The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ruben B. Brooks, Magistrate Judge United States District Court
ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER [ECF NO. 8] -- AS MODIFIED BY THE COURT
Based upon the parties' Joint Motion for Issuance of a Protective Order regarding material disclosed in the course of the above-captioned lawsuit ("Lawsuit") that constitute or contain trade secrets or other confidential research, development, or commercial information of the parties ("Confidential Material"), the following procedures shall govern:
1. This Order is meant to encompass all forms of disclosure which may contain Confidential Material, including any document, pleading, motion, exhibit, declaration, affidavit, deposition transcript, inspection and all other tangible items (electronic media, photographs, videocassettes, etc.).
2. The parties may designate any Confidential Material produced or filed in this Lawsuit as confidential and subject to the terms of this Order by marking such materials "Confidential." If any material has multiple pages, this designation need only be placed on the first page of such material. Any material designated as "Confidential" shall not be disclosed to any person or entity, except to the parties, counsel in this Lawsuit, and the Court.
3. Any material designated as confidential pursuant to paragraph 2 above shall be used solely for the purposes of this Lawsuit and for no other purpose.
4. Prior to disclosure of any Confidential Material, each person to whom disclosure is to be made shall execute a written "Confidentiality Agreement" (in a form mutually agreeable to the parties) consenting to be bound by the terms of this Order. The parties, counsel for the respective parties (including legal assistants and other personnel) and the Court are deemed to be bound by this Order and are not required to execute a Confidentiality Agreement.
5. Only counsel of record in this Lawsuit shall be permitted to disseminate Confidential Material. Upon dissemination of any Confidential Material, each non-designating counsel of record in this Lawsuit shall maintain a written record as to:
(1) the identity of any person given Confidential Material, and (2) the identity of the Confidential Material so disseminated (such as by "Bates stamp" number). Such record shall be made available to the designating party upon request.
6. If additional persons become parties to this Lawsuit, they shall not have access to any Confidential Material until they execute and file with the Court their written agreement to be bound by the terms of this Order.
7. In the event that any question is asked at a deposition that calls for the disclosure of Confidential Material, the witness shall answer such question (unless otherwise instructed not to do so on grounds of privilege) provided that the only persons in attendance at the deposition are persons who are qualified to receive such information pursuant this Order. Deposition testimony may be designated as confidential following the testimony having been given provided that: (1) such testimony is identified and designated on the record at the deposition, or (2) non-designating counsel is notified of the designation in writing within thirty days after receipt by the designating party of the respective deposition transcript.
All deposition transcripts in their entirety shall be treated in the interim as "Confidential" pursuant to paragraph 2 above. When Confidential Material is incorporated in a deposition transcript, the part designating such information confidential shall make arrangements with the court reporter not to disclose any information except in accordance with the terms of this Oder.
8. If a deponent refuses to execute a Confidentiality Agreement, disclosure of Confidential Material during the deposition shall not constitute a waiver of confidentiality. Under such circumstances, the witness shall sign the original deposition transcript in the presence of the court reporter and no copy of the transcript or exhibits shall be given to the deponent.
9. With respect to any communications to the Court, including any pleadings, motions or other papers, all documents containing Confidential Material shall be communicated to the Court in a sealed envelope or other appropriate sealed container on which shall be written the caption of this Lawsuit, an indication of the nature of the contents of the sealed ...