Allegood v. Graham

Filing 22

STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER. Counsel is reminded to read the order in its entirety for critical deadlines and information. Signed by District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 3/7/2018. (Collins, S.)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION FILE No. 5:17-cv-00282-FL RICHARD SYLVESTER ALLEGOOD, Plaintiff, v. ROGER D. GRAHAM, JR., Defendant. STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER This case involves claims by Plaintiff that Defendant interfered with his marriage and is liable for alienation of affection and criminal conversation. Defendant is a senior executive with Mylan Inc. (“Mylan”) one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers. Certain documents sought by Plaintiff in discovery may include confidential and proprietary information related to Defendant’s work for Mylan. Consequently, Defendant needs to protect such information to ensure that it is not available to competitors of Mylan, placed in the public domain, or otherwise used for purposes outside of this litigation. Plaintiff also requests from Defendant personal health-related information generally protected from disclosure by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), and Defendant has requested Plaintiff’s personal health-related information generally protected from disclosure by HIPAA. Consequently, the parties jointly request, and the Court finds good cause to enter, the following stipulated confidentiality order in accordance with Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: 1. Scope. All documents produced in the course of discovery, all responses to discovery requests and all deposition testimony and deposition exhibits and any other materials which may be subject to discovery (hereinafter collectively “documents,” which shall include both paper documents and electronically stored information) shall be subject to this Order concerning confidential information as set forth below. 2. Form and Timing of Designation. Except as provided in paragraph 4, any party, or any non-party providing documents or testimony in connection with this matter, may designate confidential documents by placing or affixing the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on the document in a manner which will not interfere with the legibility of the document and which will permit complete removal of the CONFIDENTIAL designation. Documents shall be designated CONFIDENTIAL prior to, or contemporaneously with, the production or disclosure of the documents. Inadvertent or unintentional production of documents without prior designation as CONFIDENTIAL shall not be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of the right to designate documents as confidential as otherwise allowed by this Order. In the event such inadvertent or unintentional production of documents without prior designation as CONFIDENTIAL has occurred, the party desiring to so mark such documents as CONFIDENTIAL may do so by providing notice to the other party of such inadvertent or unintentional production, and marking such documents as CONFIDENTIAL, within five business days of such discovery. In addition, within 21 days after the entry of this Order, or 21 days after the production of documents by any non-party pursuant to a subpoena, whichever shall later occur, a party desiring to do so may mark such documents as CONFIDENTIAL, thereby making them subject to the provisions of this Order, regardless of the date the documents were actually produced. 3. Documents Which May be Designated Confidential. Any party, or any non- party providing documents or testimony in connection with this matter, may designate documents as confidential, but only after review of the documents by an attorney (or, in the case 2 of a pro se party, a party) who has, in good faith, determined that the documents contain information protected from disclosure by statute, health information protected from disclosure by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule, 45 CFR parts 160 and 164 (including materials whose disclosure would trigger the breach notification requirements of the HITECH Act, 45 CFR parts 164.400-414), trade secrets, or confidential research, development, or other confidential commercial information. 4. Depositions. Portions of depositions shall be deemed confidential only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within seven business days after receipt of the transcript. Such designation shall be specific as to the portions to be protected. 5. Protection of Confidential Material. a. General Protections. Documents designated CONFIDENTIAL under this Order shall not be used or disclosed by the parties or counsel for the parties or any other persons identified below (¶ 5.b.) for any purposes whatsoever other than preparing for and conducting the litigation in which the documents were disclosed (including any appeal of that litigation) and preparing for and conducting the litigation in Wilson County District Court entitled Richard Sylvester Allegood v. Patricia Mead Allegood, Case No. 17 CVD 723 (including any appeal of that litigation), hereinafter collectively referred to as “The Related Litigations.” b. shall not Limited Third Party Disclosures. The parties and counsel for the parties disclose or permit the disclosure of any documents designated CONFIDENTIAL under the terms of this Order to any other person or entity except as set forth in subparagraphs (1)-(5) below, and then only after the person to whom disclosure is to be made has executed an acknowledgment (in the form set forth at 3 Exhibit A hereto), that he or she has read and understands the terms of this Order and is bound by it. Subject to these requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review documents which have been designated CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to this Order: (1) counsel and employees of counsel for the parties who have responsibility for the preparation and trial of the Related Litigations; (2) parties in the Related Litigations but only to the extent counsel shall certify that the specifically named individual party’s assistance is necessary to the conduct of the litigation in which the information is disclosed;1 (3) court reporters engaged for depositions in the Related Litigations and those persons, if any, specifically engaged for the limited purpose of making photocopies of documents; (4) consultants, investigators, or experts (hereinafter referred to collectively as “experts”) employed by the parties or counsel for the parties to assist in the preparation and trial of the Related Litigations; (5) any representative of any insurer of any party in the Related Litigations; (6) persons to whom disclosure is required by law; (7) other persons only upon consent of the producing party or upon order of the court and on such conditions as are agreed to or ordered. c. Notice to Producing Party of Any Disclosures Required By Law. As to any disclosures made pursuant to Paragraph 5.b.6, the disclosing party shall notify the 1 At or prior to the time such party completes his or her acknowledgment of review of this Order and agreement to be bound by it (Exhibit A hereto). 4 producing party five business days before making the disclosure and the alleged basis in the law requiring the disclosure to such person or entity. d. Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties shall take reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosure of documents designated as CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to the terms of this order. Counsel shall maintain a record of those persons, including employees of counsel, who have reviewed or been given access to the documents along with the originals of the forms signed by those persons acknowledging their obligations under this Order. e. Copies. All copies, duplicates, extracts, summaries or descriptions (hereinafter referred to collectively as “copies”) of documents designated as CONFIDENTIAL under this Order or any portion of such a document, shall be immediately affixed with the designation “CONFIDENTIAL” if the word does not already appear on the copy. All such copies shall be afforded the full protection of this Order. 6. Filing of Confidential Materials. In the event a party seeks to file any material that is subject to protection under this Order with the Court, that party shall take appropriate action to insure that the documents receive proper protection from public disclosure including: (1) filing a redacted document with the consent of the party who designated the document as confidential; (2) where appropriate (e.g. in relation to discovery and evidentiary motions), submitting the documents solely for in camera review; or (3) where the preceding measures are not adequate, seeking permission to file the document under seal. Absent extraordinary circumstances making prior consultation impractical or inappropriate, the party seeking to submit the document to the court shall first consult with counsel for the party who designated the 5 document as CONFIDENTIAL to determine if some measure less restrictive than filing the document under seal may serve to provide adequate protection. Each time a party seeks to file under seal confidential documents, things, and/or information, said party shall accompany the request with a motion to seal and a supporting memorandum of law specifying (a) the exact documents, things, and/or information, or portions thereof, for which filing under seal is requested; (b) where it is necessary for the court to determine the source of the public’s right to access before a request to seal may be evaluated, whether any such request to seal seeks to overcome the common law or the First Amendment presumption to access; (c) the specific qualities of the material at issue which justify sealing such material, taking into account the balance of competing interests in access; (d) the reasons why alternatives to sealing are inadequate; and (e) whether there is consent to the motion. Finally, in addition to the motion and supporting memorandum, said party must set out such findings in a proposed order to seal for the court. 7. Challenges to Designation as Confidential. Any CONFIDENTIAL designation is subject to challenge. The following procedures shall apply to any such challenge. a. The burden of proving the necessity of a CONFIDENTIAL designation remains with the party asserting confidentiality. b. A party who contends that documents designated CONFIDENTIAL are not entitled to confidential treatment shall give written notice to the party who affixed the designation of the specific basis for the challenge. The party who so designated the documents shall have fifteen (15) days from service of the written notice to determine if the dispute can be resolved without judicial intervention and, if not, to move for an Order confirming the CONFIDENTIAL designation. 6 c. Notwithstanding any challenge to the designation of documents as confidential, all material previously designated CONFIDENTIAL shall continue to be treated as subject to the full protections of this Order until one of the following occurs: (1) the party who claims that the documents are confidential withdraws such designation in writing; (2) the party who claims that the documents are confidential fails to move timely for an Order designating the documents as confidential as set forth in paragraph 7.b. above; or (3) the Court rules that the documents should no longer be designated as confidential information. 8. Disclosure during Hearings or at Trial. The use of all documents treated as Confidential under this order at any hearing or the trial will be the subject of a further order of the Court or agreement of the Parties. 9. Treatment on Conclusion of Litigation. a. Order Remains in Effect. All provisions of this Order restricting the use of documents designated CONFIDENTIAL shall continue to be binding after the conclusion of the litigation unless otherwise agreed or ordered. b. Return of CONFIDENTIAL Documents. Within thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the litigation, including conclusion of any appeal, all documents treated as confidential under this Order, including copies as defined above (¶ 5.d.) shall be returned to the producing party unless: (1) the document has been entered as evidence or filed (unless introduced or filed under seal); (2) the parties stipulate to destruction in lieu of return; or (3) as to documents containing the notations, summations, or other mental 7 impressions of the receiving party, that party elects destruction. Notwithstanding the above requirements to return or destroy documents, counsel may retain attorney work product including an index which refers or relates to information designated CONFIDENTIAL so long as that work product does not duplicate verbatim substantial portions of the text of confidential documents. This work product continues to be Confidential under the terms of this Order. An attorney may use his or her work product in a subsequent litigation or Related Litigation provided that its use does not disclose the confidential documents. 10. Treatment of Protected Health Information. The parties recognize that documents discoverable in this action could include protected health information (“PHI”), as defined in 45 CFR. § 160.103, promulgated pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The parties agree that all PHI produced in this action shall be treated as CONFIDENTIAL. Consistent with 45 C.F.R. § 164.512(e)(1)(v), the parties further agree that (1) any PHI produced in the course of this action shall be used solely for the purpose of the Related Litigations; and (2) at the conclusion of this action, any PHI produced in the course of this action shall be returned to the producing party or destroyed in accordance with the requirements of Paragraph 8. The producing party shall designate PHI by placing or affixing the words “CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION” on the document. 11. Order Subject to Modification. This Order shall be subject to modification on motion of any party or any other person who may show an adequate interest in the matter to intervene for purposes of addressing the scope and terms of this Order. The Order shall not, however, be modified until the parties shall have been given notice and an opportunity to be heard on the proposed modification. 8 12. No Judicial Determination. This Order is entered based on the representations and agreements of the parties and for the purpose of facilitating discovery. Nothing herein shall be construed or presented as a judicial determination that any specific document or item of information designated as CONFIDENTIAL by counsel is subject to protection under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or otherwise until such time as a document-specific ruling shall have been made. 13. Persons Bound. This Order shall take effect when entered and shall be binding upon: (1) counsel who signed below and their respective law firms; and (2) their respective clients. 14. Non-Waiver of Objections. Neither this Order nor any of the procedures described above affects or constitutes a waiver of any party’s right to object to the relevancy, admissibility, or discoverability of any information or document or to seek an order that discovery or admissibility be had only subject to appropriate limits or restrictions, as provided by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Local Rules of this Court, or other applicable rules or law. IT IS SO ORDERED. This the ____ day of __________________, 2018. Honorable Louise W. Flanagan United States District Court Judge WE CONSENT: s/ Cynthia A. Mills Cynthia A. Mills Mills & Alcorn, LLP 200 West Third Street Greenville, NC 27858 Counsel for Plaintiff 9 s/ Leslie G. Van Der Have Leslie G. Van Der Have Van Der Have Family Law 3740 S. Evans Street, Suite E Greenville, NC 27834 Counsel for Plaintiff s/ Steven B. Epstein Steven B. Epstein Poyner Spruill LLP 301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900 Raleigh, NC 27601 Counsel for Defendant s/ Kimberly W. Bryan Kimberly W. Bryan Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan 133 Fayetteville Street, Suite 500 Raleigh, NC 27601 Counsel for Defendant 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION FILE No. 5:17-cv-00282-FL RICHARD SYLVESTER ALLEGOOD, Plaintiff, v. ROGER D. GRAHAM, JR., Defendant. WRITTEN ASSURANCE declares that: I have read and understand the terms of the Stipulated Confidentiality Order (the “Order”) filed in this action. I understand and agree to comply with and be bound by the provisions of the Order. I understand that any violation of the Order may subject me to sanctions by the Court. I will not divulge any information, documents, or copies of documents designated “CONFIDENTIAL” obtained pursuant to such Order, or the contents of such documents, to any person other than those specifically authorized by the Order. I will not copy or use such information or documents except for the purposes of this action and pursuant to the terms of the Order. As soon as practical, but no later than 30 days after final termination of this action, I will return to the attorney from whom I have received them any documents in my possession designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” and all copies, excerpts, summaries, notes, digests, abstracts, and indices relating to such documents. I submit myself to the jurisdiction of the above Court for the purpose of enforcing or otherwise providing relief relating to the Order. Signature Date Printed Name Address: Phone Number: 2

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