McNeil v. Union Pacific Railroad Company
JOINT STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 19 Joint Motion for Protective Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (SMN)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
TASHA M. MCNEIL,
CASE NO. 8:16CV443
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY,
JOINT STIPULATED PROTECTIVE
1. DEFINITIONS. Limitations under this Protective Order on the use or disclosure
of documents, deposition testimony or other discovery designated as "Confidential" shall
apply to (a) all information, copies, extracts and complete or partial summaries prepared or
derived from such documents or testimony; (b) portions of deposition transcripts, answers
to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions, responses to requests for
production, initial disclosures and exhibits thereto which directly refer or directly relate to
any such information, documents, copies, extracts or summaries; and (c) portions of briefs,
memoranda or any other writing filed with the Court and exhibits thereto which directly
relate to any such information, documents, copies, extracts or summaries.
Plaintiff seeks to protect from disclosure confidential physical or mental
health information of the Plaintiff and her family members, including but not
limited to, medical conditions, medical treatment, medical bills or charges,
and insurance claims, benefits, and/or payments.
Defendant seeks to protect from disclosure certain information regarding
non-party employees and proprietary business information of Defendant
Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Before produced documents are copied or inspected, the producing party
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may stamp as "Confidential" or similar notation on any document or
deposition testimony which contains such sensitive information. Documents
may also be designated as "Confidential” by written notice to opposing
counsel which identifies the documents so designated by Bates number.
Documents designated "Confidential," deposition testimony so designated,
and information derived therefrom will be retained by counsel and will not be
used for any purpose other than this litigation and will not be disclosed
except pursuant to court order entered after notice, to anyone except:
Counsel who have signed this Order approving it as to form and
content, attorneys who are employed by Plaintiff, retained outside
counsel, in house counsel, law clerks, secretaries or paralegals
directly involved in the conduct of this litigation;
Experts and consultants retained by a party to this action for
purposes of assisting in the preparation or presentation of claims or
Any deposition or trial witness, during the course of deposition or trial
testimony, when necessary to the testimony of such witness;
Any person who was involved in the preparation of the document;
The Court, Court personnel, court reporters and similar personnel;
The named parties to this case, excluding their agents and/or
representatives except those identified in this Paragraph;
Individuals selected by the parties to participate in focus groups,
mock trials, or other exercises maintained for the preparation for trial
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of this matter; and
Any other person with the prior written consent of the party producing
the document, pleading or deposition testimony.
Prior to receiving or being shown such documents or deposition testimony, persons
falling in the categories listed above in subparagraphs (ii), (iii), (iv), and (vii) shall be shown
a copy of, and shall agree in writing, or on the record during trial or deposition, to be bound
by the terms of this Protective Order.
During a deposition, any party asserting
confidentiality of any of its documents shall ask the deponent on the record to accept the
terms of this Order. If the deponent refuses to assent, disclosure of the documents during
deposition shall not constitute a waiver of confidentiality. Under such circumstances, the
witness shall sign the original deposition transcript and no copy of the transcript or exhibits
shall be given to the deponent.
DOCUMENTS ALREADY PRODUCED. Within thirty (30) days of the entry
of this Order, parties may inform the party to whom documents have been produced that it
considers certain documents already produced as being subject to this Order as
A copy of this Protective Order may be
served with a subpoena or Notice of Deposition on each third-party deponent. A thirdparty witness may designate a document as "Confidential" pursuant to this Order by
stamping it with such notice prior to production or so identifying it on the record during the
deposition of that third party. Either party may also designate documents produced by a
third party as being "Confidential" pursuant to the terms of this Order within thirty (30) days
of being made aware of the content of such documents. Any document produced by a
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third party shall be treated as "Confidential" pursuant to the terms of this Order for a thirty
(30) day period and thereafter if designated as "Confidential" by either party or by the third
party which produces it. The "Confidential" restrictions of this Order shall no longer apply
to any document produced by a third party that has not been designated as "Confidential"
by the third party or by a party within such thirty (30) day period.
CHALLENGE TO DESIGNATION.
Any party may challenge the
"Confidential" designation of any document, by moving the Court for an Order allowing
disclosure. The party challenging the "Confidential" designation of any document shall
give all other parties at least ten (10) days' notice before filing a motion with the Court and
the parties shall attempt to resolve any disagreement before submitting it to the Court. If a
party challenges the "Confidential" designation of the document(s), the documents at issue
shall continue to be treated as "Confidential" pursuant to the terms of this Order until such
time as the Court has made a ruling with respect to the motion.
DESTRUCTION OR RETURN OF DOCUMENTS. Upon completion of the
litigation all documents and copies of the same designated "Confidential" shall be
destroyed or returned to counsel for the producing party with signed statement reflecting
the disposition. This Order shall not terminate upon the conclusion of this action but shall
continue until the further order of the Court or until the party claiming confidentiality has
waived the same in writing.
USE OF DOCUMENTS. Documents produced by any party, including, but
not limited to, "Confidential" documents and information from any documents acquired in
discovery in this litigation shall not be used for any purpose except in connection with the
litigation pending in the United States District Court for District of Nebraska, Case No.
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8:16-CV-00443-FG3, styled Tasha M. McNeil v. Union Pacific Railroad Company. Nothing
in this Order shall limit any party or person in its use of its own documents or from
disclosing its own documents and information. This Order or production of any documents
shall not affect the admissibility of any such document or be deemed a waiver of any
objection to the admissibility of such documents.
EXCEPTIONS. The restrictions embodied in this Order shall be binding on
the party to whom "Confidential" information is disclosed unless and until there is a
Such information was or has become public knowledge absent a breach of
this Protective Order; or
The party to whom such disclosure was made had already learned such
information from a third party who himself has not breached any confidential
relationship which may have existed or exists between such third party and
the party making the disclosure.
NON-EXCLUSIVITY. This Order does not affect the right of a party to seek
to compel disclosure or production of a document or to seek an order modifying or limiting
this Order in any aspect.
The obligations and prohibitions under this Order are not
All other ethical, legal and equitable obligations are unaffected by this
WAIVER. Any waiver under this Order must be made in writing or, if at a
deposition or in Court, on the record.
Any party or person subject to the obligations and
prohibitions of this Order who is determined by the Court to have violated its terms is
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subject to sanctions imposed by the Court pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil
SO ORDERED this 9th day of February, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ F.A. Gossett
United States Magistrate Judge
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