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State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

September 24, 2015



Pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and upon joint motion of the parties, the Court hereby grants, this Protective Order governing the production, use and distribution of information or data obtained, learned or discovered through the above-referenced lawsuit. This Court finds that discovery and trial of this action may involve the production and/or disclosure of the design, production and manufacturing process and procedures of the Defendants, as well as other corporate information which this Court believes is proprietary, commercially sensitive and/or confidential and, if disclosed, would confer an unfair competitive advantage upon the Defendants’ competitors and irreparably compromise the confidential information, trade secrets and intellectual property rights of the parties. Further, the necessary discovery and trial of this action may involve the production and/or disclosure of the Defendants’ sensitive business information and Plaintiff’s insureds personal information which this Court believes should remain confidential and, if disclosed, would confer an undue hardship upon them. Therefore the Court orders as follows:.

I. Definitions:

(a) “Confidential Material” means information deemed by the designating party to be particularly sensitive and includes confidential information that is claimed to be not publicly available and that, if disclosed and used by anyone other than the parties in this litigation, may result in undue hardship, unfair competition, improper disclosure of trade secrets, a loss of the inherent value of such information, or a violation of confidentiality or privacy of a party.
(b) “Documents” include, but are not limited to, all physical and electronic forms of correspondence, letters, transcripts, minutes, telegraphs, cables, tapes, recordings, films, memoranda, work papers, notes, drafts, press releases, diaries, employment records, time records, evaluations, appraisals, studies, chemical analyses, other analyses, ledgers, journals, pages, books or records of accounts, contracts, agreements, promissory notes, instruments of indebtedness, endorsements, accounts, statements, purchase orders, receipts, invoices, shipment records, delivery records, balance sheets, income statements, financial statements, statistical records, notices, assignments, reports, valuations, evaluations, any other writings regardless of by whom prepared or to whom addressed and regardless of whether the document is an original or a copy or whether sent or received. The term document shall also include any other form of reporting, storing, maintaining or indexing information including, but not limited to, electronic, computer, magnetic, microfilm, microfiche storage, shorthand notes, diagrams, magnetic cards and other forms of storage.
(c) “Information” includes all confidential material obtained or learned through documents and/or testimony.

II. Designation of Confidential Material

1. One or more parties believe certain Documents or Information responsive to discovery served in this matter will require the production of confidential material, and the parties shall treat all such Documents and/or Information (when marked or identified as “CONFIDENTIAL”) as confidential absent further order of the Court or written agreement of the parties to this action.

(a) If a party believes any Document or Information is not confidential, then the party shall notify opposing counsel in writing stating why the Document or Information should not be considered Confidential Material, specifically identifying the Document or Information or attaching a copy of the Document or summary of the Information. If within (20) days after the receipt of the request to consider the document non-confidential, the opposing party fails to waive confidentiality as to the document, the moving party may move this Court to find that the document or information is not confidential material.
(b) If required to provide deposition or trial testimony, the parties may designate such testimony or a portion thereof, including exhibits, as Confidential Material. Designation of deposition testimony, including exhibits, as Confidential Material shall be made by placing a statement to such effect on the record in the course of the deposition of any such person or by notifying all parties in writing within twenty (20) days after receipt of the transcript. All parties in possession of the transcript thereafter shall place CONFIDENTIAL (the “Confidential Legend”) at the top of each page so designated and each photocopy thereof. All deposition transcripts shall be treated as Confidential Material for a period of twenty (20)days after receipt of such transcript to allow time for each party to make their designations of Confidential Material, if any.
(c) All Documents provided by the parties to this litigation and marked as Confidential shall continue to be treated as Confidential Material subject to the terms of this Protective Order until the Court orders otherwise, including the time in which any party seeks a Court determination that any document is not confidential material.
(d) The parties agree and the Court hereby orders that documents produced inadvertently or prior to the entry of this protective order may be marked Confidential at the request of either party and subject to the same terms and conditions set forth herein. Requests for documents to be treated as confidential after production and/or disclosure shall be made in writing and specifically identify the document by bates number or other definitive description. The party receiving the request must affix a “Confidential” label on each document and/or copy thereof within twenty (20) days from the request and certify in writing that each document has been marked confidential.

III. Disclosure of Confidential Material

2. Any Documents, and any Information contained therein, that are designated as Confidential Material under this Protective Order shall be used only for purposes of the above-captioned litigation, not for any business or competitive or other purpose, and shall be disclosed solely to the following:

(a) the attorneys for plaintiff, defendants, third-party plaintiff, and third-party defendants, including any member, associate, paralegal or secretary of the law firm for any ...

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