United States District Court, D. Colorado
JOHN J. EDSON Plaintiff,
HCC LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Defendant.
Samuel G. Livingston, Esq. The Law Office of Samuel G. Livingston, P.C. Counsel for Plaintiff
Patrick Q. Hustead, Esq. Christopher J. Shannon, Esq. The Hustead Law Firm, A Professional Corporation Attorney for Defendant
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
Nina Wang United States District Magistrate Judge
1.PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS
Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Stipulated Protective Order and Confidentiality Agreement ("agreement")
is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery. Instead, the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, after good faith review by counsel of record, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file confidential information under seal. This agreement is effective as between the parties without court approval.
2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL
“Confidential” material shall include documents and tangible things produced or otherwise exchanged with regard to other internal business information or methods, including underwriting or claims manuals, instructions, forms, or direction.
The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. The protections conferred by this agreement do not cover information that is in the public domain through no fault of the receiving party.
4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL
4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement.
4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any confidential material only to:
(a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation;
(b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney’s Eyes Only and is so designated;
(c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and ...