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Plants v. U.S. Pizza Company Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Western Division

June 14, 2019

NICHOLE PLANTS, et al. PLAINTIFFS
v.
US PIZZA COMPANY INC. DEFENDANT

          PROTECTIVE ORDER

          KRISTINE G. BAKER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Before the Court is the parties' motion for entry of agreed protective order (Dkt. No. 25). Pursuant to the agreement by the parties and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), the Court grants the motion for protective order (Id.).

         The parties to this case, through their respective counsel, agree to protect the confidentiality of certain information (including deposition testimony) and documents (including documents stored in any electronic format) which may be discovered or offered into evidence at the trial of this case. The parties agree that the confidentiality of such information and documents shall be preserved under the terms of this Protective Order. Accordingly, the Court finds the following:

         1. It is agreed that material requested by any of the parties, which they deem confidential, shall be deemed confidential and disclosed only to the following individuals, each of whom shall be required to read this Protective Order and agree to abide by its terms before being given any of the information:

a. Counsel for plaintiffs and counsel for defendant and their staff to the extent reasonably necessary to render professional services in the litigation;
b. The parties to the litigation and their experts;
c. The Court and its staff;
d. Any other individuals agreed by the parties in writing, so long as those individuals agree in writing to be bound by this Protective Order; and
e. Any other individuals included by order of the Court.

         Materials that may be designated confidential under this Protective Order are those materials the privacy or confidentiality of which are protected by law, including medical records, employment records or information, and trade secrets. Documents produced by the parties to which this Protective Order is applicable shall be stamped “CONFIDENTIAL.”

         2. The inadvertent production, without designation as confidential, of information or a document intended to be designated or that should have been designated as being confidential shall not waive the right to so designate such document or information. Any information or documentation that is inadvertently not designated as being confidential when produced shall be, upon written request of the producing party, thereafter treated as being designated as confidential under this Protective Order.

         3. A party may designate as “CONFIDENTIAL” portions of any deposition transcript wherein materials designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” are identified, discussed, or disclosed. Portions of a deposition transcript so designated will be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. The designation must be made by letter sent by facsimile or electronic mail to opposing counsel within twenty-one (21) business days after receipt of the transcript. Any confidentiality designation asserted on the record during a deposition must be confirmed in writing within this same time period, providing the specific pages of the transcript that are designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” The portions of a deposition transcript that mention or discuss materials designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” must be treated as “CONFIDENTIAL” and therefore subject to this Protective Order until 5:00 p.m. Central Time on the twenty-first (21st) business day after receipt of the transcript. All portions of the deposition transcript not designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on the twenty-first (21st) business day after receipt of the transcript are excluded from the protections of this Protective Order.

         4. A lawyer who wishes to challenge the “CONFIDENTIAL” designation made by the producing party of any materials must first attempt in good faith to confer with lawyers for the producing party in an effort to resolve the issue amicably. If agreement cannot be reached, the challenging party may file a motion asking the Court to remove the designation. The motion should describe with specificity the particular materials for which the designation is being challenged and set forth with specificity the particular materials that are not properly designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” The party seeking to maintain materials as “CONFIDENTIAL” generally will bear the burden of proving that the designation is proper. Materials designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” will continue to be treated as such and subject to the provisions of this Protective Order pending determination by the Court of the merits of any such challenge.

         5. Subject to the Federal Rules of Evidence, any confidential information or documents may be offered in evidence at any Court hearing or trial. Any party may move the Court to prevent ...


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