United States District Court, D. Kansas
WILLA M. WILSON, Plaintiff,
WALMART INC., Defendant.
AGREED PROTECTIVE ORDER
P. O'HARA U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
parties agree that during the course of discovery it may be
necessary to disclose certain confidential information
relating to the subject matter of this action. They agree
that certain categories of such information should be treated
as confidential, protected from disclosure outside this
litigation, and used only for purposes of prosecuting or
defending this action and any appeals. The parties jointly
request entry of this Protective Order to limit the
disclosure, dissemination, and use of certain identified
categories of confidential information.
parties assert in support of their request that protection of
the identified categories of confidential information is
necessary because this case involves claims regarding alleged
injuries allegedly sustained when Plaintiff alleges she
tripped on a watering hose being used by an associate to
water flowers in the Lawn and Garden Center. Accordingly, it
is anticipated that discovery will require production of
trade secrets and confidential and proprietary research,
development and/or commercial and financial information
related to Walmart's business practices. Additionally, it
is anticipated that the discovery in this matter will require
production of personal healthcare information, personal
identification information, and personal financial
information regarding Plaintiff's alleged injuries,
medical treatment, and claimed damages.
good cause shown under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c), the court grants
the parties' joint request and hereby enters the
following Protective Order:
documents and materials produced in the course of discovery
of this case, including initial disclosures, responses to
discovery requests, all deposition testimony and exhibits,
and information derived directly therefrom (hereinafter
collectively “documents”), are subject to this
Order concerning Confidential Information as set forth below.
As there is a presumption in favor of open and public
judicial proceedings in the federal courts, this Order will
be strictly construed in favor of public disclosure and open
proceedings wherever possible.
Definition of Confidential Information.
in this Order, “Confidential Information” is
defined as information that the producing party designates in
good faith has been previously maintained in a confidential
manner and should be protected from disclosure and use
outside the litigation because its disclosure and use is
restricted by statute or could potentially cause harm to the
interests of disclosing party or nonparties. For purposes of
this Order, the parties will limit their designation of
“Confidential Information” to the following
categories of information or documents:
Records including medical and other personal records with
protected health information; tax returns; financial
statements; proprietary business records including policies
that the parties believe in good faith contain or reveal
trade secrets, confidential research, development, or
commercial information; regulatory or other proprietary
corporate documents; and other sensitive information or
know-how that derives its value from secrecy.
or documents that are available to the public may not be
designated as Confidential Information.
Form and Timing of Designation.
producing party may designate documents as containing
Confidential Information and therefore subject to protection
under this Order by marking or placing the words
“CONFIDENTIAL - SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER”
(hereinafter “the marking”) on the document and
on all copies in a manner that will not interfere with the
legibility of the document. As used in this Order,
“copies” includes electronic images, duplicates,
extracts, summaries or descriptions that contain the
Confidential Information. The marking will be applied prior
to or at the time the documents are produced or disclosed.
Applying the marking to a document does not mean that the
document has any status or protection by statute or otherwise
except to the extent and for the purposes of this Order.
Copies that are made of any designated documents must also
bear the marking, except that indices, electronic databases,
or lists of documents that do not contain substantial
portions or images of the text of marked documents and do not
otherwise disclose the substance of the Confidential
Information are not required to be marked. By marking a
designated document as confidential, the designating attorney
thereby certifies that the document contains Confidential
Information as defined in this Order.
Inadvertent Failure to Designate.
failure to designate any document or material as containing
Confidential Information will not constitute a waiver of an
otherwise valid claim of confidentiality pursuant to this
Order, so long as a claim of confidentiality is asserted
within fourteen (14) days after discovery of the inadvertent
Deposition testimony will be deemed confidential only if
designated as such when the deposition is taken or within a
reasonable time period after receipt of the deposition
transcript. Such designation must be specific as to the
portions of the transcript and/or any exhibits to be
of Confidential Material.
Confidential Information must be used or disclosed solely for
purposes of prosecuting or defending this lawsuit, including
any appeals, or any other related legal proceeding brought by
one of the parties to this litigation.
Who May View Designated Confidential Information.
with the prior written consent of the designating party or
prior order of the court, designated Confidential Information
may only be disclosed to the following persons:
(1) The parties to this litigation, including any employees,
agents, and ...