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Oliphant v. Sprint Corp.

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

October 1, 2019

DAKOTA OLIPHANT, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff
SPRINT CORPORATION, a Kansas Corporation and SPRINT/UNITED MANAGEMENT COMPANY, a Kansas Corporation, Defendants.

          Counsel for Plaintiff VANDENACK WEAVER LLC, William B. Zastera, NE #14658 VANDENACK WEAVER LLC ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF

          Counsel for Defendants LITTLER MENDELSON P.C. John H. Lassetter (MN Bar No. 0389009) Alice D. Kirkland (MN Bar No. 0396554) ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS SPRINT CORPORATION AND SPRINT/UNITED MANAGEMENT COMPANY



         Plaintiff Dakota Oliphant, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated (“Plaintiff”), and Defendants Sprint Corporation and Sprint/United Management Company (“Defendants”) (collectively, “Parties”) hereby stipulate to the entry of the following Protective Order pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The parties agree that the exchange of sensitive information between the parties and/or third parties other than in accordance with this Protective Order may cause unnecessary damage and injury to the parties and to others, and therefore good cause exists to limit disclosure of this information.


         1. DEFINITIONS

         a. Party: any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, employees, agents, consultants, retained experts, in-house and outside counsel (and their support staff).

         b. Disclosures or Discovery Material: all items or information, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter.

         c. “Confidential” Information or Items: information (regardless of how generated, stored or maintained) that has not been made public or is not otherwise available or accessible in the public domain and that concerns or relates to the confidential or proprietary information of either Party or any third parties. Further, Confidential Information or Items is information or items for which disclosure is likely to have the effect of causing harm to either Party, or person from whom the information was obtained, or to the Parties' or third-parties' privacy. Confidential Information also includes private information pertaining to Defendant's employees, for which the Parties or any third party have a duty to maintain confidentiality.

         d. Protected Material: any Disclosure or Discovery Material that is designated as “Confidential.”

         2. SCOPE

         This Protective Order will be entered pursuant to FRCP Rule 26(c) and FRE Rule 502. The protections conferred by this Order cover not only Protected Material (as defined above), but also any information copied or extracted therefrom, as well as all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, plus testimony, conversations, or presentations by Parties or Counsel to or in Court or in other settings that might reveal, directly or indirectly, Protected Material.

         3. DURATION

         Even after the termination of this action, 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.


         a. Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this Order (see, e.g., second paragraph of Paragraph 4(a)(i) below), or as otherwise stipulated or ordered, material that qualifies for protection under this Order must be clearly so designated before the material is disclosed or produced.

         Designation in conformity with this Order requires:

         i. for information in documentary form (apart from transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial proceedings), that the Producing Party affix the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” on each page that contains protected material. If only a portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the Producing Party also must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the margins).

         In the event that a Party makes documents available for inspection, rather than delivering copies to another Party, no marking need be made in advance of the initial inspection. For purposes of the initial inspection, all documents produced shall be considered as marked “CONFIDENTIAL.” Thereafter, upon the inspecting Party's selection of documents for copying, the Producing Party may mark the copies “CONFIDENTIAL, ” pursuant to this Order.

         ii. for testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings, that the Party offering or sponsoring the testimony identify on the record, before the close of the deposition, hearing, or other proceeding, all protected testimony, and further specify any portions of the testimony that qualify as “CONFIDENTIAL.” When it is impractical to identify separately each portion of testimony that is entitled to protection, and when it appears that substantial portions of the testimony may qualify for protection, the Party that sponsors, offers, or gives the testimony may invoke on the record (before the deposition or proceeding is concluded) a right to have up to twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the official transcript to identify the specific portions of the testimony as to which protection is sought. Only those portions of the testimony that are appropriately designated for protection within the 21 days, as set forth above, shall be covered by the provisions of this Stipulated Protective Order. Until the passage of the 21 days following receipt of the official transcript, the entire transcript shall be treated as “CONFIDENTIAL” pursuant to this Order.

         Transcript pages containing Protected Material must be separately bound by the court reporter, who must affix to the top of each such page the legend “CONFIDENTIAL” as instructed by the Party offering or sponsoring the witness or presenting the testimony.

         iii. for information produced in some form other than documentary, and for any other tangible items, that the Producing Party affix in a prominent place on the exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the legend “CONFIDENTIAL.” If only portions of the information or item warrant protection, the Producing Party, to the extent practicable, shall identify the protected portions.

         b. Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate qualified information or items as “CONFIDENTIAL” does not, standing alone, waive the Designating Party's right to secure protection under this Order for such material. If material is appropriately designated as “CONFIDENTIAL” after the material was initially produced, the Receiving Party, on timely notification of the designation, must make reasonable efforts to assure that the material is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order from that point forward. The Designating Party may seek relief to address any situation where ...

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