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Shuler v. Rowley

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Orangeburg Division

December 27, 2017

Philip Shuler, Plaintiffs,
v.
Shamika Ann Rowley, Defendant.

          Davidson& Lindemann, P.A. Daniel C. Plyler, Fed. ID # 9762 Counsel for Defendant

          Garrett Law Offices, LLC Jason Scott Luck, Fed. ID # 9696 Counsel for Plaintiff

          CONSENT CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

          KAYMANI D.WEST UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Whereas, the parties to this action (“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 27th day of December, 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 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 person, entity, or 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.

         4. Depositions. Portions of depositions shall be deemed confidential only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within seven 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 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)-(6) below, and then only after the responsible party or counsel has advised the third party of the existence and terms of this Order, and that they are 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 that the 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;
(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) any current or former inmate of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, but not without first obtaining the written consent of all parties or an order from the Court.

         c. Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties shall take reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosure of documents designated as ...


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