United States District Court, D. Nebraska
JANELLE R. WEIR, Plaintiff,
UNITED HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.; UNITED HEALTHCARE OF THE MIDLANDS, INC.; UNITED HEALTHCARE SPECIALTY BENEFITS, LLC; UMR, INC.; KAWASAKI MOTORS MANUFACTURING CORP., U.S.A.; and KAWASAKI MOTORS MANUFACTURING CORP., U.S.A. GROUP BENEFITS PLAN, Defendants.
THOMAS D. THALKEN, Magistrate Judge.
This matter is before the court on the parties' stipulation for a protective order (Filing No. 28). The stipulation is adopted as set forth below.
ARTICLE 1 - Proceedings and information governed
1. This Order and any amendments or modifications hereto (Protective Order) shall govern any document, information, or other thing furnished by any party, to any other party, and includes non-parties who receive a subpoena in connection with this action. The information protected includes, but is not limited to, pleadings, answers to interrogatories, answers to requests for admission, responses to requests for production, deposition transcripts and videotapes, deposition exhibits, and other writings or things produced, given or filed in this action that are designated by a party as "Confidential Information" in accordance with the terms of this Order, as well as to any copies, excerpts, abstracts, analyses, summaries, descriptions, or other forms of recorded information containing, reflecting, or disclosing such information.
ARTICLE 2 - Designation and maintenance of information
2. "Confidential Information" consists of trade secrets or commercial information which is not publicly known or is of technical or commercial advantage to its possessor. It also includes protected health information.
3. Documents and things produced during the course of this litigation within the scope of Paragraph 2 above may be designated by the producing party as containing Confidential Information by placing on each page and each thing a legend substantially as follows: "CONFIDENTIAL."
4. A party may designate information disclosed at a deposition as Confidential Information by requesting the reporter to so designate the transcript or any portion thereof at the time of the deposition. If no such designation is made at the time of the deposition, any party shall have thirty (30) calendar days after the receipt of the deposition transcript to designate, in writing to the other parties and the court reporter, whether the transcript is being designated as Confidential Information. If no such designation is made at the deposition or within such thirty (30) day calendar period (during which period, the transcript shall be treated as Confidential Information, unless the disclosing party consents to less confidential treatment of the information), the entire deposition will be considered devoid of Confidential Information. Each party and the court reporter shall attach a copy of any final and timely written designation notice to the transcript and each copy thereof in its possession, custody, or control, and the portions designated in such notice shall thereafter be treated in accordance with this Protective Order.
5. It is the responsibility of counsel for each party to maintain materials containing Confidential Information in a secure manner and appropriately identified so as to allow access to such information only to such persons and under such terms as is permitted under this Protective Order.
ARTICLE 3 - Inadvertent failure to designate/inadvertent production
6. The inadvertent failure to designate or withhold any information as confidential or privileged will not be deemed to waive a later claim as to its confidential or privileged nature, or to estop the producing party from designating such information as confidential at a later date in writing and with particularity. The information shall be treated by the receiving party as confidential from the time the receiving party is notified in writing of the change in the designation.
7. The provisions of Fed.R.Civ.P. 26 relating to the inadvertent disclosure of privileged information shall also apply. Specifically:
a. Upon receiving notice of inadvertent production, the receiving party shall promptly return, sequester, or destroy the specified information and any copies it has and may not use or disclose the information until the claim is resolved. If the receiving party disclosed the information before being notified, it must take reasonable steps to retrieve it. The producing party must preserve the information until the claim is resolved.
b. If the parties cannot agree as to the claim of privilege, the producing party shall present the information to the court under seal within 30 days of the notice set forth in subparagraph (a) for a determination of the claim. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a receiving party from moving the ...