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Greene v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

December 26, 2013


KIRBY NOONAN LANCE & HOGE LLP, Michael L. Kirby, Micaela P. Banach, Attorneys for Defendant WRIGHT, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.

KONELL RUGGIERO & KONELL LLP, Cheryl Konell Ruggiero, Jerome J. Konell, Attorneys for Plaintiffs FREDERICK GREENE and ANA MARIA GREENE.


DOUGLAS F. McCORMICK, Magistrate Judge.

The Court enters this Order in accordance with Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to protect the specific and serious trade secret and confidentiality interests of the parties to the above-captioned matter, as well as any third parties from whom information is sought in this matter, and to expedite discovery without delay caused by possible disputes regarding claims of confidentiality of information, documents and things that may contain or constitute trade secrets, confidential research and development, and any commercial, financial or other proprietary information.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 that:


1.01 Scope of Order.

This Order shall apply to discovery initiated by any of the parties to one or more other parties or to any third parties and shall apply to all information, documents, electronically stored information ("ESI"), and/or things in the possession of or under the control of any party or third party subject to discovery in this action. This Order shall further govern the production of documents and information supplied in this case in any form by a party and designated by that producing party as embodying "Confidential" material for purposes of discovery or otherwise.


2.01 "Confidential" Information Defined.

"Confidential" material shall include any non-public material that the Producing Party reasonably and in good faith believes contains or reveals trade secrets; confidential research, development or commercial information, including but not limited to inspections of premises or things; or other proprietary or sensitive information or know-how that derives its value from secrecy, or such material the public disclosure of which would cause the Producing Party, or third parties identified therein, undo annoyance or embarrassment. The scope of this Order shall include all copies, excerpts, summaries, or notes that are prepared or derived therefrom and that incorporate or reflect information contained in any Confidential material, as well as testimony and oral conversations derived therefrom or related thereto.

2.02 Designation of Confidential Information.

Each deposition transcript page or portion thereof, each interrogatory answer or portion thereof, each produced document or portion thereof, and each premise or thing or portion thereof which is deemed by the Producing Party to disclose confidential information (hereinafter "Confidential Information"), will be identified and labeled as "CONFIDENTIAL."

Such identification and marking shall be made at the time when the Producing Party provides responses, documents, inspections, or things that it considers to be Confidential Information. In the case of deposition transcript pages, the designating party shall advise opposing counsel of the specific pages to be maintained in confidence, if any, within fourteen (14) days after the receipt of the transcript of the deposition, if such request for a confidential designation is not made at or during the deposition. If such request is made during the course of a deposition, no further action is required to maintain the transcript in confidence. During the 14-day period, the entire deposition transcript shall be deemed to be confidential.

Further, at the beginning of any physical inspection of any tangible item, premise, or thing or portion thereof, either party, through counsel, may declare the inspection itself, and any and all visual observations, measurements, drawings, depictions, photographic and/or videotaped images, audio-taped and/or transcribed audio-taped information, recordings of any kind, notes, and any documents received or generated related to the physical inspection as containing Confidential Information.

2.03 Disputes as to Confidential Information.

A party may object to the designation of particular Confidential Information by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed information. The written notice shall identify the information to which the objection is made. If the parties cannot resolve the objection within twenty-one (21) days after the time the notice is received, it shall be the obligation of the party designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL to file an appropriate motion, requesting that the Court determine whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. If such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as Confidential Information under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the motion. If the designating party fails to file such a motion within the prescribed time, the disputed information shall lose its designation as CONFIDENTIAL and shall not thereafter be treated as Confidential Information in accordance with this Protective Order. In connection with a motion filed under this provision, the party designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL shall bear the burden of establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as Confidential Information.


3.01 Use of Confidential Information.

Confidential Information shall not be used or shown, disseminated, copied or in any way communicated to any person for any purpose whatsoever, other than as required for the preparation and trial of this action, including any appeals, and only in compliance with this Order. Confidential Information shall not be used for competitive purposes. No person shall under any circumstances sell, offer for sale, advertise or in any way disclose Confidential Information (e.g. no person shall permit the viewing, dissemination, copying, recording, duplicating, transmitting or sharing of Confidential Information). Counsel for Plaintiffs or Defendant shall take necessary and reasonably proper precautions to prevent the unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure or distribution of any Confidential Information.

Except with the prior written consent of counsel for the party designating the information or upon further order of this Court, disclosure of Confidential Information shall be limited to the following ...

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