Fraizer v. I C System, Inc.
PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by US Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 2/6/2024. (Pro se litigant served by US Mail.)(mek)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CASE NO. 3:23-CV-651-KDB-DCK
I C SYSTEM, INC.,
THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE COURT on Defendant’s “Motion For Entry Of
Stipulated Protective Order" (Document No. 13) filed February 2, 2024. Having carefully
considered the motion and the record, the undersigned will grant the motion and enter the parties’
proposed Stipulated Protective Order as follows.
IT IS STIPULATED by and between Plaintiff Nathan Fraizer (“Plaintiff”) and Defendant
I.C. System, Inc. (“Defendant”), through its attorney of record, as follows:
WHEREAS, documents and information have been and may be sought, produced or
exhibited by and among the parties to this action relating to trade secrets, confidential research,
development, technology or other proprietary information belonging to the defendants, and/or
personal income, credit and other confidential information of Plaintiff.
THEREFORE, an Order of this Court protecting such confidential information shall be
and hereby is made by this Court on the following terms:
This Order shall govern the use, handling and disclosure of all documents, testimony or
information produced or given in this action which are designated to be subject to this Order in
accordance with its terms.
Any party or non-party producing or filing documents or other materials in this action (the
“Producing Party”) may designate such materials and the information contained therein subject to
this Order by typing or stamping on the front of the document, or on the portion(s) of the document
for which confidential treatment is designated, “Confidential.”
Pursuant to Section III.G. of the Pretrial Order and Case Management Plan (ECF 10), “the
ultimate disposition of protected materials [is] subject to a final order of the Court on the
completion of the litigation.” Further, “any motion, memorandum, document or other paper filed
with the Court is presumptively a public document and any decision of the Court regarding whether
to allow any filing to be made under seal is subject to Local Rule 6.1 and applicable law.”
To the extent any motions, briefs, pleadings, deposition transcripts, or other papers to be
filed with the Court incorporate documents or information subject to this Order, the party filing
such papers shall designate such materials, or portions thereof, as “Confidential” and shall file
them with the clerk under seal; provided, however, that a copy of such filing having the
confidential information deleted therefrom may be made part of the public record.
All documents, transcripts, or other materials subject to this Order, and all information
derived therefrom (including, but not limited to, all testimony given in a deposition, declaration or
otherwise, that refers, reflects or otherwise discusses any information designated “Confidential”
hereunder), shall not be used, directly or indirectly, by any person, including the other parties, for
any business, commercial or competitive purposes or for any purpose whatsoever other than solely
for the preparation for and trial of this action in accordance with the provisions of this Order.
Except with the prior written consent of the individual or entity designating a document or
portions of a document as “Confidential,” or pursuant to prior Order after notice, any document,
transcript or pleading given “Confidential” treatment under this Order, and any information
contained in or derived from any such materials (including but not limited to, all deposition
testimony that refers to, reflects or otherwise discusses any information designated “Confidential”
hereunder) may not be disclosed other than in accordance with this Order and may not be disclosed
to any person other than: (a) the Court and its officers; (b) parties to this litigation; (c) counsel
for the parties, whether retained outside counsel or in-house counsel and employees of counsel
assigned to assist such counsel in the preparation of this litigation; (d) fact witnesses subject to a
proffer to the Court or a stipulation of the parties that such witnesses need to know such
information; (e) deponents; (f) present or former employees of the Producing Party in connection
with their depositions in this action (provided that no former employees shall be shown documents
prepared after the date of his or her departure); (g) experts specifically retained as consultants or
expert witnesses in connection with this litigation; (h) the author or recipient of the document;
and (i) any mediators before whom the Parties agree to mediate disputes.
Documents produced pursuant to this Order shall not be made available to any person
designated in Subparagraph 6(g) unless he or she shall have first read this Order, agreed to be
bound by its terms, and signed the attached “Declaration of Compliance” (Exhibit A).
All persons receiving any or all documents produced pursuant to this Order shall be advised
of their confidential nature. All persons to whom confidential information and/or documents are
disclosed are hereby enjoined from disclosing same to any person except as provided herein, and
are further enjoined from using same except in the preparation for and trial of the above-captioned
action between the named parties thereto. No person receiving or reviewing such confidential
documents, information or transcript shall disseminate or disclose them to any person other than
those described above in Paragraph 7 and Paragraph 8 and for the purposes specified, and in no
event shall such person make any other use of such document or transcript.
Nothing in this Order shall prevent a party from using at trial any information or materials
This Order has been agreed to by the parties to facilitate discovery and the production of
relevant evidence in this action. Neither the entry of this Order, nor the designation of any
information, document, or the like as “Confidential,” nor the failure to make such designation,
shall constitute evidence with respect to any issue in this action.
Within sixty (60) days after the final termination of this litigation, upon written request of
a Producing Party, all of its documents, transcripts, or other materials afforded confidential
treatment pursuant to this Order, including any extracts, summaries or compilations taken
therefrom, but excluding any materials which in the good faith judgment of counsel are work
product materials, shall (a) be returned to the Producing Party, or (b) shall be destroyed by the
recipient parties with counsel for the recipient parties certifying in writing that the documents have
The production of privileged or work product protected documents, whether inadvertent or
otherwise, is not a waiver of the privilege or protection from discovery in this case or any other
federal or state proceeding. This provision shall be interpreted to provide the maximum protection
allowed by Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d). Nothing contained in this paragraph is intended to
limit a party’s right to conduct a review of documents for relevance, responsiveness, or segregation
of privileged and/or protected information before production.
In the event that any party to this litigation disagrees at any point in these proceedings with
any designation made under this Protective Order, the parties shall first try to resolve such dispute
in good faith on an informal basis. During the pendency of any challenge to the designation of a
document or information, the designated document or information shall continue to be treated as
“Confidential” subject to the provisions of this Protective Order.
Nothing herein shall affect or restrict the rights of any party with respect to its own
documents or to the information obtained or developed independently of documents, transcripts
and materials afforded confidential treatment pursuant to this Order.
The Court retains the right to allow disclosure of any subject covered by this stipulation or
to modify this stipulation at any time in the interest of justice.
Signed: February 6, 2024
3740 Patriots Place, Apt. 6
Concord, NC 28025
Pro Se Plaintiff
Caren D. Enloe
NC State Bar No. 17394
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing &
PO Box 176010
Raleigh, NC 27619-6010
Telephone: (919) 250-2000
Fax: (919) 250-2124
Counsel for Defendant
EXHIBIT A: DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE
I, _____________________________________, declare as follows:
My address is ________________________________________________.
My present employer is ________________________________________.
My present occupation or job description is _________________________.
I have received a copy of the Stipulated Protective Order entered in this action on
I have carefully read and understand the provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order.
I will comply with all provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order.
I will hold in confidence, and will not disclose to anyone not qualified under the
Stipulated Protective Order, any information, documents or other materials produced subject to
this Stipulated Protective Order.
I will use such information, documents or other materials produced subject to this
Stipulated Protective Order only for purposes of this present action.
Upon termination of this action, or upon request, I will return and deliver all information,
documents or other materials produced subject to this Stipulated Protective Order, and all
documents or things which I have prepared relating to the information, documents or other
materials that are subject to the Stipulated Protective Order, to my counsel in this action, or to
counsel for the party by whom I am employed or retained or from whom I received the
I hereby submit to the jurisdiction of this Court for the purposes of enforcing the
Stipulated Protective Order in this action.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is
true and correct.
Executed this ____ day of _____________, 20__, at __________________.
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