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France v. Western World Insurance Co. Inc.

United States District Court, D. Montana, Butte Division

April 13, 2017



          Brian Morris United States District Court Judge.

         The discovery sought in the above-styled case involves the production of documents, information and things containing business financial, or other information of a sensitive, private and confidential nature about the party (or of another person which information the party is under a duty to maintain in confidence), hereafter referred to as “Confidential Information, ” and witness testimony containing Confidential Information. Accordingly, the parties have agreed to enter into this Stipulated Protective Order (“the Order”) to govern the production of documents, provision of information, and testimony that contains Confidential Information, and for good cause shown, the Court GRANTS the Joint Unopposed Motion for Stipulated Protective Order and ORDERS as follows:


         1. Designation of Material. Documents and other things claimed to be or to contain Confidential Information shall, prior to production, be marked by the producing party as “Confidential.” Placement of the “Confidential” designation on each protected page or on the initial page of a protected document when it is produced shall constitute notice and shall designate the document as Confidential material. Copies, extracts, summaries, notes, and other derivatives of Confidential material also shall be deemed Confidential material and shall be subject to the provisions of this Order.

         2. Subsequent Designation. Documents and/or materials produced in the litigation that are not identified as Confidential Information when they were initially produced may within a reasonable time thereafter be designated as Confidential by the producing party, or by the party or parties receiving the production, or by a person, by providing written notice to counsel for all other parties and to any person who may be involved. Each party or person who receives such written notice shall endeavor to retrieve any Confidential Information that may have been disseminated, shall affix a “Confidential” designation to it, and shall thereafter distribute it only as allowed by this Order. No distribution prior to the receipt of such written notice shall be deemed a violation of this Order.

         3. Designation of Depositions. Depositions or portions thereof upon oral or written questions may be classified as Confidential Information either by an examining party's attorney or by an attorney defending or attending the deposition. A party claiming that a deposition or any portion thereof is Confidential Information shall give notice of such claim to the other affected parties and persons either prior to or during the deposition, or within twenty-eight (28) days after receipt of the deposition transcript, and the testimony taken and the transcript of such deposition or portion thereof shall be designated as Confidential.

         4. Modification of Designation. The designation of Confidential Information by the producing party shall not be determinative and may be modified or eliminated at any time in one of two ways, as explained below.

(a) The producing party may agree in writing to downgrade or eliminate the Confidential designation concerning any material it produced.
(b) If the parties cannot agree as to the designation of any particular information or material after good faith discussion, the receiving party may move the Court to downgrade or eliminate the “Confidential” designation. The burden of proving that the information has been properly designated as protected shall be on the party who made the original designation.


         5. General Access. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein or ordered by the Court, Confidential Information may be revealed only as follows:

(a) To outside counsel for a party hereto (and secretaries, paralegals, and other staff employed in the offices of such outside counsel who are working on the litigation), provided that outside counsel who are not of record must first sign and deliver to counsel of record for each other party or parties a letter in the form of Exhibit A hereto.
(b) To the parties after they have been given a copy of this Confidentiality Stipulation by their outside counsel and signed a ...

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