Browne et al v. Cypress Energy Mangement, LLC et al
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller, Jr. (BG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA
Victor N. Browne Jr., Jimmie Breckenridge, )
Shane Ellinger, Gary Klein, Blake Schaat
Roger Tofslie and Tracy Tofslie,
Cypress Energy Management, LLC, and
Cypress Energy Management — Bakken
Case No. 1-16-cv-355
SCOPE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROTECTIVE ORDER
This Stipulated Protective Order (“Protective Order”) will govern the handling
and dissemination of documents stamped as CONFIDENTIAL and produced or disclosed in the
course of the above-captioned action (“Action”) by Victor N. Browne Jr., Jimmie Breckenridge,
Shane Ellinger, Gary Klein, Blake Schaat, Roger Tofslie, Tracey Tofslie, Cypress Energy
Management, LLC, or Cypress Energy Management – Bakken Operations, LLC (hereinafter
collectively referred to as “Parties”).
All Confidential Information (as the term is hereafter defined) produced formally
or informally by the Parties contained in deposition or trial testimony, answers to interrogatories,
or responses to requests for documents, including copies, summaries and abstracts of the
foregoing, (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Information”) shall be used solely for the
purpose of the above-captioned litigation, and not in connection with any other litigation or
judicial proceeding or for any business, commercial, competitive, personal or other purpose
whatsoever. However, nothing herein shall prohibit documents or deposition testimony from being
turned over to law enforcement agencies.
DESIGNATION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Confidential Information is information which a party reasonably and in good
faith would not normally reveal to others unless such others would maintain it in confidence.
Before the production of the Documents and Information containing Confidential
Information, the party producing the Documents and Information (“Producing Party”), shall
mark each page containing such Confidential Information with a legend substantially in the
following form: “CONFIDENTIAL”. If any Confidential Information is disclosed in deposition
testimony, the party claiming confidentiality shall notify the other parties of the portion of the
testimony for which such treatment is sought within 21 days after receipt of the transcript, and
each page of the transcript which contains Confidential Information shall be marked with such a
legend and delivered by the party claiming confidentiality to all other parties within a reasonable
time period thereafter. Deposition transcripts shall be considered Confidential Information in
their entirety until the expiration of the 21-day period.
With regard to non-written materials, such as recordings, magnetic media,
photographs and things, containing Confidential Information, the legend shall be affixed to the
material, or a container for it, at the time of production.
Excluding law enforcement, Confidential Information shall not be given, shown,
made available, or communicated in any way to anyone other than those-persons described in
Section III, Paragraph 1, below.
DISCLOSURE OR USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
The party to whom Confidential Information is produced (“Receiving Party”),
may disclose, summarize, describe, reveal or otherwise make available the Confidential
Information, in whole or in part, only in accordance with the terms of this Protective Order, and
only to the following persons:
attorneys of record in this Action and their associates and staff;
the Court and Court personnel;
deposition and trial witnesses and court reporters;
the parties and their officers, directors, managers, or employees to the
extent necessary for the prosecution of this Action; and
independent experts and consultants to the extent necessary for the
prosecution of this action, and provided that they first fully execute a copy of the
document entitled “Written Assurance,” which is attached hereto and as Exhibit A.
Confidential Information used in connection with any motion or hearing in
connection with this Action shall be filed under seal, submitted to the Court for in camera
inspection, or submitted to the Court in such other manner as the parties may agree.
confidential Documents and Information are submitted to the Court under seal, the Documents
and Information must be sealed in an envelope labeled “Confidential—filed under seal pursuant
The Documents and Information disclosed pursuant to the provisions of this
Protective Order and designated by the Producing Party as Confidential Information, remain
subject to the provisions of this Protective Order notwithstanding the fact that the Receiving
Party has, or may be able to acquire said Documents and Information from another source.
OBJECTIONS TO CONFIDENTIAL DESIGNATIONS
If any party objects to the designation of the Documents and Information as
Confidential Information and the parties are unable to resolve such objection, the objecting party
may move the Court for an Order declaring that the information so designated is not entitled to
protection. During the pendency of such motion, and until determination on the merits has been
made by the Court, the material claimed to be Confidential Information shall continue to be
treated as if such designation is appropriate under the terms of this Protective Order.
The parties are not obligated to challenge the designation of any Confidential
Information at the time of receipt, disclosure, or designation thereof, and a failure to do so shall
not preclude a subsequent challenge.
INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS OR INFORMATION
Inadvertent failure to designate any Documents and Information that the
Producing Party later determines should have been designated Confidential Information will not
be deemed a waiver of the right to make that designation. The party to whom such inadvertent
disclosure is made shall, upon written request by the Producing Party, treat such material as
Confidential Information in accordance with this Protective Order. Upon receipt of such written
notice, the party who received the previously undesignated Confidential Information shall make
all reasonable efforts under the circumstances to: (1) retrieve all such material disclosed to
persons other than those so authorized pursuant to this Protective Order; (2) affix appropriate
legends to the Confidential Information as provided herein; and (3) prevent further use or
disclosure of the Documents or Information contained in the previously undesignated
Confidential Information by or to persons other than those so authorized herein.
Inadvertent production of the Documents and Information subject to work product
immunity or the attorney-client privilege shall not constitute a waiver of this immunity or
privilege, provided that the Producing Party shall notify the Receiving Party of such inadvertent
production no later than the first time the Producing Party knows or should have known of its use
by the Receiving Party. Those inadvertently produced Documents and Information shall be
returned to the Producing Party upon request, and the Receiving Party shall destroy all copies
thereof, including electronic copies, as well as all notes, memoranda or other documents that
summarize, discuss or quote the Documents and Information. No use shall be made of such
Documents and Information during deposition or at trial, nor shall they be shown to anyone who
has not already been given access to them after the request to return them. With respect to the
application of any claim of privilege or immunity for inadvertently produced materials, if the
parties are unable to reach a satisfactory agreement within fifteen business (15) days, the
Producing Party may, within fifteen (15) business days thereafter, petition the Court to resolve
the matter. The Receiving Party shall not disclose the document, for which the belated claim of
immunity or privilege is being made, to any persons, other than those persons who have had it in
their possession before the receipt of notification from the Producing Party, until the expiration
of the fifteen (15) day period identified in this paragraph or, if the matter is submitted to the
Court, until disposition of the matter. Nothing in this Protective Order precludes either party
from petitioning the Court for return of later-discovered, inadvertently produced attorney work
product or attorney-client privileged documents.
MAINTENANCE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
All persons who receive Confidential Information in accordance with the terms of
this Protective Order shall maintain the same, at all times, in secure facilities with reasonable
precautions taken to ensure that access to such material is restricted to persons entitled to have
such access pursuant to this Protective Order. It is stipulated that the offices of counsel for both
parties constitute suitable secure facilities.
Within 45 calendar days after the conclusion of this Action in its entirety,
including all appeals, all parties or persons having received Confidential Information shall
dispose of all designated materials either by destruction or by returning such materials to counsel
of record for the Producing Party. Notwithstanding this provision, external legal counsel of
record are entitled to retain an archival copy of all pleadings, motion papers, transcripts,
deposition transcripts, legal memoranda, correspondence, documents produced, or attorney work
product, even if such materials contain Confidential Information. Any such archival copy that
contains or constitutes Confidential Information shall remain confidential and subject to this
In the event of disclosure of any Confidential Information to a person not
authorized for access to such material in accordance with the provisions hereof, the party
responsible for having made, and any party with knowledge of, such disclosure shall
immediately inform counsel for the Producing Party whose Confidential Information has thus
been disclosed of all known relevant information concerning the nature and circumstances of the
disclosure. The party responsible shall also promptly take all reasonable measures to ensure that
no further unauthorized disclosure or use of the Confidential Information is made. Each party
shall cooperate in good faith in that effort.
LIMITS AND DURATION OF THIS PROTECTIVE ORDER
Entering into, agreeing to, or otherwise complying with the terms of this
Protective Order, including producing or receiving Confidential Information, shall not:
prevent the parties to this Protective Order from agreeing to alter or waive
the provisions or protections provided for herein with respect to any Confidential
prejudice in any way the rights of a party to object to any discovery
request seeking production of material it considers not subject to discovery;
prejudice in any way the rights of a party to seek a determination by the
Court that any requested discovery be made; or
prejudice in any way the rights of a party to apply to the Court for further
protective orders or modifications of this Protective Order.
This Protective Order shall govern the parties’ actions and will survive the
termination of this Action.
The foregoing is agreed and stipulated to by the Parties, through their counsel, as
Dated: April 10, 2017
/s/ Leo F.J. Wilking
Leo F.J. Wilking
Wilking Law Firm, PLLC
P.O. Box 3085
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-3085
Attorney for Plaintiffs
Dated: April 10, 2017
/s/ Eli K. Best
Joseph M. Sokolowski (MN Bar No. 0178366)*
Eli K. Best (MN Bar No. 0395212)*
FREDRIKSON & BYRON, P.A.
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425
*Admitted to Practice in this Court
Attorneys for Defendants
The court ADOPTS the parties’ Stipulated Protective Order without addition or modification.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 18th day of April, 2017.
Charles S. Miller, Jr., Magistrate Judge
United States District Court
Exhibit A to Stipulated Protective Order
_________________________________________ declares that:
I reside at _______________________________________ in the City of
__________________, County of __________________, State of ______________ . My
telephone number is __________________________________.
I am currently employed by ___________________________________, located at
_____________________________________________________, and my current job title is
I have read and I understand the terms of the Protective Order dated ________________,
filed in Case No. 1-16-cv-355, pending in the United States District Court for the District of
North Dakota. I agree to comply with and be bound by the provisions of the Protective Order. I
understand that any violation of the Protective Order may subject me to sanctions by the Court.
I shall not divulge any documents, or copies of documents, designated “Confidential”
obtained pursuant to such Protective Order, or the contents of such documents, to any person
other than those specifically authorized by the Protective Order. I shall not copy or use such
documents except for the purposes of this action and pursuant to the terms of the Protective
As soon as practical, but no later than 30 days after final termination of this action, I shall
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 United States District Court for the District of
North Dakota for the purpose of enforcing or otherwise providing relief relating to the Protective
Executed on _______________________
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