The opinion of the court was delivered by: John E. McDermott United States Magistrate Judge
The Court, having reviewed the Stipulation for Protective Order executed by the parties through their respective counsel, and good cause appearing therefor,
1. Discovery in this action is expected to require the production of non-public confidential information concerning the business affairs of the parties, including but not limited to pricing information, sales and revenue figures, customer identities, and materials that may constitute trade secrets. There is good cause for the entry of a protective order under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with respect to such materials because the disclosure of the pricing information, sales and revenue data, customer identities, and trade secrets could result in competitive injury.
2. As used herein, "Confidential Material" means: (a) non-public price lists and price quotations; (b) non-public sales, profit and revenue figures; (c) non-public information disclosing the identities of any customer of any party providing discovery, including any party to this action or any third party (a "Producing Party"); and (d) any other non-public information that any Producing Party reasonably believes, in good faith, is likely to cause competitive harm if disclosed or constitutes a trade secret under applicable law.
3. "Confidential Material" does not include any information:
(a) that is known to or independently developed by the party receiving the production (the "Receiving Party");
(b) that, after the disclosure to the Receiving Party by the Producing Party is revealed to the public or to the Receiving Party by a person having the unrestricted right to do so; or
(c) that is acquired by the Receiving Party from any third party which lawfully possesses the information and owes no contractual duty of non-disclosure to the Producing Party.
4. There shall be two categories of Confidential Material under this Protective Order:
(b) "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY."
The "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" category is reserved exclusively for Confidential Material that constitutes trade secrets under applicable law, or Confidential Material regarding pricing, profit or customer information that, if disclosed to the Receiving Party, would cause competitive injury to the Producing Party.
5. All tangible items or subject matter deemed by the Producing Party to be subject to this Protective Order shall be visibly marked as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" at the time of production or disclosure to be subject to this Protective Order. In order to designate an entire multi-page document as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" each page of the document must be so marked, except in the case of electronic documents produced in native format (e.g., Microsoft Excel files), which may be designated by affixing the appropriate designation on the first page of the document. If not all pages of a document contain Confidential Material, then only those pages deemed in good faith to be subject to each such designation shall be so marked, except in the case of electronic documents produced in native format, which may be designated as described above. With respect to deposition testimony, blanket designations of an entire deposition transcript as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" should be avoided where possible, although counsel may agree, for the sake of convenience, to temporary treatment of a transcript as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY," pending specific page and line designations made by the Producing Party after the ...