United States District Court, D. South Carolina
FREDERICK D. SHEPHERD, JR., Plaintiff,
COMMUNITY FIRST BANK, RICHARD D. BURLESON, GARY V. THRIFT, DR. LARRY S. BOWMAN, WILLIAM M. BROWN, JOHN R. HAMRICK, JAMES E. TURNER, CHARLES L. WINCHESTER, and ROBERT H. EDWARDS, Defendants.
Douglas F. Patrick Fed. ID # 300 Douglas F. Patrick, PA, Austin F. Watts Fed. ID # 12120 Douglas F. Patrick, PA, Attorneys for Plaintiff
David R. Price, Jr. Fed. ID # 9964 Samuel B. Tooker, Fed. ID #12162 James C. Adams, Jr. N.C. Bar #18063 Justin N. Outling, N.C. Bar # 38409 Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP Attorneys For Defendants
CONSENT CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER
MARY GEIGER LEWIS, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Whereas, the parties to this Consent Confidentiality Order (“parties”), have stipulated that certain discovery material is and should be treated as confidential, and have agreed to the terms of this order; accordingly, it is, ORDERED:
1. Scope. All documents produced in the course of discovery, all responses to discovery requests and all deposition testimony and deposition exhibits and any other materials which may be subject to discovery, including documents obtained by subpoena (hereinafter collectively “documents”) shall be subject to this Order concerning confidential information as set forth below.
2. Form and Timing of Designation. Confidential documents shall be so designated by placing or affixing the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on the document in a manner which will not interfere with the legibility of the document and in a manner that can be removed, either electronically or physically, such that the document can be produced without a CONFIDENTIAL designation. Documents shall be designated CONFIDENTIAL prior to, or contemporaneously with, the production or disclosure of the documents. Inadvertent or unintentional production of documents without prior designation as CONFIDENTIAL shall not be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of the right to designate documents as CONFIDENTIAL as otherwise allowed by this Order.
3. Documents Which May be Designated Confidential. Any party may designate documents as CONFIDENTIAL but only after review of the documents by an attorney who has, in good faith, determined that the documents contain information protected from disclosure by statute, court rule, sensitive personal information, trade secrets, or confidential research, development, or commercial information. The certification shall be made concurrently with the disclosure of the documents, using the form attached hereto at Attachment A which shall be executed subject to the standards of Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Information or documents which are available in the public sector may not be designated as CONFIDENTIAL.
4. Depositions. Portions of depositions shall be deemed CONFIDENTIAL only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within ten (10) business days after receipt of the transcript. Such designation shall be specific as to the portions to be protected and shall be separately marked in the transcript.
5. Protection of Confidential Material.
a. General Protections. Documents designated CONFIDENTIAL under this Order shall not be used or disclosed by the parties or counsel for the parties or any other persons identified below (¶ 5.b.) for any purposes whatsoever other than preparing for and conducting the litigation in which the documents were disclosed (including any appeal of that litigation).
b. Limited Third Party Disclosures. The parties and counsel for the parties shall not disclose or permit the disclosure of any documents designated CONFIDENTIAL under the terms of this Order to any other person or entity except as set forth in subparagraphs (1)-(7) below, and then only after the person to whom disclosure is to be made has executed an acknowledgment (in the form set forth at Attachment B hereto), that he or she has read and understands the terms of this Order and is bound by it. Subject to these requirements, the following categories of persons may be allowed to review documents which have been designated CONFIDENTIAL pursuant to this Order:
(1) counsel and employees of counsel for the parties who have responsibility for the preparation and trial of the lawsuit;
(2) parties and employees of a party to this Order but only to the extent counsel shall certify that the specifically named individual party or employee’s assistance is necessary to the conduct of the litigation in which the information is disclosed;
(3) any person identified in the Confidential document as having authored or previously received the information or document;
(4) any person who counsel in good faith believes is or may be a testifying witness in the lawsuit regarding the document;
(5) court reporters engaged for depositions and those persons, if any, specifically engaged for the limited purpose of making photocopies of documents;
(6) consultants, investigators, or experts (hereinafter referred to collectively as “experts”) employed by the parties or counsel for the parties to assist in the preparation and trial of the lawsuit; and
(7) other persons only upon consent of the producing party or upon order of the court and on such conditions as are agreed to or ordered.
c. Use of Documents in Depositions. To the extent that any information, document, electronic file, or thing designated as CONFIDENTIAL is used in the taking of a deposition, such material shall remain subject to this Confidentiality Order, along ...