The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Percy Anderson United States District Judge
TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD: BASED UPON THE STIPULATION OF THE PARTIES, AND GOOD CAUSE APPEARING, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that any person or party subject to this Order - including without limitation the parties to this action, their representatives, agents, experts and consultants, all third parties providing discovery in this action, and all other interested persons with actual or constructive notice of this Order -- shall adhere to the following terms:
1. Overview: Any person or party subject to this Order who receives from any other person or party any information of any kind provided in the course of discovery in the action (hereinafter "Discovery Material") that is designated as "Confidential" and/or "Confidential/Attorneys' Eyes Only" pursuant to the terms of this Order (hereinafter, the "Confidential Information" or "Confidential Discovery Material") shall not disclose such Confidential Information to anyone else except as expressly permitted hereunder.
2. Material Designated As "Confidential": The person or party disclosing or producing any given Discovery Material may designate as "Confidential" such portion of such material as consists of any commercially sensitive and/or confidential financial or business information, such as purchase records, sales records, item profitability reports, and pricing methods. The parties, or some of them, request protection of such information on the grounds that said information is not ordinarily available to the public, that said information, if disclosed, could be harmful to the parties, or any of them, that said information, if disclosed, could be helpful to the competitors of the parties, or any of them, and that said information therefore requires special protection from disclosure pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c).
3. Disclosure Of "Confidential" Materials: No person or party subject to the Order other than the producing person or party shall disclose any of the Discovery Material designated by the producing person or party as "Confidential" to any other person whomsoever, except to:
(a) the parties to this action and Protective Order, including their employees and former employees;
(b) in-house (or corporate) legal counsel, and outside attorneys retained specifically for this action, and fellow employees of each such attorneys' law firms to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose such Confidential Discovery Material;
(c) its author, its addressee, and any other person indicated on the face of the document as having received a copy;
(d) any employee or agent, or former employee or agent, of any sender or recipient of the document (e.g. where a Purchase Order from Company A to Company B is produced in litigation by Company A, said document may be disclosed to employees or agents of Company B under the terms of this Protective Order);
(e) any person retained by a party to serve as an expert witness or otherwise providing specialized advice to counsel in connection with this action, provided such person has first executed a Non-Disclosure Agreement in the form annexed as Exhibit A hereto;
(f) stenographers engaged to transcribe depositions conducted in this action and their support personnel; and
(g) the Court and its support personnel;
(h) any mediator or settlement officer, whom the parties have elected or consented to participate in the case.
(i) as required by law or court order upon notice to the designating party sufficiently in advance of such disclosure to permit it to seek a protective order.
4. Material Designated As "Confidential/Attorneys' Eyes Only": The person or party disclosing or producing any given Discovery Material may designate material as "Confidential/Attorneys' Eyes Only" only if (a) the material meets the definition of Confidential, pursuant to Section 2 above, and (b) another party is ...