Wheeler v. Zimmer, Inc., No. 8:2012cv00253 - Document 20 (D. Neb. 2012)

Court Description: ORDER granting 18 Stipulation for protective order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (Zwart, Cheryl)
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Wheeler v. Zimmer, Inc. Doc. 20 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA ROGER WHEELER, Plaintiff, 8:12-cv-253 v. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER ZIMMER, INC., Defendant. The parties have stipulated to the entry o f this Protective Order in regard to certain discovery material to be made available by the defendant, Zimmer, Inc. ("Zimmer"). This discovery material includes trade secrets and confidential, proprietary and non-public documents and information, the public disclosure o f which could be detrimental to the interests o f Zimmer and/or related corporate entities; documents which may contain information that is personal and confidential to third parties, including individuals; and documents and information subject to a claim o f privilege or immunity from discovery (including but not limited to attorneyclient privilege, work product immunity, and immunities created by federal or state statute or regulation). The parties agree that the above-described documents and information, including electronically stored information, should be given the protection o f an order o f this Court to prevent irreparable harm through disclosure to persons other than those persons involved in the prosecution or defense o f this litigation. THEREFORE, FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that the following Protective Order shall govern discovery in the above-captioned matter, as follows: Dockets.Justia.com 1. The following definition shall apply to this Order: A "stamped confidential document" means any document, including any document produced electronically, which bears the legend (or which shall otherwise have had the legend recorded upon it or upon the medium in which it is produced, in a way that brings its attention to a reasonable examiner) "CONFIDENTIAL" or "CONFIDENTIAL-SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER" to signify that it contains information subject to protection under Federal Rule o f Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G), or federal or state statute or regulation. For purposes o f this Order, the term "document" means all written, recorded, electronically stored, or graphic material produced or created by a party or any other person, whether produced pursuant to the Federal Rules o f Civil Procedure, subpoena, by agreement, or otherwise. Interrogatory answers, responses to requests for admission, deposition transcripts and exhibits, pleadings, motions, affidavits, and briefs that quote, summarize, or contain materials entitled to protection may be accorded status as stamped confidential documents, but, to the extent feasible, shall be prepared in such a manner that stamped confidential documents are bound separately from those not entitled to protection. 2. Stamped confidential documents and their contents, as well as copies, summaries, notes, memoranda and computer databases relating thereto, shall be and remain confidential, and shall not be disclosed in any fashion, nor be used for any purpose other than the analysis and preparation for trial o f this action, except with the prior written consent o f the party or other person originally designating a document as a stamped confidential document, or as hereinafter provided under this Order. Stamped confidential documents produced in hard-copy form shall not be digitized or otherwise put in computer readable format (such as PDF format) by the person receiving the documents. Stamped confidential documents produced in electronic form shall not be converted to any other electronic form and shall not be copied onto any hard - 2 - drive, disk, back-up tape or any other medium that would allow the electronic stamped confidential document to be disclosed to anyone other than the person receiving the document. 3. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, stamped confidential documents may b e i disclosed to counsel of record for the parties to this action who are actively engaged in the conduct o f this litigation; to the partners, associates, secretaries, paralegal assistants, and employees o f such an attorney to the extent reasonably necessary to render professional services in the litigation; to persons with prior knowledge o f the documents or the confidential information contained therein, and their agents; and to court officials involved in this litigation (including court reporters, persons operating video recording equipment at depositions, and any special master appointed by the Court). Subject to the provisions o f subparagraph 3(c), such documents may also be disclosed: (a) to any person designated by the Court in the interest o f justice, upon such terms as the Court may deem proper; and (b) to persons noticed for depositions or designated as trial witnesses to the extent reasonably necessary in preparing to testify; and to outside consultants or experts retained for the purpose o f assisting counsel in the litigation; provided, however, that in all such cases, except as noted in paragraph 3(c) below, the individual to whom disclosure is to be made has signed a Confidentiality Agreement, the form o f which is attached hereto as Exhibit A, containing — (1) a recital that the signatory has read and understands this Order and will abide by it; - 3 - (2) a recital that the signatory understands that unauthorized disclosures o f stamped confidential documents and their substance constitute contempt o f court; and (3) a statement that the signatory consents to the exercise of personal jurisdiction by this Court for purposes o f enforcing this Order. The attorney disclosing stamped confidential documents pursuant to this subparagraph shall retain a copy o f all signed Confidentiality Agreements in his or her file and shall produce the same to opposing counsel in the event there is an issue raised about a person's execution o f the Confidentiality Agreement and/or compliance with this Protective Order. (c) Each outside consultant or expert retained for the purpose of assisting counsel in this litigation to whom disclosure is made pursuant to paragraph 3(b) above must sign a Confidentiality Agreement, the form o f which is attached hereto as Exhibit A. That Agreement then must be returned to plaintiffs counsel who shall retain any such Agreements during the pendency o f the litigation and must certify in writing to Zimmer's counsel that (1) a disclosure was made to a consulting expert and (2) the consulting expert signed and returned the Confidentiality Agreement. (d) Before disclosing stamped confidential documents to any person listed in subparagraph 3(a) or 3(b) who is a customer or competitor (including employees or consultants o f either) o f the party that so designated the document, the party wishing to make such disclosure shall give at least 15 days advance notice in writing to the counsel who designated such information as confidential, - 4 - stating the names and addresses of the person(s) to whom the disclosure will be made, identifying with particularity the documents to be disclosed, and stating the purposes of such disclosure. If, within the 15-day period, a motion is filed objecting to the proposed disclosure, the disclosure shall not be made unless and until the Court has denied such motion. The Court will deny the motion unless the objecting party shows good cause why the proposed disclosure should not be permitted. (1) As used in this paragraph 3(d), the term "customer" means any direct purchaser of products from any defendant, or any regular indirect purchaser o f defendants. The term "customer" is not meant to include physicians. (2) As used in this paragraph 3(d), the term "competitor" means any manufacturer or seller o f medical devices. 4. Each person executing the Confidentiality Agreement submits to the jurisdiction o f this Court for the purposes o f enforcement o f this Order, either prior to or following the completion o f this action. Jurisdiction of this action is to be retained by this Court after final determination for purposes o f enabling any party or persons affected by this Order to apply to the Court at any time for such direction or further decree as may be appropriate for the construction or enforcement o f this Order or for such additional relief as may become appropriate. 5. Nothing in this Order shall preclude the disclosure by a party o f stamped confidential documents that it has produced. - 5 - 6. Nothing in this Order shall preclude the disclosure by any party of publicly available documents or information. 7. Stamped confidential documents included as part o f any pleading or memorandum shall be filed as a sealed document pursuant to Rule 7.5 o f the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. I f any documents have to be submitted to the Clerk or the Court in hard copy form, they shall be placed in sealed envelopes or other containers on which shall be endorsed the title o f this action, an indication o f the nature o f the contents, the word "CONFIDENTIAL" and the following statement: This envelope containing documents that are filed in this case by [name o f party] is not to be opened nor the contents thereof to be revealed except by court order; provided, however, that counsel of record in this case may open this envelope in the office o f the Clerk o f this Court and there inspect the contents hereof, without order o f Court, and upon completion o f each inspection by counsel, the envelope containing such documents shall be resealed. 8. Persons with knowledge may be deposed regarding stamped confidential documents or the subject matter thereof. Only the parties and persons described in paragraph 3, including the court reporter and the witness, shall be present at such depositions. Transcripts of said depositions shall be treated as stamped confidential documents in accordance with this Order. 9. If, at the time o f trial, counsel for any of the parties attempts to introduce into evidence or use in cross-examination any stamped confidential documents, whether as part o f a document or deposition testimony, counsel for either party may request the Court to preserve the confidentiality o f that stamped confidential document as the Court deems appropriate. 10. In the event that another party disagrees with a party's designation of any document or information as confidential, the objecting party shall advise counsel for the - 6 - designating party, in writing, o f the objection and identify the document or item with sufficient specificity to permit identification. Within 20 days o f receiving the objection, the designating party shall advise the objecting party's counsel whether the designating party will change the designation o f the document or item. If this cannot be resolved between the parties, then the dispute will be presented to the Court by motion or otherwise. During the pendency o f any such motion, the designated document or item shall continue to be treated as a stamped confidential document and subject to the provisions o f this Order. On the hearing of any such motion, the burden shall be on the designating party to establish that the designated document or item should be deemed confidential. 11. Nothing in this Order shall prevent or otherwise restrict counsel from rendering advice to their clients in this litigation and, in the course thereof, relying generally on examination o f stamped confidential documents; provided, however, that in rendering such advice and otherwise communicating with such client, counsel shall not make specific disclosure o f any item so designated except pursuant to the procedures o f paragraphs 3(b) and 3(c). 12. I f another court or an administrative agency subpoenas or orders production o f stamped confidential documents which a party has obtained under the terms of this Order, such party shall promptly notify the party or other person who designated the document as confidential o f such subpoena, order or other legal process. 13. If a producing party inadvertently or unintentionally produces to a receiving party any document or information without marking it as a stamped confidential document pursuant to paragraph 1, the producing party shall, within 30 days o f the discovery of the inadvertent production, give notice to the receiving party in writing and thereafter the receiving party shall treat the document as a stamped confidential document. Such inadvertent - 7 - or unintentional disclosure shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part o f the producing party's claim o f restriction either as to specific documents and information disclosed or on t h e same or related subject matter. 14. I f a producing party inadvertently or unintentionally produces to a receiving party any documents or information subject to a claim o f privilege or immunity from discovery (including but not limited to attorney-client privilege, work product immunity, and immunities created by federal or state statute or regulation), the producing party shall, within 30 days o f the discovery o f the inadvertent production, give notice to the receiving party in writing o f the producing party's claim o f privilege or immunity from discovery. Thereafter, the receiving party shall immediately return to the producing party the original and all copies o f the restricted materials, including copies o f the restricted materials disseminated to other persons by the receiving party. The receiving party will be deemed to have notice that material is restricted i f the party reasonably should recognize the material is privileged or protected from discovery, or upon written notice by the producing party. Such inadvertent or unintentional disclosure shall not be deemed a waiver in whole or in part o f the producing party's claim o f privilege or immunity from discovery either as to specific documents and information disclosed or on the same or related subject matter. In the event that the receiving party disagrees with the producing party's claim o f privilege or immunity from discovery, then the receiving party shall notify the producing party within five (5) business days o f receipt o f the producing party's written notice of claim of privilege, and shall set forth the precise grounds upon which the receiving party's position rests. If the parties cannot resolve the matter, then the dispute will be presented to the Court by motion or otherwise. During the pendency o f any such motion, the receiving party shall not copy, distribute, or otherwise use in any manner the disputed documents or information, - 8 - and shall instruct all persons to whom the receiving party has disseminated a copy o f the documents or information that the documents or information are subject to this Order and m a y not be copied, distributed, or otherwise used pending the motion and further notice from the Court. 15. The provisions o f this Order shall not terminate at the conclusion o f this lawsuit. Within 90 days after final conclusion o f all aspects o f this litigation, stamped confidential documents and all copies o f same (other than exhibits o f record) either shall be destroyed or returned to the producing party. In the event that stamped confidential documents are produced in electronic form, or are put into electronic form by the receiving party with the consent o f the providing party, then the receiving party shall delete all electronic copies of stamped confidential documents from all computer systems, disks, and other electronic medium and devices. All counsel of record shall make certification o f compliance herewith and shall deliver the same to counsel for the party who produced the documents not more than 120 days after final termination o f this litigation. 16. The attorneys o f record are responsible for employing reasonable measures to control and record, consistent with this Order, duplication of, access to, and distribution o f stamped confidential documents, including abstracts and summaries thereof. No duplications o f stamped confidential documents shall be made except by counsel to provide working copies and for filing in Court under seal pursuant to paragraph 7. 17. The Clerk may return to counsel or destroy any stamped confidential documents in its possession. - 9 - 18. It is expressly understood by and between the parties that in granting access to or producing stamped confidential documents in this litigation, Zimmer shall be relying upon the terms and conditions o f this Order. - 1 0 - Dated: October 30,2012 ZIMMER, INC., Defendant By: /s/April N. Hoo k Thomas C. Kus (Pro Hac Vice) Jessica Benson Cox (Pro Hac Vice) Faegre Baker Daniels LLP 300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700 Indianapolis, IN 46204-1750 Telephone: (317) 237-0300 Facsimile: (317) 237-1000 thomas.kus@faegrebd.com jessica.cox@faegrebd.com James G. Powers NE #17780 April N. Hook NE #24547 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO Suite 3700, First National Tower 1601 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68102 Telephone: (402) 341-3070 Facsimile: (402) 341-0216 jpowers@mcgrathnorth.com ahook@mcgrathnorth. com Attorneys for Zimmer, Inc. Dated: October 30,2012 ROGER WHEELER, Plaintiff, By: /s/ Mandv Strisen z Mandy L. Strigenz SIBBERNSEN, STRIGENZ & SIBBERNSEN, P.C n d 1111 N. 102 Court, Ste 330 Omaha, NE 68114 Telephone: (402) 493-7221 Facsimile: (402) 397-3515 mandy@sibbandstrig.com - 1 1 - ,2012. APPROVED the 31st day of October Judge, United States District Court Cheryl R. Zwart District States Magistrate Judge United o f Nebraska CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on October 30, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system, which will send notification o f such filing to the following: Mandy L. Strigenz SIBBERNSEN, STRIGENZ & SIBBERNSEN, P.C 1111 N. 102nd Court, Ste 330 Omaha, NE 68114 mandy@sibbandstrig.com / April N. Hook s - 1 2 - EXHIBIT A IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA ROGER WHEELER, Plaintiff, 8:12-cv-253 v. CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT ZIMMER, INC., Defendant. 1. I acknowledge that I am about to receive confidential information supplied by Zimmer, Inc. 2. I have read the Protective Order governing the restricted use of confidential information in this litigation, a copy o f which order has been provided to me. I understand the Protective Order and agree to abide by it. 3. I will not utilize any stamped confidential document or other information subject to the Protective Order for any purpose other than this litigation. I further affirm that I will not reveal the confidential information to, nor discuss it with, anyone, except in accordance with the terms of the Protective Order. 4. I understand unauthorized disclosures o f stamped confidential documents or their substance constitute contempt o f court. 5. At the termination o f this litigation, I will return all documents marked "Confidential," or "Confidential - Subject to Protective Order," as well as any copies, summaries or abstracts o f them, and documents related to them, whether in hard copy, electronic, or digitized format, to the attorney providing confidential materials to me. EXHIBIT A 6. I submit to the jurisdiction o f the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, as necessary to enforce the provisions o f the Protective Order. Dated: Signature Printed Name Address City, State, Zip Telephone Number BDDB01 952065 l v l