Thomas et al v. Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. et al
AMENDED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp on 12/16/2016. (agm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Daniel Thomas, et al.,
Nationwide Children's Hospital, et al.,
Case No. 2:14-cv-1236
Judge Algenon L. Marbley
Magistrate Judge Kemp
AMENDED PROTECTIVE ORDER
This Amended Protective Order supersedes the original Protective Order entered in this
case (ECF Doc. # 46). The parties to the above-styled action (the "Litigation") will engage in
discovery that may involve requests for disclosure of information considered by one or more
parties to be nonpublic confidential or proprietary business information and/or confidential
personal or medical information of a party to this Litigation or a third party.
To facilitate the disclosure of documents and information during the discovery phase and
trial of this matter only, the parties, through their respective attorneys of record, have jointly
moved the Court to enter an Agreed Protective Order ("Protective Order") to protect the
confidentiality of information that may be produced or disclosed during discovery. The Court has
considered the agreed motion for entry of this Protective Order and finds that good cause exists
for entry of this Protective Order. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that all persons producing
or receiving Protected Information in this Litigation shall be bound by the terms of this
Protective Order. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Protected Information produced in this
Litigation shall be subject to the following terms, conditions, and protections:
This Protective Order shall apply to and govern any and all Protected Information
produced or exchanged by, between or among any Party or any third party in the Litigation
"Protected Information" shall mean any materials, documents, things or
information in any form, including without limitation written discovery, testimony,
interrogatories, demonstrative aids, training materials, employment files, salary information,
written or otherwise documented policies, protocols and procedures, and any other material
deemed by a Party to contain Confidential Information.
"Party" shall mean Plaintiffs, Daniel Thomas, Anna Thomas, Chad Burley, Lori
Burley, Jessica Rose, and Russell Moore, individually, and on behalf of their minor children
referenced in the complaint (collectively, "Plaintiffs"); Defendants Nationwide Children's
Hospital ("NCH"), the Center for Family Safety and Healing, the Center for Child and Family
Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Dr. Farah Wadia Brink, M.D., Dr. Jonathan
Thackeray, M.D., and Dr. Corey J. Rood, M.D. (collectively, the "NCH Defendants"), and
Defendant, Franklin County Children Services, including their respective affiliates; and any
other non-party, person or entity that may later become a Party, and also any person or entity
who signs and files a stipulation agreeing to be bound by this Protective Order.
"Furnishing Party" shall mean a Party or any third party on behalf of which/whom
Protected Information is furnished or produced during the course of the Litigation.
"Non-Furnishing Party" shall mean a Furnishing Party whose confidential
Protected Information is produced by another Party.
"Receiving Party" shall mean a Party to which/whom Protected Information is
furnished or produced.
"Confidential Information" shall mean information the Furnishing Party
determines in good faith contains any non-public, confidential, proprietary or business
information, including but not limited to confidential training materials, employment files,
salary information, written or otherwise documented policies, protocols and procedures, notes,
minutes and records of nonpublic meetings, and confidential personal or medical information of
any Party or third party, that is designated as such pursuant to Section IV hereof
"Counsel" shall mean any attorneys who assist the Plaintiffs, Defendant Franklin
County Children Services, or the NCH Defendants in the Litigation, including attorneys who are
employed by, are partners of, or are of counsel to the NCH Defendants or outside law firms
selected by the NCH Defendants, as well as secretarial, clerical and paralegal personnel
assisting such counsel.
"Independent Expert(s)" shall mean any person not currently employed by a Party
who is retained or sought to be retained by or on behalf of a Party to provide advice or
assistance with respect to scientific, technological, damages or other issues presented in the
Litigation. "Independent Expert(s)" shall not include any officers, employees, or regular, fulltime consultants of any Party or its affiliates.
Limitations in Scope of this Protective Order
Any material, document, thing or information not designated as "Confidential
Information" shall not be subject to this Protective Order; provided, however, that the
inadvertent failure to designate any Protected Information as "Confidential Information" shall
not in and of itself be deemed a waiver of any Party's claim of confidentiality as to such matter.
Designation of Protected Information
Protected Information produced or furnished during the course of the Litigation
may be designated by a Party exercising good faith as containing Confidential Information,
prior to producing or furnishing the documents or things, by placing on each page and each
thing to which the designation applies a legend substantially similar to the following:
Documents produced in native electronic format may be designated by
a Party exercising good faith as containing Confidential Information, prior to
producing or furnishing the electronic document or file, by placing onto each
file name to which the designation applies a legend substantially as follows:
"CONF" or otherwise designating the document as Confidential Information in
the data load file corresponding to the document.
In the event any Protected Information containing Confidential Information is
produced in native electronic format and a Party subsequently prints the Protected Information,
it shall be the responsibility of the Party who prints the Protected Information to affix the
appropriate legend to the printed document or file.
In the event that, prior to the entry of this Protective Order, a Party or any non-
party has produced Protected Information, which has subsequently been designated by any Party
as containing Confidential Information, the Parties in possession of such Protected Information
shall affix the appropriate legend to the Protected Information.
If a party wishes to file Confidential Information with the Court, the party shall
obtain leave of Court and file the Confidential Information under seal in accordance with S.D.
Ohio Civ. R. 79.3. No Protected Information containing Confidential Information shall be filed
with this Court unless it is filed under seal in accordance with the Local Civil Rules issued by
the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In the event a non-party seeks
access to Protected Information that has been filed under seal, the non-party must petition the
Court, with notice to all Parties, for modification of this Protective Order. A party seeking to
keep information filed with the Court under seal bears the burden of proving that the material
must remain sealed.
In the event that a motion, brief, or other paper to be filed or served by or on behalf
of a Party contains Confidential Information of another Party or a third party, Counsel for the
filing Party shall mark the caption page of the motion, brief, or other paper containing such
information with the appropriate legend as set forth in paragraph (A) of this Section, and if the
brief, memorandum or other paper is filed with the Court, it shall be filed under seal as set forth in
paragraph (D) of this Section, and a redacted version of the motion, brief, or other paper filed
publically with all references to the Confidential Information redacted or otherwise removed. A
party seeking to keep information filed with the Court under seal bears the burden of proving that
the material must remain sealed. Deposition testimony shall be treated as containing Confidential
Information for a period of fourteen (14) days after receipt of the deposition transcript to permit
the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party to review the transcript and designate Protected
Information disclosed therein as Confidential Information. A Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing
Party may designate Protected Information disclosed at a deposition as Confidential Information:
(i) during the deposition, by requesting that the reporter place the appropriate legend as set forth
in paragraph (A) of this Section on the first page and all subsequent pages of the transcript
containing Confidential Information, or (ii) within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the
transcript, by sending a written list of the particular pages of the transcript that contain such
Protected Information along with a copy of the transcript pages stamped with the legend set forth
in paragraph (A) of this Section to Counsel for all Receiving Parties, and requesting that the
stamped pages be substituted in each copy of the transcript.
When a Party (the "Originating Party") has previously furnished Protected
Information to a third party from whom discovery is sought, the Originating Party may notify the
Receiving Party that such third party production may contain Confidential Information, in which
event all information produced by the third party shall be treated as Confidential Information for
a period of fourteen (14) days after receipt of a copy of that information by the Receiving Party,
during which time the Originating Party may review the third party production and designate
Protected Information disclosed therein as Confidential Information. Nothing in this paragraph
shall affect a third party's right to designate its own information as Confidential Information
subject to the terms of this Protective Order and, to the extent that any third party seeks to
produce Protected Information subject to the terms of this Protective Order, the parties agree to
treat information designated by the third party as Confidential Information in accordance with
the terms of this Protective Order.
All material, documents, things or information produced during this Litigation
shall be treated as Confidential Information for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of
production, during which time a Non-Furnishing Party may review the production and designate
Protected Information disclosed therein as Confidential Information. The Furnishing Party will
be treated as a "Receiving Party" hereunder with respect to any Protected Information designated
by a Non-Furnishing Party as Confidential Information.
Protected Information designated by the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing
Party as Confidential Information shall be treated as such unless and until the designation is
removed or changed in writing by the party who designated the information or materials as
containing Confidential Information, or by order of the Court, pursuant to Section VII of this
Disclosure, Use and Handling of Confidential Information
Confidential Information shall be used solely for the purpose of conducting the
Litigation, and for no other purpose whatsoever now or at any time in the future. Copying of
Confidential Information in connection with administering the Litigation shall be kept to a
closely controlled absolute minimum.
Except as provided under paragraphs (C) and (D) of this Section, Confidential
Information may be disclosed to Counsel for the Receiving Party and may be disclosed by
Counsel only to: (i) persons who have prepared or assisted in the preparation or delivery of
documents containing the Confidential Information at issue, or to whom the documents or
copies thereof were addressed or delivered; (ii) employees of the Receiving Party; (iii)
Independent Experts of the Receiving Party, after the Independent Expert executes the
undertaking attached hereto as Exhibit A; (iv) the Court and members of the staff of the Court;
(v) qualified court reporters taking testimony in the Litigation, and necessary stenographic and
clerical personnel thereof; (vi) deponents employed by with any Party; and (vii) outside
contractors hired to advise or assist with respect to the translation, copying, indexing, storage,
retrieval or management of documents, or with respect to trial graphics, or jury consulting,
provided that such individuals have first been provided with a copy of and agreed in writing to
be bound by this Protective Order.
Confidential Information and any copies thereof may, in the exercise of sound
judgment, be disclosed to a deponent not employed by any Party, after the deponent executes the
undertaking attached hereto as Exhibit A, during the course of their interview and/or preparation
for and the taking of his or her deposition. For purposes of Confidential Information only,
"deponent" includes persons reasonably expected by Counsel to be asked or compelled to give a
deposition or expected to testify at trial in the Litigation. Prior to the disclosure of any
Confidential Information to a deponent, the attorney making the disclosure shall advise the
deponent of the disclosure limitations attached to the Protected Information contained therein
and that, pursuant to this Protective Order, such deponent may not divulge any such Protected
Information contained therein to any other person, firm, or corporation. The deponent shall not
be permitted to retain any Confidential Information, or any copies thereof, unless the deponent is
otherwise authorized under this Section to receive such Protected Information. The deponent
shall be permitted to review Confidential Information only in the presence of Counsel, unless the
deponent is otherwise authorized under this Section to receive such Protected Information.
Confidential Information may only be disclosed by the Receiving Party to persons
not included in paragraph (B) or (C) of this Section pursuant to a Court Order or a stipulation by
the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party in writing or on the record in a deposition, hearing
or trial in the Litigation, provided, however, that such disclosure shall execute the Undertaking
attached hereto as Exhibit A and be subject to the conditions and obligations of this Protective
All documents and copies of documents made, drafted or prepared by or on behalf
of a Receiving Party, including, without limitation, attorney notes or abstracts, that contain
Confidential Information shall be handled as if they were designated pursuant to Section IV
Inadvertent Failure to Designate, Inadvertent Disclosure of Confidential
Information, and Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Claw Back
The inadvertent failure of a Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party to
designate material as Confidential Information shall not constitute a waiver of the terms and
conditions of this Protective Order as to such Confidential Information. In the event that a
Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party discovers that Confidential Information has been
inadvertently produced without being marked with the appropriate designation ("Inadvertently
Produced Material"), the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party may provide written notice
to the Receiving Party that the Inadvertently Produced Material shall be "Confidential
Information," along with appropriately labeled copies of the material in question, immediately
upon learning of the inadvertent production. In such circumstances, the Receiving Party shall,
within ten (10) days of receiving such notice, (i) return or destroy all copies of the Inadvertently
Produced Material and (ii) replace all copies (and all pages thereof) of such Inadvertently
Produced Material with the appropriate substitute pages.
The Parties agree to the following terms governing "Privileged Material," as that
term is defined herein. "Privileged Material" includes any materials, documents, papers,
communications, information, notes, and all other items or materials related to this action that
the Producing Party in good faith believes are protected by the attorney-client privilege, workproduct privilege, or any other privilege under the law or applicable rules. The Parties agree that
the inadvertent disclosure of Privileged Material does not constitute a waiver of any privilege,
including the attorney-client privilege, the work-product privilege, or any other privilege. The
Parties further agree that the inadvertent production of Privileged Material will in no way
prejudice any other party to this action, and that the inadvertent production of Privileged
Material will in no way be construed as a waiver of a claim for privilege of any other materials
of the same or similar subject matter.
If a Party makes a claim that disclosed materials or information of any kind, in
whatever form, constitutes Privileged Material, then the Receiving Party: (1) must promptly
return, sequester, or destroy the specified information, any copies it has of the information, and
any analysis or notes that were created based upon the information within ten (10) business
days, regardless of whether the Receiving Party disputes the claim of privilege; (2) must not
disclose the information until the privilege claim is resolved, if the claim is disputed; (3) must
take reasonable steps to retrieve the information if the receiving Party shared the information
before being notified of the privilege claim; and (4) may promptly present the information to
the Court under seal for a determination of the privilege claim.
In the event the Receiving Party discovers that it has received attorney-client
privilege or work-product privilege documents, materials, or other Privileged Material, upon
discovery the Receiving Party shall cease review of the same and bring that fact to the attention
of the Producing Party.
Challenge to Designations
A Receiving Party or a non-party may challenge a Furnishing Party's or Non-
Furnishing Party's designation of Confidential Information at any time. Failure of a Party to
challenge a claim of confidentiality of any material, document, thing or information shall not
constitute a waiver of the right to assert at any subsequent time that the same is not in fact
confidential or not an appropriate designation for any reason.
A Receiving Party or a non-party disagreeing with the designation of any
information as Confidential Information, and desiring to disclose or permit disclosure of such
information to persons not authorized under Section V hereof to receive such information, may
request in writing that the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party change the designation.
Upon receipt of such a request, the Parties shall make a good faith attempt to resolve the
If the dispute is not informally resolved within ten (10) days of receipt of the
Receiving Party's or non-party's written request, either Party may move the Court for a ruling
with respect to the Protected Information designation. If such a motion is filed, the material,
document, thing or information shall be kept confidential pending ruling on the motion. This
Protective Order does not alter the burden imposed by law on any Party seeking to uphold any
limitation on the production or dissemination of materials.
VIII. Procedure for Filing Confidential Materials in the Record
The procedure in the event of a party seeking to file material designated Confidential
Material pursuant to this Order shall be governed by Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016) and shall be as follows: If a party who seeks to file
documents previously designated Confidential Material pursuant to this Order wishes to make
them a part of the record, but does not intend to file them under seal, that party shall notify all
parties of the intent to file, shall identify each document which the party intends to file;
whereupon, if the Originating Party or any other party seeks to preclude filing in the public
record, that party shall, within ten (10) days of notification by the intended filer, file with the
Court a Motion, supported as required by Shane Group, for an Order designating each document
be filed under seal.
If no party files a Motion to seal within that period, the documents shall be filed in the
public record, and all parties shall be relieved of the provisions of this Order relating to
maintaining confidentiality of the information.
Each individual who receives any Confidential Information pursuant to this Protective
Order shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio in any action relating to the performance under, compliance with, or violation
of this Protective Order.
Nothing herein shall restrict the power of the Court to modify this Protective
Order or any term hereof for good cause shown.
Nothing herein shall preclude a Party from moving the Court to modify the
terms of this Protective Order or the status of any particular material, document, thing or
Conclusion of Litigation
Except as provided in paragraph (B) below, each Party or other person subject to
the terms of this Protective Order shall, at the conclusion of the Litigation (including all appeals),
locate and destroy or return to the Furnishing Party or Non-Furnishing Party within a reasonable
time, not to exceed 30 days, all Protected Information designated as containing Confidential
Information. Such return or destruction shall not relieve said Parties or persons from the
continuing obligations imposed on them by this Protective Order. This procedure is not required
if a Receiving Party that is also an owner of the subject Protected Information, or is otherwise in
rightful possession of the Protected Information.
At the conclusion of this Litigation, the Court shall retain jurisdiction to enforce
this Protective Order.
Effect of Protective Order Prior to Entry by the Court
Confidential Information produced before this Protective Order is entered by the Court
shall be subject to the provisions of this Protective Order to the same extent as if such Protective
Order had been entered by the Court as of the date such Confidential Information was produced.
Nothing in this Protective Order shall be construed to entitle the Parties to obtain any
material, document, thing, or information from one another. Nothing in this Protective Order
shall be construed to allow the Parties to avoid any discovery obligations under the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure consistent with this Protective Order. Additionally, this Protective
Order shall not be deemed to waive any claim of attorney-client privilege, work product
protection, or any other privilege or protection that may be asserted by any Party.
Furthermore, the Parties have agreed to work with each other in good faith if any Party
determines that additional protection of Confidential Information is required. In that regard,
this Protective Order does not limit any Party's right to seek additional protection from this
Court of Confidential Information. Moreover, nothing in this Protective Order may be used to
prove or disprove any element of a Party's claim or defense, and the Parties agree not to use it
for any merit-related purpose in any hearing or trial.
XIV. Handling of Confidential Information at Trial
Prior to the trial of this matter, the Parties shall confer in good faith in an effort to reach
agreement concerning a joint proposal to the Court with respect to the handling of Confidential
Information at trial, and shall make such proposal no later than the final pre-trial conference. If
the Parties are unable to reach agreement on this subject, each Party may make its own
submission to the Court no later than the time of said final pre-trial conference.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 16th day of December, 2016.
/s/ Terence P. Kemp
United States Magistrate Judge
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Daniel Thomas, et al.,
Nationwide Children's Hospital, et al.,
Case No. 2:14-cv-1236
Magistrate Judge Kemp
UNDERTAKING OF __________________________
I, _________________________, being duly sworn, state that:
My address is _____________________________________________________ .
My present employer is ______________________________________________ ,
and the address of my present employment is _________________________________________ .
My present occupation or job description is ______________________________ .
I hereby acknowledge that I have been given a copy of and have read the
PROTECTIVE ORDER issued in the above-captioned action, that I am familiar with the terms
thereof, and that I agree to comply with and to be bound by the terms thereof.
I hereby acknowledge that I may receive information designated as Confidential
Information from the Parties in this Litigation or from third parties producing documents in this
Litigation that are subject to various restrictions of use and disclosure, including the restriction
that they are to be used solely in connection with this Litigation, and not for any business or
other purpose whatsoever other than directly associated with my duties in this Litigation.
I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for
the Southern District of Ohio for the purpose of enforcing my compliance with the Protective
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