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B & B Crane Service, LLC v. Dragados USA, Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Southern Division

December 5, 2019

B & B CRANE SERVICE, LLC, Plaintiff,
DRAGADOS USA, INC., Defendant.

          John L. Coble Attorney for Plaintiff

          Neil A. Riemann Attorney for Defendant


          Robert B. Jones, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge.

         IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the plaintiff and defendant, by and through their respective attorneys of record, as follows:

         The parties are expected to exchange certain confidential documents and other tangible things through the course of discovery in this action. The parties stipulate to the entry of this Consent Protective Order to govern production of that confidential information in this litigation. Specifically, the Defendant desires to inspect and copy certain information from the personnel records maintained by Plaintiff of its current or former employees which contain information to which such employees have privacy rights and interests. The parties seek an order of this Court so as to protect such personnel records together with any and all other records which a party may contend are entitled to be treated as confidential from disclosure outside of this proceeding.

         By consent, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

         1. This Order shall govern the use, handling, and disclosure of all documents, testimony, or information produced or given in this action. Any documents, testimony, or information submitted, either voluntarily or pursuant to any subsequent order, which is asserted in good faith by the producing party or by any other party to contain or constitute information protected by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1) or other provision of law, including information subject to a contractual duty of confidentiality owed to a third party, shall be so designated in writing, or orally at a deposition, hearing, or trial, and shall be segregated from other information being submitted. Materials so designated shall be clearly marked on their face with the legend: "CONFIDENTIAL." Such documents, transcripts, or other materials are referred to herein as "CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS." To the extent electronically stored information is produced in a format that does not permit the branding of the designation on the face of the document (e.g., native Excel files or database exports), the producing party shall add the abbreviation "CONF" to the file name of such documents.

         2. A party wishing to designate portions of a deposition transcript CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to this Order must, within three (3) business days from the conclusion of the deposition, order the original or a copy of the transcript of the deposition from the court reporter for regular turnaround. The designating party may designate those portions of the transcript CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Order. The designating party shall designate such CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL either on the record or by serving upon all counsel of record via facsimile or other electronic transmission a notice setting forth the pages, line numbers, and designations. The designating party must serve such notice upon all other parties within fourteen (14) calendar days after its counsel receives a copy of the deposition transcript. All transcripts will be treated as confidential until the expiration of the fourteen-day period described in this paragraph. Any portions of a transcript designated as confidential shall thereafter be treated as confidential in accordance with the Order. The parties shall negotiate in good faith to alter the time frames set forth in this paragraph in situations where a more expedited filing of a designated portion of the deposition transcript is required.

         3. No person shall use any CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS or information derived therefrom (including but not limited to all testimony, deposition or otherwise, that refers, reflects, or otherwise discusses any such materials), directly or indirectly, for any business, commercial, or competitive purposes or for any purpose whatsoever other than solely for the discovery, the preparation, and the trial of this action, and/or in accordance with this Order. The parties agree that CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS produced in discovery in this case shall not be used, be required to be produced or admissible, in whole or in part, in any other legal or administrative proceedings.

         4. Subject to paragraph 7, in the absence of prior written permission from the designating party or an order by the Court, no person shall disclose CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS to any person other than: (i) the parties, their attorneys of record, those attorneys' support staff employees who perform work tasks related to this case, and representatives of the defendants' insurers; (ii) qualified persons taking testimony involving such material and necessary stenographic and clerical personnel; (iii) disclosed experts or consulting experts and their staff employed for this litigation; (iv) present or former employees of the producing party in connection with their depositions in this action (provided that no former employees shall be shown documents prepared after the date of his or her departure); (v) any governmental agency formally requesting such information or documents by subpoena, written notice, or other civil investigative demand, with notice provided to the designating party within five (5) days of receipt of the request and no fewer that twenty-one (21) days before disclosure or production, and this Court shall retain jurisdiction to hear any objection that either the Plaintiff or the Defendant may have to providing documents in response to such a request; and (vi) the Court, Court personnel, and members of any jury impaneled to hear this case.

         5. Subject to paragraph 7, no person shall disclose CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS to any person designated in paragraph 4(iii) unless he or she has executed a written, dated declaration in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, acknowledging that he or she has first read this Order, agreed to be bound by the terms hereof, agreed not to reveal such CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS to anyone, and agreed to utilize such CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS solely for the purposes of this litigation. The Court hereby enjoins all persons to whom CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS are disclosed from disclosing the same to any person or using the same, except as provided in this Order.

         6. No person receiving or reviewing CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS shall disseminate or disclose them to any person other that those described above in paragraph 4 for the purposes specified, and in no event shall such person make any other such use of CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS.

         7. In the event that any party disagrees with any designation made under this Order, the parties shall first try in good faith to resolve the disagreement informally. If the parties cannot resolve the dispute and the receiving party concludes in good faith that the materials designating party has improperly classified the materials, the receiving party shall notify the designating party in writing by facsimile or by electronic transmission of its objection, but shall continue to maintain the documents or other information as Confidential for fifteen (15) days after such notice. The designating party shall have the right to move the Court for a Protective Order to retain designated status of such materials. If the designating party files such a motion within the fifteen-day period, the receiving party shall continue to maintain the materials as CONFIDENTIAL, consistent with the designating party's designation, until the Court has ruled on the designating party's motion.

         8. Subject to paragraph 7, any party seeking to file with the Court CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS designated as such by another party must contact the designating party at least three (3) business days prior to such filing to: (i) provide the designating party with notice that it seeks to file CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS with the Court; and (ii) confer in good faith to determine whether a redacted version of the CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS can be filed with the Court. In the event no agreement is reached for the filing of a redacted version, the party seeking to file such CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS shall file such materials in accordance with Local Rule 79.2 and Section G(1)(e) of the CM/ECF Policy Manual for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The filing party must provisionally file the material under seal in accordance with Local Civil Rule 79.2, and file a Notice of Filing. Within seven (7) days after service of the Notice of Filing, the party desiring that the material be maintained under seal must file a motion to seal citing a statute, rule, standing order, or court order that requires the filing to be sealed, and a proposed order to seal. In the absence of a ...

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