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Gold v. State Board for Community Colleges

United States District Court, D. Colorado

January 21, 2016

STEVEN GOLD, Plaintiff,
COLORADO STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES and OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION, governing body of Colorado Community College System Defendants.

Karen Larson Attorney For Plaintiff

Alison Faryl Kyles First Assistant Attorney General Office of the Attorney General Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center Attorney For Defendant



Upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a protective order to protect the discovery and dissemination of Confidential Information, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

1. This Protective Order shall apply to all documents, materials, and information appropriately designated as Confidential as outlined in paragraphs 3 through 7 herein. This includes without limitation, documents produced, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, deposition testimony, and other information or documents disclosed pursuant to the disclosure or discovery duties created by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

2. As used in this Protective Order, "document" is defined as provided in Fed.R.Civ.P. 34(a). A draft or non-identical copy is a separate document within the meaning of this term.

3. Information designated "Confidential" shall be information that is confidential, trade secret, or implicates common law and/or statutory privacy interests of non-parties, including non-party, current and former employees of the Defendant institution, Pikes Peak Community College. Designation of information as Confidential shall not affect its discoverability. Confidential Information shall be used for the sole, strict and limited purpose of the preparation and trial of this action and shall not be used for any other purpose.

4. Confidential documents, materials, and/or information (collectively "Confidential Information") shall not, without the consent of the Party producing it or further Order of the Court, be disclosed except that such information may be disclosed to:

(a) attorneys actively working on this case;

(b) persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively working on the case whose assistance is required by said attorneys in the preparation for trial, at trial, or at other proceedings in this case;

(c) the Parties, including designated representatives for plaintiff and defendant;

(d) expert witnesses and consultants retained in connection with this proceeding, to the extent such disclosure is necessary for preparation, trial or other proceedings in this case;

(e) the Court and/or its employees ("Court Personnel");

(f) stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily incident to the conduct of this action;

(g) deponents, witnesses, or potential witnesses provided all such individuals have executed a copy of the attached Nondisclosure Agreement; and

(h) other persons by written agreement of all the Parties.

5. Prior to disclosing any Confidential Information to any person listed above (other than counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel, and stenographic reporters), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective Order.

6. Documents are designated as Confidential by placing or affixing on them (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility) the following or other appropriate notice: "Confidential." Any document designated as Confidential must have been reviewed by an attorney who made a good faith determination that the document is entitled to protection.

7. Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential Information, the deposition or portions thereof shall be designated as Confidential and shall be subject to the provisions of this Protective Order. Such designation shall be made on the record during the deposition whenever possible, but a Party may designate portions of depositions as Confidential after transcription, provided written notice of the designation is promptly given to all counsel of record within thirty (30) days after notice by the court reporter of the completion of the transcript.

8. A Party may object to the designation of information as Confidential 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 ten (10) business 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 be thereafter treated as Confidential in accordance with this Protective Order.

9. At the conclusion of this case, including completion of all possible appellate procedures, each document and all copies thereof which have been designated as Confidential shall be returned to the Party that designated it Confidential, or the Parties may elect to destroy Confidential documents at the conclusion of the time required by the rules governing attorneys for maintenance of such documents. Where the Parties agree to destroy ...

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