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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

IN RE TRI-STATE WATER RIGHTS MDL Case No. 1824


LITIGATION Case No. 3:07-md-01 (PAM/JRK)

Joint Motion for Order Regarding


Confidentiality of Settlement Negotiations

The States of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia respectfully request that this Court issue an

Order declaring that ongoing settlement negotiations among the three States, including related

negotiations with any other party to this litigation, as well as any documents, data or other

materials prepared in anticipation of or exchanged in the course of such negotiations, and all

statements made during the negotiations, are and shall be kept confidential. In support of this

motion, the three States state as follows:

1. On December 15, 2009, the Governors of the States of Alabama, Florida and

Georgia met to discuss possible resolution of issues involved in this litigation. The three

Governors have directed their staffs to engage in expedited discussions designed to determine

whether a negotiated solution is possible at this time. The three States intend to pursue those

negotiations in the coming months, and at least five meetings are currently scheduled.

2. Although the three States already have commenced confidential negotiations, they

believe a court order declaring the confidential nature of their discussions may encourage the

open exchange of information and proposals necessary to address the issues at bar, and

discourage the improper dissemination of the same.

3. The three States anticipate that, from time to time, they might need to include in

their discussions other parties to this litigation, as well as non-parties, if necessary. If the Court
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enters an Order requiring all negotiations to remain confidential, then the three States each shall

ensure that non-parties participating in the discussions enter a confidentiality agreement. The

three States also will deem the Order to be in effect and binding on them despite the presence of

those non-parties in their settlement discussions.

4. The three States do not request a stay of Phase Two at this time, nor do they

request any modification to the current schedule for Phase Two at this time.

5. Counsel for parties have been contacted regarding their positions on this motion.

To date, none of the parties has indicated it will oppose this motion. Gwinnett County does not

oppose, but reserves the opportunity at the appropriate time to address any agreement which may

be reached in the absence of its participation. Southeast Federal Power Customers does not

oppose this motion, but intends to file a separate response to the motion.

Wherefore, the three States respectfully request this Court enter an Order declaring that

the States’ negotiations, including all documents, data or other materials prepared in anticipation

of or exchanged in the course of such negotiations, and all statements made during the

negotiations, are and shall be kept confidential, and further that all parties to this litigation

participating in such negotiations also shall be bound by the Order.

DATED this 4th day of January, 2010.

COUNSEL FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Bill McCollum
ATTORNEY GENERAL

Jonathon A. Glogau
Florida Bar No. 371823
Chief, Complex Litigation
The Capitol, Suite PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 414-3300

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jon.glogau@myflorida.com

Christopher M. Kise
FOLEY & LARDNER LLP
106 East College Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 513-3367
ckise@foley.com

James T. Banks
HOGAN & HARTSON, LLP
555 13th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 637-5802
(202) 637-5910 (fax)
jtbanks@hhlaw.com

Parker D. Thomson
Florida Bar No. 081225
HOGAN & HARTSON, LLP
1111 Brickell Ave, Suite 1900
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 459-6678
(305) 459-6550 (fax)
pdthomson@hhlaw.com

s/ Thomas R. Wilmoth
Thomas R. Wilmoth
Nebraska Bar No. 22518
Donald G. Blankenau
Nebraska Bar No. 18528
BLANKENAU WILMOTH LLP
206 S. 13th Street, Suite 1425
Lincoln, NE 68508-2002
Tel. (402) 475-7080
Fax (402) 475-7085
tom@aqualawyers.com
don@aqualawyers.com

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COUNSEL FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Thurbert E. Baker
Georgia Bar No. 033887
ATTORNEY GENERAL

Isaac Byrd
Georgia Bar No. 101150
Deputy Attorney General

Robert S. Bomar
Georgia Bar No. 066400
Georgia State Attorney General's Office
40 Capitol Sq SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 656-3300
(404) 656-0667
bbomar@law.ga.gov

s/ R. Todd Silliman
R. Todd Silliman
Georgia Bar No. 646005
Bruce P Brown
Georgia Bar No. 064460
John C. Allen
Georgia Bar No. 159073
MCKENNA LONG & ALDRIDGE, LLP
303 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 5300
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 527-4000
(404) 527-4198 (fax)
bbrown@mckennalong.com
jallen@mckennalong.com
tsilliman@mckennalong.com

Of Counsel:

Steven P. Quarles
Thomas R. Lundquist
CROWELL & MORING LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595
(202) 624-2500

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COUNSEL FOR THE STATE OF ALABAMA

William D. Little, III


Assistant Attorney General for the State of
Alabama
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE
11 South Union St.
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4162
(334) 242-48900 (fax)

s/ Matthew H. Lembke
Matthew H. Lembke
Joel M. Kuehnert
BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS, LLP
One Federal Place
1819 5th Ave. North
Birmingham, AL 35203-2119
(205) 521-8560
(205) 521-8800 (fax)
mlembke@babc.com
jkuehnert@babc.com

William S. Cox, III


W. Larkin Radney, IV
LIGHTFOOT, FRANKLIN & WHITE, LLC
400 North 20th St.
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 581-0700
(205) 380-9147 (fax)
wcox@lfwlaw.com
lradney@lfwlaw.com

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that on January 4, 2010, I caused to be filed electronically with the Clerk
of the Court through the CM/ECF system the foregoing JOINT MOTION FOR ORDER
REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY OF SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS; and that CM/ECF
system will send an e-notice of the electronic filing to the following:

Edward S. Allen
eallen@balch.com

John C. Allen
jallen@mckennalong.com

Haley A. Andrews
handrews@lightfootlaw.com

Thurbert E. Baker
pwitte@law.ga.gov;ibyrd@law.ga.gov

James T. Banks
jtbanks@hhlaw.com;nnbarefoot@hhlaw.com;gecata@hhlaw.com;jrotondi@hhlaw.com

Natalie Barefoot
nnbarefoot@hhlaw.com;masantana@hhlaw.com

Patricia T. Barmeyer
pbarmeyer@kslaw.com

Donald G. Blankenau
don@aqualawyers.com;sharon@aqualawyers.com

Robert S. Bomar
bbomar@law.ga.gov;bbrbomar@comcast.net

Bruce P. Brown
bbrown@mckennalong.com

James A. Byram , Jr
jbyram@balch.com

Isaac Byrd
IByrd@law.ga.gov;IByrd90211@aol.com

Thomas L. Casey , III


tcasey@balch.com;jschober@balch.com

William S. Cox , III


wcox@lfwlaw.com

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Lee A. DeHihns , III


lee.dehihns@alston.com

Teri L. Donaldson
tdonaldson@ssd.com

William M. Droze
william.droze@troutmansanders.com;terri.griffin@troutmansanders.com

J. Patrick Floyd
j.patrickfloyd@jpatrickfloyd.com

Jonathan Alan Glogau


jon.glogau@myfloridalegal.com;joann.mrazek@myfloridalegal.com

Lewis B. Jones
lbjones@kslaw.com;abalderamos@kslaw.com;pbarmeyer@kslaw.com

Nikaa Baugh Jordan


njordan@lfwlaw.com

Joel M. Kuehnert
jkuehnert@babc.com

Matthew H. Lembke
mlembke@babc.com

James A. Maysonett
james.a.maysonett@usdoj.gov;EFILE_WMRS.ENRD@usdoj.gov

C. Grady Moore , III


gmoore@balch.com

Clyde Y. Morris , Jr
clydemorris@charter.net

W. Larkin Radney , IV
lradney@lfwlaw.com

Natalie D. Sacha
natalie.sacha@troutmansanders.com;angela.levin@troutmansanders.com

Robert E. Sasser
rsasser@sasserlawfirm.com;kwilson@sasserlawfirm.com;frank.taylor@atchisonlaw.com;
tvickers@sasserlawfirm.com

Karen A. Sealy
ksealy@sonnenschein.com

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Sean W. Shirley
sshirley@balch.com;kepowell@balch.com

R. Todd Silliman
tsilliman@mckennalong.com

Benjamin Lee Snowden


ben.snowden@alston.com

Ruth Ann Storey


ruth.ann.storey@usdoj.gov

Spencer M. Taylor
staylor@balch.com

Andrew McFee Thompson


athompson@sgrlaw.com;jreece@sgrlaw.com

Parker D. Thomson
pdthomson@hhlaw.com;gecata@hhlaw.com

Orlando E. Vidal
ovidal@sonnenschein.com;ksealy@sonnenschein.com;jaquilina@sonnenschein.com;
nreeber@sonnenschein.com;jwhitley@sonnenschein.com

Clinton A. Vince
cvince@sonnenschein.com;jgratch@sonnenschein.com

Thomas R. Wilmoth
tom@aqualawyers.com;sharon@aqualawyers.com

Charles A. Zdebski
charles.zdebski@troutmansanders.com

s/ Thomas R. Wilmoth
Thomas R. Wilmoth
Nebraska Bar No. 22518
BLANKENAU WILMOTH LLP
206 S. 13th Street, Suite 1425
Lincoln, NE 68508-2002
Tel. (402) 475-7080
Fax (402) 475-7085
tom@aqualawyers.com