United States District Court, D. Colorado
TEXTILE NETWORK, INC., a Colorado corporation, Plaintiff/Counterclaim Defendant,
CALIFORNIA WEBBING MILLS, INC., a California corporation, Defendant/Counterclaim Plaintiff.
Drew H. Sherman, Dariush G. Adli Attorney For Defendant/Counterclaim Plaintiff
Ian R. Walsworth, Patricia Y. Ho Attorneys for Plaintiff/Counterclaim Defendant
STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Michael E. Hegarty United States Magistrate Judge
Textile Network, Inc. and California Webbing Mills, 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 be or 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 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; written contentions; production and disclosure of documents, information, including electronically created or stored 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, non-public 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 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, non-public 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 competitor 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 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, written contentions, 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, the parties agree that they shall make a good faith effort to designate as Designated Material those specific portions of a deposition transcript that contain Designated Material. The entire transcript of a deposition shall be treated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY until thirty (30) days after receipt of the deposition transcript by counsel for the witness, after which the information revealed during the deposition shall cease to be treated as ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY unless, at the deposition and on the record, or in writing before the thirty (30) days have expired, the witness or counsel of the Designating Party designate those portions of the deposition transcript (including exhibits) as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." Failure to re-designate a document or exhibit previously designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" as set forth in Paragraph 6(a) shall not act as a waiver, and the documents shall continue to be treated as Designated Material. In the case of non-party witnesses, any Party or the non-party witness, or his or her counsel, may designate information revealed as Designated Material either by a statement to such effect on the record in the course of the, deposition, or in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of the deposition by the non-party witness or his or her counsel.
With regard to designations made within thirty (30) days after receipt of the deposition transcript of a deposition, counsel shall make such designations by sending written notice to the Court Reporter, to counsel for the parties, and to any other person known to have a copy of said transcript. The notice shall reference this Order, identify the appropriate level of confidentiality, and identify the pages and line numbers and/or exhibits so designated. All copies of transcripts designated in this fashion shall be marked with a notice indicating the appropriate level of confidentiality of the material and shall be governed by the terms of this Order. The Court Reporter may be asked to prepare CONFIDENTIAL, ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, or non-confidential versions of the transcript, as appropriate.
Counsel for any Designating Party shall have the right to exclude from oral depositions, other than the deponent, deponent's counsel, the reporter, and videographer (if any), any person who is not authorized by this Order to receive documents or information designated ''CONFIDENTIAL'' or ''ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY." Such right of exclusion shall be applicable only during periods of examination or testimony directed to or constituting Designated Material of the Designating Party.
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' outside counsel of record in this action and regular and temporary employees and staff of such counsel to whom it is necessary that the information or material be shown for the purposes of this litigation;
(b) Employees of each Party whose assistance is needed by counsel for the purposes of this litigation;
(c) Consultants as defined in Paragraph 9 below, and their respective employees and staff, subject and conditioned upon ...