United States District Court, D. Colorado
EARL & EARL PLLP Ryan T. Earl, Esq. Collin Joseph Earl, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff
MESSNER REEVES LLP Michael Caleb Meyer, Esq. (#34292) Mary Byrne Fletcher, Esq. (#42518) Attorneys for Defendant Mountain States Mutual Casualty Company
STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER
NINA Y. WANG UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Each Party and each Counsel of Record stipulate and move the Court for a Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning the treatment of Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined), and, as grounds therefor, state as follows:
1. In this action, at least one of the Parties has sought and/or is seeking Confidential Information (as defined in paragraph 2 below). The Parties also anticipate seeking additional Confidential Information during discovery and that there will be questioning concerning Confidential Information in the course of depositions. The Parties assert the disclosure of such information outside the scope of this litigation could result in significant injury to one or more of the Parties’ business or privacy interests. The Parties have entered into this Stipulation and request the Court enter the within Protective Order for the purpose of preventing the disclosure and use of Confidential Information except as set forth herein.
2. “Confidential Information” means any document, file, portions of files, transcribed testimony, or response to a discovery request, including any extract, abstract, chart, summary, note, or copy made therefrom - not made available to the public - and designated by one of the Parties in the manner provided in paragraph 3 below as containing:
a. Information regarding policies and procedures of Mountain States Mutual Casualty Company as such is confidential and proprietary business information
3. Where Confidential Information is produced, provided or otherwise disclosed by a Party in response to any discovery request, it will be designated in the following manner:
a. By imprinting the word “Confidential” on the first page or cover of any document produced;
b. By imprinting the word “Confidential” next to or above any response to a discovery request; and
c. With respect to transcribed testimony, by giving written notice to opposing counsel designating such portions as “Confidential” no later than ten calendar days after receipt of the transcribed testimony.
4. All Confidential Information provided by a Party in response to a discovery request or transcribed testimony shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. It shall be used only for the purpose of this litigation and not for any business or other purpose whatsoever;
b. It shall not be communicated or disclosed by any Party’s counsel or a Party in any manner, either directly or indirectly, to anyone except for purposes of this case and unless an ...