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Autry v. Charlotte Palm Corp.

United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Charlotte Division

June 12, 2017

CHARIE AUTRY, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
v.
CHARLOTTE PALM CORP., Defendant.

          Philip J. Gibbons, Jr., Stephan Zouras, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff

          Jerry H. Walters, Jr., Molly M. Shah, LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C., Attorneys for Defendant

          CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER

          Graham C. Mullen United States District Judge.

         Purpose and Scope

         The purpose of this Consent Protective Order (“Order”) is to govern the parties' handling and disclosure of personal and proprietary information during pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts, discovery, and mediation. This Order does not govern testimony at any trial or hearing. Nothing in this Order should be read as authority to restrict public access to judicial records, court testimony, matters in evidence, or to any information relied upon by a court in making its decisions. Nothing in this Order should be read as authority to file any document under seal without prior authorization from this Court or the Circuit Court.

         Need for a Protective Order

         In the course of pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts and/or discovery, the parties will request and exchange information and documents that are or may be of a personal and/or of a proprietary nature, including but not limited to personnel records, tax returns and financial information, medical records and materials related to employee benefits, as well as confidential personal or financial information regarding third parties. The parties seek to limit the use of the information and documents during pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts, discovery, and mediation in order to protect themselves from annoyance and potential embarrassment.

         Accordingly, they have agreed to the entry of this Order in order to facilitate the production of the information requested and any information that has been or will be produced during pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts, discovery, and mediation in this case. The parties agree that the information and documents exchanged during pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts, discovery, and mediation may be used only for purposes of the present litigation.

         Definition of Confidential Information

         1. “Confidential information” as used herein means any type or classification of information which is designated as “confidential” in the manner specified below, in the good faith belief that such information falls within the scope of Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is subject to this Order. For purposes of this Order, “confidential information” means proprietary, business, commercial, financial and/or personal information, including but not limited to employee personnel files, pay information, tip information, medical records, customer or client information (including private dining records), drug testing documents, workers' compensation files, corporate policies and procedures, trade secrets and other competitively sensitive materials, financial records, actuarial records and reports and information about disabilities, tax returns, retirement benefits, customer information, and other personal or financial information relating to third parties. “Confidential information” may include documents, information contained in documents, depositions, interrogatory answers, and all other pre-discovery potential early resolution efforts and/or discovery pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and other information furnished by or on behalf of any party in connection with this litigation that falls within the scope of this Order.

         Designation of Information as Confidential

         2. The party producing any documents or information subject to this Order shall have the right to use its discretion in designating materials to be confidential information as defined herein. However, the party shall be obligated to designate only documents or information that it believes in good faith to be information within the scope of Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Moreover, the party shall be obligated to make specific designations to the extent reasonably possible and to avoid overbroad designations.

         3. Any party producing documents may designate such documents and copies thereof as confidential by marking any confidential page as follows: CONFIDENTIAL. In lieu of placing said legend on the originals of documents, the producing party may legend the copies that are produced. When producing a multi-page document, all of which it contends is confidential, a party may designate the entire document as confidential by marking the cover page as follows: CONFIDENTIAL.

         4. Information disclosed at the deposition of any party or at the deposition of one of the Defendant's present or former officers, directors, employees or agents, or of independent experts retained by any party for purposes of this litigation may be designated by such party as confidential by indicating on the record at the deposition that the testimony is confidential and subject to the provisions of this Order. Alternatively, such party may designate information disclosed at such deposition as confidential by notifying all parties in writing, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the transcript, of the specific pages and lines of the transcript which are confidential. Each party shall attach a copy of such written statement to the face of the transcript and each copy ...


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