IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
TIME WARNER, INC., et al.,
[draft December 22, 1994]
Misc. Action No. 94-338 HHG
AGREEMENT, STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER
The undersigned counsel for the parties in this action
hereby stipulate that the following protective order may be
entered by the Court:
I. As used herein, the following words shall have the following
- "this action" means the present petition
pending in this Court; this order does not purport to limit any
confidentiality provision that may be entered in any subsequent
proceeding against any party;
- "party" or "parties" means the Petitioner or
one or more of the Respondents in this action;
- "non-party" means any natural person,
partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity not
named in the miscellaneous action captioned above and pending in
- "Petitioner" means the United States
Department of Justice, its officials, employees or agents;
- "Respondents" mean Time Warner, Inc.
(Warner); Sony Corporation of America (Sony); PolyGram Holding,
Inc. (PolyGram); EMI MUSIC INC. (EMI); and Bertelsmann, Inc.
- "protected person" means any party or non-party that furnishes any information or material in connection
with this action or to the Department of Justice during its
investigation of a possible antitrust violation of the Sherman
Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1 and 2, namely a possible restraint
or monopolization of domestic and international markets for
cable, wire, and satellite-delivered music programming through
price-fixing cartels and overbroad joint ventures;
- "Court" means the United States District
Court for the District of Columbia;
- "disclosed" means shown, divulged, revealed,
produced, described or transmitted, in whole or in part, except
as otherwise permitted in Paragraph 3(c);
- "outside counsel" means the attorneys
specifically listed on this Order as well as (1) other attorneys
or consultants employed or retained by the law firms listed on
this Order; (2) any attorney subsequently retained or designated
by the Respondents to appear in this action, or (3) any attorney
representing any respondent before the European Commission or
U.K. proceedings regarding MTV Europe's complaint(s), PROVIDED
that any attorney or consultant covered under subparagraphs i(1),
(2) or (3) is not involved in the business operations of the
Respondents, including the negotiation of license agreements. The provision of legal advice regarding a proposed license
agreement will not be deemed to be a "negotiation of a license
- "confidential" means competitively sensitive
business or financial information or 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);
- "material" means documents or other forms of
information submitted by any party or non-party.
- Confidential material obtained by the Petitioner
from a protected person, and all information contained therein,
shall be used by the Respondents solely for the defense of this
action including preparation, hearing and any appeal and shall
not be disclosed for any other purpose.
- Material designated as confidential pursuant to
this Order may only be disclosed to the following persons:
- the Court and any Court employee working on
this action, as well as any independent court reporters working
on this action;
- attorneys, officials, other employees or
agents of the Department of Justice;
- outside counsel, except that outside counsel
is not prohibited from providing in-house attorneys a copy of the
Petitioner's brief and discussing the matters raised therein
without revealing the confidential information designated
pursuant to this Order;
- the clerical or administrative personnel of
any of the above persons; and
- authors or addressees of the material
designated as confidential.
- The provisions of subparagraphs 2 and 3 shall
remain in effect until the termination of the Petitioner's
- In the event that any confidential material is
used in any Court proceeding in this action, it shall not lose
its confidential status through such use, and the parties shall
take all steps reasonably required to protect its
- If any documents containing confidential material
are filed at any time in this action, the documents shall be
filed with the Clerk of Court under seal subject to further order
of the Court.
- Upon termination of the Petitioner's
investigation, outside counsel shall return all documents and
copies thereof designated as containing confidential material to
counsel for the producing party. In lieu of return copies,
counsel for the producing party may agree to accept a
certification that all such copies have been destroyed. However,
counsel for the parties may retain copies of all pleadings,
briefs and memoranda filed in this action, provided that they do
not disclose protected information to anyone not entitled to
receive it under the terms of this Order.
- In the event that a party believes that another
party has designated information as confidential that is not
entitled to such protection, the parties shall discuss this
contention and attempt to resolve the disagreement over the
classification of the information. If the parties cannot resolve
the matter, it will be submitted to the Court for resolution. In
the case of information provided by a third party, the party that
designated the information as confidential shall provide
reasonable notice to the third party that the matter has been
referred to the Court.
- Any party may move for a modification of this
Order at any time in the interests of justice.
- Nothing herein shall be construed to enlarge or
contract any right to use confidential material in the taking of
- Nothing herein shall be construed to affect in any
way the admissibility of any documents, testimony or other
evidence in any other proceeding or trial.
- The parties agree to abide by the terms of this
Agreement, Stipulation and Protective Order pending the Court's
entry of this Order or any other order which the Court, in its
discretion, may enter.
Robert P. Faulkner (430163)
Stacy S. Nelson
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Task Force
1401 H Street, N.W., Suite 3700
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: (202) 514-8398
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
By: Stuart Robinowitz, Esquire
Attorney for Time Warner, Inc.
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
By: Robert D. Joffe, Esquire
Attorney for Time Warner, Inc.
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York 10019
Rosenman & Colin
By: James Calder, Esquire
Attorney for Sony Corporation of
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Irell & Manella
By: Steven A. Marenberg, Esquire
Harvey I. Saferstein, Esquire
Attorneys for PolyGram Holding, Inc.
Irell & Manella
1800 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 900
Los Angeles, California 90067-4276
Chadbourne & Parke
By: William S. D'Amico, Esquire
Attorney for EMI MUSIC INC.
1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Mayer, Brown & Platt
By: Robert E. Bloch, Esquire
Attorney for Bertelsmann, Inc.
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006-1882
SO ORDERED this ____day_________, 1994.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE