motion for protective order.A party’s request that the court protect it from potentially abusive

action by the other party, usu. relating to discovery, as when one party seeks discovery of the other party’s trade secrets. • A court will sometimes craft a protective order to protect one party’s trade secrets by ordering that any secret information exchanged in discovery be used only for purposes of the pending suit and not be publicized. — Also termed motion for a protective order. [Cases:

Federal Civil Procedure 1271; Pretrial Procedure 41. C.J.S. Discovery §§ 12, 47.]

[Blacks Law 8th]