The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich United States Magistrate Judge
PROTECTIVE ORDER DEFINITIONS
1. As used in this Protective Order,
a. "Designating Party" means any Person who designates Material as Confidential Material.
b. "Discovering Counsel" means counsel of record for a Discovering Party.
c. "Discovering Party" means the Party to whom Material is being Provided by a Producing Party.
d. "Confidential Material" refers to those materials designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" as defined in Paragraph 2 below.
e. "Material" means any document, testimony or information in any form or medium whatsoever, including, without limitation, any written or printed matter provided in this action by a Party before or after the date of this Protective Order.
f. "Party" means the parties to this action, their attorneys of record and their agents.
g. "Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association, governmental agency, or other business or governmental entity whether a Party or not.
h. "Producing Party" means any Person who Provides Material during the course of this action.
i. "Provide" means to produce any Material, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, whether pursuant to request or process.
2. A Producing Party may designate as "CONFIDENTIAL" any material provided to a Party which contains or discloses any of the following:
a. Non-public insider information, personnel files, financial information, trade secrets, confidential commercial information, proprietary information, or other confidential or sensitive information which the Producing Party determines in good faith should be kept confidential.
b. Information that the Party is under a duty to preserve as confidential under an agreement with or other obligation to another Person.
c. The Producing Party may designate as "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY," documents Parties contend contain or disclose materials which they in good faith believe to be of an extremely high degree of current commercial sensitivity and/or would provide a competitive advantage to the Parties in this case if disclosed.
3. A Producing Party shall stamp as CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY Materials which the Producing Party in good faith believes are entitled to protection pursuant to the standards set forth in Paragraph 2 of this Order. A Producing Party may designate Confidential Material for Protection under this order by either of the following methods:
a. By physically marking it with the following inscription prior to Providing it to a Party: CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY.
b. By identifying with specificity in writing to the Discovering Party any previously Provided Material which was not designated as Confidential Material prior to its having been provided. For purposes of this method of designation, it will be a sufficiently specific identification to refer to the Bates numbers or deposition page numbers of previously Provided Material. Where a Producing Party designates previously Provided Material as Confidential Material pursuant to this subparagraph, the Producing Party will follow the procedures set forth in the previous subparagraph for designating Confidential Material, and Provide to the Discovering Party additional copies of the previously Provided Material marked with the inscription described in the previous subparagraph. Upon receipt of the additional copies which comply with the procedures set forth in the previous subparagraph, the Discovering Party will immediately return to the Producing Party the previously Provided Material, or alternatively, will destroy all the previously Provided Material, at the option of the Producing Party. For previously Provided Material which was not designated as Confidential Material at the time of its being provided, this Protective Order shall apply to such materials beginning on the date that the Producing Party makes such designation.
All costs associated with the designations of materials as "Confidential" or "Attorneys' Eyes Only" involving, for example, the cost of binding confidential portions of deposition transcripts, shall be initially borne by the Party making the designation with no prejudice regarding the Designating Party's ability to recover its costs upon completion of the litigation.
The designation of documents as "Confidential" or "Attorneys' Eyes Only" does not entitle the parties to have those documents filed under seal. An application, including a stipulated application to filed documents under seal must comply with Local Rule 79-5.
RESTRICTION ON USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL
4. Confidential Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL shall not be disclosed, nor shall its contents be disclosed, to any person other than those described in Paragraph 7 of this Protective Order and other than in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this Protective Order. Confidential Material designated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY shall not be disclosed, nor shall its contents be disclosed to any person other than those described in Paragraph 8 of this Protective Order.
5. Confidential Material Provided by a Producing Party to a Discovering Party shall not be used by the Discovering Party or anyone other than the Producing Party, specifically including the persons identified in Paragraphs 7 or 8 as appropriate, for any purpose, including, without limitation any personal, business, governmental, commercial, publicity, public-relations, or litigation (administrative or judicial) purpose, other than the prosecution or defense of this action.
6. All Confidential Material shall be kept secure by Discovering Counsel and access to Confidential Material shall be limited to persons authorized pursuant to Paragraphs 7 or 8 of this Protective Order.
7. For purposes of the preparation of this action, and subject to the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this Protective Order, Discovering Counsel may disclose Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL and the contents of ...