The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, JR United States District Judge
STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE AND FRE 502(D) & (E) CLAWBACK ORDER Complaint Filed: December 8, 2011
Plaintiff Thomas Allen ("Plaintiff") and Defendant Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. ("Defendant"), by their respective counsel, hereby stipulate and agree as follows:
WHEREAS, the parties to this proceeding anticipate that during the course of the above-captioned litigation, 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 to this proceeding 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 litigation 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 evidentiary protections or privileges 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 FRE 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 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), 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 FRE 502, governing the return of inadvertently produced documents and data and affording them the protections of FRE 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 Fed. R. Civ. P. 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: (a) Information that any party reasonably believes has not lawfully been made public and which concerns or relates to the personnel information, processes, objectives, strategies, plans, advertising, methodologies, procedures, operations, type of work, products, services, sales, purchases, transfers, identification of customers, customer information, bank and payroll related agreements, policies, marketing plans, vendor information, profit margins, product quantities and costs amount or source of income, costs, profits, losses, financial information, business forecasts, or expenditures of any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other organization or organizational structure, if the disclosure of such information has the effect of causing harm or potential harm to the competitive position or privacy rights of the person, firm, partnership, corporation, or to the organization from which the information was obtained or of third parties, including but not limited to persons transacting business with any of the parties to this action.
(b) The personnel records of current or former employees or applicants of Defendant, Defendant's parent company and affiliates, or non-parties acquired by or otherwise associated with Defendant; and,
(c) Any sensitive or private personal information, such as social security numbers, driver's license numbers, home or business addresses, home or business phone numbers for any individual, financial or tax information, and medical information.
3. Documents that are confidential under this Order shall be so designated by writing, typing, stamping or otherwise affixing the legend "Confidential" or "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" or "Confidential Information" on the cover of any multi-page document (or on the cover of a disk containing electronic data) shall designate all pages of the document as confidential, and all data contained on a disk 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" or "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.
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 twenty (20) calendar days after receipt of a transcript thereof. All transcripts of depositions shall be treated as Confidential for at least that 20-day period.
6. Recognizing the legitimate confidentiality needs of the parties, all discovery shall be used only by the parties to this action 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. At the request of Counsel for Plaintiff, Defendant has agreed to the following exceptions to Paragraph 6, above. Although, Defendant makes this concession to Plaintiff, Defendant continues to assert (and the Court has so ordered) that this action and the following actions are unrelated and should be maintained as separate, distinct cases throughout the litigation process. Defendant agrees that Plaintiff may use discovery by the parties to this action for purposes of resolution of the claims asserted in the following two actions, any trial and appeal of the following two actions, and enforcement of any award or judgment thereon for those two actions. 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 and the following two actions; for the purpose of the prosecution, defense, or settlement of the claims asserted in this action or the following two actions, any trial and appeal of this action or the following two actions, and the enforcement of any award or judgment based on such claims.
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