The opinion of the court was delivered by: /s/ Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian U.S. Magistrate Judge
James H. Hanson firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew J. Butcher email@example.com SCOPELITIS, GARVIN, LIGHT, HANSON & FEARY, P.C. 10 West Market Street, Suite 1500 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Telephone: (317) 637-1777 Telefax: (317) 687-2414 Attorneys for Defendant, Trimac Transportation Services (Western), Inc. Additional Counsel on Attached Page
Assigned to the Honorable George H. King Courtroom
PROTECTIVE ORDER [CHANGES MADE BY COURT TO PARAGRAPHS 3, 5.2b AND 6.3]
Purposes and Limitations. Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than prosecuting this litigation would be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that protection it affords extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled under the applicable legal principles to treatment as confidential. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 10 below, that this Stipulated Protective Order creates no entitlement to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5.1 sets forth the procedures that must be followed when a party seeks permission from the Court to file materials under seal.
2.1 Party: Any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts and outside counsel (and their support staff).
2.2 Disclosure or Discovery Material: All items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.
2.3 "Confidential" Information or Items: Information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under standards developed under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c).
2.4 "Highly Confidential--Attorney Eyes Only" Information or Items: Extremely sensitive "Confidential Information or Items" whose disclosure to another party or non-party would create a substantial risk of serious injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means.
2.5 Receiving Party: A party that receives disclosure or discovery material from a producing party.
2.6 Producing Party: A party or non-party that produces disclosure or discovery material in this action.
2.7 Designating Party: A party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces or in responses to discovery as "Confidential" or "Highly Confidential -- Attorney Eyes Only."
2.8 Protected Material: Any disclosure or discovery material that is designated as "Confidential" or as "Highly Confidential -- Attorney Eyes Only."
2.9 Outside Counsel: Attorneys who are not employees of a party but who are retained to represent or advise a party in this action.
2.10 House Counsel: Attorneys who are employees of a party. 2.11 Counsel (without qualifier): Outside counsel and house counsel (as well as their support staffs).
2.12 Expert: A person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a past or a current employee of a party or of a competitor of a party and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a party or a competitor of a party. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation.
2.13 Professional Vendors: Persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium, etc.) and their employees and subcontractors.
3.Scope. The protections conferred by this Order cover not only protected material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations or presentations by parties or counsel other than in an open court proceeding (as court proceedings are presumptively public) that might reveal protected material. Nothing in order precludes a party or non-party from requesting that the court presiding over a particular proceeding in open court apply this Protective Order to such particular proceeding or appropriate portions thereof.
4.Duration. Even after the termination of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs.
5.Designating Protected Material.
5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to a specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. A designating party must take care to designate for protection only those parts of material, documents, items or oral or written communications that qualify -- so that other portions of the material, documents, items or communications for which protection is not warranted are not swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this Order. Mass, indiscriminate or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are shown to be clearly unjustified, or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to unnecessarily encumber or retard the case development process or to impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on other parties), expose the designating party to sanctions. If it comes to the attention of a party or a non-party that ...