Sanford v. Carter et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER Signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on 4/24/2017. (ew)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
JAMES N. MATTIS, Secretary,
United States Department of Defense, :
CASE NO. 2:15-cv-1424
CHIEF JUDGE EDMUND A. SARGUS, JR.
MAGISTRATE JUDGE KIMBERLY A. JOLSON
It is hereby ORDERED, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(b) (11) and Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 26(c), 5.2(a), and (e)(1),(2) that:
This Protective Order shall govern the production and disclosure of any
documents, electronically stored information, materials, things, discovery material (including
responses to interrogatories, depositions, and requests to admit), materials filed with the Court,
or testimony in this action.
The United States and Plaintiff are entitled to assert other objections and
privileges to those documents or to withhold any document or information based on applicable
law, and make appropriate redactions.
This order is entered for the purpose of protecting against the unauthorized
disclosure of the contents of the Official Personnel Files (OPF), emails and disciplinary and/or
termination files and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files (EEOC) of persons
employed or formerly employed by the United States Department of Defense, including but not
On January 20, 2017, James N. Mattis became Secretary of the United States Department of Defense,
automatically substituting for Ashton B. Carter, the previous Secretary. FED. R. CIV. P. 25(d).
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limited to medical or health care information, of information covered by the Privacy Act, 5
U.S.C. § 522a, and of taxpayer information protected by 26 U.S.C. § 6103.
This order permits the disclosure, in the course of this action, of records contained
within a system of records, as described by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 522a, of records
protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104191 (HIPAA), and records containing taxpayer return or return information protected under 26
U.S.C. § 6103, reasonably necessary or useful to respond to discovery or to defend this action.
The order does not otherwise affect any objections to discovery made pursuant to the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure.
Information subject to this order shall be disclosed by Plaintiff and/or her counsel
only, and Defendant United States and/or his counsel only, to their potential witnesses, whether
lay or expert, and only through their attorneys. Plaintiff and/or her counsel and Defendant and/or
his counsel shall not disclose any of the records or information to any person unless the
disclosure is reasonably and in good faith calculated to aid in the preparation and/or prosecution
of this case. Plaintiff and/or her counsel and Defendant and/or his counsel and their witnesses
shall maintain such records in strict confidence, and are prohibited from copying such records or
disclosing or discussing their contents, except as is necessary for purposes of this litigation. Any
persons to whom the documents, or information contained in the documents, are disclosed shall
be given a copy of this Order and be advised of its terms.
All non-public documents, electronically stored information, files, portion of files,
transcribed testimony, or response to a discovery request, including any extract, abstract, chart
summary, note, or copy made therefrom, that contains the information described in paragraphs 3
or 4 of this Protective Order, information described in Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(a), or that a party
believes in good faith contains proprietary, confidential, personal, or otherwise sensitive
information that is entitled to protection from disclosure under applicable law shall be deemed
confidential and proprietary, and the production and use of said records in this civil action shall
proceed only in accordance with the following terms:
Documents should be marked as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Any CD or other disc or
device containing confidential information should also be labeled “CONFIDENTIAL.” If a
document is inadvertently produced that is not marked “CONFIDENTIAL,” but contains
information described in paragraph 3 or 4 of this Protective Order, or in Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(a), then
the receiving party should treat the document in accordance with this Protective Order;
The word “CONFIDENTIAL” should be marked next to any response to a
discovery request that contains confidential information;
With respect to transcribed testimony provided by any witness or party, written
notice should be given to opposing counsel designating such portions as “CONFIDENTIAL” no
later than 14 calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony;
Plaintiff and/or her counsel and Defendant and/or his counsel shall take all
reasonable steps to protect the privacy of individuals who are not parties to this litigation in any
filing with the Court that contain records or summaries of records that are protected by this
order. Reasonable steps may include, but are not limited to, redacting the information described
in paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Protective Order and the information described in Fed. R. Civ. P.
5(a), and/or using the initials of the individual nonparty to this litigation.
If either party
determines that information relating to the privacy of individuals who are not parties to this
litigation must be disclosed in a filing with the Clerk of Court, then such party must file the
document(s) containing such information under seal. The filing party will bear the burden of
demonstrating good cause, which must be established through a separate Motion to Seal filed in
accordance with the Rules of this Court;
Plaintiff and/or her counsel and Defendant and/or his counsel may challenge the
designation of records as subject to this order by motion to the Court, and such motion shall
contain a certification that the challenging party has in good faith conferred or attempted to
confer with the designating party in an effort to resolve any disagreement about such
All documents, including any duplication or copy, save those filed with the Court,
shall be returned to the United States’ Counsel within sixty (60) days after termination of this
litigation. “Termination of this litigation” shall occur upon the entry of a final order of this Court,
or the expiration of the time for an appeal of the final order of the District Court by any party, or
the entry of the mandate by the Court of Appeals after the disposition of an appeal of the final
order of the District Court by any party, or the denial of a petition for writ of certiorari by the
Supreme Court, or the disposition of an appeal by the Supreme Court, whichever applies. The
receiving parties shall certify that all records and copies thereof have been returned to the
disclosing party, or, if the disclosing party agrees, destroyed.
This Protective Order does not constitute a ruling on the question of whether
particular records are discoverable, authentic, or admissible, and it shall not be construed as a
waiver of any objections which might be raised as to the admissibility of any records or
information produced pursuant to this order, or any testimony resulting therefrom, including
Any allegations of abuse or violation of this order will be considered by the Court
either for purposes of determining whether it should enter sanctions, including a contempt of
court order or sanctions available under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 and 37. If an
allegation of abuse or violation of this Order is found, the Court may take disciplinary action
upon appropriate parties.
In accordance with and in supplementation to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5)(B), the
parties agree that the inadvertent production of documents or information subject to the
attorney-client privilege, work-product immunity, or any other applicable privilege or
immunity shall not constitute a waiver of such privilege(s). After receiving notice from the
designating party that documents or information subject to an applicable privilege or
immunity have been inadvertently produced, the receiving party shall not review, copy, or
disseminate such documents or information, but shall return such documents or information
and all copies of such documents or information to the designating party immediately. If
the receiving party believes that it has a good-faith basis for challenging the privilege
claim, then the parties shall meet and confer in an effort to resolve the dispute. If the parties
cannot resolve their dispute over the inadvertently produced documents or information, then
the receiving party shall promptly present the information to the Court for a determination of
the claim, in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5)(B).
Nothing in this Protective Order shall preclude any party from filing a motion
seeking further or different protection from the Court under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c), or from filing a
motion with respect to the manner in which information described in paragraphs 3 or 4 of this
Protective Order shall be treated at trial.
This Protective Order is subject to modification by the Court upon motion of
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: April 24, 2017
/s/ Kimberly A. Jolson
KIMBERLY A. JOLSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AGREED TO BY:
BENJAMIN C. GLASSMAN
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
s/Christopher R. Yates
CHRISTOPHER R. YATES (0064776)
Assistant United States Attorney
303 Marconi Blvd., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-2326
Phone: (614) 469-5715
ATTORNEY FOR DEFENDANT
-ANDs/Fred M. Bean/as per e-mail authority 4/27/2017
Fred M. Bean (0086756)
THE SPITZ LAW FIRM, LLC
25200 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 200
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: (216) 291-4744
Fax: (216) 291-5744
ATTORNEY FOR DORIAN SANFORD
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