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Four Winds Interactive LLC v. Activision Tv, Inc.

United States District Court, Tenth Circuit

January 14, 2014

FOUR WINDS INTERACTIVE LLC, a Colorado limited liability company, Plaintiff,
v.
ACTIVISION TV, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant.

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

MICHAEL E. HEGARTY, Magistrate Judge.

Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c), Plaintiff Four Winds Interactive LLC and Defendant Activision TV, Inc. hereby stipulate and agree, subject to the approval of the court, that the following Stipulated Protective Order (the "Order") shall govern the handling of discovery material, which shall consist of documents, depositions, deposition exhibits, interrogatory responses, admissions, and any other information produced, given, or exchanged by and among the parties and any non-parties to the above-captioned action (the "Litigation").

A. Definitions

1. "Party": any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and outside counsel (and their support staff).

2. "Material": all information, documents and things produced, served or otherwise provided in this action by the Parties or by non-parties.

3. "CONFIDENTIAL Material": information, documents, and things the Designating Party believes in good faith is not generally known to others, and which the Designating Party (i) would not normally reveal to third parties except in confidence or has undertaken with others to maintain in confidence, or (ii) believes in good faith is protected by a right to privacy under federal or state law or any other applicable privilege or right related to confidentiality or privacy.

4. "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Material": information, documents, and things the Designating Party believes in good faith is not generally known to others and has significant competitive value such that unrestricted disclosure to others would create a substantial risk of serious injury, and which the Designating Party (i) would not normally reveal to third parties except in confidence or has undertaken with others to maintain in confidence, or (ii) believes in good faith is significantly sensitive and protected by a right to privacy under federal or state law or any other applicable privilege or right related to confidentiality or privacy. The designation is reserved for information that constitutes proprietary financial or technical or commercially sensitive competitive information that the Producing Party maintains as highly confidential in its business, strategic plans, non-public financial data, documents that would reveal trade secrets, licensing documents and licensing communications, and settlement agreements or settlement communications, the disclosure of which is likely to cause harm to the competitive position of the Producing Party.

5. "Producing Party": a Party or non-party that produces Material in this action.

6. "Receiving Party": a Party that receives Material from a Producing Party.

7. "Designated Material": Material that is designated either CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL" under this Order.

8. "Designating Party": a Party or non-party that designates information, documents or things that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as either "CONFIDENTIAL" or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL".

9. "Counsel of Record": (i) counsel who appears on the pleadings as counsel for a Party, and (ii) partners, associates and employees of such counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation, including supporting personnel employed by the attorneys, such as paralegals, legal translators, legal secretaries, legal clerks and shorthand reporters, or (iii) independent legal translators retained to translate in connection with this action, or independent shorthand reporters retained to record and transcribe testimony in connection with this action.

10. "Outside Consultant": a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or Counsel of Record to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action and who is not a current employee of a Party or of a competitor of the opposing Party and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or of a competitor of the opposing Party.

11. "Professional Vendors": persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying; videotaping; translating; designing and preparing exhibits, graphics, or demonstrations; organizing, storing, retrieving data in any form or medium; etc.) and their employees and subcontractors. This definition includes a professional jury or trial consultant retained in connection with this litigation and mock jurors retained by such a consultant to assist them in their work. Professional vendors do not include consultants who fall within the definition of Outside Consultant.

B. Scope

12. The protections conferred by this Order cover not only Designated Material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof. Nothing herein shall alter or change in any way the discovery provisions of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. Identification of any individual pursuant to this Protective Order does not make that individual available for deposition or any other form of discovery outside of the restrictions and procedures of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and any deadlines provided in any Scheduling Order or other Order of the Court.

C. Access to "Designated Material"

13. CONFIDENTIAL Material: Unless otherwise ordered by the Court or permitted in writing by the Designating Party, a Receiving Party may disclose any information, document or thing designated "CONFIDENTIAL" only to:

(a) employees of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for the management, supervision, or oversight of this litigation and who have signed the "Agreement To Be Bound By Protective Order" attached hereto;
(b) persons who appear on the face of Designated Material as an author, addressee or recipient thereof;
(c) Counsel of Record;
(d) Outside Consultants of the Receiving Party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed both the "Agreement To Be Bound By Protective Order" attached hereto and the "Certification Of Consultant" attached hereto;
(e) witnesses at deposition and/or trial, provided that such witnesses may not retain copies of Designated Material unless permitted ...

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