The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
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STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE AND FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE, RULES 502(d) AND (e) CLAWBACK ORDER Complaint Filed: April 22, 2011 Trial Date: None Set
Plaintiff Laurence Stevenson ("Plaintiff") and Defendant Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. ("Defendant") (collectively the "Parties"), by their respective counsel, hereby stipulate and agree as follows:
WHEREAS, the Parties anticipate that during the course of the above-captioned litigation ("Action"), the Parties will produce or provide documents and information (including electronic data), which one or more Parties contend contain trade secrets or other sensitive, private, confidential or proprietary information;
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to protect the confidentiality of such documents and information and to ensure that the Parties can obtain and pursue discovery with the minimum of delay and expense;
WHEREAS, the Parties have agreed to stipulate to protect certain privileged and otherwise protected documents, data (including electronically stored information), and other information, including without limitation, metadata (collectively, "document" or "documents"), against claims of waiver and inadvertent production in the event they are produced during the course of this Action whether pursuant to a Court Order, a Parties' discovery request or informal production.
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to comply with discovery deadlines and complete discovery as expeditiously as possible, while preserving and without waiving any privilege, including without limitation the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or other applicable privilege, applicable to the information contained in the documents produced, including as against third parties and other Federal and State proceedings, and in addition to their agreement, need the additional protections of a Court Order under Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 502(d) and (e) to do so.
WHEREAS, this Stipulation is designed to foreclose any argument the disclosure of documents subject to a legally recognized claim of privilege, including without limitation the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or other applicable privilege, by the Producing Party was not inadvertent, that the Producing Party did not take reasonable steps to prevent the disclosure of privileged documents, that the Producing Party did not take reasonable or timely steps to rectify such disclosure and/or acts as a waiver of applicable privileges or protections associated with such documents.
THEREFORE, the Parties seek the entry of an Order, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26(c) and the Court's Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Order [Docket No. 32], governing the disclosure of documents and information therein pertaining to "Confidential Information" on the terms set forth herein, as well as an Order, pursuant to Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 502, governing the return of inadvertently produced documents and data and affording the Parties the protections of Federal Rules of Evidence 502(d) and (e), on the terms set forth herein.
IT IS HEREBY AGREED, STIPULATED AND ORDERED THAT:
1. In connection with discovery and other proceedings in this Action, the Parties may designate any document, thing, material, testimony or other information derived therefrom, as "Confidential Information" under the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order ("Order"). Neither Party shall designate any discovery material as "Confidential Information" without first making a determination that the information is properly subject to protection under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26(c) and that such protection is warranted in good faith. "Confidential Information" shall not be disclosed except as provided for herein.
2. "Confidential Information" includes any document, database, thing, material, testimony, or other information derived therefrom, that the designating Party contends in good faith should be protected on the grounds that it constitutes a trade secret under the law, or that it contains research, development, commercial, operational, personal, sensitive, private, financial and tax, business confidential or proprietary information. Sensitive, private personal information, includes but is not limited to, social security numbers, driver's license numbers, and individuals' home addresses and telephone numbers, the public disclosure of which would be detrimental to a Party's competitive interests or the privacy rights of its current and former employees.
3. Documents that are confidential under this Order shall be so designated by writing, typing, stamping or otherwise affixing the legend "Confidential Information" (and such other and further legend as may reasonably be included to specify such confidentiality) on copies of the document. Stamping the legend "Confidential Information" on the cover of any multi-page document (or on the cover of a disc containing electronic data) shall designate all pages of the document as confidential, and all data contained on a disc as confidential, unless otherwise indicated by the producing party. Confidential documents (including deposition transcripts) also may be so designated after production by written communication and reproduction with a "Confidential Information" legend for purposes of substitution of the original documentation, and all Parties shall use their best efforts to ensure that no prior disclosure shall be used or re-disclosed contrary to the terms of this Order.
4. The inadvertent or unintentional disclosure of "Confidential Information" shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part of a Party's claim of confidentiality. Any such inadvertently or unintentionally disclosed "Confidential Information" shall be designated as "Confidential Information" as soon as reasonably possible after the producing Party becomes aware of the inadvertent or unintentional disclosure and the producing Party shall provide counsel for the other Parties with a duplicate copy bearing the legend "Confidential Information," whereupon the unmarked copies will be returned or destroyed as directed by the Producing Party.
5. Portions of transcripts of depositions, in which any "Confidential Information" is quoted, paraphrased, discussed, or referred to, or in which the subject matter covered by any "Confidential Information" is discussed or referred to, shall be subject to the same confidential treatment as provided herein for the underlying "Confidential Information" and shall be designated as confidential. Requests for such Confidential treatment may be made at the deposition or at the latest within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of an official transcript thereof. All transcripts of depositions shall be treated as Confidential for at least that 7-day period.
6. Recognizing the legitimate confidentiality needs of the Parties, discovery responses marked Confidential pursuant to the definition set forth in Paragraph 2(a) herein shall only be used by the Parties to this Action, and no one else, for purposes of resolution of the claims asserted in this Action, any trial and appeal of this Action, and enforcement of any award or judgment thereon. Information designated as "Confidential Information" under this Order, and any summaries, copies (including electronic copies), abstracts, or other documents derived in whole or in part from information, designated as Confidential, shall be used only by the Parties to this Action; for the purpose of the prosecution, defense, or settlement of the claims asserted in this Action, any trial and appeal of this Action and the enforcement of any award or judgment based on such claims, and for no other purpose.
7. "Confidential Information" produced pursuant to this Order may be disclosed or made available only to counsel for a Party (including the paralegal, clerical, and secretarial staff employed by such counsel), to a trier of fact or law in any forum in which the claims asserted in this Action may be adjudicated or enforced and the administrators of that forum, and to "Qualified Persons." A Qualified Person is a person who falls into one of the categories set forth below:
(a) A Party, or a current or former officer, director, or employee of a Party deemed necessary by counsel to aid in the prosecution, defense or settlement of this Action;
(b) Experts or consultants (together with their staff) retained by such counsel to assist in the prosecution, defense or settlement of this Action, who execute Attachment A; provided; however, prior to disclosure to an expert or consultant, the Party that wishes to make the disclosure shall determine whether that expert or consultant has worked for a competitor discount variety retailer during the previous five (5) years and, if so, shall require the expert or consultant to execute the Authorization attached to this Stipulation as Attachment A, ...