Cape Fear Public Utility Authority v. The Chemours Company FC, LLC et al

Filing 62

PROTECTIVE ORDER regarding the collection of water samples from the Fayettevile Works Facility - Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 6/1/2018. (Briggeman, N.)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA SOUTHERN DIVISION BRENT NIX, et al. Plaintiffs, v. THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC, et al., Defendants. CAPE FEAR PUBLIC UTILITY AUTHORITY, Plaintiff, v. THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC, et al., Defendants. ROGER MORTON, etal., Plaintiffs, v. THE CHEMOURS COMPANY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 7:17-CV-00189-D ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 7:17-CV-00195-D Case No.: 7:17-CV-00197-D ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) VICTORIA CAREY, et al., Plaintiffs, v. E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, et al., Defendants. Case No.: 7:17-CV-00201-D ____________________________ ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) BRUNSWICK COUNTY Plaintiff, v. DOWDUPONT, INC., et al., Defendants. Case No.: 7:17-CV-00209-D ____________________________ ) PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF WATER SAMPLES FROM THE FAYETTEVILLE WORKS FACILITY Pursuant to the Court's May 25, 2018 Order, the parties submit this proposed Protective Order addressing and governing the Plaintiffs' three sampling events ("Sampling Events") at the Chemours Fayetteville Works facility (the "Facility"). The following provisions shall apply to all Plaintiffs and their counsel in the abovecaptioned actions ("Actions"), as well as to their consultants, laboratories and any third party involved in the collection, analysis or permitted use of the information set forth in Paragraph 2. ' 1. Plaintiffs will be permitted to sample each ofthe five (5) process streams on three (3) separate occasions. 2 2. Plaintiffs' use of information obtained by virtue of the Sampling Events (including, but not limited to, the analytical results and data analysis of the Sampling Events), shall be solely for: (i) the litigation of the claims and/or potential future claims in the Actions; (ii) any appeal therefrom; and (iii) in the case of the water authorities, conducting pilot studies for purposes of evaluating treatment technologies with respect to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Brunswick County plaintiffs. Plaintiffs shall not disseminate information obtained pursuant to the Sampling Events for any other purpose, absent leave of Court. In the event Plaintiffs intend to include information obtained from the Sampling Events in any Court proceeding, such information will be submitted under seal pursuant to the Court's local rules or as otherwise directed by the Court. 3. Photography and videography shall be allowed to document the Sampling Events. No videotaping or photography shall be taken of anything other than the recording of the physical process of the personnel collecting and handing the samples to Plaintiffs. Said photography and videography shall only be used for the litigation and shall be deeme<;l "confidential" and shall only be shared with consultants, and experts, absent leave of court. A copy of said photography and videography shall be provided to Defendants. There shall be no interviews or other communications with any Facility employee or other on-site personnel during the Sampling Events. 4. All parties, i.e., both Plaintiffs and Defendants, agree, without undue delay, to exchange the full analytical results and methods from each of their respective laboratories (after standard quality assurance I quality control (QA/QC) practices) for each sample and each analyte. The parties agree to mutually and simultaneously exchange the sampling results for 3 each of the three separate sampling dates after all parties are in possession of the analytical results from their respective laboratories. 5. Nothing contained in this Protective Order shall wa1ve any arguments and defenses the parties may have as to the admissibility, weight, integrity, and interpretation of the analytical results if offered as evidence in these Actions or any other legal proceeding. SO ORDERED. This _I_ day of June, 2018. JAS c. DEVER III Chief United States District Judge Respectfully submitted by: Dated: June 1, 2018 Is/ George W. House Is/ John K. Sherk Joseph A. Ponzi N.C. State Bar No. 36999 George W. House N.C. State Bar No. 7426 William P .H. Cary N.C. State Bar No. 7651 V. Randall Tinsley N.C. State BarNo. 14429 BROOKS, PIERCE, McLENDON HUMPHREY & LEONARD, L.L.P. P.O. Box 26000 Greensboro, NC 27420-6000 Phone: (336) 373-8850 Fax: (336) 232-9114 John K. Sherk III CA State Bar. No. 295838 SHOOK, HARDY AND BACON, LLP One Montgomery, Suite 2700 San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: (415) 544-1900 Fax: (415) 391-0281 Kenileth J. Reilly FL State Bar No. 157082 SHOOK, HARDY AND BACON, LLP 201 S. Biscayne Boulevard 3200 Miami Center Miami, FL 33131 Phone: (305) 960-6907 Fax: (305) 385-7470 Attorneys for Plaintiff Cape Fear Public Utility Authority 4 J. Harold Seagle N.C. State Bar No. 8017 Mark D. Anstoetter MO State Bar No. 47638 SEAGLE LAW SHOOK, HARDY AND BACON, LLP P.O. Box 15307 Asheville, NC 28813 Phone: (828) 774-5711 2555 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64108 Phone: (816) 474-6550 Fax: (816) 421-5547 Scott Summy N.C. State Bar No. 27171 Cary McDougal (Pro Hac Vice) TX State Bar No. 13569600 ·Stephen Johnston (Pro Hac Vice) TX State Bar No. 00796839 M. Cristina Sanchez (Pro Hac Vice) TX State Bar No. 24041856 Brett D.' Land (Pro Hac Vice) TX State Bar No. 24092664 Is/ Stephen D. Feldman Jonathan D. Sasser N.C. State Bar No. 10028 Stephen D. Feldman N.C. State Bar. No. 34940 ELLIS &WINTERS LLP 4131 Parklake Avenue Suite 400 Raleigh, NC 27612 Phone: (919) 865-7005 Fax: (919) 865-7010 Stephen.F BARON & BUDD, P.C. 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue Suite 1100 Dallas, TX 75219-4281 Phone: (214) 521-3605 Counsel for Defendants Attorneys for Plaintiff Brunswick County and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Theodore J. Leopold COHEN MILSTEIN SELLERS &TOLLPLLC 2925 PGA Boulevard Suite 220 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Phone: (561) 515-1400 Fax: (561) 515-1401 5 Jay Chaudhuri N.C. Bar No. 27747 COHEN MILSTEIN SELLERS &TOLLPLLC 150 Fayetteville Street Suite 980 Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone: (919) 890-0560 Fax: (919) 890-0567 Andrew Whiteman N.C. Bar No. 9523 WHITEMAN LAW'FIRM 5400 Glenwood A venue Suite 225 Raleigh, NC 27612 Phone: (919) 571-8300 Fax: (919) 571-1004 S. Douglas Bunch Douglas J. McNamara Jamie Bowers Alison Deich COHEN MILSTEIN SELLERS &TOLLPLLC 1100NewYorkAvenue, N.W. Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone: (202) 408-4600 Fax: (202) 408-4699 Vineet Bhatia SUSMAN GODFREY, L.L.P. 1000 Louisiana Street Suite 5100 Houston, TX 77002 Phone: (713) 651-3666 Fax: (713) 654-6666 6 Stephen Morrissey Jordan Connors Steven Seigel SUSMAN GODFREY, L.L.P. 1201 Third Avenue Suite 3800 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: (206) 516-3880 Fax: (206) 516-3883 sseigel@susmangodfrey .com Gary W. Jackson N.C. Bar No. 13976 THE LAW OFFICES OF JAMES SCOTT FARRIN, P.C. 280 South Mangum Street Suite 400 Durham, NC 27701 Phone: (919) 688-4991 Fax: (800) 716-7881 Neal H. Weinfield THE DEDENDUM GROUP 1956 Cloverdale Avenue Highland Park, IL 60035 Phone: (312) 613-0800 Fax: (84 7) 4 78-0800 Attorneys for Plaintiffs Carey, Morton, and Nix 7

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