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Wyers Products Group, Inc. v. Cequent Performance Products, Inc.

United States District Court, Tenth Circuit

December 16, 2013

WYERS PRODUCTS GROUP, INC. et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CEQUENT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, INC., Defendant. Consolidated with Civil Action No. 13-cv-02976-REB-KMT

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

KATHLEEN M. TAFOYA, Magistrate Judge.

Wyers Products Group, Inc., Philip W. Wyers, and Cequent Performance Products, Inc. (collectively the "Parties, " and individually a "Party") anticipate that discovery in this action will require the production of documents, things, and testimony that may contain confidential, sensitive, or proprietary information. In the interest of expediting discovery and limiting disputes regarding access to such information, the Parties hereby stipulate and agree to the request for, and entry of, the Stipulated Protective Order ("Protective Order") set forth below.

Based on the stipulation of the Parties, and for good cause shown, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. All documents, information, and items produced in the course of discovery, including initial disclosures; responses to interrogatories and requests for admissions; production and disclosure of documents, information, and items; and deposition testimony and exhibits, whether produced by a Party or nonparty, shall be subject to this Protective Order as set forth below.

2. Any information or materials produced by any Party or nonparty as part of discovery in this action may be designated by such Party or nonparty (the "Designating Party") as (1) "CONFIDENTIAL" or (2) "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" ("Designated Material") under the terms of this Protective Order.

3. By designating something as Designated Material, counsel for the Designating Party certifies under Rule 26(g) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that to the best of counsel's knowledge, information, and belief formed after a reasonable inquiry that the designation is (a) consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law, or for establishing new law; (b) not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the cost of litigation; and (c) not unreasonable.

4. Subject to Paragraph 3 above, information or materials may be designated as CONFIDENTIAL if the Designating Party believes in good faith that such information or materials must be protected against disclosure to third parties. Absent a specific order by this Court, once designated as CONFIDENTIAL, such designated information shall be used by the Parties solely in connection with this litigation, and not for any business, competitive, or governmental purpose or function, and such information shall not be disclosed to anyone except as provided herein.

5. Subject to Paragraph 3 above, information or materials may be designated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY if the Designating Party believes in good faith that such materials comprise highly confidential information that likely would be of value to a competitor or potential customer of the Designating Party possessing the information and that therefore must be protected from disclosure. ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY information may include, without limitation, highly sensitive technical information, highly sensitive financial information, marketing plans and forecasts, pricing and cost information, and customer names and lists. Absent a specific order by this Court, once designated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, such designated information shall be used by the Parties solely in connection with this litigation, and not for any business, competitive, or governmental purpose or function, and such information shall not be disclosed to anyone except as provided herein.

6. The designation of information or material as CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY for purposes of this Protective Order shall be made in the following manner by the Designating Party:

(a) In the case of documents, exhibits, briefs, memoranda, interrogatory responses, responses to requests for admission, or other materials (apart from depositions or other pretrial or trial testimony): by affixing the words CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, as appropriate, to each page of any document containing any confidential information or material at the time such documents are produced or such information is disclosed, or as soon thereafter as the Designating Party becomes aware of the confidential nature of the information or material disclosed and sought to be protected hereunder; and
(b) In the case of depositions or other pretrial or trial testimony: (i) by a statement on the record, by counsel, during such deposition or other pretrial or trial proceeding that the entire transcript or a portion thereof shall be designated as CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, as appropriate, hereunder; or (ii) by written notice of such designation sent by the Designating Party to all Parties within 15 days after the Designating Party's receipt of the transcript of the deposition from the court reporter. The Parties shall treat all deposition and other pretrial and trial testimony as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY until the expiration of 15 days after the Designating Party's receipt of the transcript of the deposition from the court reporter. The Parties may modify this procedure for any particular deposition or proceeding through agreement on the record at such deposition or proceeding or otherwise by written stipulation, without further order of the Court. If any document or information designated as CONFIDENTIAL or ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY is used during the course of a deposition, that portion of the deposition record reflecting such confidential information shall be sealed and stamped with the designated degree of confidentiality, and access thereto shall be limited pursuant to the terms of this Protective Order, including the exclusion from the deposition of those persons not eligible to receive access to the materials so designated.

7. Information or material designated as CONFIDENTIAL, or copies or extracts therefrom and compilations and summaries thereof, may be disclosed, summarized, described, characterized, or otherwise communicated or made available in whole or in part only to the following persons:

(a) The Parties' counsel in this action and regular and temporary employees of such counsel, as well as imaging or copy vendors retained by counsel, to whom it is necessary that the information or material be shown for the purposes of this litigation;

(b) Employees of the Parties whose assistance is needed by counsel for the purposes of this litigation and subject and conditioned upon compliance with paragraph 11 below;

(c) Consultants as defined in paragraph 9 below and pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 10 below and subject and conditioned upon compliance with Paragraph 10 below;

(d) The Court;

(e) Court reporters employed in connection with this action;

(f) Graphics or design services retained by counsel for a Party for purposes of preparing demonstrative or other exhibits for deposition, trial, or other court proceedings in this action, subject to and conditioned upon compliance with Paragraph 10 below;

(g) Non-technical jury or trial consulting services retained by counsel for a Party, subject to and conditioned upon ...


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