Schafer v. Regional Transportation District

1:07-cv-00340 | D. Colo. | Mar 20, 2007

CaSe 1207-CV-00340-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ l Of 7 IN TI'IE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COUR'I` FOR TI-IE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 07»cv-340-PSF-PAC SCOTT B. SCHAFER, Plaintiff, v. REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (RTD), Defendant. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER Plaintiff Scott Schafer (“Schafer” or “Plaintift”) and Defendant Regional Transportation District (“RTD”), collectively referred to herein as the Parties, have Stipulated to the terms of this Protective Order (hereinafter “Order”). This Order is designed to preserve the confidentiality of certain testimony given by Plaintiff and Defendant and certain information contained in documents produced by Plaintiff and Defendant pursuant to the terms of this Order. Upon a showing of good cause in support of the entry of a protective order to protect the discovery and dissemination of confidential information, IT IS ST[PULATED AND ORDERED: 1. This Protective Order shall apply to all documents, materials, and information, including without limitation, documents produced, answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admission, deposition testimony, and other information disclosed pursuant to the disclosure or discovery duties created by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. CaSe 1207-CV-00340-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 2 Of 7 2. As used in this Protective Order, “document” is defined as provided in Fed. R. Civ. P. 34(a). A draft or non-identical copy is a separate document Within the meaning of this term. 3. Information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be information that is confidential and implicates common law and statutory privacy interests, such as medical records, psychological records, confidential business records or trade secrets, and personnel information CONF[DENTIAL information shall not be disclosed or used for any purpose except the preparation and trial of this case. Information designated by a party as confidential must be reviewed by a lawyer, and the designation as CONFIDENTIAL must be based on a good-faith belief that the information is confidential or otherwise entitled to protection under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(0)(7). 4. CONF]DENTIAL documents, materials, and/or information (collectively “Confidential Inforrnation”) shall not, without the consent of the party producing it or further Order of the Court, be disclosed except that such information may be disclosed to: (a) attorneys actively working on this case; (b) persons regularly employed or associated with the attorneys actively working on the case whose assistance is required by said attorneys in the preparation for trial, at trial, or at other proceedings in this case; (c) the parties, including designated representatives for RTD; (d) expert Witnesses and consultants retained in connection With this proceeding, to the extent such disclosure is necessary for preparation, trial or other proceedings in this case; (e) the Court and its employees (“Court Personnel”); CaSe 1207-CV-OOS40-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 3 Of 7 (f) stenographic reporters who are engaged in proceedings necessarily incident to the conduct of this action; (g) deponents, witnesses, or potential witnesses; and (h) other persons by written agreement of the Parties. 5, Prior to disclosing any Confidential lnforrnation to any person listed above (other than counsel, persons employed by counsel, Court Personnel and stenographic reporters, and the parties, including representatives of RTD), counsel shall provide such person with a copy of this Protective Order and obtain from such person a written acknowledgment stating that he or she has read this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its provisions All such acknowledgments shall be retained by counsel and shall be subject to in camera review by the Court if good cause for review is demonstrated by opposing counsel. 6. Documents are designated as CONFIDENTIAL by placing or affixing on them (in a manner that will not interfere with their legibility) the following or other appropriate notice: “CONFIDENTIAL.” 7. Whenever a deposition involves the disclosure of Confidential lnformation, the deposition or portions thereof shall be designated as CONFIDENTIAL and shall be subject to the provisions of this Protective Order. Such designation shall be made on the record during the deposition whenever possible, but a party may designate portions of depositions as CONF[DENTIAL after transcription, provided written notice of the designation is promptly given to all counsel of record within thirty (30) days after notice by the court reporter of the completion of the transcript 8. A party may object to the designation of particular CONFIDENTIAL CaSe 1207-CV-OOS40-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 4 Of 7 information by giving written notice to the party designating the disputed informationl The written notice shall identify the information to which the objection is made. If the parties cannot resolve the objection within ten (10) business days after the time the notice is received, it shall be the obligation of the party designating the information as CONFIDENTIAL to file an appropriate motion requesting that the Court determine whether the disputed information should be subject to the terms of this Protective Order. If such a motion is timely filed, the disputed information shall be treated as CONF]DENTIAL under the terms of this Protective Order until the Court rules on the motion. If the designating party fails to file such a motion within the prescribed time, the disputed information shall lose its designation as CONF]DENTIAL and shall not thereafter be treated as CONP[DENTIAL in accordance with this Protective Order. ln connection with a motion filed under this provision, the party designating this information as CONF[DENTIAL shall bear the burden of establishing that good cause exists for the disputed information to be treated as CONF]DENTIAL. 9. In the event any party desires to file a document, brief, memorandum, or any other paper with a court of competent jurisdiction that discloses any Confidential lnformation, or the substance thereof, that party shall give the other party at least 10 days’ written notice before such filing is made. At that time, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties, the party filing the Confidential lnformation will file a motion pursuant to D.C. Colo. L. Civ. R. 7.2 and 7.3 seeking leave of the Court to file the materials under seal. It is the wish of the Parties that all such material so filed shall be maintained by the clerk of the Court in the sealed envelope Or container with the appropriate legend, or otherwise, and shall be released only upon Order of the Court. CaSe 1207-CV-OOS40-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 5 Of 7 10. In the event any Confidential Information is used in any proceeding herein or any subsequent court proceeding, including deposition subject to the rules of evidence, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and any other applicable law, such information shall not lose its confidential status through such use, and the Parties shall take all steps reasonably required to protect the confidentiality of such information during its use. 11. The provisions of this Order (and any supplements, amendments or modifications thereof) concerning the use and disclosure of Confidential Information and otherwise safeguarding the confidentiality of Confidential lnforrnation of the Parties shall continue in effect after the conclusion of this action 12. Nothing contained in this Order shall affect the rights, if any, of either party to make any other type of objection, claim or other response to any subsequent discovery request, subpoena, or any question at a deposition, nor shall this Order be construed as a waiver by either party of any legally cognizable privilege to withhold any . document or information, or of any right which such Party may have to assert such privilege at any stage of the proceedings 13. This Order shall be binding upon the parties from the date of execution and has retroactive application 14. At the conclusion of this case, unless other arrangements are agreed upon, each document and all copies thereof that have been designated as CONF]DENTIAL shall be returned to the Party that designated it CONF]DENTIAL, or the Parties may elect to destroy CONF[DENTIAL documents after maintaining such for three (3) years. Where the parties agree to destroy CONF]DENTIAL documents, the destroying party shall provide all parties with an affidavit confirming destruction CaSe 1207-CV-OOS40-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 6 Of 7 15. T his Protective Order may be modified by the Court at any time for good cause shown following notice to all parties and an opportunity for them to be heard. 16. The Stipulating Parties, by their undersigned counsel, stipulate and consent to making an entry of this Order. Dated: March _, 2007. Respectfully submitted, REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT /s/ Jenifer M. Ross-Amato Jenifer M. Ross-Amato, Associate General Counsel Rolf G. Asphaug, Deputy General Counsel Attorneys for Defendant RTD 1600 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202 Telephone: (303) 299-2343 Email: jenifer.ross-amato@rtd-denver.com This document wasjiled electronically The original document and signature are on file in the undersigned ’s o)j°ice. ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT CHERYLIN K. VANDERGRIFT, LLC /s/ Cherylin K. Vandergrift Cherylin K. Vandergrift 350 Indiana Street, Suite 150 Golden, CO 80401 Telephone: (303) 271~0222 Email: cvandergrift@usa.net This document wasfiled electronically Theoriginal document and signature are on file in the undersigned ’s CaSe liO7-CV-O'0340-WYD-KL|\/| DOCUment 11 Filed 03/20/07 USDC CO|OI’adO Pag€ 7 Of 7 oj‘ice. ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF SCOTT SCHAFER aff Dated thiSQ_D day or l QM , 2007. BY THE COURT: United States District Court Magistrate Iudge G assn .:t. che