Lee v. Town of Seaboard
PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by US Magistrate Judge William A. Webb on 4/14/2014. (Sawyer, D.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
BRIAN C. LEE, SR.
THE TOWN OF SEABOARD,
On motion of the Plaintiff (DE-31) and with consent of the Defendants, pursuant to Rule
26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court enters the following Order:
This Order governs the handling and disclosure of all materials sought, produced, given,
or filed herein by the parties and designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” For purposes of this Order,
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION includes, but is not limited to, medical records, personnel
information which is confidential pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 153A-98or 160A-168.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
“CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION” as used herein means:
a. All information and documents made confidential by N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 153A-98, or
b. Any documents or information which are contained in a personnel file maintained by
c. Medical records; and
d. All information and documents made confidential by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 132-1.4.
The documents and information produced by any parties or non-parties that contain
confidential information shall be marked "CONFIDENTIAL.” The confidential documents shall
be disclosed only for official use in this action, and for no other purpose.
The CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall not be otherwise reviewed, disclosed or
released to anyone other than:
a. The Court;
b. Counsel for the parties to this action, their legal assistants and other staff members
c. Experts or consultants retained by the parties or their attorneys to assist them in the
preparation of this case or to serve as expert witnesses at the trial of this action;
d. Court reporters or videographers engaged to record depositions, hearings or trials in
this action; and
e. Outside companies engaged by counsel for the parties to photocopy such documents.
Disclosure of CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION pursuant to this Order shall be handled
a. Any person described in subparagraphs 3(a), (b), (d), and (e) of this Order is bound
by the provisions of this Order without the necessity of executing a separate
b. Prior to making disclosures to any person set forth in subparagraph 3(c) of this Order,
the party disclosing the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall inform any persons
to whom disclosure is made that CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION shall be used
for the purposes of the prosecution or defense of this action only, and that said person
shall be bound by the terms of this Order and shall execute an Agreement to be bound
by the this Order. The parties shall obtain from such persons a written statement in
the form of Exhibit A, attached hereto. A record of all persons to whom disclosures
are made shall be kept and all the written statements signed by those persons shall be
retained in the possession, custody, and control of counsel by whom the person is
retained. All CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, and any documents containing
information derived therefrom, including copies of such documents, shall be returned
to counsel by persons given access to them as soon as practicable.
The production or disclosure of CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS pursuant to the terms of
this Order by the producing party shall not be construed as prohibiting or restricting the use of
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION during depositions, any hearing, the trial of this matter, or
any appellate proceeding. Similarly, no party shall be deemed to have waived any objections as
to the relevancy, admissibility, discoverability or any other objection under the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure or the Federal Rules of Evidence in connection with any proceeding in this
No CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS produced pursuant to this Order shall be used for
any purpose other than for relevant and proper conduct of this litigation.
The designation of documents or information as “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION”
shall not be conclusive for purposes of the substantive issues in this case. In addition, any party
is entitled to challenge, through an appropriate Motion to the Court, any designation herein by
any other party at any time during this litigation.
The inadvertent, unintentional or in camera disclosure of confidential documents and
information shall not, under any circumstances, be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of any
party’s claims of confidentiality.
Within fifteen (15) days after the entry of final judgment or dismissal in this litigation
(including appeals or petitions for review), the parties' counsel, their staff, and all experts and/or
consultants for the parties shall return all confidential documents produced pursuant to this Order
(including all copies of the same) to the party producing said documents or shall destroy the
same with a written certification by the party's counsel of record that all such documents and
copies of the same have, in fact, been returned or destroyed; provided, counsel shall be permitted
to maintain such documents for their case files, which shall continue to be subject to the terms of
Each person who receives CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION submits himself or herself
to the personal jurisdiction of this Court, wherever he or she shall be, for the enforcement of the
provisions contained in this Order.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday, April 14, 2014.
WILLIAM A. WEBB
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
UNDERTAKING TO BE BOUND
I, __________________________, declare as follows:
I acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Protective and Production Order (the “Protective
Order”) dated _________________, 2014 in Lee v. Town of Seaboard filed in the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Northern Division, Case No. 2:13-CV20-D, and agree that I:
(1) will comply with and be bound by its provisions with respect to any information
provided to me under the terms of this Protective Order;
(2) will not reveal any information provided to me under the terms of this Protective
Order to anyone other such persons designated in paragraph 3 of this Order; and
(3) will utilize such confidential information solely for purposes of this litigation.
I further understand that if I fail to comply with the terms of the Protective Order, I may
be subject to sanctions by the Court, and I consent to the jurisdiction of the above-referenced
Court for such purpose.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is
true and correct.
DATED: __________________, 201__
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