Farmer v. Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC et al
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING USE AND DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION...regarding procedures to be followed that shall govern the handling of confidential material..., Motions terminated: 45 JOINT MOTION for Protective Order . filed by Shake Shack 152 E 86 LLC, Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC, Damon Cordova. (Signed by Judge Paul A. Engelmayer on 10/13/2020) (rro)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Case No. 1:19-CV-09425-PAE-SN
-againstSHAKE SHACK ENTERPRISES, LLC, SHAKE
SHACK 152 E 86 LLC, and DAMON
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
REGARDING USE AND DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
WHEREAS, during the course of the above-captioned action (the “Action”), parties or nonparties may be required to or may informally produce information that the party or non-party from
whom information is sought considers to be valuable, sensitive, a trade secret, or otherwise
confidential. Accordingly, Plaintiff Dawashia Farmer (hereinafter “Plaintiff”), and Defendants
Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC, Shake Shack 152 E 86 LLC, and Damon Cordova (hereinafter
“Defendants”), through their undersigned counsel, hereby stipulate as follows:
Applicability. This Stipulated Protective Order shall apply to all information and
materials disclosed during the course of the Action, by any party or non-party, including but not
limited to information disclosed:
During any informal discovery or production of documents that may occur
through cooperation/agreement of the parties;
During formal discovery;
In any pleading, document, affidavit, interrogatory answer, response to
requests for admission, briefs, motions, and mediation statement;
During deposition or other examinations before trial; and,
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Definitions. The terms defined in this Section 2 shall, throughout this Stipulated
Protective Order, have the meanings provided. Defined terms may be used in the singular or the
“Producing Party” means the party, or person other than a party, being asked
to produce or asserting a confidential interest in information designated by
that party or person as confidential.
“Receiving Party” means the party receiving or requesting production of
information that is confidential.
Information that is “Confidential” means information, whether or not
embodied in any physical medium, used by the Producing Party, in or
pertaining to, its trade or business that the Producing Party believes in good
faith is not generally known to the Receiving Party and/or others in the
Producing Party’s trade or business that the Producing Party would normally
not reveal to third parties except in confidence, or has undertaken with others
to maintain in confidence, including but not limited to all Litigation
Materials reflecting, referring to, or evidencing proprietary trade secrets,
business plans and forecasts, financial plans and forecasts, operational plans
and forecasts, and all sensitive commercial, financial, medical, or personal
information that has been designated as confidential pursuant to this
Stipulated Protective Order.
“Litigation Material” means all pleadings, motions, affidavits, and related
papers, and all documents produced or exchanged with any Court or in any
settlement negotiations, and all transcripts or testimony given in depositions,
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in hearings before any Court, or at trial. Litigation Material also includes,
but is not limited to, the information described in Section 1 of this Stipulated
“Termination” means the dismissal of this Action with prejudice or entry of
final award or judgment after appeal or expiration without appeal of all
periods to appeal.
Method of Designation. Any party or non-party may designate as “Confidential”
all or any portion of any Litigation Material as follows:
Subject to Section 7 below, any document or other tangible Litigation
Material produced by a party or non-party and marked as “Confidential” is
hereby designated as “Confidential.”
Subject to Section 7 below, any document or other tangible Litigation
Material produced by a party or non-party and not marked “Confidential,”
but later determined by the Producing Party to be “Confidential” and the
Producing Party informs the Receiving Party in writing, including but not
limited to by letter or by electronic mail, of such “Confidential” designation,
is hereby designated as “Confidential.”
Subject to Section 7 below, by oral or verbal designation during the course
of an examination before trial or deposition, while on the record.
Treatment of “Confidential” Information.
Confidential information shall not be disclosed, revealed, or made available,
in whole or in part, to any person except:
the Court, Court personnel, as well as any court reporters, retained
in this matter;
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any court-appointed Mediator and/or Mediator retained in this
the Receiving Party’s counsel of record, co-counsel of record, and
the legal associates, paralegal and clerical or other support staff who
are employed by such counsel and are involved in assisting in the
parties, and those directors, officers, employees, and agents
(“Representatives”) of the parties who have a need to know in
connection with the Action;
experts or consultants retained by the parties or their counsel to
assist the parties or their counsel in connection with the Action and
who have executed Exhibit A, which is attached to this Order;
external copy or computer service workers copying or indexing
documents who have executed Exhibit A, which is attached to this
Order provided that, subject to Section 12 below, all documents are
returned to counsel for the party furnishing them after completion of
insurers under directors’ and officers’ liability policies or other
insurance policies that provide or may be deemed to provide
coverage for the claims asserted in this action and/or litigation
expenses or fees incurred in this action, and counsel to such insurers;
(viii) any other person who has executed Exhibit A, which is attached to
this Order, upon the written agreement of the party or non-party who
produced or disclosed the “Confidential” information (which
written agreement may be recorded on a deposition or other
Any non-parties under Sections 4(a)(v), (vi), and (viii) who review
“Confidential” information pursuant to the terms of this Order shall provide
executed copies of Exhibit A to counsel for the Producing Party as soon as
practical after being provided access to the “Confidential” information, and
in any event, no later than fourteen calendar days after being provided access
to the “Confidential” information.
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Maintenance of “Confidential” Information. All Litigation Material designated as
“Confidential” or “Highly Confidential” shall be kept in secure facilities, and access to those
facilities shall be permitted only to those persons set forth in Section 4(a) of this Stipulated
Protective Order as persons properly having access thereto.
In the event that Litigation Material designated
“Confidential” is, either advertently or inadvertently, disclosed to someone not authorized to
receive such information under this Stipulated Protective Order, or if a person so authorized
breaches any of his or her obligations under this Stipulated Protective Order, counsel of record for
the party involved shall, promptly upon becoming aware of such unauthorized disclosure or
breach, give notice of such unauthorized disclosure or breach to counsel of record for the
Producing Party, including a full description of all pertinent facts, to the counsel of record for the
party who initially produced the Litigation Material. Without prejudice to other rights and
remedies of the Producing Party, counsel for the party making the unauthorized disclosure shall
make every reasonable effort to prevent further disclosure by it or by the person who was the
recipient of such information.
Limitations on Application of Order.
The term “Confidential Information” shall not include, and this Stipulated
Protective Order shall not be construed to prevent any person from making
use of or disclosing any information that:
was lawfully in his/her possession (other than as an employee of
Producing Party) prior to its disclosure hereunder in connection with
appears in any published material available to the Producing Party’s
trade or business, other than by a breach of this Stipulated Protective
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was, is, or becomes publicly available other than as a result of
violation of this Stipulated Protective Order or any violation of law
by the party asserting this exception; or
was obtained from a source or sources (other than the Producing
Party) that the party asserting this exception, after having exercised
reasonable efforts to determine the facts, does not know that the
same was obtained or disclosed unlawfully in violation of an
obligation of confidentiality owed to the Producing Party;
is independently developed without regard to information disclosed
hereunder in connection with the Action.
This Stipulated Protective Order shall not bind or otherwise restrict the use
or disclosure of any information by Representatives of a Receiving Party
(“Uninvolved Representatives”) who are not involved in the Action, except
to the extent such Uninvolved Representatives receive Confidential Material
from Representatives of such Party who are so involved. It is understood
that, as a matter of policy, each Party maintains information barriers and
other procedures designed to restrict the dissemination of confidential
information except on a need to know basis.
Disclosure to Recipient or Author. Nothing herein shall prevent any party from
presenting “Confidential” information to the original signatory, author, recipient, or addressee of
the “Confidential” information.
Objections to Confidential Treatment. A party may object to the designation of any
Litigation Material as “Confidential” at any time. If any party objects to the designation of any
Litigation Material as “Confidential,” the party shall state the objection with particularity by letter
to counsel for the party making the designation. If the parties are unable to resolve the objection
without judicial intervention after making a reasonable effort to do so, any party may, within a
reasonable time, request that the Court remove the particular Litigation Material from confidential
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treatment. Until a ruling on any such motion, the Litigation Material shall continue to be deemed
“Confidential” under the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order.
Non-Waiver of Objections to Admissibility. This Stipulated Protective Order shall
not be construed as a waiver by the parties of any objection that might be raised as to the
admissibility of any evidentiary material. This Stipulated Protective Order shall be without
prejudice to the rights of any person to oppose production of any information on any proper ground
other than its status as a trade secret or confidential business information.
Subpoena by Third Parties
Nothing herein shall prevent any Receiving Party from producing
“Confidential” information in response to a lawful subpoena or other
compulsory processes from a non-party to this Stipulated Protective Order
seeking production or other disclosure of Confidential information, provided
that any Receiving Party receiving any such subpoena or compulsory process
shall, as soon as reasonably practical, give notice by telephone and facsimile
to counsel for the Producing Party, identifying the material sought and
enclosing a copy of the subpoena or other compulsory process, so as to afford
the Producing Party a reasonable opportunity to seek a protective order.
Subject to Section 7 above, “Confidential” information produced pursuant to
subpoena or other compulsory process shall continue to be treated as
“Confidential” pursuant to this Stipulated Protective Order.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Receiving Party may disclose
“Confidential” Information in the course of inspections, examinations, or
inquiries by federal or state regulatory agencies, self-regulatory
organizations, and rating agencies that have requested or required the
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inspection of records that contain “Confidential” Information, provided that
the Receiving Party advises the entity to which such disclosure is made of
the confidential nature of the information requested and exercises reasonable
efforts to obtain reliable assurances that confidential treatment will be
accorded such information.
Conclusion of Litigation.
Within thirty (30) days of Termination of this Action or the conclusion of
this Action by settlement, judgment, or otherwise, including exhaustion of
all appeals, the original and all copies of each document and thing produced
to a Receiving Party, or given to any other person pursuant to this Stipulated
Protective Order, designated as containing “Confidential” information shall,
at the election of the Producing Party, be returned to counsel for the
Producing Party or destroyed. This Section 12(a) includes all copies of
“Confidential” information and documents containing “Confidential”
information made by the recipient and other persons to whom the recipient
disclosed “Confidential” information.
Counsel may retain their work product, such as pleadings, notes,
correspondence, and memoranda, that contains or refers to “Confidential”
information, provided that all such “Confidential” information shall remain
subject to this Stipulated Protective Order and shall not be disclosed to any
person except as permitted by this Stipulation and Order.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Receiving Party may retain such copies
of the “Confidential” information (including “Confidential” information
stored on electronic, magnetic, or similar media) in accordance with policies
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and procedures implemented in order to comply with legal and regulatory
requirements and other legal and compliance purposes.
Reservation of Rights.
Nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order shall prevent any party from
disclosing its own “Confidential” information to any person as it deems
appropriate, and any such disclosure shall not be deemed a waiver of any
party’s rights or obligations under this Stipulated Protective Order.
Nothing in this Stipulated Protective Order shall constitute: (i) an agreement
by the parties to produce any documents or supply any information or
testimony in discovery not otherwise agreed upon or required by the Court;
(ii) a waiver by any person or party of any right to object to or seek a further
protective order with respect to any discovery request in this or any other
action; or (iii) a waiver of any claim of immunity or privilege with regard to
any testimony, documents or information.
Evidence of the existence or non-existence of a designation under this
Stipulated Protective Order shall not be admissible for any purpose.
Inadvertent Production of Privileged Material. It is the intent of the parties to assert
and preserve all information within the attorney-client privilege or entitled to work product
protection. If privileged or protected material is inadvertently disclosed, such disclosure shall not
be deemed a waiver of the privilege or protection and shall in no way prejudice the assertion of
the privilege or protection. If a recipient is notified in writing by a designating party that Litigation
Material was inadvertently produced containing privileged or protected information, the recipient
shall, at the earliest possible moment but in no event later than forty-eight (48) hours of the written
notice, return that Litigation Material to the designating party, together with all copies or
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reproductions thereof. The recipient shall also either return to the designating party or destroy any
privileged or protected work product material derived from the inadvertently produced material.
The return of claimed privileged or protected material shall not in any way waive the recipient’s
right to challenge the claim of privilege or protection, but such challenge shall not divulge the
contents of the material.
Amendment or Modification of Order. The provisions of this Stipulated Protective
Order may be modified at any time by a signed written stipulation of the parties. This Stipulated
Protective Order shall expire and be of no further force and effect one year following the earlier
of Termination of this Action or the conclusion of this Action by settlement, judgment or
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Execution in Counterparts. This Stipulated Protective Order may be executed in
two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which shall
constitute one and the same instrument.
PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW, PLLC
Attorneys for Plaintiff
45 Broadway, Suite 430
New York, New York 10006
FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP
Attorneys for Defendants
101 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017
By: /s/ Yusha D. Hiraman
Yusha D. Hiraman, Esq.
Gregory Calliste, Esq.
By: /s/ Alexander W. Bogdan
Carolyn D. Richmond, Esq.
Alexander W. Bogdan, Esq.
Dated: New York, New York
October 9, 2020
Dated: New York, New York
October 9, 2020
Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer
United States District Judge
New York, New York
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I, ____________________ [print or type name], being of full age, hereby certify and
acknowledge that I have received and read a copy of the Protective Order entered in the action
pending in the United States District Court Southern District of New York captioned Farmer v.
Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC, et al., Civil Action No.: 1:19-CV-09425-PAE-SN, and I understand
the limitations it imposes on the use and disclosure of information designated as “Confidential.” I
further understand that the unauthorized use or disclosure of any Confidential Material may
constitute contempt of Court and I hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of the U.S. District
Court Southern District of New York in connection with the use or disclosure of Confidential
Material. I agree to be bound by all of the terms of such Protective Order.
To further effectuate my compliance with this Order, I further submit myself to the personal
and subject matter jurisdiction of the United States District Court Southern District of New York.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
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