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Judds Brothers Construction Co. v. Mersino Dewatering, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

April 8, 2016

JUDDS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION CO., a Nebraska Corporation, Plaintiff,
MERSINO DEWATERING, INC., a Michigan Corporation, Defendant and Counterclaim Plaintiff,



This matter comes before the court on the Joint Motion for Protective Order (Filing No. 15) filed by the parties. The court hereby grants the motion and adopts the parties' stipulated protective order. Accordingly, It is ORDERED:

1. Scope.

All materials produced or adduced in the course of discovery, including initial disclosures, responses to discovery requests, deposition testimony and exhibits, and information derived directly therefrom (hereinafter collectively “documents”), shall be subject to this Order concerning Confidential Information as defined below. This Order is subject to the Local Rules of this District and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on matters of procedure and calculation of time periods.

2. Confidential Information.

As used in this Order, “Confidential Information” means information designated as “CONFIDENTIAL-SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" by the producing party that falls within one or more of the following categories: (a) information prohibited from disclosure by statute; (b) information that is proprietary or reveals trade secrets; (c) research, technical, commercial or financial information that the party has maintained as confidential; (d) medical information concerning any individual; (e) personal identity information; (f) income tax returns (including attached schedules and forms), W-2 forms and 1099 forms; or (g) personnel or employment records of a person who is not a party to the case. Information or documents that are available to the public may not be designated as Confidential Information.

3. Designation.


A party may designate a document as Confidential Information for protection under this Order by placing or affixing the words “CONFIDENTIAL -SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” on the document and on all pages and copies in a manner that will not interfere with the legibility of the document. As used in this Order, “copies” includes electronic images, duplicates, extracts, summaries or descriptions that contain the Confidential Information. The marking “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” shall be applied prior to or at the time of the documents are produced or disclosed. Applying the marking “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” to a document does not mean that the document has any status or protection by statute or otherwise except to the extent and for the purposes of this Order. Any copies that are made of any documents marked “CONFIDENTIAL -SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” shall also be so marked, except that indices, electronic databases or lists of documents that do not contain substantial portions or images of the text of marked documents and do not otherwise disclose the substance of the Confidential Information are not required to be marked.

(b) Materials For Attorneys' Eyes Only.

Counsel for a disclosing party may further designate Confidential Information as "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" if such counsel concludes that the material constitutes or contains non-public information that is highly personal in nature or is competitively sensitive and proprietary to the producing party, or from which competitively sensitive and proprietary information belonging to a producing party could be derived. Material designated as "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" may not be disclosed to the parties, any expert or consultant, or contractor as identified in paragraph 5(b) infra, and in all other respects shall be treated as "CONFIDENTIAL" material under this Protective Order.

(c) The designation of a document as Confidential Information is a certification by an attorney or party appearing pro se that the document contains Confidential Information as defined in this order.

4. Depositions.

Deposition testimony is protected by this Order only if designated as “CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER” and/or "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" on the record at the time the testimony is taken. Such designation shall be specific as to the portions that contain Confidential Information. Deposition testimony so designated shall be treated as Confidential Information protected by this Order until fourteen days after delivery of the transcript by the court reporter to any party or the witness. Within fourteen days after delivery of the transcript, a designating party may serve a Notice of Designation to all parties of record identifying the specific portions of the transcript that are designated Confidential Information, and thereafter those portions identified in the Notice of Designation shall be protected under the terms of this Order. The failure to serve a timely Notice of Designation waives any designation of deposition testimony as Confidential Information that was made on the record of the deposition, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

5. Protection of Confidential Material.

(a) General Protections.

Confidential Information shall not be used or disclosed by the parties, counsel for the parties or any other persons identified in subparagraph (b) for any purpose whatsoever other than in this litigation, including any appeal thereof.

(b) Limited Third-Party Disclosures.

The parties and counsel for the parties shall not disclose or permit the disclosure of any Confidential Information to any third person or entity except as set forth in subparagraphs (1)-(9). Subject to these requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review Confidential Information:

(1) Counsel.

Counsel for the parties and employees of counsel who have ...

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