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Ridings v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

United States District Court, W.D. Missouri, Western Division

July 13, 2018

MAX RIDINGS, ET AL. Plaintiffs,
v.
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., ET. AL, Defendants.

          CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER

          John T. Maughmer United States Magistrate Judge

         This Court enters the following Confidentiality Order relating to the parties' proprietary and confidential information that may be subject to protection:

         The Court hereby ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

         1. Discovery in this case, including any appeal, may involve the production of information containing trade secrets, proprietary commercial or business information, intellectual property or financial information for which special protection from public disclosure and from use for any purpose other than this proceeding is warranted.

         2. This Order shall govern all hard copy and electronic documents, the information contained therein, and all other information produced or disclosed during this case, whether revealed in a document, deposition, other testimony, discovery responses or otherwise, by a party to this proceeding (the “Producing Party”) to any other party (the “Receiving Party”).

         3. Third parties who so elect may avail themselves of, and agree to be bound by, the terms and conditions of this Order and thereby become a Producing Party for purposes of this Confidentiality Order.

         4. The entry of this Order does not prevent any party from seeking a further order of this Court pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and applicable rules.

         5. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to affect in any manner the admissibility at trial or any other court proceeding of any document, testimony or other evidence.

         6. “Confidential Information, ” as used herein, means information, documents, things or data of any type, kind or character that the Producing Party believes in good faith constitutes, reflects, discloses, or contains information subject to protection under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or other applicable rules or law, whether it is a document, information contained in a document, information revealed during a deposition or other testimony, information revealed in an interrogatory response, or information otherwise revealed. Any transcript of an in camera hearing shall be treated as confidential pursuant to this Order.

         7. “Highly Confidential Information, ” as used herein, means highly sensitive Confidential Information which, if disclosed to a competitor or the general public, could result in substantial business harm by revealing trade secrets, manufacturing processes, proprietary design, drug formulation, drug development, sequencing, chemical stability and characteristics, analytical methods used in manufacturing, quality control processes, CMC information exchanged with the FDA and not the subject of a patent, source and specifications for drug components and raw materials, manufacturing plans, unpublished patent applications, strategic intellectual property plans, notices of invention, including but not limited to confidential intellectual property and patentable data, information, products or processes.

         8. In designating materials as “Confidential Information” or “Highly Confidential Information, ” the Producing Party shall do so in good faith, consistent with the provisions of this Order. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to allow global designations of all materials or documents as “Confidential Information” or “Highly Confidential Information.” 9. Specific documents and discovery responses produced by a Producing Party may be designated as containing Confidential Information or Highly Confidential Information by marking the first page of the documents with the words “Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order” or “Highly Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order” without obscuring any part of the text. Such a designation shall subject the document and its contents to this Order. In lieu of marking the original of a document, the Producing Party may mark the copies that are produced or exchanged.

         10. To the extent that information stored or recorded in the form of electronic or magnetic media is produced in such form, the Producing Party may designate such information as Confidential Information or Highly Confidential Information by cover letter generally referring to such information. The Receiving Party shall mark any storage medium containing such Confidential Information or Highly Confidential Information with the legend “Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order” or “Highly Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order.” Information designated as “Highly Confidential Information” which is stored in electronic form must be maintained in a secure password protected environment with limited access to be set by counsel for the Receiving Party so as to maintain the limitations provided in Paragraph 12 of this Order. Any Highly Confidential Information provided to experts (subject to the provisions of Paragraphs 12 and 14 of this Order) in electronic format on removable storage media must be subject to password protection, with the password being provided separately from the removable storage media containing the Highly Confidential Information. Whenever any Receiving Party reduces any such information to hard copy form, that Receiving Party shall mark the hard copy form with the “Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order” or “Highly Confidential Information - Subject to Confidentiality Order” designation.

         11. Information designated as Confidential Information pursuant to this Order may only be shown and delivered to the following people:

(i) the Receiving Party;
(ii) counsel for the parties, including their clerical, secretarial and other staff employed or retained by such counsel;
(iii) in-house counsel for the Defendants, including the clerical, secretarial and other staff working in the legal department;
(iv) experts and consultants retained by a party to this proceeding or the party's counsel for purposes of assisting the party and its attorneys of record in the preparation and/or presentation of its claims or defenses, provided that the ...

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