United States District Court, D. Nebraska
Kathleen Neary, Vincent M. Powers & Associates, Lincoln, NE., Attorney for Plaintiff.
Tara A. Stingley, Cristin McGarry Berkhausen, CLINE WILLIAMS WRIGHT JOHNSON & OLDFATHER, L.L.P., Omaha, NE., Attorneys for Defendant.
CHERYL R. ZWART, Magistrate Judge.
Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c) and the Joint Motion for Entry of Stipulated Protective Order (Doc. No. 25) submitted jointly by Plaintiff, Dorothy Anderson ("Plaintiff") and Defendant, Phelps Memorial Health Center ("PMHC"), it is hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. Definitions. For purposes of this Order, "party" and "parties" shall mean the named parties to this litigation.
2. Materials Deemed Confidential. If a party or an attorney for a party (or a third-party subject to subpoena issued by the Court in this case or an attorney for such third-party) has a good-faith belief that certain documents or other materials or information (including digital information), subject to disclosure pursuant to a discovery or other request, are confidential and should not be disclosed other than in connection with this action pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the party or attorney shall mark each such document or other materials as "CONFIDENTIAL." either on the record or by written notice to the other party within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the transcript. Unless otherwise agreed, depositions shall be treated as "Confidential" during the fourteen (14) day period following receipt of the transcript. The deposition of any witness (or any portion of such deposition) that encompasses Confidential information shall be taken only in the presence of persons who are qualified to have access to such information.
4. Redesignation of Materials as Confidential. In the event a party inadvertently produces confidential documents or materials without the designation "CONFIDENTIAL", it shall not be deemed a waiver of the confidential nature of the documents or materials provided that the producing party notifies all other parties of the inadvertent production within twenty-one (21) days after the producing party's production. In the event the disclosing party notifies the receiving party that a document or thing was produced without the appropriate confidentiality designation, the disclosing party shall provide the receiving party with replacement copies of the documents or things bearing the appropriate confidentiality designation. Upon receipt of the replacement copies, the receiving party shall retrieve and return or destroy all copies of the previously produced documents or things.
5. Inadvertent Disclosure. The following procedures shall govern instances in which a party has inadvertently produced or disclosed materials for which any privilege or protection is claimed, including but not limited to the attorney-client privilege or work-product protection:
a. The disclosing party must notify the receiving party within twenty-one (21) days, in writing or on the record, after a document has been inadvertently produced. Upon receiving the appropriate notice from the disclosing party that privileged and/or work-product material has been inadvertently produced, all such information, and all copies thereof, shall be returned to the disclosing party within five (5) business days of receipt of such notice and the receiving party shall not use such information for any purpose, until further order of the Court. The receiving party shall also attempt, in good faith, to retrieve and return or destroy all copies of the document in electronic format, and shall provide the disclosing party with written notice that all copies of the document have been returned or destroyed. If the receiving party intends to file a motion under paragraph 5(b), below, it may maintain a copy of the document for purposes of filing such a motion.
b. If the receiving party contests the privilege or work-product designation by the disclosing party, it shall file a motion to compel production of the document or information. The receiving party shall not assert as a ground for compelling production the facts or circumstances of the inadvertent production, unless it is asserted that privilege or work-product protection was knowingly and intentionally waived.
c. The disclosing party retains the burden of establishing the privileged or protected nature of any document or information that is claimed as privileged or otherwise protected. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit the right of any party to petition the Court for an in camera review of such documents or information.
d. Upon notification of inadvertent disclosure from the disclosing party, the receiving party shall place any analyses, memoranda, or notes which were internally generated based upon such inadvertently-produced information in sealed envelopes if in hard copy form, or shall segregate such analyses, memoranda, or notes if in electronic form.
e. Pursuant to Rule 502 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, if the receiving party does not contest that the information is privileged or otherwise protected or if the Court so rules, then the inadvertent disclosure of the information shall not be deemed a waiver or impairment of any claim of privilege or protection, including, but not limited to, the attorney-client privilege, the protection afforded to work-product materials or the subject matter thereof, as to the inadvertently disclosed document or information and any related material, and such documents and information shall be destroyed or returned to the producing party.
6. Challenging Designation of Confidentiality. If a party or an attorney for a party disputes whether a document or other material should be marked "CONFIDENTIAL", the parties and/or attorneys shall attempt to resolve the dispute between themselves. If they are unsuccessful, the party or attorney ...