Protective Orders

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District Court Refuses to Amend Protective Order to Permit Expert, Who Was Former Employee of Competitor, to Review Confidential...

In this patent infringement action, the defendant, High 5 Games ("High 5"), moved for an order overruling the plaintiff's, Konami Gaming, Inc. ("Konami"), objection to an expert witness viewing confidential information. In...more

New TTAB Rules Coming in January 2017

The USPTO has amended the rules for TTAB proceedings. A Notice of Final Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2016. The effective date of the amended rules is January 14, 2017. ...more

Proposed Rule Would Promote Sealing New York Commercial Division Records Containing Sensitive Business Information

The heavy burden of persuading the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court to seal court records containing sensitive business information could be eased under a proposed new rule. In releasing the new rule for...more

The Sixth Circuit’s Continued Scrutiny of Sealing Decisions

We wrote here previously regarding the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Shane Group v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan vacating a class action settlement because the district court improperly refused to unseal the parties’...more

IVC Filter Litigation – Judge says no to Protective Order

Plaintiffs in a Multi District Litigation (“MDL”) filed complaints against Cook Medical Inc. (“Cook”) and alleges that Cook knowingly presented false information regarding the safety profile of its IVC filters to physician...more

Don’t Assume A Strong Discovery Protective Order Means Your Client’s Confidential Information Will Not End Up in the Public Record

The scenario is pretty common. A company is served with a subpoena duces tecum in a lawsuit to which it isn’t a party. Among the categories of documents requested are some that clearly include information the non-party...more

Protecting Your Client's President From Having To Be Deposed: NC Business Court

You have probably been in this situation. Your client is a successful corporate entity, maybe publicly held. You are defending the entity in a lawsuit and you receive a Notice of Deposition for the CEO of your client. The...more

District Court Denies Request to Preclude Defendant from Sharing Confidential Information of Plaintiff with PTAB as part of Inter...

In this patent infringement action between Ultratec and CaptionCall, CaptionCall filed a motion for relief from the stipulated protective order in order to use confidential commercial information from Ultratec (the...more

Use of Rule 45 Subpoenas in TTAB Proceedings

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit clarified the proper discovery procedures for a Rule 45 subpoena to compel a nonparty to produce documents in a trademark dispute before the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Seal of Approval for Unjustified Filings Under Seal

Litigants and third parties subpoenaed to produce information in litigation who believe that information that they deem confidential will not ever become part of the public record so long as a discovery protective order is in...more

More Mach Mining: Court Denies The EEOC’s Motion For Reconsideration Of Discovery Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the remand of the high profile Mach Mining litigation that was before the Supreme Court in 2015, a district court denied the EEOC’s motion for reconsideration of a discovery order pertaining to the scope...more

AAA’s Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised rules became effective on July 1, 2015 and include a host of changes, large and...more

2016 Legislative Changes to Virginia Family Law

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly enacted several changes to statutes relating to family law in the Commonwealth. Those changes are effective July 1, 2016 and include the following...more

Caution: Sealed Package – There Is More At Risk Than Unsealing

Parties litigating in courts across the country routinely file some documents under seal as a matter of course. Sealing filed documents often is a practical necessity – parties need not disclose certain confidential...more

District Court Denies Request for Order Compelling Production of Damage Expert Report from a Different Pending Case

In this patent infringement action between Chrimar Systems, Inc. ("Chrimar") and Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. ("Lucent"). Lucent sought production of the damages expert report of Plaintiffs' damages expert, Robert Mills, that was...more

Revised Standard Protective Order Of The TTAB Now In Effect

As of June 24, 2016, a revised Standard Protective Order of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) will become effective in relation to pending TTAB inter partes proceedings (some exceptions will apply) and all new Board...more

Janssen Continues BPCIA Litigation Against Celltrion But Eyes New Target

Janssen’s suit against Celltrion in the District of Massachusetts (C.A. No. 1:15-cv-10698) is one of the few currently pending litigations related to biosimilars and the BPCIA. To date, the litigation has focused on three...more

Trademark Red Tape: Incoming Fee Increases And Sweeping TTAB Rule Changes

Disparaging Marks Still Held in Abeyance. As an update to our last Trademark Red Tape, the USPTO, which has now filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court in In re Tam with respect to the...more

As Part of Protective Order, District Court Orders Prosecution Bar and Covenant Not to Sue for New Patents Acquired by Patent...

In this patent infringement action, a dispute arose between Plaintiff Blackbird Tech LLC ("Blackbird") and the defendants over the terms of proposed protective orders to govern the use of confidential information produced....more

Court Partially Allows Post-Proceeding Modification Of Protective Order For Documents Sought In Arbitration

A federal district court dealt with a novel approach where parties to an arbitration wanted to gain access to documents from a previous proceeding. The original case before the court pitted one plaintiff against three...more

Who Stays in the Courtroom?: the Texas Supreme Court Delivers its FirstUniform Trade Secrets Act Opinion

Last Friday (May 20), the Texas Supreme Court delivered its first opinion interpreting the Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act. M-I Swaco, an oilfield services company, alleged that a former employee and his current employer,...more

Wielding a Motion for Protective Order as a Defensive Tool

Plaintiffs’ requested discovery is always too broad and burdensome, and the information defendants produce are always too narrow and few. This is a common theme across almost every patent case filed in the nation, often...more

TCPA Team Scores Win For Dorsey Client: Court Prohibits Plaintiff From Seeking Deposition Testimony on Unrelated Prior Complaints

On May 18, 2016, Dorsey’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) team scored a major victory on behalf of one of its financial services clients when the District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted its...more

Proposed Changes to GAO Bid Protest Rules: Greater Formality, Overall Familiarity

On April 15, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would amend its current bid protest regulations, codified at 4 C.F.R. Part 21.1 The proposed rule adds a degree...more

Ashley Madison Update: Hacked Data Is Off-Limits

On April 29, 2016, Judge Ross issued his ruling on Ashley Madison’s motion for a protective order, prohibiting Plaintiffs from using the leaked documents, reports quoting the leaked documents, and information “stolen from...more

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