The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Facciola United States Magistrate Judge
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(7), and in the interest of protecting information of the parties and non-parties from improper disclosure, the undersigned hereby stipulate, subject to approval and entry by the court, to the following Protective Order:
1. "Confidential information" shall be defined as: a) any trade secret, or other confidential research, development, or commercial information, as such terms are used in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c)(7), of a party or protected person that, if disclosed, would materially affect the party or protected person's business, commercial, or financial interests; or b) any financial information of a party or protected person, including tax, salary, or bank account information, that, if disclosed, would prove materially damaging to that party's or person's reputation or invasive of his or her privacy.
2. A "protected person" shall be defined as any non-party who voluntarily or in response to discovery in this action produced or produces any information to any party in connection with this action.
3. Any document, deposition testimony, deposition transcripts and exhibits, or other response to requests for information produced in response to discovery requests in this action may be designated by any party or protected person as "confidential," to the extent that such information constitutes confidential information as defined above.
4. A party that has previously produced information to another party in connection with this action, whether voluntarily or in response to a discovery request, may designate such information as confidential. A party shall make confidentiality designations for documents and information within ten days of the entry of the confidentiality order, and in the meantime, parties shall treat all material as confidential. However, the previous disclosure of materials not heretofore designated as confidential shall not be actionable, provided that no additional disclosure of those materials occurs in violation of the confidentiality order.
5. Information and documents previously produced by a protected person to a party in connection with this action shall be treated as if designated confidential, unless and until the person submitting the information authorizes disclosure.
6. A party or protected person may designate as confidential any information it hereinafter produces, either voluntarily or pursuant to discovery in this action, to any party in connection with this action.
7. Confidential documents and information, including copies or summaries thereof, shall be used only for the prosecution or defense of this action and shall not be used or employed for any other purposes whatsoever. Confidential information shall not be disclosed or made available to anyone except:
(b) the parties to this action, and officers, directors or employees of the parties who are actively participating in the prosecution or defense of this action (including, but not limited to any mediation, arbitration, or other settlement process, as well as appeals of this action);
(c) counsel for the parties to this action and employees of said counsel;
(d) experts or consultants specifically retained by the parties or their attorneys to assist them in the preparation of this case or serve as expert witnesses at the trial of this action;
(e) third-party witnesses whom counsel reasonably deem necessary for the preparation and ...