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W.S. v. Daniels

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Anderson/Greenwood Division

June 13, 2017

W.S., Plaintiff,
v.
Cassandra Daniels, Ursula Best, and South Carolina Department, of Social Services, Defendants.

          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 this 13th day of June, 2017, 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 (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 which will permit complete removal of the Confidential designation. Documents shall be designated CONFIDENTIAL prior to, or contemporaneously with, the production or the 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[1] who has, in good faith, determined that the documents contain information protected from disclosure by statute, 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.

         All transcripts of depositions shall substitute pseudonyms and initials for W.S. and other minors involved in this case. The parties shall maintain a master list of minor's initials to assist the parties and court reporters in identifying minor children. Portions of depositions shall be deemed confidential only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within seven (7) business days after receipt of the transcript. Such designation shall be specific as to the portions to be protected.

         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). The parties shall not disclose documents designated as confidential to putative class members not named as Plaintiffs in putative class litigation unless and until one or more classes have been certified.

         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 (i)-(v) below, and then only after the person to whom disclosure is to be made has executed an acknowledgement (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 as 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[2];
(3) Court reporters engaged for depositions and those persons, if any, specifically engaged for the limited purpose of making photocopies of documents;
(4) 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
(5) 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.

         6. Filing of Confidential Materials.

         In the event a party seeks to file any material that is subject to protection under this Order with the court, that party shall take appropriate action to ensure that the documents receive proper protection from public disclosure, including: (1) filing a redacted document with the consent of the party who designated the document as confidential; (2) where appropriate (e.g. in relation to discovery and evidentiary motions), submitting the documents solely for in camera review; or, (3) where the preceding measures are not adequate, seeking permission to file the document under seal pursuant to the procedural steps set forth in Local Civil Rule 5.03, DSC, or such other rule or procedure as may apply in the relevant jurisdiction. Absent extraordinary circumstances making prior consultation impractical or inappropriate, the party seeking to submit the document to the court shall first consult with counsel for the party who designated the document as confidential to determine if some measure less restrictive than filing the document under seal may serve to provide adequate protection. This duty exists irrespective of the duty to consult on the underlying motion. Nothing in this Order shall be construed as a prior directive to the Clerk of Court to allow any document be filed under seal. The parties understand that documents may be filed under seal only with the permission of the court after proper motion pursuant to Local Civil Rule 5.03.

         7. Greater Protection of ...


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