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Collins v. C. R. Bard, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Nevada

December 23, 2019

PEGGY COLLINS, Plaintiffs,

          MARTIN BAUGHMAN, PLLC Ben C. Martin, Esq., Laura J. Baughman, Esq., Thomas Arbon, Esq., Counsel for Plaintiff.




         The parties, through their respective counsel, stipulate to the entry of a protective order to govern the dissemination of documents, materials, and other information, including the substance and content thereof, designated by any party as confidential and produced by any party in support of motions, in response to written discovery, or during any formal or informal discovery in this litigation subject to the terms as set forth below.

         WHEREAS, the parties to this action, through their respective counsel, have agreed that a protective order preserving the confidentiality of certain documents and information should be entered by the Court.

         THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED as follows:

         I. Definitions

         1. Confidential Information. “Confidential Information” is defined herein as any information that constitutes, reflects, discloses, or contains: (1) a “trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information” that is suitable for protection under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(1)(G); and (2) information that may be protected from disclosure under a party's constitutional right of privacy such as confidential and private psychiatric, psychological, medical condition and/or employment information.

         2. Trade Secret. A party, in designating information “Confidential” because it contains a “Trade Secret, ” shall designate only information that meets the definition of trade secret contained in 18 U.S.C. § 1839:

the term “trade secret” means all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible or intangible, and whether or how stored, compiled, or memorialized physically, electronically, graphically, photographically, or in writing if -
(A) the owner thereof has taken reasonable measures to keep such information secret; and
(B) the information derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by, the public.

         3. This Action. “This Action” means Peggy Collins v. C. R. Bard, Inc., et al., No. 2:19-cv-01864-RFB-BNW, pending in the United States District Court District of Nevada.

         II. Information Within the Scope of the Protective Order

         4. This Protective Order shall govern all hard copy and electronic materials, the information contained therein, and all other information produced or disclosed during This Action, including all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, whether revealed in a document, deposition, other testimony, discovery response or otherwise, by any party to This Action or its representatives (the “Supplying Party”) to any other party or parties to This Action or their representatives (the “Receiving Party”), whether provided voluntarily, pursuant to formal discovery procedures, or otherwise. The Parties agree that confidentiality of materials at trial will be determined by the Court after a separate briefing and/or argument process.

         5. The scope of confidentiality protections afforded under this Protective Order does not include any trial exhibits or trial testimony entered into evidence during the case known as Phillips v. C. R. Bard, Inc., et al., No. 3:12-cv-00344-RCJ-WGC (D. Nev. June 1, 2015), as to which that Court entered an Order denying Bard's motion to seal trial exhibits and trial transcripts.

         In addition, this Protective Order does not apply to any document that was admitted into evidence during the three MDL Bard IVC filter bellwether cases In Re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2641, listed in the MDL Court's Suggestion of Remand and Transfer Order (Second), Dkt. No. 3 (Exhibit 2 - Admitted Exhibit List from Bellwether Trials and Documents No. Longer Subject to Protective Order). To the extent only a portion of a document was admitted, only that portion of the document that was admitted shall not be subject to protection.

         Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Protective Order does not address or alter whether or not Defendants may argue that non-confidential documents should still be entitled to protection under the work-product doctrine and/or the attorney-client communication privilege.

         III. Designating Information As “Confidential” Pursuant to This Protective Order

         6. Documents. Any Supplying Party producing documents that contain information that meets the definition of Confidential Information as provided in Paragraphs 1 and 2 herein, may designate the contents of the documents as “Confidential” prior to or at the time of production by placing the following designation on the documents: “CONFIDENTIAL - Subject to Protective Order.” Where a document consists of more than one page, each page of the document shall be designated as such. Any document or information for which it is impracticable or impossible to affix such a legend may be designated by written notice to that effect with a reasonable description of the material in question including a BATES number, where applicable.

         7. If a Supplying Party makes documents or information available for inspection, rather than delivering copies to another party, no “Confidential” designation is required in advance of the initial inspection. For the purposes of initial inspection only, the documents shall be considered “CONFIDENTIAL.” Upon production of the inspected documents, the Supplying Party shall designate which of the produced or copied documents and materials are or contain Confidential Information pursuant to Paragraph 6 of this Order.

         8. Written Discovery. If responses to written discovery contain Confidential Information as defined in Paragraph 1 and 2 of this Protective Order, the Responding Party may designate the responsive documents and information, as set forth in Paragraph 6, with specific indication of the page and line references of the material that is “Confidential” under the terms of this Protective Order.

         9. Depositions. The parties may designate as Confidential any deposition transcript, or portions thereof, in This Action that meets the definition of Confidential Information provided in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Protective Order. Counsel for the designating party shall advise the court reporter and the parties on the record during the deposition or by letter no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the court reporter provides the parties with the final deposition transcript. If any portion or all of a deposition transcript is designated as Confidential Information, the court reporter shall label the cover page of the original and one copy of the transcript to state that Confidential Information is contained therein, and shall label as “Confidential” each page of the transcript and/or exhibits to the deposition transcript that constitute “Confidential Information.” Confidential designations of transcripts or portions thereof, apply to audio, video, or other recordings of the testimony. The court reporter shall clearly mark any transcript or portion thereof prior to the expiration of the 30-day period as “DO NOT DISCLOSE - SUBJECT TO FURTHER CONFIDENTIALITY REVIEW.” Deposition transcripts or portions thereof will be treated as Confidential Information until expiration of the 30-day period. If any party does not designate the transcript as “Confidential” either at the time of the deposition or within the 30-day period defined above, no portion of the entire transcript will be deemed “Confidential” and the “DO NOT DISCLOSE- SUBJECT TO FURTHER CONFIDENTIALITY REVIEW” legend shall be removed. The 30-day period may not be extended without mutual agreement of the parties.

         10. Confidential Information Produced by Third Parties. A party in This Action may designate as Confidential any document, information, or testimony produced or supplied by any person or entity not a party to This Action, that constitutes or meets the definition of Confidential Information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Protective Order. The party claiming confidentiality shall designate the information as such within thirty (30) days of its receipt of such information. Any party receiving information from a third party shall treat such information as Confidential Information during this thirty (30) day period while all parties have an opportunity to review the information and to determine whether it should be designated as confidential. Any party designating third party information as Confidential Information shall have the same rights, duties, and obligations, as a Supplying Party under this Protective Order.

         11. Publicly Available Information. The confidentiality restrictions and confidentiality obligations set forth herein shall not apply to information that is at the time of production or disclosure, or subsequently becomes, through no wrongful act on the part of the Receiving Party, generally available to the public through publication or otherwise. This includes information published during public hearings and trials, if the Supplying Party does not move to seal or appeal any order denying such motion to seal within the time permitted under the applicable rules. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Protective Order does not address or alter whether or not ...

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