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Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 1 v. Hartford Fire Insurance Co.

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

February 7, 2018

SNOHOMISH COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 1, a Washington Public Hospital District, d/b/a/ EVERGREENHEALTH MONROE, Plaintiffs,
v.
HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, a Connecticut corporation, Defendant.

          Gres D. Pendleton Attorneys for Plaintiff

          Matthew S. Adams Attorneys for Defendant

          STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

          Honorable Jam;s L. Robart United States District Court Judge

         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 hereby stipulate to and petition the court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It 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: Underwriting files and materials, including but not limited to premium, rating information, underwriting policies and guidelines, documents relating to marketing, sales, claims handling policies and procedures, and documents relating to insureds and prospective insureds other than Evergreen Health Monroe.

         3. SCOPE

         The protections conferred by this agreement 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 agreement 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 agreement. Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement.

         4.2 Disclosure of "CONFIDENTIAL" Information or Items.

         Unless otherwise ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may disclose any confidential material only to:

(a) the receiving party's counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation;
(b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in house counsel) of the receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless the parties agree that a particular document or material produced is for Attorney's Eyes Only and is so designated;
(c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation and who have provided written acknowledgment that they are bound by the terms ...

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