SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
FD_35622_0

Case Title:  
STEELRIVER INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS LP, STEELRIVER INFRASTRUCTURE ASSOCIATES LLC, STEELRIVER INFRASTRUCTURE FUND NORTH AMERICA LP AND PATRIOT FUNDING LLC--CONTROL EXEMPTION--PATRIOT RAIL CORP., ET AL.

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
DECISION GRANTED THE MOTION FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER IN THIS PROCEEDING.

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42398                        SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE MAY 18, 2012

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

DECISION

 

Docket No. FD 35622

 

SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners LP, SteelRiver Infrastructure Associates LLC, SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America LP, and Patriot Funding LLC—Control Exemption—

Patriot Rail Corp., et al.

 

MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER

 

Decided:  May 18, 2012

 

By motion filed on May 7, 2012, SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners LP, SteelRiver Infrastructure Associates LLC, SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America LP, and Patriot Funding LLC (collectively, Purchaser) seek a protective order pursuant to 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14(b) to protect the confidential and commercially sensitive information contained in the unredacted Stock Purchase Agreement dated May 4, 2012 (Agreement), among Purchaser and Patriot Rail Holdings LLC.  Included with the motion are a proposed protective order and undertaking.  Concurrently, Purchaser filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. § 1180.2(d)(2) to acquire control of Patriot Rail Corp. and its rail carrier subsidiaries, as described in the Agreement, a redacted version of which was included with the notice.

 

Purchaser submits that a protective order would facilitate the potential exchange and use of commercially sensitive information that, if publicly disclosed, could cause commercial or other harm to the disclosing party.

 

Good cause exists to grant the motion for protective order.  Issuance of the protective order will ensure that confidential information will be used solely for this proceeding and not for other purposes.  Further, the motion conforms to the Board’s rules governing protective orders to maintain the confidentiality of materials submitted to the Board.  See 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14.  Accordingly, the motion for a protective order will be granted.  The Agreement shall be subject to the Protective Order and Undertaking, as modified, in the Appendix to this decision.[1]

 

This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

 

It is ordered:

 

1.  The motion for protective order is granted, and the Protective Order and Undertaking in the Appendix to this decision are adopted.

 

2.  The unredacted Agreement submitted in this proceeding will be kept under seal by the Board and will not be 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, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.

 


 

APPENDIX

 

PROTECTIVE ORDER

 

1.  For the purposes of this Protective Order, “Confidential Information” means the unredacted Stock Purchase Agreement among SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners LP, SteelRiver Infrastructure Associates LLC, SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America LP, and Patriot Funding LLC (collectively, Purchaser) and Patriot Rail Holdings LLC, filed under seal on May 7, 2012, in Docket No. FD 35622.

 

2.  Confidential Information shall be provided to any party only pursuant to this Protective Order and only upon execution and delivery to counsel for Purchaser of the attached Undertaking.  Confidential Information shall be used solely for the purpose of this and any related Board proceedings, or any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom, and not for any other business, commercial, or other competitive purpose.

 

3.  Confidential Information shall not be disclosed in any way or to any person without the written consent of Purchaser or an order of the Board, and then solely for use in connection with this and related Board proceedings, or any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom, provided that such person has been given and has read a copy of this Protective Order and agrees to be bound by its terms by executing the attached Undertaking prior to receiving access to this information.

 

            4.  Any documents containing Confidential Information must be destroyed, and notice of such destruction must be served on Purchaser, at the completion of this and any related Board proceedings, or any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom.

 

            5.  If the Board retains the Confidential Information, it shall, in order to keep it confidential, treat the information in accordance with the procedure set forth at 49 C.F.R. § 1104.14.

 

            6.  If any party intends to use Confidential Information at hearings or otherwise in this proceeding or in any related Board proceedings, or in any judicial review proceeding arising therefrom, the party shall submit any filings or documents setting forth or revealing such Confidential Information to the Board, or the reviewing court as appropriate, under seal, and shall accompany such submission with a written request to the Board, or the court, to (i) restrict attendance at any hearing during discussion of such Confidential Information, and (ii) restrict access to the portion of the record or briefs reflecting discussion of such Confidential Information in accordance with the Protective Order.

 

            7.  All parties must file simultaneously a public version of any Confidential submission filed with the Board.  The Confidential version may be served on other parties in electronic format only.

 

            8.  All parties must comply with all of the provisions stated in this Protective Order unless good cause, as determined by the Board, is shown by any party to warrant suspension of any of the provisions herein.

UNDERTAKING

 

            I, _______________________________, have read the Protective Order governing the filing of Confidential Information by SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners LP, SteelRiver Infrastructure Associates LLC, SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America LP, and Patriot Funding LLC (collectively, Purchaser) in Docket No. FD 35622 and understand the same, and agree to be bound by its terms.  I agree not to use or permit the use of any data or information obtained under 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 purpose other than the preparation and presentation of evidence and argument in Docket No. FD 35622 or any judicial review proceedings taken or filed in connection therewith.  I further agree not to disclose any data or information obtained under this Protective Order to any person who is not also bound by the terms of this order and has executed an Undertaking in the form hereof.  At the conclusion of this proceeding (including any proceeding on administrative review, judicial review, or remand), I will promptly destroy any documents containing or reflecting Confidential Information, other than file copies, kept by outside counsel, of pleadings and other documents filed with the Board.

 

I understand and agree that money damages would not be a sufficient remedy for breach of this Undertaking, and that Purchaser shall be entitled to specific performance and injunctive or other equitable relief as a remedy for any such breach, and 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.

 

Dated:  ___________________

 

Signature:  ___________________

 

Position:  ___________________

 

Affiliation:  ___________________



[1]  On May 18, 2012, Sierra Railroad Company and Sierra Northern Railway (collectively, Sierra) filed a motion for access to the materials filed under seal in this proceeding.  Sierra may access the Agreement pursuant to the terms of the Protective Order and Undertaking adopted in this decision.