United States District Court, D. Nebraska
LYLE E. STROM, Senior District Judge.
The Plaintiff's unopposed motion for Protective Order (Filing No. 48) is granted as follows:
1. DEFINITIONS. Limitations under this Protective Order on the use or disclosure of documents, deposition testimony or other discovery designated as "Confidential" shall apply to (a) all information, copies, extracts and complete or partial summaries prepared or derived from such documents or testimony; (b) portions of deposition transcripts, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions, responses to requests for production, initial disclosures and exhibits thereto which directly refer or directly relate to any such information, documents, copies, extracts or summaries; and (c) portions of briefs, memoranda or any other writing filed with the Court and exhibits thereto which directly relate to any such information, documents, copies, extracts or summaries.
2. CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS. Before produced documents are copied or inspected, the producing party may stamp as "Confidential" any document or deposition testimony it reasonably believes contains legally recognized through statute or precedent confidential or proprietary business information and/or trade secrets in order to limit disclosure as set forth in this Paragraph 2. Documents may also be designated as "Confidential" by written notice to opposing counsel which identifies the documents so designated by Bates number. Documents designated "Confidential, " deposition testimony so designated, and information derived therefrom will be retained by counsel and will not be used for any purpose other than this litigation and will not be disclosed except pursuant to court order entered after notice, to anyone except:
a. Counsel who have signed this Order approving it as to form and content, attorneys who are employed or are members of the law firms of counsel who have signed this Order, in house counsel, law clerks, secretaries or paralegals directly involved in the conduct of this litigation;
b. Experts and consultants retained by either of the parties for purposes of assisting in the preparation or presentation of claims or defenses;
c. Any deposition or trial witness, during the course of deposition or trial testimony, when necessary to the testimony of such witness;
d. Any person who was involved in the preparation of the document;
e. The Court, Court personnel, court reporters and similar personnel;
f. The named parties to this case, excluding their agents and/or representatives except those identified at Paragraph 2(a) above.
g. Any other person with the prior written consent of the party producing the document, pleading or deposition testimony.
Prior to receiving or being shown such documents or deposition testimony, persons falling in the categories listed above in subparagraphs (b), (c), (d), (f) and (g) shall be shown a copy of, and shall agree in writing, or on the record during trial or deposition, to be bound by the terms of this Protective Order. During a deposition, any party asserting confidentiality of any of its documents shall ask the deponent on the record to accept the terms of this Order. If the deponent refuses to assent, disclosure of the documents during deposition shall not constitute a waiver of confidentiality. Under such circumstances, the witness shall sign the original deposition transcript in the presence of the court reporter and no copy of the transcript or exhibits shall be given to the deponent.
3. DOCUMENTS ALREADY PRODUCED. Within fourteen (14) days of the entry of this Order, inform the party to whom documents have been produced that it considers certain documents already produced or deposition testimony as being subject to this Order as "Confidential".
4. THIRD PARTY WITNESSES. A copy of this Protective Order shall be served with a subpoena or Notice of Deposition on each third party deponent. A third party witness may designate a document as "Confidential" pursuant to this Order by stamping it with such notice prior to production or so identifying it on the record during the deposition of that third party. Either party may also designate documents produced by a third party as being "Confidential" pursuant to the terms of this Order within fourteen (14) days of being made aware of the content of such documents. Any document produced by a third party shall be treated as "Confidential" pursuant to the terms of this Order for such fourteen (14) day period and thereafter if designated as "Confidential" by either party or by the third party which produces it. The ...