Dague v. American Electric Power Co., Inc.
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on 5/16/2017. (ew)
\IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Civil Action 2:16-cv-1168
Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
Magistrate Judge Jolson
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
The parties having agreed to the entry of a protective order, and it appearing to the
Court that such an order is necessary, appropriate, and will facilitate discovery, it is hereby
The parties, or a non-party producing documents or information, may designate
as “Confidential Information” any documents, deposition transcripts, or exhibits (or portions of
any documents, deposition transcripts, or exhibits) that they believe should be subject to the
terms of this Agreed Protective Order. The parties, or a non-party producing documents or
information, may designate Confidential Information for which protected status is claimed by
stamping or labeling such document “Confidential” on the first page of each document or by
any other reasonable means of giving notice of the parties’, or the non-party’s, intent to claim
protected status for the document. Confidential Information:
Shall be disclosed to no one except the parties (and employees of the
parties whose review of the information is necessary to this litigation), their attorneys (including
the staff, secretarial, and clerical personnel of such counsel), deponents, trial witnesses, any
experts or consultants retained by the parties who have agreed to abide by the terms of this
Agreed Protective Order and have executed the acknowledgement attached as Exhibit A, and
the Court, in accordance with Paragraph 3;
Shall be maintained in confidence; and
Shall be used solely for the purpose of the above-captioned action.
This Agreed Protective Order shall not be deemed to encompass documents or
information that was lawfully in a party’s possession prior to the filing of the above-captioned
action, so long as the party obtained and retained the documents or information without
violating any law or then-existing policies of the Defendant.
Where a document or information has been designated as Confidential
Information by a party, or a non-party producing documents or information, a party seeking to
file that Confidential Information with the Court shall notify the party or non-party that
designated it as Confidential Information.
The party or non-party that designated the
document or information as Confidential Information shall move the Court for leave to
authorize the filing of those materials under seal, and, if applicable, propose redactions to the
Court that satisfy its interests in protection of the information, within thirty (30) days or else
the other party is permitted to file the Confidential Information, subject to the Court’s rules
At the conclusion of the above-captioned action, by judgment or otherwise,
attorneys for any party that received documents designated as Confidential Information may
request, in writing, return or destruction of all documents designated as Confidential
Information that were shared with staff, secretaries, clerical personnel, deponents, trial
witnesses, experts, and
consultants, and such individuals are required by this Agreed
Protective Order to return all documents designated as Confidential Information, which were
not filed with the Court, to the attorney making such request. Counsel for each party will then
return all documents designated as Confidential Information, which were not filed with the
Court, and copies thereof, to the producing party or non-party, or destroy all such documents
and copies, except that nothing herein shall require any party to return or destroy materials that
are, in the judgment of counsel, attorney work product. Any Confidential Information that is
not returned because it contains attorney work product shall be destroyed or maintained in
confidence consistent with the restrictions in this Agreed Protective Order.
Any party, or a non-party producing documents or information, after exhausting
reasonable attempts to resolve the matter with opposing counsel without involving the Court,
may bring before the Court for ruling thereon, any motion setting forth any problems or
difficulties that arise as a result of this Agreed Protective Order, or for the purposes of
it, or for an order declaring that information designated as “Confidential
Information” by a party, or a non-party producing documents or information, is not
confidential. The burden of proving the proprietary nature of a document’s or particular
information’s “Confidential” designation shall be on the proponent of such protection. Until
the Court rules on such motion, documents and information designated as Confidential
Information shall still remain confidential under the terms of this Agreed Protective Order.
Nothing in this Order shall prevent or control the introduction of evidence,
which may include Confidential Information, at trial or an open hearing with this Court in this
matter. If a party, or a non-party who produced the documents or information, opposes use of
Confidential Information at trial, the party, or non-party, opposing its use must file a motion
with the Court stating the grounds for exclusion or for limiting use of the Confidential
Information, to which the party seeking to admit the document, or any other party, shall have
at least seven (7) days to respond. The Court, at its discretion, may hold an in-camera hearing
regarding the motion.
In the event that it becomes necessary in the judgment of counsel for any party to
use or disclose Confidential Information other than as permitted above, such use or disclosure
may only be made upon written stipulation of the parties or upon further order of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: May 16, 2017
/s/ Kimberly A. Jolson
KIMBERLY A. JOLSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AGREED AND ACKNOWLEDGED:
/s/ David A. Young
David A. Young, Esq. (0065551)
The Law Firm of David A. Young, LLC
The Hoyt Block Building
700 West St. Clair Avenue, Ste 316
Cleveland, OH 44113
/s/Diane C. Reichwein
Diane C. Reichwein, Trial Attorney (0023140)
Jamie A. LaPlante (0082184)
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
41 South High Street – Suite 3000
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorneys for Defendant,
American Electric Power Service Corporation
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Case No. 16-cv-01168
Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
American Electric Power Service
Magistrate Kimberly A. Jolson
have read the Agreed Protective Order entered in the above-
captioned matter, and I understand the contents thereof. I hereby agree to comply with all terms,
conditions, and restrictions contained in said Agreed Protective Order regarding the use and
disclosure of any materials labeled “Confidential Information” that I have reviewed, or will
review, in connection with this matter, and I agree to be subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, for enforcement of the Agreed
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