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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,        

                                 Plaintiff,

                  v.

SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC.,

                                 Defendant.


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Civil Action No.1:03-CV-00434 (HHK)



UNCONTESTED MOTION FOR ENTRY OF STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER


Plaintiff, United States of America ("United States"), respectfully moves this Court, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 7(b) and 26(c), for entry of the attached Stipulated Protective Order limiting the use and disposition of information and documents. Jurisdictional discovery in this action is expected to yield documents and information of a sensitive and confidential nature, including business, commercial, financial, and trade secret information of the Defendant, Smithfield Foods, Inc. ("Smithfield"), its subsidiaries, and third parties to this action. Further, some of the documents and information submitted by Smithfield or any third parties, whether pursuant to compulsory process or voluntarily, in the course of the United States's pre-complaint investigation may also contain sensitive and confidential information. As a result, the United States and Smithfield have agreed to the attached Stipulated Protective Order and request that the Court enter it in this case.

Statement of Compliance with LCvR 7.1 (m)

Pursuant to LCvR 7.1(m), Plaintiff discussed this motion with Smithfield's counsel by telephone on June 6, 2003 in an effort to narrow any areas of disagreement, and Smithfield's counsel advised that, without prejudice to its Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction, Smithfield has authorized the United States to move for entry of this Stipulated Protective Order.


Dated this 12th day of June, 2003


    Respectfully submitted,


By
Plaintiff, United States

_______________"/s/"________________
Nina B. Hale
Jessica K. Delbaum
Alexander Hewes, Jr.
D.C. Bar No. 150284
Antitrust Division
United States Department of Justice
325 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20530
Telephone: 202/307-0892
Facsimile: 202/307-2784



IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,        

                                 Plaintiff,

                  v.

SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC.,

                                 Defendant.


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Civil Action No.1:03-CV-00434 (HHK)

PLAINTIFF'S STATEMENT OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF ITS UNCONTESTED MOTION FOR ENTRY OF STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER

Plaintiff's Uncontested Motion for Entry of Stipulated Protective Order is made pursuant to Rules 7(b) and 26(c)(7) of the Fed. R. Civ. P., as well as Rule 7.1 of the LCvR.

Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court enter the attached Stipulated Protective Order to ensure that confidential information obtained in jurisdictional discovery in this action, or submitted by Defendant or any third parties, whether pursuant to compulsory process or voluntarily, in the course of Plaintiff's pre-complaint investigation, is not improperly disclosed.


Dated this 12th day of June, 2003


    Respectfully submitted,


By
Plaintiff, United States

_______________"/s/"________________
Nina B. Hale
Jessica K. Delbaum
Alexander Hewes, Jr.
D.C. Bar No. 150284
Antitrust Division
United States Department of Justice
325 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20530
Telephone: 202/307-0892
Facsimile: 202/307-2784