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Reeg v. Transamerica Life Insurance Co.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

April 25, 2014

Marjory A. Reeg, Plaintiff,
Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Defendant.


F.A. GOSSETT, Magistrate Judge.

The discovery procedures in this case may require disclosure of information, either documentary or testimonial or both, constituting confidential information incorporating proprietary data, know-how, trade secrets, or other valuable commercial information. Accordingly, the parties to this litigation and interested third-party Emeritus at the Oaks, by and through their respective attorneys, have stipulated to the following Protective Order to govern the handling of all materials and Confidential Information produced in this action ("Produced Material") by any party or any non-party (the "Producing Party"). Produced Material includes, but is not limited to, documents (including electronically-stored information) and things produced pursuant to a request for production of documents or subpoena duces tecum, testimony upon written questions, testimony adduced at depositions upon oral examination and transcripts, videotapes, and exhibits thereof, discovery requests and written responses thereto pursuant to an interrogatory or request to admit; and discoverable materials derived from any of the foregoing.

1. Definitions.

(a) Confidential Information. The term "Confidential Information" shall mean and include information, documents, and things the Producing Party believes in good faith is not generally known to others, and which the Producing Party (i) would not normally reveal to third parties except in confidence or has undertaken with others to maintain in confidence, or (ii) believes in good faith is protected by a right to privacy under federal or state law or any other applicable privilege or right related to confidentiality or privacy.

(b) Materials. The term "materials" shall include, but shall not be limited to: documents; correspondence; memoranda; bulletins; blueprints; specifications; customer lists or other material that identify customers or potential customers; price lists or schedules or other matters identifying pricing; minutes; telegrams; letters; statements; cancelled checks; contracts; invoices; drafts; books of account; worksheets; notes of conversations; desk diaries; appointment books; expense accounts; recordings; photographs; motion pictures; test data; software; hardware; electronically stored information; compilations from which information can be obtained and translated into reasonably usable form through detection devices; sketches; drawings; notes (including laboratory notebooks and records); reports; instructions; disclosures; other writings; models and prototypes and other physical objects.

(c) Outside Counsel. The term "Outside Counsel" shall mean outside counsel of record, and other attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other support staff employed by outside counsel of record.

(d) Outside Consultant. The term "Outside Consultant" shall mean a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by Outside Counsel or a Party to serve as an expert witness, or as a consultant in this action, and who is not a current employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party.

(e) In-house Counsel. The term "In-house Counsel" shall mean persons for each Party (i) that are attorneys or members of the legal staff of the Party or its affiliates (or any initially named Party to this action), (ii) that are employed by the Party or its affiliates (or any initially named Party to this action), and (iii) as part of that employment are required to participate in policy decisions with reference to this action.

2. Scope of Protective Order.

(a) This Protective Order shall govern Confidential Information that is, directly or indirectly, set forth, revealed, produced, or provided: (i) in discovery requests promulgated under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, any applicable Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, the Final Progression Order entered in this case, as well as and responses thereto; (ii) in any documents (including electronically-stored information), things, or premises produced pursuant to, or made available for inspection in response to, a discovery request or subpoena under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; (iii) during depositions upon oral or written examination under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; (iv) in connection with any other discovery taken in this action, whether pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, informally, or by agreement; (v) in correspondence (including attachments and enclosures) relating to this litigation; (vi) in submissions to or before the Court, including testimony, briefs, exhibits and declarations; (vii) in response to any Order of the Court; and (viii) in connection with any mediation or settlement negotiation. This Protective Order shall also govern the handling of documents, and all other forms of recorded information, containing or derived from the information in any Confidential Information. This Protective Order also shall govern any oral or written conveyance of the contents of Confidential Information. This Protective Order also shall apply to (i) Confidential Information inadvertently or unintentionally produced without designation consistent with the provisions set forth in Paragraph 11 and (ii) inadvertently or unintentionally produced privileged information consistent with the provisions set forth in Paragraph 12.

(b) This Protective Order has no effect upon, and shall not apply to, (i) any Producing Party's use of its own Confidential Information for any purpose; (ii) any person or Party's use of documents or other information developed or obtained independently of discovery in this litigation for any purpose, whether or not such documents or other information also were produced in this litigation; (iii) information that is or becomes part of the public domain through no breach of the provisions of this Protective Order; or (iv) information that is disclosed by a party without restriction as to disclosure, provided such party has the right to make the disclosure.

3. Designations.

Each party that produces or discloses any materials, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, trial testimony, deposition testimony, and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, or information that the Producing Party believes should be subject to this Protective Order may designate the same as "CONFIDENTIAL."

(a) "CONFIDENTIAL". Any party may designate information as "CONFIDENTIAL" only if, in the good faith belief of such party and its counsel, the party has not already made the information publicly known and the unrestricted disclosure of such information could be potentially prejudicial to the business or operations of such party.

(b) In the event that additional designations for Confidential Information are needed, the Parties agree that this Protective Order may be modified to incorporate any such needed additional designations. The scope of any such additional designations, and the associated restrictions on access to information subject to any such additional designations, will be agreed upon by the Parties as needed in accordance with Paragraph 17.

4. Designation of Confidential Information.

The designation of any information as Confidential Information for purposes of this Protective Order shall be made in the following manner:

(a) Hard Copy/Written Material. With regard to any hard copy/written material (including transcripts of depositions or other testimony and discovery requests and responses), a legend containing "CONFIDENTIAL" shall be affixed to each page containing Confidential Information.

(b) Electronically-Stored Information. With regard to any electronically-stored information produced, a legend "CONFIDENTIAL" shall be included on each image, page, or document containing any Confidential Information to the extent practicable. Where it is not practicable to include a legend on each image, page or document, an appropriate legend shall be affixed to the CD or other media on which the Producing Party produces the electronically-stored information. Any printout made from the CD or other media shall be immediately and conspicuously marked "CONFIDENTIAL" consistent with the legend affixed to the CD or other media, and also with a unique page identifier.

(c) Materials, Things, and Premises Produced for Inspection. When files and records are produced for inspection, no legend need be affixed in advance of the inspection. For purposes of the initial inspection, all Produced Material shall be considered designated as "CONFIDENTIAL." Thereafter, upon a selection of specified documents for copying by the inspecting Party, a legend in the form set forth in Paragraph 4(a) shall be affixed to each page containing Confidential Information.

(d) Deposition Procedures. Whenever a deposition taken on behalf of any Party involves a disclosure of Confidential Information of any Party:

(i) Deposition transcripts or portions thereof shall be designated as containing Confidential Information subject to the provisions of this Protective Order; such designation shall be made on the record wherever possible, but a Producing Party may designate portions of depositions as containing Confidential Information after transcription of the proceedings; a Producing Party shall have until thirty (30) days after receipt of the deposition transcript to inform the other Party or Parties to the action of the portions of the transcript designated "CONFIDENTIAL"; until thirty (30) days after the Producing Party's receipt of the deposition transcript, the transcript shall be treated as "CONFIDENTIAL" pursuant to the provisions of this Protective Order;

(ii) The Producing Party shall have the right to exclude from attendance at said deposition, during such time as the Confidential Information is to be disclosed, any person other than the deponent, Outside Counsel, the court reporter, and Outside Consultants who are permitted access to the Confidential Information by this Protective Order; and

(iii) The originals of said deposition transcripts and all copies thereof shall bear the legend "CONFIDENTIAL" and the original or any copy ultimately presented to a court for filing shall not be filed unless it can be accomplished under seal, identified as being subject to this ...

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