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Holly Hanson, An Individual, and John Rennel, An Individual, On Behalf v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

December 15, 2010


The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Victor B. Kenton Magistrate Judge of United States District Court


Good cause appearing, the Court hereby approves and enters this Protective Order relating to the use of private and confidential information, stipulated, consented to and agreed by Plaintiff Holly Hanson, Plaintiff John Rennell and Defendant Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (collectively "Stipulating Parties"), through their respective counsel of record.

1. That the preparation and trial of this action may require the discovery or disclosure of documents, information or other material claimed by one or more of the parties to this action or others to be confidential.

2. In order to expedite the flow of discovery materials, facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality, adequately protect material entitled to be kept confidential, and serve the ends of justice, a protective order for such information is prudent and necessary.

3. Any Stipulating Party may designate as "Confidential" any documents or other information that contains "Confidential Information," as that term is defined in Paragraph 4 below, that a Stipulating Party has kept secret or confidential, or information which, if disclosed, could place a Stipulating Party at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace or cause disclosure of private information. Documents, depositions, and interrogatory responses or other papers shall be designated confidential by stamping the word "Confidential" on each page of the document containing confidential information or by a Stipulating Party advising the other Stipulating Party in writing that such documents are deemed to be confidential.

4. "Confidential Information" includes documents or other information relating to trade secrets, proprietary or other confidential commercial information that belongs to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC ("MSSB"), including the following specific categories of documents: (1) documents that reveal confidential employee information such as name, address, telephone number, salary, compensation, commission or asset information, trading activity, or demographic or other personal information; (2) documents that reveal financial or personal information regarding MSSB's clients; (3) and documents that reveal confidential financial or commercial information regarding Morgan Stanley's business that is not available to the public or Morgan Stanley's competitors. "Confidential Information" also includes private and confidential documents or information relating to Holly Hanson, John Rennell or past and present employees of MSSB, including private personnel or financial information. Execution of this protective order shall not waive any right otherwise available to the Stipulating Parties to object to the production of any such requested information on privacy, attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, relevancy or other grounds when the parties deem such an objection to be necessary or appropriate.

5. Neither the provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order, nor any designation or failure to designate any particular information, document or material by a party as Confidential Information shall, in this litigation or any other litigation, constitute a waiver of the rights of a party to assert confidentiality with respect to any document, material or information meeting the definition of Confidential Information in Paragraph 4 above. Upon discovery of an inadvertent or otherwise non-designation, the discovering party will immediately notify the opposing party and the information, document or material identified will be treated as if it had been originally designated as Confidential Information and will be subject to the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order.

6. All Confidential Information provided by the parties pursuant to discovery or otherwise obtained in the course of this litigation shall be treated as confidential and shall not be disseminated to any person not directly connected with this specific litigation. Specifically, all Confidential Information listed in Paragraph 4 that is obtained through discovery or otherwise from the parties in this case shall not be disclosed to anyone other than:

(a) retained and corporate attorneys for any Stipulating Party who are engaged in litigating this action and the employees of such attorneys;

(b) persons not employees of any Stipulating Party who serve as experts or consultants ("outside experts") to assist such Stipulating Party's counsel in the preparation of this action for trial, including, but not limited to statisticians, economists, attorneys and other experts, and the employees of such persons;

(c) a Stipulating Party, or principals, officers, employees, agents or representatives of any Stipulating Party whose assistance or consultation is required by counsel in connection with the prosecution or defense of this action;

(d) potential witnesses in connection with this litigation;

(e) the Court and mediators, and the personnel of any of the foregoing.

7. No person shall make any disclosure of Confidential Information to any person falling within categories (b) or (d) in Paragraph 6 without first obtaining from any such person a signed statement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "A." Either party may request of the other a copy (if any) of said signed statement(s) to counsel. Subject to applicable privileges, the other party must promptly comply with such a request by providing copies of the signed statement(s) by telecopier or other appropriate means, and in no event beyond five (5) business days of such a request. If a party objects to the disclosure of information to a particular person, the Stipulating Party objecting to such disclosure shall have five days to seek a protective order from the Court barring such disclosure and no such disclosure shall be made until ...

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