Broughton v. Shoe Show, Inc.
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz on 9/7/2021. (art)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
SHOE SHOW, INC,
CASE NO. 1:20-CV-00261
Judge Susan J. Dlott
Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz
Plaintiff Cynthia Broughton (“Plaintiff”), and Defendant Shoe Show, Inc. (“Defendant”),
by their counsel, and subject to approval of the Court, hereby stipulate to the following Order
relating to confidential personal and business information.
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED THAT:
Each Party to this proceeding or any subsequent appeals and anyone else who may
subscribe to this Stipulated Protective Order for the Protection of Confidential Information
(“Order”) agrees as follows:
The parties recognize that preparation and trial of this action may require the discovery of
certain confidential financial, personal, or other records of Plaintiff and of confidential business
records and materials containing confidential business, personnel, commercial, trade secret, or
financial information of Defendant or third parties. The parties desire to litigate this action
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without jeopardizing Plaintiff’s, Defendant’s, or any other person’s interests and expectations in
the confidentiality of their records and information, and so enter this Order.
INFORMATION SUBJECT TO THIS ORDER
The protection of this Order may be invoked with respect to any confidential
financial, personal or business records and materials containing confidential business, consumer,
commercial, trade secret, or financial information (a) conveyed by or contained in a document
produced or (b) stated in answer to an interrogatory or request for admission or (c) disclosed in
an oral deposition by a party or a non-party in the course of discovery in this proceeding or (d)
disclosed pursuant to a voluntary agreement between counsel. Any party to this action, or any
non-party that has produced information that is reasonably believed by it to be the type so
recognized, may, at or after the time of production, designate such information as Confidential
and the information so designated shall thereafter be subject to the provisions of this Order. In
the case of documents, each page that is to be produced under this Order shall be separately
The parties agree to designate information as Confidential on a good faith basis
and only as to information and materials that are in fact confidential, and not for the purposes of
harassing the receiving party or parties or for the purpose of unnecessarily restricting the
receiving party’s or parties’ access to information concerning the lawsuit.
Regardless of whether marked Confidential as set forth in paragraph 1 of this
Order, any and all financial records produced during the course of discovery shall automatically
be deemed Confidential for purposes of this Order, even if not separately marked as such.
The fact that a party inadvertently failed to designate particular documents or
information as Confidential prior to producing them, or that material properly considered to be
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confidential was obtained from third parties prior to the Plaintiff filing suit in this Court, shall
not preclude any party from designating such documents or information as Confidential in a
timely fashion once the Party becomes aware that the material should be protected.
PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Any information and documents designated Confidential pursuant to paragraph 1
of this Order shall not be disclosed to any person whatsoever other than the parties and their
agents, officers and management employees, including in-house counsel, each outside counsel
assisting in or responsible for this proceeding and members of the legal, paralegal, secretarial or
clerical staff of such counsel, persons retained by parties’ counsel to provide business, data, and
similar services related to the litigation, counsel retained by witnesses, the Court or Court
personnel, jury members, mediators, persons employed as experts or consultants for each party,
regardless of whether those experts or consultants are to provide testimony at trial in this matter,
and witnesses on an as-needed basis only.
No witness, expert, consultant, services personnel, or witness’ attorney may be
permitted to possess outside of the presence of counsel for a party, or to copy any document or
information designated as Confidential, unless such person has been provided a copy of this
Order, and has provided the attorney with a signed statement acknowledging such receipt and
agreeing to be bound by the Order.
LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Any information designated Confidential pursuant to paragraph 1 of this Order
shall be held in confidence by each person to whom it is disclosed, shall be used by the person
who receives such information only for the purposes of this proceeding, and shall not be used by
the recipient of the information for any function other than this litigation.
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In the event that any information or documents designated as Confidential as
provided in paragraph 1 of this Order are used in depositions, the reporter shall be instructed
either (1) by a statement on the record by counsel at the time of the deposition, or (2) by written
notice to all counsel within fourteen business days after the receipt of the transcript, that the
portions of the deposition relating to the Confidential information, as well as any Confidential
documents which are made exhibits, shall be retained under seal and that copies of such
materials shall be given only to those persons afforded access under paragraph 5. In addition,
only those persons afforded access under paragraph 5 may be present at any deposition
examination concerning Confidential information.
This Protective Order does not authorize the sealing of protected materials in
Court records. See Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th
Cir. 2016). No document may be filed with the Court under seal without prior permission as to
each such filing, upon motion and for good cause shown, including the legal basis for filing
under seal. Unless the Court orders otherwise, all sealed documents shall be filed according to
S.D. Ohio Civ. R. 5.2.1.
The Parties will follow Southern District of Ohio Local Rule 5.2.1 regarding the
filing of sealed documents. To the extent that a brief, memorandum, or pleading references or
attaches any document marked as Confidential, then the filing party must first seek leave of the
Court, by motion, to file the document under seal in accordance with S.D. Ohio Civ. R. 5.2.1(a)
and the Court’s standing orders. If the filing party is the designating party, their motion shall
state the legal basis for filing under seal. If the filing party is not the designating party, the filing
party’s motion shall refer to this order, shall state the designation, and shall name the designating
party. The designating party shall file a response stating the legal basis for filing under seal. The
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filing party shall deliver a courtesy copy of any document filed under seal to the judicial officer’s
chambers (or by electronic mail if the documents proposed to be filed under seal are no more
than 10 pages) and shall serve counsel for the other parties via electronic mail. If a nonparty
designated the document or information as Confidential, then the filing party will also send a
copy of the motion to the designating nonparty via electronic mail. In no circumstances shall a
document be filed under seal without Court permission.
This Order shall also apply to all pleadings, deposition transcripts, discovery
papers, summaries, notes, abstracts or other instruments which comprise, embody, summarize,
discuss, or quote from any documents produced in the litigation which contain Confidential
information, or any other material, designated Confidential, including memoranda or work
product prepared by counsel, their staff or authorized outside consultants or experts.
FINAL TERMINATION OF PROCEEDING
Upon final termination of this proceeding, including all subsequent appeals, each
party shall either destroy or return to the producing party all materials produced and designated
as Confidential and all copies thereof. Unless a court orders otherwise, the parties shall continue
after final termination of this proceeding to keep information marked as Confidential in the
manner provided by this Order.
This Order shall be without prejudice to the right of any party or non-party to
present to the Court a motion for a separate Protective Order as to any particular document or
information, including restrictions differing from those as specified herein, and this Order shall
not be deemed to prejudice either party in any way in any future application for modification of
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The parties may agree only in writing to withdraw the designation of
Confidential. If a party notifies the opposing party in writing that it disputes the confidentiality
designation of a document, the parties shall meet and confer in good faith in an attempt to
resolve any dispute. In the event any dispute over one or more designations is not resolved, then
the party challenging the designation of the document as Confidential shall bear the initial
burden of going forward to move the Court to resolve the issue and shall explain why it contends
the designation is improper, but the party designating the material as Confidential shall bear the
ultimate burden of establishing that the material should be protected. The document in question
will remain subject to the confidentiality provisions of this Order until the Court rules on the
designation of the document.
This Order has no effect upon and shall not apply to the parties’ own use of the
information and documents that that party produced under the protections of this Order.
In the event additional parties become parties to this action, they shall not have
access to material marked Confidential until, by their counsel, they have executed and filed with
the Court their agreement to be fully bound by this Order.
Except for non-public personal information of a non-party consumer, this Order
shall not apply to information in the public domain or legitimately obtained from other sources
not in violation of this Order regardless of whether or not such information is also contained in
discovery materials designated as Confidential in this case.
INADVERTENT PRIVILEGE DISCLOSURE
The parties intend that this provision provides all the protections afforded by
Federal Rule of Evidence 502 and further imposes the obligations of Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 26(b)(5)(B) on the party receiving documents or information.
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The disclosure during discovery of a document or information protected by the
attorney-client privilege, attorney work product doctrine, or other privilege (“Privileged
Material”) shall not be deemed a waiver of the privilege, work product, or other protection or
immunity from discovery by the producing party in this or any subsequent state or federal
proceeding, for either that Privileged Material or the subject matter of that Privileged Material,
unless there is an intentional waiver of the privilege to support an affirmative use of the
Privileged Material in support of the party’s claim or defense, in which event the scope of any
such waiver shall be determined by Fed. R. Evid. 502(a)(2) and (3). The parties intend that this
stipulated order shall displace the provisions of Fed. R. Evid. 502(b)(1) and (2). That is, all
disclosures not made to support an affirmative use of the Privileged Material in support of a
party’s claim or defense shall be regarded as “inadvertent,” and the producing party is hereby
deemed to have taken “reasonable steps to prevent disclosure,” regardless of any argument or
circumstances suggesting otherwise.
Except when the requesting party contests the validity of the underlying claim of
privilege (including a challenge to the reasonableness of the timing or substance of the measures
undertaken by the producing party to retrieve the Privileged Material(s) in question), any
Privileged Materials shall, upon written request, promptly be returned to the producing party
and/or destroyed, at the producing party’s option. If the underlying claim of privilege is
contested, the parties shall comply with, and the requesting party may promptly seek a judicial
determination of the matter pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5)(B). In assessing the validity of
any claim of privilege, the Court shall not consider the provisions of Fed. R. Evid. 502(b)(1) and
(2), but shall consider whether timely and otherwise reasonable steps were taken by the
producing party to request the return or destruction of the Privileged Material once the producing
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party had actual knowledge, including actual knowledge of the party’s attorney of record or other
attorney with lead responsibilities in the litigation, of (i) the circumstances giving rise to the
claim of privilege and (ii) the production of the Privileged Material.
Within three (3) business days of receipt of notice by any party that Privileged
Material was produced or disclosed, sufficiently identified by Bates number or other method to
enable its identification, all recipients of the Privileged Material shall comply with Fed. R. Civ.
In addition, upon such notice that Privileged Material was produced or disclosed,
the receiving party shall collect and segregate all notes or other work product that summarize,
discuss, or quote the contents of such Privileged Material. If the receiving party does not contest
the privilege designation, or if, after submission under seal pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
26(b)(5)(B), the Court determines that the material is Privileged Material, the receiving party’s
notes or other work product that summarize, discuss, or quote the contents of the Privileged
Material shall then be, in relevant part, destroyed.
This Order contemplates that the parties shall continue to resolve confidentiality
issues by agreement of counsel not inconsistent with this Order.
The undersigned counsel for the parties agree on behalf of their respective firms
and clients to the terms set forth herein, and consent to the form and entry of this Order.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio retains
jurisdiction to alter or amend this Order by further order of the Court upon a showing of good
cause. Upon approval by the Court, this Stipulated Protective Order shall be effective as the
Order of the Court. Nothing in this Order shall abridge the right of any person to seek judicial
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review or to pursue other appropriate judicial action with respect to any ruling made concerning
the issue of the status of Confidential information.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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