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Tony Richardson v. United States of America

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


April 11, 2001

TONY RICHARDSON,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DOE PRISONERS I-XX, INDIVIDUALLY AND DOES I-XX, INCLUSIVE,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Seng United States Magistrate Judge

BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney ALYSON A. BERG Assistant United States Attorney United States Courthouse 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4401 Fresno, California 93721 Telephone: (559) 497-4000 Facsimile: (559) 497-4099 Attorneys for Defendant UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

STIPULATION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER; ORDER

Plaintiff Tony Richardson("Plaintiff") and Defendant United States of America ("United States") (collectively "the parties") stipulate, by and through the undersigned counsel, as follows:

WHEREAS the parties seek to use confidential information relating to the operation of the United States Penitentiary at Atwater, personal identifier information of Plaintiff and Brian King Humphreys, as well as medical and/or psychological records of Plaintiff in this action (collectively "Confidential Information");

WHEREAS, such Confidential Information is arguably protected from disclosure pursuant to confidential security rights and/or privacy rights;

WHEREAS, the parties wish to protect the rights of the United States, Plaintiff and Brian King Humphreys, from unauthorized and/or unnecessary disclosure of the Confidential Information;

WHEREAS, the parties also wish to prevent the possibility of any misuse or unnecessary disclosure of the Confidential Information, regardless of any security and/or privacy rights;

THE PARTIES THEREFORE STIPULATE, and pending further order of the Court, that the following procedures designed to ensure the protection of this Confidential Information shall govern all forthcoming pre-trial discovery proceedings:

1. All information designated as "Confidential Information" that is privy to security and/or rights of privacy is subject to this stipulated Protective Order.

2. Confidential Information may be shown, or its contents disclosed only to the following persons:

(a) Counsel of record in this action and counsel's agents and employees; and

(b) Any expert used as a consultant or intended to be called as a witness who is retained by counsel of record to assist in the preparation and/or trial of this case.

Confidential Information designated as subject to this Protective Order shall not be disclosed or shown to any other person or entity.

3. Confidential Information designated as subject to this stipulated Protective Order or any information derived therefrom shall be used solely for the purpose of the disputed claims and defenses in connection with this litigation and not for any other purpose.

4. The parties' respective counsel of record each agree to make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with this Protective Order. Any persons referred to in paragraph 2(b) of this stipulated Protective Order who receives information designated as Confidential Information pursuant to this stipulated Protective Order shall first read a copy of this stipulated Protective Order and agree in writing to abide by the terms thereof. Any persons referred to in paragraph 2(b) who reviews any Confidential Information shall agree to the terms of the Stipulation and execute Exhibit A attached hereto.

5. The parties enter into this stipulated Protective Order without prejudice to any party's right to object to the disclosure of any information on any ground that it/he may deem appropriate, and any party or non-party may, upon motion, seek relief from, or modification of, this Protective Order based on a showing of good cause.

6. The designation of any information as "Confidential Information" pursuant to this Protective Order is intended solely to facilitate the preparation of this case for trial. No party shall be obligated to challenge the propriety of any designation by the opposing party, and a failure to do so shall not preclude a subsequent attack on the propriety of any "Confidential Information" designation.

7. If Confidential Information is improperly disclosed to any person other than in the manner authorized by this Protective Order, the party responsible for the disclosure must immediately inform the other party of all pertinent facts relating to such disclosure (including the name and address of each person to whom disclosure was made), promptly retrieve the improperly disclosed Confidential Information and shall make reasonable efforts to prevent further disclosure by said authorized person(s).

8. The parties agree that, prior to commencement of trial, they will enter into mutually agreeable stipulations and protective orders with respect to any Confidential Information to be disclosed during trial. Any unresolved disputes shall be resolved in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and addressed within the parties' pretrial statements. Any party intending to utilize any Confidential Information in a law and motion matter or at trial should lodge the document under seal so as to preserve its confidentiality pending the Court's determination regarding whether a privilege exists that precludes the use of the document or other information as evidence or determining what safeguards should be utilized if the Confidential Information is to be considered as evidence.

9. Upon final determination of this action, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by opposing counsel, each party shall either:

(a) Assemble and return all material designated as protected Confidential Information under this Protective Order, including all copies thereof, to the producing party and certify in writing that all such material has been returned; or

(b) Certify in writing that all such material has been destroyed.

10. If any person breaches this stipulated Protective Order, any person may notice a hearing to the District Court requesting appropriate relief.

11. All parties to this Protective Order have participated in drafting the Order. Respectfully submitted,

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Exhibit A

I, do solemnly swear that I am fully familiar with the terms of the Stipulation entered into in Tony Richardson v. United States of America, et al, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Case No. 1:09-cv-02082 and hereby agree to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of said Stipulation. I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of said Court for purposes of enforcing this Order.

Date:

Name

20010411

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