Watkins v. Otoe County, Nebraska
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER adopting 27 Joint Stipulation. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (SMN)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
MATT D. WATKINS, an individual,
Case No. 8:15CV371
OTOE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, a
political subdivision of the STATE OF
This matter comes before the Court on the parties' Joint Stipulation for Entry of Protective
Order (Filing No. 27). The Court approves the stipulation. Accordingly, the Court enters the
following Stipulated Protective Order:
IT IS ORDERED:
In this action, the parties have sought and are seeking through discovery
information which is confidential and proprietary in nature. In addition, the parties anticipate
there will be questioning concerning confidential information in the course of depositions.
The parties agree that the release or disclosure of the Confidential Information
outside the scope of this litigation would harm the business interests, otherwise embarrass, or
invade the privacy of the designating party.
The parties jointly stipulate to and request the entry of a Protective Order to
prevent the disclosure and use of Confidential Information by any party or non-party except as
set forth herein.
Under the terms of this Protective Order, “Confidential Information” shall include,
but not be limited to, any document, file, electronic material, portions of files, transcribed
testimony or responses to discovery requests, including any extract, abstract, chart, summary,
note or copy made therefrom containing or comprising:
Documents and information pertaining to individuals, including Plaintiff,
that were or are employed by Defendant or a non-party;
Plaintiff’s and/or Defendant’s financial information; and
Information related to the medical care and treatment of Plaintiff.
This Protective Order applies to Confidential Information produced by Plaintiff,
Defendant, and any non-party who produces documents as a result of discovery subpoenas or
other requests, including, but not limited to, information or materials already produced.
This Protective Order applies to the parties and all attorneys and the law firms
representing any party in this case.
Where any kind of Confidential Information is produced, provided or otherwise
disclosed by a party or a non-party in response to any discovery request or subpoena, such
Confidential Information should be designated as such by stamping “CONFIDENTIAL” on the
documents that will be covered by this Protective Order, and such stamp shall be preserved on
the copies of such documents, including, but not limited to, pages of any deposition transcript or
exhibit which discloses or discusses the protected information. Such documents, information or
materials may be designated as Confidential only if they are not otherwise publicly available.
This Protective Order shall be without prejudice to the right of any of the parties
to this action (i) to seek any further Protective Order; or (ii) by application and notice, to seek
relief from any provision of the Protective Order contemplated hereby on any ground. During
the pendency of any challenge to the applicability of this Protective Order to any document,
information or thing, however, said document, information or thing shall remain subject to the
provisions of this Protective Order.
Except as provided herein, Confidential Information should not be disclosed to
anyone other than the Court and its staff, the parties hereto, their attorneys of record in this
litigation and their employees who are assisting such attorneys in this litigation, any in-house
counsel, court reporters who record deposition or other testimony, witnesses, deponents,
consultants and/or experts.
Confidential Information shall be treated as confidential by the parties, their
attorneys and persons assisting their attorneys. The parties’ attorney will inform each person to
whom such Confidential Information is disclosed that this Order prevents disclosure of
Confidential Information under any circumstances. If any Confidential Information covered by
the Protective Order is used at a deposition or in any other proceeding in this case, it shall be
handled as confidential and maintained under seal from public view.
If any party, attorney or individual shall disclose Confidential Information to a
consultant or expert witness, it is the obligation of the disclosing party to provide such person
with a copy of this Protective Order and obtain a signed Confidentiality Agreement whereby
such person agrees to be bound by the terms of the Protective Order. The disclosing party or
counsel shall maintain a copy of each executed Confidentiality Agreement in a secure place
and, upon request, shall produce the same to the non-disclosing party or counsel for the nondisclosing party. If any party discloses Confidential Information to an expert witness who is not
expected to be called as a witness at trial (“non-trial expert”), the disclosing party still has the
obligation to provide the non-trial expert with a copy of this Protective Order and obtain a signed
Confidentiality Agreement whereby the non-trial expert agrees to be bound by the terms of this
Protective Order. Although a copy of each executed Confidentiality Agreement obtained from
such non-trial expert shall be maintained by the disclosing party or counsel for the disclosing
party in a secure place, a copy of said executed Confidentiality Agreement shall be produced to
the non-disclosing party only upon court order.
If any person to whom disclosure is permitted under this Protective Order is a
non-party witness or deponent who has not signed a Confidentiality Agreement, then it is the
obligation of the disclosing party to ensure that such person is not permitted to retain or make
copies of any Confidential Information disclosed to such person, whether such Confidential
Information is contained in a deposition, brief, pleading, affidavit or other form. Confidential
Information should not be used for any purpose outside the reasonable conduct of this case.
Confidential Information shall not be used or disclosed by the parties or their
attorneys, except as necessary for the prosecution of claims in this action, and they shall not be
disclosed to any person who is neither a party nor a potential witness to this action nor
employed or consulted by a party’s attorneys to assist those attorneys in the preparation of this
In the event any party uses any Confidential Information in connection with any
pretrial motion or at trial, such Confidential Information will not be made part of the public
record, and the Court shall not permit disclosure of any Confidential Information or any portion
thereof except as provided in this Protective Order.
Should a party object to the designation of documents or materials as
Confidential, the objecting party shall, notify the opposing party or the opposing party’s
attorneys in writing of such objection. The parties shall first try to dispose of such dispute in
good faith on an informal basis. If the dispute cannot be resolved informally, the party opposing
the confidentiality of the information may apply for appropriate relief from this Court, which may
conduct an in camera inspection of the materials. The party seeking confidentiality of this
information shall have the burden of establishing that the information is entitled to confidential
Nothing contained in this Protective Order should be construed to prejudice any
party’s right to use at trial, or otherwise before the Court, any Confidential Information protected
by this Protective Order, but any such Confidential Information should only be used, and its
confidentiality protected, as determined and directed by the trial Court.
Upon final determination of this action, including all appeals, each party is
required to destroy documents or materials containing Confidential Information or return it to the
party or non-party that produced it.
This Court will maintain its copies of the documents or materials containing
Confidential Information protected under the Protective Order under seal and will not permit
them to be inspected by the public.
Entry of this Protective Order does not constitute a waiver of any objections
raised by a party to the production of any documents or information even if such documents or
information are encompassed within this Protective Order.
DATED: May 1, 2017
s/ F.A. Gossett, III
United States Magistrate Judge
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