King v. Ingersoll-Rand Company et al

Filing 13

Joint Consent Protective Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 7/30/12. (com)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE DIVISION CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:12-CV-027-MOC-DCK LANCE KING, Plaintiff v. INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY and ADECCO USA, INC., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) JOINT CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER The parties move the Court pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) for entry of this consent Protective Order to expedite the flow of discovery materials, facilitate the prompt resolution of discovery disputes and disputes concerning confidentiality, protect certain materials designated as confidential (“confidential materials”), and ensure that protection is afforded only to material so designated. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 1. General Scope of the Agreement: This Consent Protective Order shall govern certain documents and other material produced in response to any discovery request or other request for information by Plaintiff and Defendant in this action, all information contained therein, and all copies, excerpts or summaries thereof, specifically including, but not limited to, answers to requests for admissions, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for production of documents and documents produced in accordance therewith, documents subpoenaed in connection with depositions and any deposition transcript or portion thereof as to which protection is sought in accordance with this Agreement. The following documents and/or information may be designated as “Confidential” pursuant to this Order: (a) medical records or other health-related information; (b) personal information about Defendant’s employees, including but not limited to: social security numbers, tax information, personnel records, and health insurance information; and (c) confidential or proprietary business and personal information, including but not limited to, income tax returns, balance sheets, profit and loss statements 2. Designation as Confidential. Any party producing or furnishing information of any nature to another party, to the Court, or at a deposition in connection with this litigation, may designate as “Confidential,” in accordance with the procedures set forth herein, any such information, document or part hereof, interrogatory answer, response to request for admissions, deposition testimony, excerpts and summaries of such information, or other materials as set forth in Paragraph 1 of this Agreement. Such designation shall be made at the time the information is produced or furnished, or at a later time as provided herein. 3. Procedure for Designating Information as Confidential. Parties may designate confidential materials in the following manner: (a) In the case of documents or other written materials, by affixing to each page of every such document, at the time of production, the word “Confidential” by stamp or other method which will make the word conspicuous; (b) In the case of answers to interrogatories, designation shall be made by placing the word “Confidential” adjacent to or at the end of any answer deemed to contain confidential information. Alternately, answers deemed to contain confidential information may be bound separately and marked with the word “Confidential”; (c) In the case of depositions or other pretrial testimony in this action by the parties or any of their officers or employees, by a statement to that effect on the record by counsel for the party who claims that confidential material is about to be or has been disclosed. Unless the parties intend to designate all of the information contained within a particular document or deposition testimony as confidential material, counsel for that party should indicate in a clear fashion the portion of the document or testimony which is intended to be designated as confidential. 4. Restricted Use of Information. (a) Documents/information designated as “Confidential” pursuant to paragraphs 1 through 3 of this Order shall be used solely for the purposes of this action and shall not be disclosed to any person except the following individuals: (I) the Court (including the Clerk’s office, stenographic reporters and videographers, engaged in such proceedings as are necessary to the preparation for trial and trial of this action); (ii) counsel for the parties, their staff members, their professional and para-professional employees; (iii) any experts or service contractors (i.e., court reporters or outside photocopying or imaging services) associated by the parties regarding this action; (iv) the parties to this litigation, including Lance King and officers or managers of a party who have a need to know the information for purposes of this litigation; or (v) Deponents may be shown Confidential Information in preparation for their deposition and during their deposition, but shall not be permitted to keep copies of said Confidential Information nor any portion of the deposition transcript reflecting the Confidential Information; or (vi) (b) by mutual consent. Documents produced pursuant to this Order shall not be used for any purpose other than evidence in this litigation and may not be disclosed under any circumstances to anyone not connected with this action as a party, witness, counsel, consultant, staff person or court personnel. 5. Acknowledgment of Agreement. All persons to whom confidential material is disclosed pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Order shall be bound by this Order. It shall be the responsibility of counsel for each party to this action to insure that persons authorized to receive confidential material pursuant to Paragraph 4 of this Order have knowledge of the terms of this Order and agree to be bound by them. Any person other than Plaintiff and employees of Plaintiff, counsel of record, employees of counsel of record, the court and its personnel, and court reporters and their staff must execute the form attached hereto as Exhibit A prior to the disclosure of confidential materials. Any persons breaching the provisions of this Order are subject to the contempt powers of this Court. 6. Inadvertent Disclosure. In the event a party inadvertently produces materials which should have been, but were not, marked “Confidential,” the party may designate such materials as “Confidential” by notifying counsel of the error and producing the documents again, with the “Confidential” designation, within 20 days of discovery of the inadvertent production. The parties will then treat these documents as if they had been marked “Confidential” when they were first produced. 7. Use of Confidential Materials in this Case. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or impair the use by a party of confidential materials as set forth in paragraphs 1 through 3 of this Agreement in proceedings in this litigation, including motion papers, affidavits, briefs, other papers and depositions filed with the Court or at any deposition, or hearing, conference, or trial before the Court so long as confidentiality of such information is protected as provided herein. 8. Challenging Confidentiality. Acceptance by a party of any information, document or thing identified as “Confidential” pursuant to this Order shall not constitute a concession that the information, document or thing is confidential material. Counsel for the parties shall serve written notice of any objections to specific designations upon the other party within twenty (20) days of receipt of such information, documents or things. Counsel shall first attempt to resolve any disputes of confidentiality between themselves. If Counsel are unable to agree on any such issue, counsel seeking protection of a document must bring the issue before the Court within twenty (20) days of receipt of any written notice of any objections. No disclosure of such information shall occur pending resolution of any dispute under this paragraph. 9. Right to Object. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, this Order shall not prejudice the right of any party to object to discovery on other grounds. Any party may, upon reasonable notice to the opposing party’s counsel, move for an order relieving it of the provisions of this Order for good cause shown. All parties retain the right to apply to the Court for an order affording additional protection to confidential material as the circumstances may warrant. Nothing contained herein shall prevent a party from seeking modification to this Order. 10. Disclosure. (a) Nothing contained herein shall prevent a party from disclosing, revealing or using any documents, material or other information which is already lawfully in the possession of that party or which that party lawfully obtains from any source other than the opposing party, and this Order shall not otherwise apply to such documents, material or other information, except that either party may designate as Confidential any medical records received in discovery in this matter. (b) Nothing in this document shall prevent any party from producing any document or information in his, her, or its possession in response to a lawful subpoena or other compulsory process, provided that notice shall be given to the other party prior to the date that the party subpoenaed is required to respond to the subpoena or other compulsory process in which materials designated confidential are sought. 11. Return of Confidential Information. All confidential material shall be returned to the producing party within ninety (90) days of the conclusion of this civil lawsuit, including conclusion of any appeal. 12. Modification of the Agreement. In the event of further proceedings in this action, if any of the parties hereto believe that this Agreement unreasonably impedes discovery to a party or the use of information discovered from a party for purposes of this litigation, or provides insufficient protection regarding discovery materials produced by a party, such party may serve notice upon the parties and request the Court modify his Agreement. 13. Protection of Copies. All copies, extracts or summaries prepared from confidential materials produced hereunder shall be subject to the same terms of this Agreement as the confidential material from which such copies, extracts, or summaries were prepared, if properly designated. 14. Notices. Notice required under this Agreement shall be in writing and provided to the attorneys for the parties listed below. Notice to the parties shall be adequate if given solely to the parties’ counsel of record. 15. Effective Date. This Agreement shall be effective immediately and shall survive the conclusion of this lawsuit. It is so ORDERED. Signed: July 30, 2012 EXHIBIT A Agreement concerning material covered by a Protective Order entered in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The undersigned hereby acknowledges that she/he has read the Protective Order entered by the Court dated __________________, 2012, in the civil action entitled Lance King v. Ingersoll-Rand Company and Adecco USA, Inc., C.A. 3:12-cv-00027-MOC-DCK, understands the terms thereof, and agrees to be bound by such terms. The undersigned hereby acknowledges that she/he is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with regard to this protective order and understands (1) the violation of the Stipulated Consent Protective Order shall subject the offender to such penalties, damages and other relief as may be permitted by law, and (2) that the jurisdiction of the Court regarding this Order survives any settlement, discontinuance, dismissal, judgment, or other disposition of this action. _________________________________ (Date) ________________________________________ (Signature) AGREED this 27thth day of July, 2012. JACKSON LEWIS, LLP BY: /s/ Allison E. Serafin TED N. KAZAGLIS N.C. Bar No. 36452 ALLISON E. SERAFIN N.C. Bar No. 31777 1400 Crescent Green, Suite 215 Cary, North Carolina 27518 Telephone: (919) 424-8600 Facsimile: (919) 854-0908 E-mail: E-mail: Attorneys for Defendant Adecco USA, Inc. FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP BY: /s/ J. Michael Honeycutt J. Michael Honeycutt N. C. State Bar No. 33437 Fisher & Phillips LLP 227 West Trade Street, Suite 2020 Charlotte, NC 28202 704-778-4172 Attorney for Ingersoll-Rand Company FOSBINDER LAW OFFICE BY: /s/ Julie H. Fosbinder Julie H. Fosbinder, Esq. N. C. State Bar No. 19400 Fosbinder Law Office 501 East Morehead Street, Suite 1 Charlotte, NC 28202 Attorney for Plaintiff

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