Cook v. Acell, Inc.
ORDER granting 15 Stipulation for protective order. The parties shall note that Paragraph 5 of their proposed order was modified to reflect the options available using the court's electronic filing system. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (TLSS)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
JEFFREY E. COOK,
No. CV: 8:17-cv-174
Plaintiff Jeffrey E. Cook (“Cook”) and Defendant ACell, Inc. (“ACell”) (Cook and ACell
are hereafter collectively referred to as the “Parties”), by and through their respective
undersigned counsel, hereby stipulate and agree to the request for, and entry of, the following
In this action, the Parties are seeking Confidential Information (as defined in
Paragraph 2 below). The Parties also anticipate seeking additional Confidential Information
during discovery and that there will be questioning concerning Confidential Information in the
course of depositions. The Parties assert that the need for this Protective Order also applies to
any information or materials produced by a non-party as a result of discovery subpoenas or other
requests. The Parties have entered into this Stipulation and request the Court enter the Protective
Order for the purpose of preventing the disclosure and use of Confidential Information by any
Party or non-party except as set forth herein. The terms of this Protective Order shall apply to
any information or materials produced by any Party or non-party as part of discovery in this
action. Each and every attorney with the law firms representing the Parties in this case shall be
deemed to be subject to this Protective Order and shall be deemed to have actual knowledge of
the restrictions herein.
Definition of “Confidential Information.”
Under the terms of this Protective
Order, “Confidential Information” means 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 – not made available to the public – and
designated by one of the Parties or a non-party (in the manner provided in Paragraph 3 below) as
containing or comprising confidential or sensitive information or other trade secrets or
proprietary business information. In connection with this Stipulation and Protective Order,
Confidential Information shall constitute documents, information or materials the release of
which would harm one of the Parties, including but not limited to, medical information related to
Cook, non-public financial or business records, personnel records of non-parties, internal
personnel policies and procedures of ACell and any affiliate entity, and other information which
is private in nature and may have the effect, if not deemed to be confidential, of embarrassing,
humiliating or otherwise invading the privacy of a Party, and could potentially cause significant
public and private harm, humiliation and exposure to the Parties. Such information or materials
may only be so designated if they are not otherwise publicly available.
Designation of “Confidential Information.”
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, including by means of entry onto land or premises or by
inspection of books, records, documents, or tangible things, such Confidential Information will
be designated in the following manner:
By imprinting the word “Confidential” on at least the first page or cover of
any document produced;
By imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a
discovery request; and
With respect to transcribed testimony, either during the deposition on the
record, or by giving written notice to opposing counsel sufficient to
designate such portions as “Confidential” no later than twenty
(20) calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony.
During a deposition, the deponent or his counsel, or any other counsel of
record present at the deposition, may give notice on the record that
testimony about to be given is deemed “Confidential”. If during the
course of a deposition, a document or other material that has previously
been designated “Confidential” is used, then that particular portion of the
deposition shall be deemed to be subject to the same level of protection
accorded to the designated document without further need of any written
designation of the deposition transcript by the designating party.
Restrictions on Confidential Information. All Confidential Information provided
by a Party or a non-party in response to a discovery request, in connection with a deposition, or
as transcribed testimony shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Confidential Information shall be used only for the purpose of this
litigation and not for any business or other purpose whatsoever.
Confidential Information shall not be communicated or disclosed by any
Party’s counsel or a Party in any manner, either directly or indirectly, to
anyone except for purposes of this litigation.
Confidential Information may only be disclosed or communicated to the
The Parties’ outside counsel of record in this action and any
regular or temporary employees of such counsel to whom it
is necessary that the information or material be shown for
purposes of this litigation;
The Parties’ in-house counsel;
Graphics or design services firms retained by counsel for a
Party for purposes of preparing demonstrative or other
exhibits for deposition, trial or other proceedings;
Independent document reproduction services or document or
video recording and retrieval services;
Non-technical jury or trial consulting services retained by
counsel for a Party;
Expert witnesses retained or consulted by the Parties in
connection with this litigation;
The finder of fact or concluder of law.
Confidential Information may be disclosed only to the persons listed in
Paragraph 4.c., subparagraphs (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) only after such
person(s) have executed a declaration in the form attached as Exhibit A.
Use of Confidential Information in Court Proceedings. In the event any material
designated as “Confidential Information” is used in any court filing or legal proceeding,
including, but not limited to, its use at trial, it shall not lose its confidential status as between the
Parties through such use. Any memorandum, brief, or other pleading that contains Confidential
Information in the body of the document shall be prominently labeled on the applicable pages
with the following legend: “Contains Confidential Information Subject To Protective Order.”
All Confidential Information filed with the Court, and all portions of pleadings, motions or other
papers filed with the Court that disclose any Confidential Information, shall be filed under
seal or restricted access pursuant to any rules or orders pertaining to the filing of information
and documents under seal.
Continuing Duty. The termination of this action shall not relieve counsel, the
Parties, or other persons obligated hereunder from their responsibility to maintain the
confidentiality of Confidential Information pursuant to this Protective Order, and the Court shall
retain continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Protective Order. The Parties agree that
in no event shall the obligations of this Protective Order continue beyond two years from the
final disposition of this matter, by order, settlement, or otherwise.
Protective Order Not Admission. By agreeing to the entry of this Protective
Order, the Parties adopt no position as to the authenticity or admissibility of documents produced
subject to it. Furthermore, by producing or receiving information or material designated as
“Confidential Information” or by otherwise complying with the terms of this Protective Order,
such conduct shall not be construed as an admission as to the relevance, authenticity, foundation
or admissibility of any document, material, transcript or other information.
Obligations After Final Disposition. The provisions of this Protective Order shall,
absent written permission of the producing Party, or further order of the Court, continue to be
binding throughout and after the conclusion of this action, including any appeals or remands.
Upon final determination of this action, including all appeals, each party should be required to
destroy documents or materials containing Confidential Information or return it to the party or
non-party that produced it.
No Bar to Seeking Further Relief. Nothing in this Protective Order shall preclude
any Party from filing a motion seeking further or different protection from the Court or from
filing a motion with respect to the manner in which Confidential Information shall be treated at
Treatment of Confidential Information at Trial. In the event any Confidential
Information is to be used in any court proceeding or any appeal therefrom, counsel for the Parties
shall confer on such procedures as are necessary to protect the confidentiality of any documents,
information, and transcripts used in the course of any such proceeding, and shall move the Court
to incorporate such procedures.
Examination of Witnesses Regarding “Confidential Information.”
may be examined as a witness at trial or during a deposition concerning any information or
material that has been designated as “Confidential Information” provided that the witness
executes a declaration in the form attached as Exhibit A prior to receipt of “Confidential
Information.” The witness shall not keep any “Confidential Information.” During such
examination, any such witness may be shown information or material designated as
“Confidential Information” which appears on its face or from other documents or testimony to
have been received or authored by that witness. Whenever a person appears from the face of a
document that has been designated as “Confidential Information” to have been the author or
lawful recipient of that document, such person may be shown, but not permitted to retain custody
of, that specific document shown to them despite the restrictions on access set out in Paragraph 4
of this Protective Order.
Inadvertent Production of Undesignated/Misdesignated Confidential Information.
If a Party inadvertently produces Confidential Information without marking it as such, it may be
disclosed to others until the receiving Party becomes aware of the error, unless it reasonably
appears from the face of the material that it contains nonpublic, confidential, proprietary,
commercially sensitive, or trade secret information of the producing Party. As soon as the
receiving Party becomes aware of the inadvertent production, the information must be treated as
if it had been timely and correctly designated under this Protective Order, and the receiving Party
must endeavor in good faith to obtain all copies of the document which it distributed or disclosed
to persons not authorized to have access to such information, as well as any copies made by such
Inadvertent Production of Privileged Materials. If a Party inadvertently produces
a document that it later discovers to be a privileged document, the production of that document
shall not be deemed to constitute a waiver of any applicable privileges. In such circumstances, if
the receiving Party discovers such inadvertent disclosure, the receiving Party must immediately
notify the producing Party and return or confirm destruction of the privileged materials. Within
five (5) business days of receiving such notification, the receiving Party shall return or confirm
destruction of all such materials, including any summaries thereof. Such return or confirmation
of destruction shall not preclude the receiving Party from seeking to compel production of the
materials for reasons other than its inadvertent production.
Binding Effect of Protective Order Before Entry by Court. The Parties agree to
be bound by the terms of this Stipulation and Protective Order pending its entry by the Court, or
pending entry of an alternative thereto. Any violation of the terms of this Stipulation prior to its
entry, or prior to the entry of an alternative order, shall be subject to the same sanctions and
penalties as if this Stipulation had been entered as an order of the Court.
Obligations Under Subpoena in Other Action. If a Party is (a) subpoenaed in
another action, (b) served with a demand in another action to which it is a party, or (c) served
with any other legal process by one not a Party to this action, seeking Confidential Information
which it received from the other Party, the Party so served shall give prompt, written notice to
the producing Party, by hand or electronic service, within ten (10) business days of its receipt of
such subpoena, demand, or legal process.
Dated this 30th day of November, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Cheryl R. Zwart
United States Magistrate Judge
EXHIBIT A – “Confidential Information”
DECLARATION OF _
swears or affirms and states under penalty of perjury:
I have read the Protective Order in this action, Jeffrey E. Cook v. ACell, Inc., Civil
Action No. 8:17-cv-174 in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, a copy of
which is attached to this Declaration.
I have been informed by
, Esq., counsel for
_, that I will be given access to information, documents or other materials
that have been defined as “Confidential Information” under the Protective Order.
I promise that I have not and will not divulge, or undertake to divulge, to any
person or recording device any Confidential Information shown or told to me except as
authorized in the Protective Order. I will not use the Confidential Information for any purpose
other than this litigation. I will not use the Confidential Information for any commercial
For the purposes of enforcing the terms of the Protective Order, I hereby submit
myself to the jurisdiction of the Court in the civil action referenced above.
I will abide by the terms of the Protective Order.
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