Beller et al v. Coloplast A/S et al
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 45 Motion for Entry of Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (SMN)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
GARY L. BELLER and MARY K.
BELLER, Husband and Wife,
COLOPLAST CORPORATION, and
COLOPLAST MANUFACTURING, )
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
It appearing that certain information, documents, and things of the parties subject to
discovery in this action may contain, embody or reflect a trade secret or non-public, confidential,
proprietary, or sensitive research, know-how, or development or technical, personal, business,
financial or commercial information, or other information otherwise covered by a legitimate
right or interest of privacy, within the meaning of F.R.C.P. 26(c), the laws of the United States,
or other applicable laws (hereinafter individually and collectively referred to as "Confidential
Information"), and in the interest of expediting discovery and permitting the same to proceed
without delay occasioned by possible disputes regarding claims of Confidential Information, and
to preserve the parties' interests in their Confidential Information without unduly encroaching
upon the public's right to be informed of judicial proceedings, and recognizing that a party
seeking to protect information filed under seal with the Court must narrow the request and show
good cause for restricting access to that part of the record, and the parties representing that their
counsel are familiar with the laws relating to the protection of such Confidential Information,
and acknowledging the importance of access by the opposing party to information important to
the decision-making of the parties in the prosecution or defense of the litigation, Plaintiffs Gary
L. Beller and Mary K. Beller (together “Plaintiffs”) and Defendants Coloplast Corp. and
Coloplast Manufacturing, US LLC (together “Coloplast” or “Defendants”) (each a “Party” and
collectively “the Parties”) hereby agree that the following Stipulated Protective Order (the
"Order") be entered pursuant to F.R.C.P. 26(c) to provide access by the Parties to such
Confidential Information, subject to certain protective provisions hereinafter set forth.
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED BY THE PARTIES, AND FOR GOOD CAUSE
SHOWN, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
This Order shall apply to all Confidential Information that is the subject of
discovery or testimony in this action.
Discovery materials and testimony as to which a
disclosing Party or non-party has an interest and as to which confidentiality is asserted by such
Party’s counsel after review of the information and on a good faith belief that it is confidential or
otherwise subject to protection and not (1) to impose any unnecessary burden or delay on an
opposing Party, or (2) for tactical or other advantage in litigation, upon designation of the
Confidential Information as CONFIDENTIAL shall be treated pursuant to the provisions of this
For purposes of this Order, disclosing non-parties shall have the same rights and
obligations as a disclosing Party.
Discovery materials produced pursuant to F.R.C.P. 34.
Documents and other
discovery materials produced pursuant to F.R.C.P. 34 shall be designated as Confidential
Information prior to disclosure by labeling such documents and materials in a visible manner
with a CONFIDENTIAL legend stamped or affixed thereto, or by a manner mutually agreeable
to the Parties if the materials cannot be readily so labeled. If a disclosing Party or non-party
thereafter determines that it inadvertently failed to properly designate or label Confidential
Information, it may do so by giving prompt and timely notice to the receiving Party, who shall
thereafter treat the materials pursuant to the provisions of this Order.
Oral or written deposition taken pursuant to F.R.C.P. 30 or 31. Any disclosing
Party or non-party (including the Party or non-party being deposed or any Party or non-party
regarding whom the testimony concerns) may designate testimony on oral or written deposition
taken pursuant to F.R.C.P. 30 or 31 as CONFIDENTIAL under the terms of this Order by:
so stating on the record during the deposition, including objecting to
testimony by stating that such testimony is CONFIDENTIAL and should be so
by notifying the other Parties in writing of the portions of such testimony
to be so designated within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the draft transcript by the
deponent or the deponent's counsel, whichever is earlier.
Testimony during the deposition shall be treated as CONFIDENTIAL unless another designation
is made on the record or until such written notification is received, or if no written notification is
provided, until the expiration of the seven (7) calendar day period.
With regard to designations made during the deposition, the designating Party shall have
the right to exclude from the deposition all persons not entitled under this Order to view or
receive such Confidential Information before the taking of such testimony. If a disclosing Party
or non-party promptly and timely determines that it inadvertently failed to properly designate
confidential testimony, it may do so by giving notice to all Parties, who shall thereafter treat the
materials pursuant to the provisions of this Order. Any transcript portion that contains testimony
so designated shall be labeled in a visible manner with the CONFIDENTIAL legend, and if
requested by the designating Party, shall be bound in a separate, sealed volume by the court
Responses to interrogatories under F.R.C.P. 33. Responses to interrogatories
under F.R.C.P. 33 shall be designated as Confidential Information prior to disclosure by labeling
such documents and materials in a visible manner with a CONFIDENTIAL legend stamped or
affixed thereto, or by a manner mutually agreeable to the Parties if the materials cannot be
readily so labeled. If a disclosing Party or non-party thereafter determines that it inadvertently
failed to properly designate or label an interrogatory response under F.R.C.P. 33
CONFIDENTIAL, it may do so by giving prompt and timely notice to all Parties, who shall
thereafter treat the materials pursuant to the provisions of this Order.
This Order does not affect or alter a disclosing Party’s rights to refuse to disclose
information properly subject to the attorney-client privilege or the attorney work product
doctrine. If a Party, through inadvertence, produces or provides discovery that it believes is
subject to a claim of attorney-client privilege, work product immunity, or is otherwise protected
from disclosure, the producing Party may give prompt and timely written notice to the receiving
Party that the document is subject to a claim of attorney-client privilege, work product immunity,
or other protection from disclosure, and request that the discovery be returned to the producing
Party. The receiving Party shall promptly return to the producing Party such discovery. Return
of the document by the receiving Party shall not constitute an admission or concession, or permit
any inference, that the returned document or thing is, in fact, properly subject to a claim of
attorney-client privilege, work product immunity, or other protection from disclosure, nor shall it
foreclose any Party from moving the Court for an order that such document or thing has been
improperly designated or should be discoverable and/or usable in this action for reasons other
than a waiver caused by the inadvertent production.
Each Party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under
this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under
the appropriate standards. To the extent it is practical to do so, the designating Party must
designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written
communications that qualify – so that other portions of the material, documents, items, or
communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the
ambit of this Order. Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited.
A disclosing Party may produce materials in redacted form and shall make the
notation "REDACTED", or other similar notation, on each redacted portion of the document.
Where a Party receiving redacted materials has good cause to believe that the redacted
information is subject to disclosure, the Parties shall attempt to resolve any dispute without
intervention by the Court. Should the Parties be unable to resolve their dispute regarding
redacted information, the Party objecting to the redaction shall have the burden in any motion
brought before the Court to show why the redaction is improper.
Access to all materials designated with the CONFIDENTIAL legend shall be
restricted as set forth below.
(a) Access to CONFIDENTIAL materials. Access to all materials designated with the
CONFIDENTIAL legend, and disclosure of the information contained in such materials, shall be
restricted solely to:
attorneys and agents in outside law firms who are formally representing
any Party as outside counsel (and their necessary support staff);
in-house counsel for the Parties who either have responsibility for making
decisions dealing directly with the litigation of this action, or who are assisting outside
counsel in the litigation of this action, or any designated employee of each of the Parties
to the extent reasonably necessary for the litigation of this action, provided that all inhouse counsel and designated employees sign the authorization attached as Exhibit A,
certifying their agreement to abide by the terms of this Order with respect to any
materials designated CONFIDENTIAL (which shall be retained by counsel for the
receiving Party and provided to opposing counsel upon request in the event a concern
regarding treatment of Confidential Information under this Order arises or within 30
(thirty) days of settlement or the final termination of this action, including all appeals);
independent litigation support services, including persons working for or
as court reporters, graphics or design services, jury or trial consulting services, and
photocopy, document imaging, and database services retained by counsel and reasonably
necessary to assist counsel with the litigation of this action;
independent outside experts (and their necessary support staff) retained
specifically for this action as consulting or testifying experts, provided that they sign the
authorization attached as Exhibit A, certifying their agreement to abide by the terms of
this Order with respect to any materials designated CONFIDENTIAL (which shall be
retained by counsel for the receiving Party and provided to opposing counsel upon
request in the event a concern regarding treatment of Confidential Information under this
Order arises or within 30 (thirty) days of settlement or the final termination of this action,
including all appeals);
the Court and its personnel, and court reporters;
a mediator agreed to by both of the parties as part of any settlement
Any information designated with the CONFIDENTIAL legend (including extracts
and summaries derived from such material) shall not be revealed to anyone other than those
encompassed by paragraph 5(a)(i)-(vi) above, unless:
the disclosure is to an author or an addressee or recipient on the face of a
document being disclosed who is not otherwise shown prior to such disclosure to have
failed to author or receive the document;
the disclosure is to a person who received or saw the information, or who
can otherwise be shown to have known or possessed the information, prior to the
the disclosure is to a person who can demonstrate he or she participated in
any meeting or communication to which the information refers, or to whom the
the disclosing Party assents in advance in writing to such disclosure;
the disclosure is in a deposition to a witness of the disclosing Party; or
the Court otherwise directs.
Any receiving Party, by receiving Confidential Information, must be provided a copy of
this Order and agrees to be bound by such, and agrees to be subject to the jurisdiction of the
Court for purposes of enforcement of this Order.
This Order does not relieve any Party or non-party from compliance with the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or standing orders of this Court with respect to discovery
Modification of Order. In the event that a Party shall desire to provide access to
Confidential Information hereunder to any person or category or persons not included in
paragraph 5 hereof, or prohibit access to Confidential Information by the same, and if the other
Party objects thereto, the first Party may move this Court, in compliance with such Rules and
orders and consistent with the other terms and provisions of this Order, for an order modifying
the Order to provide or restrict access to the Confidential Information. The moving Party shall
have the burden of demonstrating good cause for modification of the Order.
Challenging of Designation.
Timing of Challenges. Any receiving Party may challenge a designation
of confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating Party’s confidentiality
designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic
burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a Party does not waive its right to
challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the
original designation is disclosed.
Meet and Confer.
The challenging Party shall initiate the dispute
resolution process by providing written notice of each designation it is challenging and
describing the basis for each challenge. To avoid ambiguity as to whether a challenge has been
made, the written notice must recite that the challenge to confidentiality is being made in
accordance with this specific paragraph of the Protective Order. The Parties shall attempt to
resolve each challenge in good faith and must begin the process by conferring directly (in voice
to voice dialogue; other forms of communication are not sufficient) within 14 days of the date of
service of notice. In conferring, the challenging Party must explain the basis for its belief that
the confidentiality designation was not proper and must give the designating Party an
opportunity to review the designated material, to reconsider the circumstances, and, if no change
in designation is offered, to explain the basis for the chosen designation. A challenging Party
may proceed to the next stage of the challenge process only if it has engaged in this meet and
confer process first or establishes that the designating Party is unwilling to participate in the meet
and confer process in a timely manner.
Judicial Intervention. If the Parties cannot resolve a challenge without
court intervention, the designating Party shall file and serve an appropriate motion to retain
confidentiality within 21 days of the initial notice of challenge or within 14 days of the Parties
agreeing that the meet and confer process will not resolve their dispute, whichever is earlier.
Each such motion must be accompanied by a competent declaration affirming that the movant
has complied with the meet and confer requirements imposed in the preceding paragraph.
Failure by the designating Party to make such a motion including the required declaration within
21 days (or 14 days, if applicable) shall automatically waive the confidentiality designation for
each challenged designation.
The burden of showing good cause for the designation in any such challenge proceeding
shall be on the designating Party. Unless the designating Party has waived the confidentiality
designation by failing to file a motion to retain confidentiality as described above, all parties
shall continue to afford the material in question the level of protection to which it is entitled
under the designating Party’s designation until the court rules on the challenge.
All Confidential Information obtained by one Party from another Party or non-
party in the course of this lawsuit and subject to this Order shall be used by the receiving Party
solely for the preparation and trial of this lawsuit, and for no other purpose.
Confidential Information identified in accordance with this Order shall not be
filed with the Court or included, in whole or in part, in pleadings, motions or briefs; provided,
however, that if a Party believes Confidential Information, which is limited to personal
information (i.e., Social Security numbers, residential addresses, etc.) and trade secret
information, is important to such pleading, motion, or brief, then, pursuant to this Court’s
Practice Standards, such information should be redacted or, upon request showing good cause for
a narrow order restricting public access, may be filed under seal.
Within sixty (60) days of settlement or final termination of this action, including
all appeals, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by an attorney of record for the designating
Party, the attorneys for each Party, upon request, shall assemble and destroy or return to the
disclosing Party all documents and things containing Confidential Information produced by that
Party, and shall destroy all copies thereof made subsequent to production which are in their
possession, custody or control, except that outside counsel of record shall be entitled to retain
one (1) copy of all litigation documents, including exhibits, transcripts of testimony, court
filings, and their own correspondence and memoranda containing Confidential Information, but
such documents shall be used only for the purpose of preserving a file on the action, and shall
not, without the written permission of the disclosing Party, or an order of this Court or another
court of competent jurisdiction, be disclosed to anyone other than those to whom such
information was actually disclosed, in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Order,
during the course of this action.
This Order shall remain in full force and effect unless modified or terminated by
the Court and shall survive and remain in full force and effect after the termination of this action.
Termination of this action shall not relieve any person from the obligations of this Order, unless
the Court orders otherwise.
This Order shall not preclude another court or tribunal from finding that
information designated as Confidential Information in this case may be subject to disclosure in
that case, notwithstanding the existence of this Order or its provisions. Any person or Party
subject to this Order who is subject to a motion to disclose another Party's information
designated as Confidential Information pursuant to this Order, shall promptly notify that
designating Party of the motion to disclose so that it may have a full and adequate opportunity to
appear and be heard on whether that information should be disclosed.
THE COURT, having reviewed the Stipulated Protective Order and being fully advised
in the premises and good cause shown therefor, HEREBY ORDERS that the Stipulated
Protective Order shall be and hereby is GRANTED, and that all parties shall comply with its
provisions, to be effective as of the date of its execution.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: March 27, 2017
BY THE COURT:
s/ F.A. Gossett, III
United States Magistrate Judge
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND
I, _____________________________ [print or type full name], of _________________
[print or type full address], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and
understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for
the District of Nebraska on March 27, 2017, in the case of Gary L. Beller and Mary K. Beller v.
Coloplast A/S, Coloplast Corporation, and Coloplast Manufacturing, US LLC, 8:16-CV-00009.
I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I
understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and
punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner
any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity
except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order.
I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the
District of Nebraska for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order,
even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action.
City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________
Printed name: ______________________________
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