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Bassett v. Credit Management Services, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

August 10, 2017

KELLY M. BASSETT, individually and as heir and Personal Representative of the Estate of James M. Bassett, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated; Plaintiff,
v.
CREDIT MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC., and JASON MORLEDGE, Defendants.

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          WMichael D. Nelson, United States Magistrate Judge.

         This matter comes before the Court on the parties' Joint Motion and Stipulation for Protective Order (Filing No. 26). The parties agree that during the course of discovery it may be necessary to disclose certain confidential information relating to the subject matter of this action. They agree that certain categories of such information should be treated as confidential, protected from disclosure outside this litigation, and used only for purposes of prosecuting or defending this action and any appeals. The parties jointly request entry of this Stipulated Protective Order to limit the disclosure, dissemination, and use of certain confidential information. For good cause shown under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c), IT IS ORDERED: The parties' Joint Motion and Stipulation for Protective Order (Filing No. 26) is granted, and the Court hereby enters the following Protective Order as jointly stipulated and agreed to by the parties:

         1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS

         Disclosure and discovery activity in this action are likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any other purpose other than prosecuting this litigation may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this Order does not confer blanket protections on all disclosures or responses to discovery and that the protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles. The parties further acknowledge, as set forth in Section 12.3, below, that this Stipulated Protective Order entitles them to file confidential information under seal; subject to the provisions of Local Rule NECivR 7.5 and General Rule NEGenR 1.3(c).

         2. DEFINITIONS

         2.1 Challenging Party: a Party or Non-Party that challenges the designation of information or items under this Order.

         2.2 “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items: information (regardless of how it is generated, stored or maintained) or tangible things that qualify for protection under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c).

         2.3 Counsel (without qualifier): Outside Counsel of Record and House Counsel (as well as their support staff).

         2.4 Designating Party: a Party or Non-Party that designates information or items that it produces in disclosures or in responses to discovery as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.5 Disclosure or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.

         2.6 Expert: a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by a Party or its counsel to serve as an expert witness or as a consultant in this action.

         2.7 House Counsel: attorneys who are employees of a party to this action. House Counsel does not include Outside Counsel of Record or any other outside counsel.

         2.8 Non-Party: any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not named as a Party to this action.

         2.9 Outside Counsel of Record: attorneys who are not employees of a party to this action but are retained to represent or advise a party to this action and have appeared in this action on behalf of that party.

         2.10 Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, retained experts, and Outside Counsel of Record (and their support staffs).

         2.11 Producing Party: a Party or Non-Party that produces Disclosure or Discovery Material in this action.

         2.12 Professional Vendors: persons or entities that provide litigation support services (e.g., photocopying, videotaping, translating, preparing exhibits or demonstrations, and organizing, storing, or retrieving data in any form or medium) and their employees and subcontractors.

         2.13 Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as “CONFIDENTIAL.” 2.14 Receiving Party: a Party that receives Disclosure or Discovery Material from a Producing Party.

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this Motion and Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from Protected Material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of Protected Material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties or their Counsel that might reveal Protected Material. However, the protections conferred by this Stipulation and Order do not cover the following information: (a) any information that is in the public domain at the time of disclosure to a Receiving Party as a result of publication not involving a violation of this Order, including becoming part of the public record through trial or otherwise; and (b) any information known to the Receiving Party after the disclosure from a source who obtained the information lawfully and under no obligation of confidentially to the Designating Party. Any use of Protected Material at trial shall be governed by a separate agreement or order.

         4. DURATION

         Even after final disposition of this litigation, the confidentiality obligations imposed by this Order shall remain in effect until a Designating Party agrees otherwise in writing or a court order otherwise directs. Final disposition shall be deemed to be the later of (1) dismissal of all claims and defenses in this action, with or without prejudice; and (2) final judgment herein after the completion and exhaustion of all appeals, rehearings, remands, trials, or reviews of this action, including the time limits for filing any motions or applications for extensions of time pursuant to applicable law.

         5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL

         5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection: Each Party or Non-Party that designates information or items for protection under this Order must take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. The Designating Party must designate for production only those parts of material, documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify - so that other portions of the material ...


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