Tower et al v. Inc et al

Filing 76

PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp on 3/27/2017. (agm)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISION TABATHA TOWER, Plaintiff, vs. AMAZON.COM, INC., Defendant. : : : : : : : : : : : : Case No. 2:15-cv-02405 Judge Marbley Magistrate Judge Kemp AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER XXXXXX This lawsuit is currently in discovery, and it appears that such discovery may involve the disclosure of personal, confidential, trade secret, proprietary, technical, business and/or financial information (hereinafter referred to collectively as “confidential information” or “confidential material”). Accordingly, it appearing that all of the parties consent to entry of this Agreed Protective Order, and for good cause, it is further ORDERED AS FOLLOWS: 1. All confidential information in this case shall be used solely for the purpose of this lawsuit and for no other purpose. In no event shall any person receiving confidential information use it for commercial or competitive purposes, make any public disclosure of the contents thereof, or use it in any other lawsuit, other than in conjunction with prosecuting or defending this lawsuit. 2. If any answer given or document produced in response to any discovery in this case contains any confidential information, the responding party may mark such information or document as “CONFIDENTIAL.” Any information or document so marked shall not be disclosed to any person except as may be permitted by this Order. The designation of any information as “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be made in good faith. 3. This Agreed Protective Order shall not abrogate or diminish any contractual, statutory or other legal obligation or right of any party or person with respect to confidential information. 4. The aforesaid designation as to documents shall be made by placing a rubber stamp impression, label or other mark of the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on each page of the document which the designating party wishes to designate as confidential. All documents so designated shall be labeled prior to the transmission of a physical copy thereof to the receiving party. 5. The parties may designate portions of deposition testimony as “CONFIDENTIAL” by so designating such testimony before, during or after the deposition. If testimony is designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” the designating party will clearly state on the record the reason for such designation. Simply denominating testimony as confidential is insufficient for purposes of this Order. The designation of testimony as confidential will not render the entire deposition as confidential. Only the specific portion of the testimony will receive a preliminary confidential designation. If testimony is designated as confidential following the deposition, said designation must be made no later than 15 days after receipt of said deposition transcripts. Any court reporter who transcribes testimony in this action at a deposition shall agree, before transcribing any such testimony, that testimony is “CONFIDENTIAL” and shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed except as provided in this Order; the copies of any transcript, reporter's notes, or other transcription records of any such testimony shall be retained in absolute confidentiality and safekeeping by such reporter or delivered to attorneys of record. 6. Subject to the provisions below, information and documents designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be disclosed only to the Court, the parties, their attorneys, witnesses or potential witnesses and persons assisting counsel. As used herein, the term “parties” includes the parties’ officers, directors and employees in a management capacity. As used herein, the phrase “persons assisting counsel” shall mean clerks, paralegals and secretaries in the regular employ of the parties’ counsel, as well as any expert whose technical advice is being or will be used in connection with this lawsuit, either in preparation for trial or in the trial itself. 7. If any party or attorney for any party in this lawsuit desires to give, show, make available or communicate any information or document designated “CONFIDENTIAL” to any person, other than the Court, or a party, such as to a person assisting counsel or to any witness, potential witness and/or expert witness, the attorney or party shall first obtain the permission of the opposing party and then give a copy of this Agreed Protective Order to such person, who shall read this Agreed Protective Order, be fully familiar with its provisions, and execute a written affirmation agreeing to its terms. If the opposing party refuses to grant permission or the third party refuses to execute a written affirmation, the confidential information shall not be disclosed to the third party. 8. Inadvertent production of any document or material without a designation of “CONFIDENTIAL” will not be deemed to waive a party’s claim as to its confidential nature or estop the party from so designating the particular document or material as confidential at a later date. Disclosure of such document or material by any party prior to such designation, however, shall not be deemed in violation of the provisions of this Order. “CONFIDENTIAL” documents produced by any party or nonparty through discovery in this suit prior to the entry of this Order by the Court shall be subject to the provisions of this Order to the same extent as if this Order had already been entered by the Court, unless the Court directs otherwise. 9. The Agreed Protective Order shall not, in itself, be construed to waive any applicable privilege, work-product protection, or other protection or to affect the ability of a party to seek relief for an inadvertent disclosure of material protected by privilege, work-product protection, or other protection. 10. With respect to any information or document, or portion thereof, that has been designated “CONFIDENTIAL,” any party may at any time serve a written notice of objection to such designation. Counsel and pro se Plaintiff shall attempt to resolve the dispute informally. If no agreement can be reached, counsel or pro se Plaintiff may move the Court for an order granting confidential treatment to the documents or information in question. If such a motion is filed, the documents and/or information shall be kept confidential pending a ruling on the motion. The party asserting confidentiality has the burden to prove that the documents and/or information deserve such treatment. 11. Before filing any information that has been designated “CONFIDENTIAL” with the Court, or any pleadings, motions, or other papers that disclose any such information, the party shall confer with the party that produced the information so designated about how the information should be filed. If the party that produced the information so designated desires that the materials be filed under seal, then the filing party shall present a motion to file the document(s) under seal and/or consent order regarding said document(s) to the Court. Parties wishing any document filed as part of the record to be filed under seal must first present a motion and/or consent order regarding said document to the Court. 12. After the termination of this action, the restrictions on communications and disclosures provided for herein shall continue to be binding upon the parties and upon all of the persons to whom documents, answers to interrogatories, deposition transcripts or other items of discovery designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” or material contained herein have been communicated or disclosed pursuant to the provisions of this Agreed Protective Order or any other order of the Court. Further, all documents designated as “CONFIDENTIAL,” including all copies which may have been disclosed to expert witnesses, shall be returned to the party producing it or destroyed. 13. This Agreed Protective Order is intended to provide a mechanism for the handling of confidential documents and information. It is not intended by the parties to act as a waiver of the right to object to any disclosure of information or production of any documents they deem confidential on any grounds they may deem appropriate, including, without limitation, confidentiality, relevance or privilege. Further, the provisions of this Agreed Protective Order shall not affect the admissibility of evidence at trial or any preliminary evidentiary proceeding, except as directed by separate order entered for good cause shown. 14. Nothing in this Agreed Protective Order shall preclude any of the parties from otherwise seeking a modification of this Agreed Protective Order. ___________________________ JUDGE Agreed to by, /s Tabatha A. Tower pro se 2519 Northwold Rd. Columbus, OH 43231 Phone (254) 245-5812 /s Alicia M. Stefanski (0082515) Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 191 W. Nationwide Blvd. Suite 300 Columbus, OH 43215 Phone 614-628-6880 Fax 614-628-6890 Trial Attorney for Defendant, Inc.

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