The opinion of the court was delivered by: David T. Bristow United States Magistrate Judge
[PROPOSED] RULE 26(C) PROTECTIVE ORDER
Pursuant to the Parties' Stipulated Request for Rule 26(c) Protective Order, and the Court finding good cause for granting the requested relief, the Court hereby enters the following Rule 26(c) Protective Order ("Protective Order") in the above-titled case:
1. 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[Proposed] Protective Order ("Protective Order"). The parties acknowledge that this Protective Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the 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 Protective Order creates no entitlement to file confidential information under seal; Civil Local Rule 79-5 sets forth the procedures that must be followed when a party seeks permission from the court to file material 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 -- Attorneys' 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 Action or "This Action": refers to the above-captioned action and to no other action.
2.7 Producing Party: a Party or non-party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in This Action.
2.8 Designating Party: a Party or non-party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as "Confidential" or "Highly Confidential - Attorneys' Eyes Only."
2.9 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as "Confidential" or as "Highly Confidential -- Attorneys' Eyes Only."
2.10 Outside Counsel: attorneys who are not employees of a Party but who are retained to represent or advise a Party in This Action.
2.11 In-House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a Party.
2.12 Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel and In-House Counsel (as well as their support staffs).
2.13 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's and who, at the time of retention, is not
anticipated to become an employee of a Party or a competitor of a
Party's. This definition includes a professional jury or trial
consultant retained in connection with This Action.
2.14 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.
The protections conferred by this Protective 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 to or in court or in other settings that might reveal Protected Material.
The parties agree to abide by this Protective Order which will remain in effect until modified either by written agreement or by order of the Court as provided herein. Even after the termination of This Action, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Protective Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs.
The provisions of this Protective Order are without prejudice to any application by any party at any time, on notice, for a modification or dissolution of or relief from this Protective Order or any provision thereof.
5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL
Any Party may in good faith designate as Protected Material, and
subject to this Protective Order, any document, information or
material that is either (i) produced during discovery proceedings in
This Action, or (ii) generated by a party in This Action, including
but not limited to, answers to interrogatories and responses to any
request for the production of documents, which constitute or
contain proprietary or sensitive business, personal or personnel
information or any extracts or summaries thereof. Any Party may also
move the Court for an order designating as Protected Material, and
subject to this Protective Order, any such document, information or
material. The other party/parties shall not unreasonably oppose such
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 Protective Order must take care to limit any such designation to 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 Protective 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 a Party's or a non-party's attention that information or items that it designated for protection do not qualify for protection at all, or do not qualify for the level of protection initially asserted, that Party or non-party must promptly notify ...