The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: Mariana R. Pfaelzer
[PROPOSED] ORDER GOVERNING THE TREATMENT OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION Courtroom: 12
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
1. This Stipulation and Order Governing the Treatment of Confidential Information (the "Stipulation") shall govern the disclosure and use of Confidential Discovery Material (as defined below) and all other discovery material as applicable provided during the course of this Action by the Parties to the Action or by nonparties, either voluntarily or as required by discovery demands made pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
2. As used in this Stipulation, "person" includes any individual, entity, natural person, or any business, legal or governmental entity or association. "Producing Person" refers to any person that produces discovery material. "Receiving Person" refers to any person that receives discovery material subject to this Stipulation.
3. This Protective Order designates as "Confidential Discovery Material" documents or discovery responses that may be produced during discovery that are designated as such by a Producing Person because they contain any of the following: confidential, sensitive, or nonpublic financial information and statements; proprietary business information, including business plans and records of internal deliberations and decision-making; policies and procedures not generally published, including those concerning business operations, employee benefits and risk management procedures; surveys concerning customers, competitors and employees; and individual personal information that is protected from disclosure under state or federal law, including identifying personal information and personal financial information, about any Party, any employee of any Party, or any third party. It is possible that disclosure of this Confidential Discovery Material may cause harm to the Producing Persons and their employees, as well as to third parties.
4. All documents designated as Confidential Discovery Material shall be so designated, by Bates range, in a letter accompanying their production to a Party, by stamping the media in which the documents are transmitted, or by stamping the first page of a document "CONFIDENTIAL," "CONFIDENTIAL DISCOVERY MATERIAL," or "CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT REQUESTED BY [and the name of the producing party]." Documents may be designated as Confidential Discovery Material at any time. Without limiting the foregoing sentence in any way, a Party may designate a document as CONFIDENTIAL after it was earlier produced without such a designation, and such production, in and of itself, shall not prejudice or otherwise constitute a waiver of, or estoppel as to, any claim of confidentiality to which the Producing Person would otherwise be entitled. Any documents designated as Confidential Discovery Material prior to entry of this Order shall be treated the same in all respects as documents designated as Confidential Discovery Material after the entry of this Order. This Order also treats as Confidential Discovery Material oral communications designated as confidential either orally (provided that such designation was recorded by a court reporter) or in writing.
5. It is the intent of the Parties and the Court that materials will not be designated as Confidential Discovery Material for tactical reasons in this case and that nothing be so designated without a good faith belief that there is good cause why it should not be part of the public record in this case.
6. Confidential Discovery Material also includes those portions of any notes, work papers or other work product that contain confidential information from documents designated as Confidential Discovery Material without the need for a separate confidential designation on the notes, work paper, or other work product.
7. If discovery material is inspected at the Producing Person's choice of location, all such discovery material shall be presumed at such inspection to have been designated as Confidential Discovery Material by the Producing Person until such time as the Producing Person provides copies to the Party that requested the discovery material. Production of Confidential Discovery Material for inspection and copying shall not constitute a waiver of confidentiality.
8. Confidential Discovery Material shall be subject to the following restrictions:
(a) Confidential Discovery Material shall be used solely for the purpose of preparing for, and conducting, the prosecution or defense of this Action, including any appeals thereof, and shall not be used by the Parties or any other person for any commercial, business, competitive or other purpose.
(b) Confidential Discovery Material shall not be given, shown, made available or communicated in any way to anyone except those persons specified in subparagraph (c) below to whom it is necessary that such Confidential Discovery Material be given or shown for the purposes permitted under subparagraph (a) above.
(c) Confidential Discovery Material may be disclosed, for the purposes set forth in subparagraph (a) above, only to a "Qualified Person," defined as follows:
(i) counsel of record for the Parties, and attorneys, paralegal, clerical and other staff employed or retained by such counsel who are ...