PURA: Filing Protected Material

Procedures for Requesting Protective Order when Filing Proprietary Information

Purpose
The purpose of these procedures is to assure that proprietary information can be quickly identified by Executive Secretary’s Office staff and that Commissioners and staff have sufficient information to determine whether the filing is entitled to protected treatment.

Definition 
Proprietary Information is defined as any information that may be exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Section 1-210(b) of the General Statutes of Connecticut.

Filing Requirements If Protection is Sought 

Anyone filing proprietary information for which protection from public disclosure is sought must file:
  1. One copy of the proprietary information in a 9" by 12" sealed envelope clearly labeled with the name of the filing entity, the date, a brief description of the contents (e. g. Response to Interrogatory TE-1), and the words "Confidential-Proprietary." Each page of the proprietary information should also be labeled "Confidential-Proprietary."  Do not filed the proprietary information in electronic form unless specifically requested to do so.
  2. A redacted version of the document containing information for which protection is sought. (This will be distributed to Commissioners and staff, alerting them that the information is subject to protective order, either granted or pending.)
  3. A package containing the following documents in both paper and electronic form:
    • A cover letter identifying the filer, the docket number (if any) and identifying the information for which protection is sought.
    • A motion for protective order for the proprietary information and a memorandum of law containing a description of the information and the legal standard upon which the request for protection is based. 
    • An affidavit from the sponsoring witness stating specifically why the information should be protected. 
    • A proposed protective order for signature by a Commissioner.
Filing Requirements If Protection Has Already Been Granted 
If protection has already been granted on a certain category of information, subsequent filings of that type of information need not include the motion, affidavit, and proposed protective order. The information should be filed in a sealed envelope as described above, and a cover letter and a redacted version of the document, also as described above, should be filed.
 
 
Content Last Updated May 2008