By Eric Schweibenz
On June 2, 2010, ALJ E. James Gildea issued Order No. 6 in Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-712).

According to the Order, ALJ Gildea denied a joint motion filed by Complainants Verizon Communications Inc. and Verizon Services Corp and Respondent Cablevision Systems Corp. which sought to amend the Protective Order in order to add enhanced confidentiality provisions to protect the parties’ source code.  Specifically, ALJ Gildea determined that the parties failed to explain why the existing Protective Order “is in some way inadequate for their needs.”  ALJ Gildea also declined to “rubber stamp” the parties’ joint motion in light of “similar protections [that] have been offered in other investigations.”  In this regard, ALJ Gildea determined that the “parties have not demonstrated that an amendment to the Protective Order to protect confidential source code is necessary in this Investigation.” (Emphasis in original).