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Navratil v. Menard, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

April 19, 2019

SETH NAVRATIL Plaintiff,
v.
MENARD, INC. Defendant.

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          SUSAN M. BAZIS U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         This matter is before the Court on the parties' Unopposed Motion for Protective Order. (Filing No. 15.) The motion is granted. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED as follows:

         The discovery procedures in this case may require disclosure of information, either documentary or testimonial or both, constituting confidential information incorporating proprietary data, know-how, trade secrets, or other valuable commercial information. Accordingly, the parties to this litigation, by and through their respective attorneys, stipulate and agree to the following Protective Order to govern the handling of all materials and Confidential Information produced in this action (“Produced Material”) by any party or any non-party (the “Producing Party”). Produced Material includes, but is not limited to, documents (including electronically-stored information) and things produced pursuant to a request for production of documents or subpoena duces tecum, testimony upon written questions, testimony adduced at depositions upon oral examination and transcripts, videotapes, and exhibits thereof, discovery requests and written responses thereto pursuant to an interrogatory or request to admit; and discoverable materials derived from any of the foregoing.

         1. Definitions.

         (a) Confidential Information.

         The term “Confidential Information” shall mean and include information, documents, and things the Producing Party believes in good faith is not generally known to others, and which the Producing Party (i) would not normally reveal to third parties except in confidence or has undertaken with others to maintain in confidence, and which constitute a trade secret, confidential research, competitive business information, or commercial information, or (ii) is protected by a right to privacy under federal or state law or any other applicable privilege or right related to confidentiality or privacy.

         (b) Materials.

         The term “materials” shall include, but shall not be limited to: documents; correspondence; memoranda; bulletins; blueprints; specifications; customer lists or other material that identify customers or potential customers; price lists or schedules or other matters identifying pricing; minutes; telegrams; letters; statements; cancelled checks; contracts; invoices; drafts; books of account; worksheets; notes of conversations; desk diaries; appointment books; expense accounts; recordings; photographs; motion pictures; test data; software; hardware; electronically stored information; compilations from which information can be obtained and translated into reasonably usable form through detection devices; sketches; drawings; notes (including laboratory notebooks and records); reports; instructions; disclosures; other writings; models and prototypes and other physical objects.

         (c) Outside Counsel.

         The term “Outside Counsel” shall mean outside counsel of record, and other attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other support staff employed by outside counsel of record.

         (d) Outside Consultant.

         The term “Outside Consultant” shall mean a person with specialized knowledge or experience in a matter pertinent to the litigation who has been retained by Outside Counsel or a Party to serve as an expert witness, or as a consultant in this action, and who is not a current employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party and who, at the time of retention, is not anticipated to become an employee of a Party or of a competitor of a Party.

         (e) In-house Counsel.

         The term “In-house Counsel” shall mean persons for each Party (i) that are attorneys or members of the legal staff of the Party or its affiliates (or any initially named Party to this action), (ii) that are employed by the Party or its affiliates (or any initially named Party to this action), and (iii) as part of that employment are required to participate in policy decisions with reference to this action.

         2. Scope of Protective Order.

         (a) This Protective Order shall govern Confidential Information that is, directly or indirectly, set forth, revealed, produced, or provided: (i) in discovery requests promulgated under the Nebraska Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as and responses thereto; (ii) in any documents (including electronically-stored information), things, or premises produced pursuant to, or made available for inspection in response to, a discovery request or subpoena under the Nebraska Rules of Civil Procedure; (iii) during depositions upon oral or written examination under the Nebraska Rules of Civil Procedure; (iv) in connection with any other discovery taken in this action, whether pursuant to the Nebraska Rules of Civil Procedure, informally, or by agreement; (v) in correspondence (including attachments and enclosures) relating to this litigation; (vi) in submissions to or before the Court, including testimony, briefs, exhibits and declarations; (vii) in response to any Order of the Court; and (viii) in connection with any mediation or settlement negotiation. This Protective Order shall also govern the handling of documents, and all other forms of recorded information, containing or derived from the information in any Confidential Information. This Protective Order also shall govern any oral or written conveyance of the contents of Confidential Information. This Protective Order also shall apply to (i) Confidential Information inadvertently or unintentionally produced without designation consistent with the provisions set forth in Paragraph 11 and (ii) inadvertently or unintentionally produced privileged information consistent with the provisions set forth in Paragraph 12.

         (b) This Protective Order has no effect upon, and shall not apply to, (i) any Producing Party's use of its own Confidential Information for any purpose; (ii) any person or Party's use of documents or other information developed or obtained independently of discovery in this litigation for any purpose, whether or not such documents or other information also were produced in this litigation; (iii) information that is or becomes part of the public domain through no breach of the provisions of this Protective Order; or (iv) information that is disclosed by a party without restriction as to disclosure, provided such party has the right to make the disclosure.

         (c) The terms of this protective order are not intended to be construed as precluding, limiting, restricting, or otherwise applying to the use of documents or information by any party at court proceedings as evidence, or otherwise in support of the merits of party's case in defense, motion, or relevant matter in the court proceedings as outlined in Paragraph 6(f) herein as subject to the applicable rules of civil procedure and rules of discovery.

         3. Designations.

         Each party that produces or discloses any materials, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, trial testimony, deposition testimony, and transcripts of trial testimony and depositions, or information that the Producing Party believes should be subject to this Protective Order may designate the same as “CONFIDENTIAL.”

         (a) “CONFIDENTIAL”. Any party may designate information as “CONFIDENTIAL” only if, in the good faith belief of such party and its counsel, the party has not already made the information publicly known and the unrestricted disclosure of such information could be potentially prejudicial to the business or operations of such party.

         (b) In the event that additional designations for Confidential Information are needed, the Parties agree that this Protective Order may be modified to incorporate any such needed additional designations. The scope of any such additional designations, and the associated restrictions on access to information subject to any such additional designations, will be agreed upon by the Parties as needed in accordance with Paragraph 17.

         4. Designation of Confidential Information.

         The designation of any information as Confidential Information for purposes of this Protective Order shall be made in the following manner:

(a) Hard Copy/Written Material. With regard to any hard copy/written material (including transcripts of depositions or other testimony and discovery requests and responses), a legend containing “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be affixed to each page containing Confidential Information.
(b) Electronically-Stored Information. With regard to any electronically-stored information produced, a legend “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be included on each image, page, or document containing any Confidential Information to the extent practicable. Where it is not practicable to include a legend on each image, page or document, an appropriate legend shall be affixed to the CD or other media on which the Producing Party produces the electronically-stored information. Any printout made from the CD or other media shall be immediately and conspicuously ...

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