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Clyburn v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

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

January 25, 2018

Earl Clyburn and Jean Clyburn, Plaintiffs,
v.
Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Defendant.

          CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

          R. BRYAN HARWELL, 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 ___ day of ___, 2018, 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 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. Attorneys' Eyes Only Protection. If a party believes in good faith after review of documents in accordance with Paragraph 3, above, that, despite the provisions of this Order, there is a substantial risk of identifiable harm if particular documents it designates as “CONFIDENTIAL” are disclosed to all other parties or non-parties to this action, the producing party may designate those particular documents as “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” 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. 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-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY.” Inadvertent or unintentional production of documents without prior designation as “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” shall not be deemed a waiver, in whole or in part, of the right to designate documents as “CONFIDENTIAL- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” as otherwise allowed by this Order.

         5. Depositions. Portions of depositions shall be deemed “CONFIDENTIAL” or “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” only if designated as such when the deposition is taken or within fourteen days after receipt of the transcript. Such designation shall be specific as to the portions to be protected. Until fourteen (14) days after receipt of the transcribed testimony, such testimony shall be treated, at minimum, as “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY.”

         6. 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 (¶ 6.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 (1)-(5) 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[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.

         c. Control of Documents. Counsel for the parties shall take reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosure of documents designated as Confidential pursuant to the terms of this order. Counsel shall maintain a record of those persons, including employees of counsel, who have reviewed or been given access to the documents along with the originals of the forms signed by those persons acknowledging their obligations under this Order.

         d. Copies. All copies, duplicates, extracts, summaries or descriptions (hereinafter referred to collectively as “copies”), of documents designated as Confidential under this Order or any portion of such a document, shall be immediately affixed with the designation “CONFIDENTIAL” if the word does not already appear on the copy. All such copies shall be afforded the full protection of this Order.

         7. Protection of Attorneys' Eyes Only Material.

         a. General Protections. Documents designated “CONFIDENTIAL- ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” or “CONFIDENTIAL-PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” under this Order shall not be used or disclosed by the parties or counsel for the parties or any other persons identified below (¶ 7.b. or ¶ 7.c) 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. Except with the prior written consent of the individual or entity designating a document or portions of a document as “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, ” or pursuant to prior Order after notice, any document, transcript or pleading given “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” treatment under this Order, and any information contained in, or derived from any such materials (including but not limited to, all deposition testimony that refers, reflects or otherwise discusses any information designated “CONFIDENTIAL-ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY” hereunder) may not be disclosed other than in accordance with this Order and may not be disclosed to any person other than:

(1) the receiving party's outside counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation (employees of said counsel to whom disclosure is to be made must execute an acknowledgment in the form set forth at Attachment B hereto);
(2) Experts specifically retained as consultants or expert witnesses in connection with this litigation who have signed the acknowledgment in the form ...

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