Bagley v. United States of America
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 36 Joint Motion for Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (SMN)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a protective order to
control the discovery and dissemination of confidential or proprietary information in this
case (hereafter collectively referred to as “Confidential Information”),
IT IS ORDERED THAT:
Confidential Information will include confidential or proprietary business
information. For purposes of this Order, the following categories of documents and
information will generally be considered “Confidential Information” and subject to this
Plaintiff’s medical or healthcare records;
Confidential or proprietary business information.
Confidential Information subject to this Protective Order may, depending
on the content, be included in a variety of documents, including but not limited to:
Agency records, documents produced pursuant to written discovery, answers to
interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, deposition testimony, including all
copies thereof, and other information disclosed in the context of discovery of this case by
either party or disclosed pursuant to the discovery procedures created by the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure.
Confidential Information shall not be disclosed or used for any purpose
except the preparation and trial of this case, Taylor Bagley v. United States of America,
and will not be used in any other litigation.
Confidential Information shall not, without the consent of the party
producing it or further Order of the Court, be disclosed except that such information may
be disclosed to:
attorneys actively working on this case;
any person who previously received or authored the materials;
persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively
working on the case;
Plaintiff Taylor Bagley;
treating medical providers, expert witnesses, and consultants
retained in connection with this proceeding;
mediators, facilitators, or other persons retained by the parties to
assist in the resolution of this matter, and their staff;
the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”);
stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily
incident to the conduct of this action; and
deponents, witnesses, or potential witnesses;
at hearings or trial, to the extent admissible.
Prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any person listed above
(other than counsel, Plaintiffs, persons employed by counsel, mediators and facilitators,
Court Personnel, and stenographic reporters), counsel shall inform such person that the
document(s) being provided are subject to the Protective Order.
Documents shall be designated as Confidential Information by counsel by
placing or affixing on them (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility) the
following notice: “CONFIDENTIAL” or “SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or
a substantially similar designation. If the document did not originate from the party
seeking to affix the Confidential Information label, or was not produced in this action by
that party, the Confidential Information designation will occur upon written notice of that
designation provided to all counsel of record within thirty (30) days after receipt of the
information or document containing Confidential Information. Subject to the procedures
in Paragraph 8, upon such notice the document will be treated as Confidential
Information within the meaning of this Protective Order.
Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential Information,
the deposition or portions thereof shall be designated as confidential by counsel and shall
be subject to the provisions of this Protective Order. Such designation shall be made on
the record during the deposition whenever possible, but a party may designate portions of
depositions as containing Confidential Information after transcription, provided written
notice of the designation is promptly given to all counsel of record within thirty (30) days
after notice by the court reporter of the completion of the transcript.
A party may object to the designation of Confidential Information by
giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information as Confidential
Information. The written notice shall specifically identify the information to which the
objection is made. If the parties cannot resolve the objection, it shall be the obligation of
the party objecting to the designation as Confidential Information to file an appropriate
motion requesting that the Court determine whether the disputed information should be
subject to the terms of this Protective Order. Such motion must generally be filed within
thirty (30) days after submitting written objection to the Confidential Information
designation. If such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as
Confidential Information under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on
the motion. In connection with a motion filed under this provision, the party designating
the information as Confidential Information shall bear the burden of establishing that
good cause exists for the designated information to be treated as Confidential
Confidential Information may be filed with the Court to the extent
reasonably necessary to support motions or other matters related to the litigation. If any
Confidential Information must be filed with the Court, such Confidential Information
shall be filed under seal, restricted access or redacted, as appropriate.
At the conclusion of this case, each document and all copies thereof which
have been designated as Confidential Information shall be returned to the party
designating them as confidential. The parties may agree to destroy documents containing
Confidential Information by way of a mutually agreed-upon procedure.
A party or counsel may not unilaterally modify any document so as to
remove it from the protections of this Protective Order. Any document subject to this
Protective Order when produced will remain protected unless the parties agree in writing
to remove the designation, or as otherwise ordered by the Court.
This Protective Order may be amended by written stipulation of the parties,
or by the Court for good cause shown upon notice to all counsel and an opportunity to be
heard. This Protective Order is without prejudice to the right of any party to admit
Confidential Information as evidence or in this action contest the admissibility,
discoverability, or privileged status of any document or information.
DATED: February 2, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ F. A. Gossett, III
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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