Tytanic v. Blue Sky Bio LLC et al
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Motions terminated: 38 JOINT MOTION for Protective Order filed by Blue Sky Bio LLC. Signed by Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti on 7/5/17. (ml)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
BLUE SKY BIO, LLC,
Case No. CIV-16-1107-D
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Upon consideration of the parties’ Joint Motion for Agreed Protective Order [Doc.
No. 38], the Court finds that the Motion should be GRANTED.
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26, the Court enters this Agreed Protective Order and
stipulations related to the disclosure of confidential information. Plaintiff Christopher
Tytanic (“Tytanic”) and Defendant Blue Sky Bio, LLC (“Blue Sky”) (collectively, the
“Parties”) represent that some of the documents, testimony, answers, and other material
which will be produced by the Parties in this action or by third parties may include
confidential information. This Agreed Protective Order (“Order”) is entered by stipulation
of the Parties to protect such information, is intended to protect the confidentiality of such
information and documents only to the extent reasonably necessary, and is subject to the
following definitions, terms, and conditions:
“CONFIDENTIAL” shall mean documents, deposition testimony, or
information otherwise produced or revealed through discovery in this action, to be used
solely for the purposes of the above-styled litigation that may be disclosed only to the
The attorneys working on this action on behalf of any party, including
in-house attorneys, paralegal assistants, stenographic and clerical employees working
under the direct supervisions of such counsel;
Employees or other representatives of the receiving party with whom
the receiving party’s counsel reasonably believes the subject person needs to consult solely
for the purposes of prosecuting, defending, and/or appealing this lawsuit;
Any person not regularly employed by a party, such as an expert, who
is expressly retained or sought to be retained by any attorney described in paragraph (a)
above to assist in preparation of this action for trial, with disclosure only to the extent
necessary to perform such work;
As to any particular document designated pursuant to this Order, any
persons identified therein as the author(s), addressee(s), or designated recipient(s) of the
The Court and its professional staff, independent court reports
retained to report depositions or proceedings in this case, and the jury.
“Designated Document” shall mean any document that has been designated
“Disclosing Party” shall mean parties to this action and third parties who
give testimony or produce documents or other information.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This Order shall be applicable to and govern all depositions, documents,
information, or things produced in response to requests issued pursuant to the Fed. R. Civ.
P. 26 et seq., and all other information previously or hereafter disclosed which the
Disclosing Party designates as “CONFIDENTIAL” during the pre-trial stages of this case.
It is not this Court’s practice to issue protective orders regarding discovery
that also impacts trial proceedings. Accordingly, the necessity of protecting evidence
designated pursuant to this Agreed Protective Order and received into evidence during a
public trial shall be determined when, or if, a particular privacy issue is presented for
decision to the Court at trial by the disclosing party seeking the protective measures. See
Coker v. Hartford Life Ins., Case No. CIV-06-911-HE, Order at *6-7 (W.D. Okla. Feb. 21,
In designating information as “CONFIDENTIAL,” a Disclosing Party,
including any disclosing third party, shall make such designation only as to documents or
information which that party in good faith believes (1) pertains to its business and
constitutes or contains trade secret information; (2) is subject to a recognized legal
privilege; (3) or which necessarily relates to sensitive and private information (which the
disclosing party would not normally disclose to third parties or would cause third parties
to maintain in confidence).
In the absence of written permission from the Disclosing Party, including a
disclosing third party, or an order of the Court, information designated as
“CONFIDENTIAL” shall be used solely for the purposes of the above-styled litigation.
The persons described in the definition of “CONFIDENTIAL” shall have
access to such Designated Documents only after they have been made aware of the
provisions of this Agreed Protective Order and have manifested their assent to be bound
Persons receiving a Designated Document are enjoined from disclosing it to
any other person, except in conformance with this Agreed Protective Order.
Prior to review of any Designated Document, each individual who receives
any Designated Document shall agree to subject himself/herself to the jurisdiction of this
Court for the purpose of any proceedings relating to the performance under, compliance
with, or violation of this Agreed Protective Order.
The recipient of any Designated Document that is provided under this Agreed
Protective Order shall maintain such information in a secure and safe area and shall
exercise a reasonable standard of due and proper care with respect to the storage, custody,
use and/or dissemination of such information as is exercised by the recipient with respect
to its own proprietary, confidential, or privileged information.
No Designated Document shall be copied, reproduced, summarized, or
abstracted, except to the extent that such copying, reproduction, summarization, or
abstraction is reasonably necessary for the conduct of this lawsuit.
All such copies, reproductions, summarizations, and abstractions shall be
subject to the terms of this Agreed Protective Order as its applies to the original Designated
Document, and labeled in the same manner as the designated material on which it is based.
Disclosing Parties shall designate “CONFIDENTIAL” documents as
In the case of documents, interrogatory answers, responses to requests
to admit, and the information contained therein, designation shall be made by stamping or
otherwise designating as “CONFIDENTIAL” every page containing “CONFIDENTIAL”
information prior to production.
In the event that a party inadvertently fails to stamp or otherwise
designate a document or other information as “CONFIDENTIAL” at the time of its
production, that party shall have five (5) business days after discovery of the inadvertent
failure to stamp or designate such production to so stamp or otherwise designate the
document or other information “CONFIDENTIAL.”
In the case of depositions, designation of the portion of the transcript
which contains “CONFIDENTIAL” information shall be made by a statement to such
effect on the record in the course of the deposition or in writing within five (5) days of the
designating party’s receipt of the transcript of the deposition.
With respect to exhibits to depositions, such documents shall continue
to be designated if so designated when originally produced without additional designation.
Any Designated Document produced in a non-paper medium (e.g.
videotape, audiotape, computer disk, etc.) may be designated such by labeling the outside
of such non-paper medium as “CONFIDENTIAL.”
In the event a receiving party generates a hard copy, transcription, or
printout from any such designated non-paper media, such party must stamp each page
“CONFIDENTIAL,” and the hard copy, transcription, or printout shall be treated as
A party shall not be obligated to challenge the propriety of a Designated
Document at the time made, and failure to do so shall not preclude a subsequent challenge
thereto during the pendency of this litigation.
In the event a party to this litigation disagrees at any stage of these
proceedings with such designation, said party shall provide to the producing party written
notice of its disagreement with the designation and state the basis for its disagreement and
reasonably identify the particular documents that it believes are improperly designated as
The parties shall first try to dispose of any disputes regarding designation in
good faith and on an informal basis.
If a dispute cannot be resolved, the party challenging the designation may
request appropriate relief from the Court, but in any event, such relief from the Court shall
not be requested before five (5) days after the producing party is served with said written
The burden of proving designated documents have been properly designated
is on the party making such designation.
With respect to any information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” pursuant to
this Agreed Protective Order, any party may, in advance of filing any document in which
the CONFIDENTIAL information is to be used or referenced, seek leave to file the same
under seal in accordance with the ECF Policies & Procedures Manual, § III.A. If the Court
grants a motion referenced herein:
The Clerk of the Court is directed to maintain under seal all those
documents and transcripts filed under seal with this Court in this litigation;
A complete unredacted set of documents filed under seal shall be
provided by the filing party to opposing counsel.
In the event that any Designated Document or information is used in any
Court proceeding in connection with this litigation, it shall not lose its “CONFIDENTIAL”
status through such use, and the parties shall take all steps reasonably required to protect
its confidentiality during such use.
If a Designated Document is disclosed to any person other than in the manner
authorized by this Agreed Protective Order, the person responsible for the disclosure must
immediately bring all pertinent facts relating to such disclosure to the attention of counsel
for the designating party and, without prejudice to any other rights and remedies of the
parties, make every effort to prevent further disclosure by it or by the person who was the
recipient of such information.
Nothing in this Agreed Protective Order shall preclude any party to the
lawsuit or their attorneys (a) from showing a designated document to an individual who
either prepared the document prior to the filing of this action, or is identified on the face of
the document as an addressee or copy addressee, or (b) from disclosing or using in any
manner for any purpose, any information or document from the party’s own files which
the party itself has designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.”
In the event any receiving party having possession, custody, or control of any
Designated Document receives a subpoena or other process or order to produce such
information in another, unrelated legal, quasi-judicial, administrative, governmental, or
other proceeding, from a non-party to this action, such receiving party shall, within two (2)
business days, or one day prior to the date set for production, whichever is shorter, provide
counsel for the producing party or third party with a copy of said subpoena or other process
or order, and cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by
the producing party or third party whose interests may be affected.
The producing party or third party asserting the “CONFIDENTIAL”
treatment shall have the burden of defending against such subpoena, process, or order.
The party receiving the subpoena or other process or order shall be entitled
to comply with it except to the extent the producing party or third party asserting the
“CONFIDENTIAL” treatment is ultimately successful in obtaining an order modifying or
quashing the subpoena or other process or order.
Within sixty (60) days of the final termination of litigation between the
parties, all copies of a Designated Document and all notes, summaries, or other documents
containing the “CONFIDENTIAL” information shall be returned to the party which
produced it or shall be destroyed pursuant to Paragraph 26 below.
Notwithstanding the other provision herein, Counsel for each party shall be
entitled to retain all pleadings, motions, papers, legal memoranda, correspondence and
If counsel elects to destroy the Designated Document, counsel shall provide
to the producing party’s counsel a written certification reflecting such disposition.
Except as specifically provided herein, the terms and conditions of this
Agreed Protective Order shall survive the termination of this action.
This Agreed Protective Order is without prejudice to the right of any party to
seek relief from the Court, upon good cause shown, from any of the previous provisions
contained in paragraphs 1 through 27 above.
This Agreed Protective Order shall not be construed as waiving any right to
assert a claim or privilege, relevance, over breadth, burdensomeness, or other objections or
grounds for not producing material called for, and access to such material shall be only as
otherwise provided under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and other applicable law.
The parties agree that the inadvertent production of any document that would
be protected from disclosure pursuant to the attorney-client privilege, the work-product
doctrine, or any other relevant privilege shall not constitute a waiver of the applicable
Returning a document referenced in paragraph 30 above is without prejudice
to such party’s applying to the Court for an order compelling production of such document
on grounds other than waiver of privilege.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 5th day of July, 2017.
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