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The Agred Foundation v. The United States Army Corps of Engineers

United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Texarkana Division

September 12, 2019

THE AGRED FOUNDATION, Plaintiff
v.
THE UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS; THE HONORABLE MARK T. ESPER, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY Defendants

          KAREN TALBOT GEAN, # 2001041 Bell & Boyd, PLLC Attorney for Plaintiff

          Seth T. Creed Attorney for Defendant Assistant U.S. Attorney

          PARTIES' JOINT STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY

          HON. SUSAN O. HICKEY U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE.

         The Parties to this action, Plaintiff, The AGRED Foundation ("Plaintiff') and Defendants United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Honorable Mark T. Esper in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Army (collectively, the "United States" or "Defendants"), have stipulated, through their respective counsel, to the entry of this Protective Order Regarding Confidentiality (the "Protective Order").

         1. During the course of the litigation of this matter, Plaintiff and Defendants may identify and agree to produce certain documents containing confidential and personal information pertaining to the parties as well as individuals who are not parties to this action. The purpose of this Protective Order is to ensure that said documents are restricted to persons involved with the litigation of this matter. Accordingly, the documents and information identified in this Paragraph are subject to the provisions of this Protective Order.

         2. Moreover, during the course of discovery, the Parties may request additional personal, confidential, or proprietary documentation from each other or from third parties. If any documents which will be produced contain personal, confidential, or proprietary information, the producing Party (including any third party producing such documents) may mark the documents "CONFIDENTIAL." Any document so marked shall not be disclosed to any person except as may be permitted by this Protective Order. The designation of any document as "CONFIDENTIAL" will be made in good faith, and the Parties shall have ten (10) days after service of documents marked "CONFIDENTIAL" to challenge such designation by filing a motion with the Court.

         3. In the event that personal, confidential or proprietary information is disclosed in response to an interrogatory, the answering party may designate the response as confidential information by conspicuously stamping the interrogatory answer with the word "CONFIDENTIAL." Parties to this action may also designate deposition testimony that reveals personal, confidential or proprietary information as confidential by advising all persons present that the party believes that the portion of the deposition in question falls under the scope of this Protection Order.

         4. The parties will redact confidential information from any documents produced in the course of this litigation pursuant to Rule 5.2 of the Fed.R.Civ.P. However, they reserve the right to file a motion to produce with the Court should same become relevant to the litigation of this matter.

         5. The use of any documents or information therein subject to this Protective Order shall be restricted to the following persons:

(a) The Parties to this litigation;
(b) Counsel for the Parties, including their respective paralegals and clerical employees;
(c) Witnesses or prospective witnesses, including but not limited to persons requested by counsel to furnish technical or other expert service, to give testimony or to otherwise prepare for any deposition, hearing, trial, or any other proceeding in this action, provided such witness or prospective witness agrees to be expressly bound by the terms of this Protective Order and not disclose the documents or information therein to any party or person outside this litigation; and
(d) The Court and its personnel, including the stenographic reporters not regularly employed by the Court who are engaged by the Parties or the Court during the litigation of this case.

         6. Upon final termination of this action, whether via completion of the litigation process, trial and any appeal in this action and the satisfaction of any judgment, or upon the conclusion of settlement of this action, all persons subject to this Protection Order shall return to the producing Party, upon request, all documents and information subject to this Protective Order, including any and all copies, prints, negatives, or summaries, in the possession of employees, experts, or consultants employed or retained by counsel for the Parties, ...


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