UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 2, 2010
PATRIOT RAIL CORP., PLAINTIFF,
SIERRA RAILROAD COMPANY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, Jr. United States District Judge
Defendant Sierra Railroad Company ("Defendant") filed a request for the Court to construe or modify the Protective Order previously granted by this Court (ECF No. 122). Specifically, Defendant requests the Court construe the Protective Order to include the ability of Defendant to disclose material litigation information about the case to third parties who are potential purchasers of the company.
The Court's Protective Order (ECF No. 21) clearly states that the parties may not disclose any litigation information to any outside party not in employ by either side. The order defines litigation information as any information "obtained by either party from the other party in the course of litigation."
This does not include any information available in the public domain, but does cover, for example, information obtained during informal settlement discussions, discovery materials, and deposition testimony.
The plain language of the Protective Order is clear. Defendant may disclose any information available in the public domain, but nothing obtained through litigation with Plaintiff Patriot Rail Corp., or any other counter party involved in the instant suit. Beyond the clarification above, Defendant's request is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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