|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|3i RR HOLDINGS GP LLC, 3i HOLDINGS PARTNERSHIP L.P., AND 3i RR LLC --CONTROL EXEMPTION--REGIONAL RAIL HOLDINGS, LLC|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION GRANTED A MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER IN THIS PROCEEDING.|
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46958 SERVICE DATE – APRIL 19, 2019
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
DOCKET No. FD 36289
3i RR HOLDINGS GP LLC, 3i HOLDINGS PARTNERSHIP L.P., AND 3i RR LLC
—CONTROL EXEMPTION—REGIONAL RAIL HOLDINGS. LLC
MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
Decided: April 17, 2019
On April 5, 2019, 3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., and 3i RR LLC, all noncarriers, filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. § 1180.2(d)(2) to acquire control of Regional Rail Holdings, LLC (Regional Rail), a noncarrier holding company that indirectly controls three Class III rail carriers: East Penn Railroad, LLC; Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC; and Tyburn Railroad LLC. 3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., and 3i RR LLC concurrently filed a motion for protective order under 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14 to protect the confidential commercial terms contained in the Agreement and Plan of Merger (Agreement) governing the transaction, submitted under seal in this proceeding. The motion states that a protective order is necessary because the Agreement contains highly sensitive commercial terms that would be damaging to the parties if those terms were made public. Included with the motion are a proposed protective order and undertaking.
Good cause exists to grant the motion for protective order. The motion conforms with the Board’s rules at 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14 governing protective orders to maintain the confidentiality of materials submitted to the Board. Issuance of the protective order will ensure that confidential information will be used solely for this proceeding and not for other purposes. Accordingly, the motion for protective order will be granted, and the Agreement shall be subject to the Protective Order and Undertaking, as modified in the Appendix to this decision.
It is ordered:
1. The motion for a protective order is granted, and the modified protective order and undertaking are adopted.
2. Materials designated as confidential will be kept under seal by the Board and not placed in the public docket or otherwise disclosed to the public, unless the attached undertaking is executed and the terms of the protective order are followed, or unless otherwise ordered by the Board.
3. This decision is effective on its service date.
By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.
1. For purposes of this Protective Order:
a) “Confidential Documents” means documents and other tangible materials containing or reflecting Confidential Information.
b) “Confidential Information” means: traffic data (including but not limited to waybills, abstracts, study movement sheets, and any documents or computer tapes containing data derived from waybills, abstracts, study movement sheets, or other data bases, and cost workpapers); the identification of shippers and receivers in conjunction with shipper-specific or other traffic data; and the confidential terms of contracts with shippers, confidential financial and cost data, and other confidential or proprietary business or personal information.
c) “Designated Material” means any documents designated or stamped as “CONFIDENTIAL” in accordance with paragraph 3 of this Protective order, and any Confidential Information contained in such materials.
d) These “Proceedings” consist of STB Docket No. FD 36289, any related proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board, and any judicial review proceedings arising from STB Docket No. FD 36289 or from any related proceedings before the Board.
2. Personnel of 3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., and 3i RR LLC and Regional Rail Holdings, LLC, and their wholly owned subsidiaries, the parties involved in this matter and their affiliates (collectively the parties), including outside consultants and attorneys for 3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., and 3i RR LLC or parties (representatives), may exchange Confidential Information for the purpose of participating in the Proceeding, but not for any other business, commercial, or other competitive purpose.
3. If any party to these Proceedings determines that any part of a discovery request or response, of a transcript of a deposition or hearing, or of a pleading or other paper filed or served in these Proceedings contains Confidential Information or consists of Confidential Documents, then that party may designate and stamp such Confidential Information and Confidential Documents as “CONFIDENTIAL”. Any information or documents designated or stamped as “CONFIDENTIAL” shall be handled as provided for hereinafter, except that no prohibition in any subsequent paragraph is applicable to an exchange of information pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Protective Order.
4. Information and documents designated or stamped as “CONFIDENTIAL” may not be disclosed in any way, directly or indirectly, or to any person or entity except to an employee, counsel, consultant, or agent of a party to these Proceedings, or an employee of such counsel, consultant, or agent, who, before receiving access to such information or documents, has been given and has read a copy of this Protective Order and has agreed to be bound by its terms by signing a confidentiality undertaking substantially in the form set forth at Exhibit A to this Order and providing a copy of the confidentiality undertaking to counsel for 3i RR and Regional Rail.
5. Any party to these Proceedings may challenge the designation by any other party of information or documents as “CONFIDENTIAL” by filing a motion with the Board or with an administrative law judge or other officer to whom authority has been lawfully delegated by the Board to adjudicate such challenge(s).
6. Designated Material may not be used for any purposes other than these Proceedings, including without limitation any business, commercial, strategic, or competitive purpose.
7. Any party who received Designated Material in discovery shall destroy such materials and any notes or documents reflecting such materials (other than file copies of pleadings or other documents filed with the Board and retained by outside counsel for a party to these Proceedings) at the earlier of: (1) such time as the party receiving the materials withdraws from these Proceedings, or (2) the completion of these Proceedings, including any petitions for reconsideration, appeals, or remands.
8. No party may include Designated Material in any pleading, brief, discovery request or response, or other documents submitted to the Board, unless the pleadings or other document is submitted under seal; in a package clearly marked on the outside as “Confidential Materials Subject to Protective Order.” See 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14. All pleadings and other documents so submitted shall be kept confidential by the Board and shall not be placed in the public docket in these Proceedings except by order of the Board or of an administrative law judge or other officer in the exercise of authority lawfully delegated by the Board.
9. No party may include Designated Material in any pleadings, brief, discovery request or response, or other document submitted to any forum other than this Board in these Proceedings unless (1) the pleading or other document is submitted under seal in accordance with a protective order that requires the pleading or other document to be kept confidential by that tribunal and not be placed in the public docket in the proceeding, or (2) the pleading or other document is submitted in a sealed package clearly marked, “Confidential Materials Subject to Request for Protective Order,” and is accompanied by a motion to that tribunal requesting issuance of a protective order that would require the pleading or other document be kept confidential and not be placed in the public docket in the proceeding, and requesting that if the motion for protective order is not issued by that tribunal, the pleading or other document be returned to the filing party.
10. No party may present or otherwise use any Designated Material at a Board hearing in these Proceedings, unless that party has previously submitted, under seal, all proposed exhibits and other documents containing or reflecting such Designated Material to the Board, to an administrative law judge or to another officer to whom relevant authority has been lawfully delegated by the Board, and has accompanied such submission with a written request that the Board, administrative law judge or other officer (a) restrict attendance at the hearing during any discussion of such Designated Material, and (b) restrict access to any portion of the record or briefs reflecting discussion of such Designated Material in accordance with this Protective Order.
11. If any party intends to use any Designated Material in the course of any deposition in these Proceedings, that party shall so advise counsel for the party producing the Designated Material, counsel for the deponent, and all other counsel attending the deposition. Attendance at any portion of the deposition at which any Designated Material is used or discussed shall be restricted to persons who may review that material under the terms of this Protective Order. All portions of deposition transcripts or exhibits that consist of, refer to, or otherwise disclose Designated Material shall be filed under seal and be otherwise handled as provided in paragraph 10 of this Protective Order.
12. To the extent that materials reflecting Confidential Information are produced by a party in these Proceedings, and are held and/or used by the receiving person in compliance with paragraphs 1, 2, or 3 above, such production, disclosure, holding, and use of the materials and of the data that the materials contain are deemed essential for the disposition of this and any related proceedings and will not be deemed a violation of 49 U.S.C. § 11904 or of any other relevant provision of the ICC Termination Act of 1995.
13. All parties executing a CONFIDENTIAL undertaking shall serve a copy upon the party providing the information.
14. All parties must comply with all of the provisions of this Protective Order unless the Board or an administrative law judge or other officer exercising authority lawfully delegated by the Board determines that good cause has been shown warranting suspension of any of the provisions herein.
15. Nothing in this Protective Order restricts the right of any party to disclose voluntarily any Confidential Information originated by that party, or to disclose voluntarily any Confidential Documents originated by that party, if such Confidential Information or Confidential Documents do not contain or reflect any Confidential Information originated by any other party.
16. Any party filing with the Board a “CONFIDENTIAL” pleading in these Proceedings shall simultaneously file a public version of the pleading.
I, ___________________________________, have read the Protective Order served on ____________, governing the production of confidential documents in STB Docket No. FD 36289, understand the same, and agree to be bound by its terms. I agree not to use or permit the use of any confidential data or information obtained pursuant to this Undertaking, or to use or permit the use of any techniques disclosed or information learned as a result of receiving such data or information, for any purposes other than the preparation and presentation of evidence and argument in STB Docket No. FD 36289 or any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom. I further agree not to disclose any confidential data or information obtained under this Protective Order to any person who is not also bound by the terms of the Order and has not executed an Undertaking in the form hereof. At the conclusion of this proceeding and any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom, I will promptly destroy any copies of such designated documents obtained or made by me or by any outside counsel or outside consultants working with me, provided, however, that outside counsel (but not outside consultants) may retain file copies of its work product and of pleadings and evidence filed with the Board, and in-house counsel may retain file copies of all pleadings and evidence containing confidential material it received during the course of this proceeding. I further understand that a party may retain its own confidential material.
I understand and agree that money damages would not be a sufficient remedy for breach of this Undertaking and that a party which asserts the confidential interest shall be entitled to specific performance and injunctive or other equitable relief as a remedy for any such breach. I further agree to waive any requirement for the securing or posting of any bond in connection with such remedy. Such remedy shall not be deemed to be the exclusive remedy for breach of this Undertaking but shall be in addition to all remedies available at law or equity.