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Wallace v. Midland Credit Management, Inc

United States District Court, D. Kansas

August 8, 2019

RICHARD C. WALLACE, Plaintiff,
v.
MIDLAND CREDIT MANAGEMENT, INC., Defendant.

          A.J. Stecklein #16330 Michael H. Rapp #25702 Matthew S. Robertson #27254 Stecklein & Rapp Chartered Attorneys for Plaintiff

          Thomas M. Martin #13620 M. Cory Nelson, Kan. Dt. Ct. #78428 Lewis Rice LLC Attorneys for Defendant

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          James P. O'Hara U.S. Magistrate Judge

         The 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 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 a protective order to limit the disclosure, dissemination, and use of certain identified categories of confidential information.

         The parties assert in support of their request that protection of the identified categories of confidential information is necessary because documents and information have been and may be sought, produced or exhibited by and among the parties to this action which represent, relate to, reflect and/or contain trade secrets, confidential research, development, technology or other proprietary information belonging to the Defendants, as well as financial and account information, personal income, personal identifying information, and credit and collection information related to Plaintiff.

         For good cause shown under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c), the court grants the parties' joint request and hereby enters the following Protective Order:

         1. Scope.

         All 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.

         2. Definition of Confidential Information.

         As used 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 are restricted by statute or could potentially cause harm to the interests of the 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:

(a) trade secrets;
(b) confidential research, development, technology or other proprietary information;
(c) financial and account information, personal income, personal identifying information, and credit and collection information; and
(d) Records whose disclosure is otherwise restricted by statute, a privilege recognized by law, or the terms of a pre-existing agreement or court order.

         Information or documents that are available to the public may not be designated as Confidential Information.

         3. Form and Timing of Designation.

         The producing party may designate documents as containing Confidential Information and therefore subject to protection under this Order by marking or placing the words “CONFIDENTIAL” (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 or party appearing pro se thereby certifies that the document contains Confidential Information as defined in this Order.

         4. Inadvertent Failure to Designate.

         Inadvertent 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 promptly asserted after discovery of the inadvertent failure. If a party designates a document as Confidential Information after it was initially produced, the receiving party, on notification of the designation, must make a reasonable effort to assure that the document is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order, and upon request from the producing party certify that the designated documents have been maintained as Confidential Information.

         5. Depositions.

         Deposition testimony will be deemed confidential only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within a reasonable time after receipt of the deposition transcript. Such designation must be specific as to the portions of the transcript and/or any exhibits to be protected. The Parties shall have 21 days from the date a deposition is taken, or 14 days from the date a deposition transcript is received, whichever date is greater, to serve a notice to all parties designating portions as Confidential Information as defined in Paragraph 2 or 3. Until such time, all deposition testimony shall be treated as Confidential Information. To the extent any designations are made on the record during the deposition, the designating party need not serve a notice re-designating those portions of the transcript as Confidential Information. Any party may challenge any such designation in accordance with Paragraph 8 of this Order.

         6. Protection of Confidential Material.

         (a) General Protections.

         Designated Confidential Information must be used or disclosed solely for purposes of prosecuting or defending ...


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