apply to all manner and means of discovery, including
inspection of books, records, magnetic or electronic media, documents and things, and
all manner of written and oral discovery. Nothing in this Order modifies or changes the
obligations of DONALD B. MURPHY CONTRACTORS, INC., TRAVELERS CASUALTY
AND SURETY COMPANY OF AMERICA and TRAVELERS INDEMNITY COMPANY,
KiewitPhelps, TREVIICOS SOUTH, INC., and LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE
COMPANY (collectively, the Parties) to otherwise comply with all information control
obligations imposed on the Project by regulation, statute or contract.
Sensitive But Unclassified Information:
The Parties are subject to
document security requirements that apply to all information relating to the
USSTRATCOM Replacement Facility Project (Project), including Project records and
documents. The document security requirements for the Project designate all project
records as Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information, including Controlled
Unclassified Information (CUI) and For Official Use Only (FOUO) information. SBU
information is information, including documents, that the loss of, misuse of, or
unauthorized access to or modification of could adversely affect the national interest,
and is intended to be kept out of the public domain.
The document security
requirements for the Project restrict access to Project information, including documents
and impose requirements for how documents, including electronic documents, are
secured, maintained and disposed of. The document security compliance requirements
apply to documents produced in this litigation, including the handling of documents at
hearings and at trial, and the disposition of documents at the conclusion of the litigation.
The Parties at all times in the course of the litigation shall continue to comply with the
Project information security requirements, including direction from USACE, as may be
received from time to time. At a minimum, the Parties shall:
Require that all persons gaining access to the documents sign a NonDisclosure Agreement (NDA) in form satisfactory to USACE and deliver
the executed NDA to counsel for KiewitPhelps before access to the
documents is provided.
Secure all project documents and records produced in the litigation,
including deposition transcripts and exhibits.
Store hard copies of documents and records in a locked container or
Store electronic documents and records on a designated, separate and
secure hard drive and/or in a secure online litigation management
database that can meet the requirements of Paragraph v. below.
At the conclusion of the litigation shred all hard copies of documents and
certify in writing to USACE that all designated hard drives have been
cleansed and wiped clean twice.
All document requests for Project records by any party in this litigation are
subject to review by USACE. Documents designated by USACE, in its sole discretion,
as potentially helpful to intelligence agents or terrorists in compromising the security of
the Project buildings or planning an attack on the Project buildings shall only be
presented in camera at any court proceeding or hearing and shall be filed under
All SBU information,
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION under Paragraph 3, below.
In addition to the requirements of
Paragraph 2, the Parties agree that the following types of documents shall be
considered CONFIDENTIAL to the extent that the producing party has a reasonable
basis to believe the document constitutes or reflects:
including non-public financial information and/or non-public information
related to corporate strategy, for example, and without limitation,
documents relating to subcontracting strategy and the disposition of
b) personal information about an individual, including employment and
c) other information protected by an individual’s right of privacy;
d) confidential financial information;
e) information deemed confidential or non-public by a regulatory body;
f) information otherwise protected by law from disclosure; and/or,
g) any other information with respect to which there is any other
reasonable need for confidentiality.
The party that is producing such documents shall designate such documents as
“CONFIDENTIAL” at the time of production, subject to the right to make a subsequent
(i.e., post-production) designation as set forth herein.
HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Information. The following types of documents
shall be considered HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL to the extent that the producing party has
a reasonable basis to believe the document constitutes or reflects highly sensitive
and/or proprietary and non-public information, including trade secrets, that, if disclosed
(whether to business competitors or others), would have the potential to seriously harm
the personal privacy or business interests of the Designating Party, or a non-party, to
this action. The party that is producing such documents shall designate such documents
as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” at the time of production, subject to the right to make a
subsequent (i.e., post-production) designation as set forth herein.
“CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” is hereinafter referred to collectively as
All Protected Information shall be clearly labeled by the
Designating Party as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” at the time that
such Protected Information is produced. Any copies made of Protected Information shall
include the confidentiality label. Any document that is designated as SBU, CUI, or
FOUO shall remain CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION regardless of whether it is so
labeled, and the inadvertent failure to label the document shall not affect its
CONFIDENTIAL status. During any deposition or other transcribed proceeding, or for
the period 30 days after such deposition or proceeding, any party may designate any
portion of the transcript and accompanying materials (i.e., deposition exhibits) as
In case of Protected Information stored on computers or
otherwise in electronic format, the CD, DVD or other device containing such information
shall either be labeled by the Designating Party as “CONFIDENTIAL” and/or “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL,” or be so described in a letter to counsel for all Parties receiving such
Inadvertent failure to designate. If a producing party inadvertently fails to
stamp or otherwise properly designate documents or other material upon their
production, it may designate such documents as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL” by giving written notice to all Parties that the material is to be so
designated. All Parties shall then stamp or otherwise mark the designated material as
“CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” as described above.
notice of a belated designation, the party receiving the belated designation shall take
reasonable efforts to retrieve Protected Information from persons not authorized to
review this material under this Order. Upon request, the party retrieving the Protected
Information shall provide to the other party evidence of its efforts to do so. In no case,
however, shall a party or any recipient, who used or disclosed the belatedly designated
material, prior to actual notice of the belated designation, incur any liability, penalty or
sanction on account of such use or disclosure.
Derivative Materials. All subsequently-created derivative documents such
as summaries, charts, and notes (“Derivative Materials”) that contain or discuss
Protected Information in a manner that discloses the content of the Protected
Information shall be protected and governed by this Stipulation and Order to the same
extent and on the same basis as the underlying Protected Information itself.
The right under this Order to designate information and
documents as Protected Information shall not limit the right, where applicable, of any
party to redact information from documents produced for inspection or trial in this action
in accordance with applicable protections afforded under Nebraska law.
Privilege log. A party making redactions in accordance with this Order
must: (1) indicate on the redacted documents where redactions have been made; and,
(2) provide a redaction log similar in form and substance to a privilege log, containing
sufficient information as to the nature of the redacted matter and the reasons for the
redactions to enable the Court to determine the propriety of the redactions.
Challenging a designation.
The Parties expressly reserve the right to
challenge, at any time, the Protected Information as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL” by motion to the Court but may do so only after meeting to try and
resolve the disagreement.
Limited use. Except as otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed by the
Parties in writing, Protected Information shall not be used for any purpose other than
pleadings, discovery, motions, briefs, trial and preparation for trial, appellate
proceedings, and any settlement or mediation proceedings in the above-captioned
case, Cause No. 8:15-CV-48 (the “Litigation”).
Authorized persons with respect to “CONFIDENTIAL” Information. Except
as otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed by the Parties in writing, disclosure of
testimony, documents and information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” and associated
Derivative Materials, shall be restricted to the following persons:
a) The Parties, their agents, auditors, insurers, employees, officers, directors,
shareholders, affiliates, and attorneys, not counsel of record, who have a
legitimate need to review the information;
b) Counsel of record for the Parties in this Litigation, and their employees,
paralegals, and other secretarial and support personnel working under
c) Judges, law clerks and other personnel of the Court before which this
Litigation is pending;
d) The trier of fact;
e) Mediators or special masters attempting to assist in resolving or
adjudicating all or any portions of this Litigation provided that the
mediators or special masters are appointed by the Court or all Parties
agree in writing that the mediators or special masters may serve in that
f) Stenographic reporters and videographers at depositions and other
proceedings in this Litigation;
g) Independent Experts or Consultants who are retained or employed by any
of the Parties or their counsel in connection with the Litigation, and who
have a legitimate need to review such materials to perform their duties or
tasks in connection with the Litigation; and
h) Non-party witnesses in the Litigation only to the extent that such
disclosure is reasonably required in connection with giving testimony in
Information. Except as otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed by the Parties in
writing in advance, disclosure of testimony, documents and information designated as
“HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL,” and associated Derivative Materials, shall not accessible by
the Parties, their agents, auditors, insurers, employees, officers, directors, shareholders,
affiliates, and attorneys, not counsel of record. HIGHLY CONFIDENTAL Information
shall be accessible by:
Counsel of record for the Parties in this Litigation, and their
employees, paralegals, and other secretarial and support personnel
working under counsel’s supervision;
Judges, law clerks and other personnel of the Court before which
this Litigation is pending;
The trier of fact;
Mediators or special masters attempting to assist in resolving or
adjudicating all or any portions of this Litigation provided that the
mediators or special masters are appointed by the Court or all
Parties agree in writing that the mediators or special masters may
serve in that capacity;
Stenographic reporters and videographers at depositions and other
proceedings in this Litigation;
Independent Experts or Consultants who are retained or employed
by any of the Parties or their counsel in connection with the
Litigation, and who have a legitimate need to review such materials
to perform their duties or tasks in connection with the Litigation; and
Non-party witnesses in the Litigation only to the extent that such
disclosure is reasonably required in connection with giving
testimony in the Litigation.
Independent Expert or Consultant. For purposes of this Protective Order,
“Independent Expert or Consultant” means an expert or independent consultant or
contractor who is not an employee of the Parties, and is retained solely for the purposes
of advising and assisting counsel in the preparation for or trial of this action or retained
to give expert testimony, and includes his or her support personnel to whom it is
necessary to disclose Protected Information for the purposes of this action.
Disclosure to persons involved in Litigation. Unless the Designating Party
agrees otherwise, Protected Information and associated Derivative Materials may be
disclosed to persons as limited in Paragraphs 13 and 14 only after such persons have
signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement as referenced in Paragraph 2(i) and, only after
such persons have been shown a copy of this Stipulation and Order and have agreed to
be bound by its terms.
Depositions. At the request of any party, the original and all copies of any
deposition transcript and exhibits, in whole or in part, may be designated as
“CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL”:
At any time during the deposition, at the request of any party, the
deposition transcript and exhibits or a portion thereof shall be
marked by the reporter with a “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY
Any portions so designated shall
thereafter be treated in accordance with the terms of this Order.
Any party may designate a deposition transcript and exhibits or a
portion thereof with the appropriate “CONFIDENTIAL” or “Highly
CONFIDENTIAL” designation within 30 days after first receiving a
formal copy of the same transcript from the deposition reporter and
informing all other Parties in writing.
Right to withdraw.
A Designating Party has the right to withdraw any
designation it has made at any time, upon written notice to the other Parties.
Use in open court. Should counsel for any party desire to use another
party’s Protected Information, or information identified as SBU information by the
USACE, or any portion or summary thereof, during any proceedings held in open court,
he or she shall, prior to such use, inform the Parties of the intended use outside of the
presence of the jury (if any), and counsel for the Designating Party may at the time of
such use request that any portion of the transcript containing such reference to
Protected Information and any documents attached as exhibits containing Protected
Information be filed under RESTRCITED ACCESS with this Court and be afforded
treatment as Protected Information as provided by this Stipulation and Order. To the
extent applicable, the Parties shall comply with the procedures and requirements of the
applicable court rules for filing documents under RESTRCITED ACCESS or otherwise
protecting court documents.
Filing under RESTRCITED ACCESS. Any Party seeking to file Protected
Information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL,” including
all documents or transcripts designated as SBU information by USACE, shall comply
with the requirements of all court rules to file the Protected Information under
RESTRCITED ACCESS, pursuant NECivR 5.3, or under SEAL, pursuant to NECivR
7.5, if appropriate.
Reasonable precautions. Each party shall take reasonable precautions to
prevent unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of any Protected Information and, upon
unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure, take reasonable steps to retrieve and limit
further disclosure of Protected Information.
The inadvertent disclosure of any
privileged information, materials or other materials exempt from production by any party
making production of information or materials in the course of this litigation shall not be
deemed a waiver or impairment of any claim of privilege or exemption, including, but not
limited to, the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrine, concerning any such
information or materials or the subject matter thereof. A party shall promptly notify all
other Parties if it determines that it has inadvertently disclosed or received privileged
information or materials. Any party to whom such information or materials have been
disclosed shall immediately return all copies of the information or materials and
cooperate in the return of all copies of such material from any persons known to have
possession of any such redesignated material. Nothing in this paragraph constitutes a
waiver of any party’s right to challenge a supplying party’s claim of privilege for any
reason, including the manner in which the material as to which privilege is claimed was
produced. Until such challenge has been resolved by order of the Court or by written
agreement of the Parties, no party shall use or disseminate the subject materials in any
manner inconsistent with supplying party’s claim of privilege.
Non-waiver. A party is not deemed to have consented or agreed to the
production of any document, testimony or information or to have waived any objection to
the production or use of any document, testimony or information in this or other litigation
or waived any applicable privilege or legal protection.
The placing of any
“CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL” designation on the face of a document
produced shall have no effect on determining the authenticity or admissibility of that
document at trial.
Further measures. This Order shall be without prejudice to the right of the
Designating Party to present a motion to the Court for separate protective orders as to
any Protected Information, including for restrictions differing from those as specified
herein. Each party to this Agreement reserves the right to seek modification of this
Order through negotiation with the other Parties or by motion to the Court.
Upon final disposition. At the conclusion of this action, whether the action
be settled, otherwise resolved in full prior to trial, or tried on the merits, the obligations
imposed by this Order shall remain in effect. All SBU information shall be treated as
provided in Paragraph 2. All copies of Protected Information shall be returned to the
Producing Party, deleted or destroyed upon request within 60 days, after which time,
the Receiving Party shall provide written verification that the Receiving Party, along with
its counsel, experts consultants, etc., no longer has in its possession any of the
Producing Party’s Protected Information. Nothing contained herein shall limit the right
of counsel to keep Protected Information, except SBU information, for counsel’s
historical files and copies of such counsel’s work product that contain Protected
Information, provided that such material is appropriately marked as Protected
Information and kept in a secure location not freely accessible to other firm employees.
The termination of proceedings in this Litigation shall not relieve the Parties, their
counsel, and others receiving Protected Information of the obligation to maintain the
confidentiality of Protected Information produced and designated pursuant to this
Stipulation and Order.
Third party requests for production.
If any party or counsel receiving
Protected Information covered by this Stipulation and Order (a) is subpoenaed in
another action, (b) is served with a demand or request in another action, or (c) is served
with any other legal process by one not a party to the Litigation that seeks Protected
Information produced or designated as such by some other party; the party receiving
such subpoena, demand, or other legal process shall give written notice of such to the
Designating Party within five (5) business days of receipt of such demand and, if
requested to do so by the Designating Party, shall cooperate in maintaining the
confidentiality of the information by asserting appropriate objections and facilitating the
ability of the Designating Party to challenge the requested production. Nothing herein,
however, shall be construed as requiring the party that received such Protected
Information to challenge or appeal any order requiring that it produce the Protected
Information, or to subject itself to any penalties for noncompliance with any legal
process or order.
The Parties will attempt in good faith to resolve between
themselves any disagreements concerning the interpretation or application of this
Protective Order. In response to any violation of this Protective Order, the Court may
enter sanctions pursuant to court rules.
Jurisdiction. Upon conclusion of this Litigation, the Court shall continue to
retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 8th day of September, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Thomas D. Thalken
United States Magistrate Judge
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