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Holliday v. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

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

February 8, 2019

Gary Holliday and Soinya Holliday, Plaintiffs,
v.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Nissan North America, Inc., Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc., and Calsonic Kansei Corporation Defendants.

          BOWMAN AND BROOKE LLP Angela G. Strickland Ashleigh R. Wilson Attorneys for Defendant Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc.

          Motley Rice LLC John David O'Neill Kevin R. Dean Attorneys for Plaintiffs Gary Holliday and Soinya Holliday

          CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

          RICHARD M. GERGEL, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Whereas, Plaintiffs Gary Holliday and Soinya Holliday and Defendant Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc. (herein "the 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 8 day of February, 2019, ORDERED:

         1. Scope. All documents produced, all responses to discovery requests, and all deposition testimony and deposition exhibits and any other materials generated during the course of Court-ordered jurisdictional discovery 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. 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.

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 conducting the court-ordered jurisdictional discovery 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 are not in agreement whether CONFIDENTIAL documents produced in this case can be shared with other counsel or experts who are not involved in this litigation. The parties propose, and the Court agrees, to defer the issue of a sharing provision for later determination, upon motion, by the Court. Until such determination is made, the parties agree to operate under the following provisions:
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)-(4) 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; and
(4) 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 ...

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