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ASC Machine Tools Inc. v. The Hanover American Insurance Co.

United States District Court, E.D. Washington

May 5, 2017

ASC MACHINE TOOLS, INC., a Washington corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
THE HANOVER AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY, a Delaware corporation, Defendant.

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          SALVADOR MENDOZA, JR. United States District Judge.

         Before the Court, without oral argument, is the parties' Stipulated Motion for a Protective Order. ECF No. 16. Having reviewed the pleadings and file in this matter, the Court is fully informed and GRANTS the motion. Pursuant to FRCP 26(c) and the stipulation of the parties, the Court hereby enters the following Protective Order:

         1. PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS

         Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties have stipulated to the following Stipulated Protective Order. ECF No. 16. This Order does not confer blanket protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery. The protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file confidential information under seal.

         2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL

         “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things produced or otherwise exchanged:

• Tax Returns;
• Business Models;
• Rate and Pricing Information;
• Customer or Marketing Information;
• Confidential Commercial Information; and
• Proprietary Information.

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this Order cover not only confidential material (as defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal confidential material. However, the protections conferred by this Order do not cover information that is in the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or otherwise.

         4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL

         4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is disclosed or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this Order. Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving ...


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