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Stewart v. Geico Casualty Co.

United States District Court, D. Colorado

February 1, 2016

PATRICIA AND BRANDON STEWART Plaintiffs,
v.
GEICO CASUALTY COMPANY Defendant.

Michael S. Simpson, Esq. Richards and Simpson, Meloney Perry Perry Law, P.C. Attorneys for Defendant GEICO Casualty Company

Reeves Whalen, Esq. Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine, PC Attorney for Plaintiffs Patricia and Brandon Stewart

STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

Whereas, this lawsuit (the “Litigation”) may involve the disclosure and/or production of documents and/or information that the Parties believe contain confidential information such as (1) Defendant’s confidential, nonpublic, commercially-sensitive financial, business, or analytical information, or proprietary information and data; (2) trade secret or other confidential research, development or other commercial information of the Defendant under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(G); (3) the confidential, non-public, private health, financial or other information of Defendant’s policyholders, insureds, claimants and/or employees or former employees that may be protected by state and/or federal law or by contract; and/or (4) the confidential, proprietary, commercially-sensitive, and/or trade secret information of a third party.

Whereas, the Parties desire the entry of a confidentiality order to expedite the flow of discovery material, facilitate the prompt resolution of disputes over confidentiality, and protect material required by law or otherwise entitled or required to be kept confidential.

Therefore, it is hereby, ORDERED that the following provisions shall govern the Parties’ claims of confidentiality and confidential information in this proceeding:

1. “Confidential” or “Confidential Information” or “Confidential Documents” as used herein, means any information of any type, kind or character which a party reasonably believes to be confidential and which is designated as “Confidential” by Plaintiffs or Defendant whether it be a document, information contained in a document, information revealed during a deposition, information revealed in a discovery answer or otherwise, which information has not been made available to the public at large and which includes, but is not limited to, (a) Defendant’s confidential, nonpublic, commercially-sensitive financial, business, or analytical information, or proprietary information and data, including but not limited to, information regarding the processes, operations, production, sales, income, profits, losses, savings, internal analysis of any of the aforementioned, training manuals or marketing information, pricing information, insurance rating information, internal forecasts, profit information, marketing strategies and approaches; (b) trade secret or other confidential research, development or other commercial information of the Defendant as described in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G); (c) the confidential, non-public, private health, financial or other information of Defendant’s policyholders, insureds, claimants and/or employees or former employees that may be protected by state and/or federal law or by contract, or which would not generally be disclosed to the public; and/or (d) information that is the confidential, proprietary, commercially-sensitive, and/or trade secret information of a third party.

2. In the event that materials containing Confidential Information are produced and/or disclosed, all such materials, including documents produced or exchanged in the course of this Litigation, pleadings, motions, interrogatory answers, other discovery responses and testimony given in depositions, shall be deemed Confidential pursuant to the terms of this Order.

3. Confidential Information shall be used solely for the purposes of this Litigation only, and shall not be used for any other purpose, including, without limitation, any business or commercial purpose or any other litigation, claim or proceeding. Confidential Information shall not be revealed, disclosed or made available for inspection or copying to any person except under the terms of this Order or as required to be disclosed by the Court.

4. As used in this Order, the “producing party” means any party who either produces Confidential Information or asserts a confidentiality interest in information produced by another in this action. Parties will only label or identify documents or information as Confidential which they, in good faith, believe falls within the definition of Confidential set forth in paragraph 1 above. The opposing party’s failure to challenge the propriety of a designation by the producing party immediately shall not preclude a subsequent challenge by the opposing party. Confidential Documents or parts thereof will be designated by marking each page of the document as “Confidential: Stewart v. GEICO Litigation.” Electronic information may be marked Confidential in a manner consistent with the manner in which the information is maintained.

5. Confidential Information 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 and the directors, officers, and employees thereof, who are assisting with or making decisions concerning the Litigation, to the extent deemed reasonably necessary by counsel of record for the purpose of assisting in the prosecution or defense of the Litigation for use in accordance with this Stipulation;
B. Counsel who represent Parties in this Litigation (including in-house counsel), and the partners, associates, paralegals, secretaries, clerical, employees, and service vendors of such counsel (including outside copying and litigation support services) who are assisting with the Litigation for use in accordance with this Stipulation;
C. Subject to Paragraph 7, experts or consultants assisting counsel for the Parties, and partners, associates, paralegals, secretaries, clerical, regular and temporary employees, and service vendors of such experts or consultants (including outside copying services and outside support services) who are assisting with the Litigation;
D. Subject to Paragraph 8, witnesses or deponents, and their counsel, only to the extent necessary to conduct or prepare for depositions or testimony in this Litigation, and mediators that may be ...

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