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10-Cv-04381-CW Docket 40 Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

10-Cv-04381-CW Docket 40 Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

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)CASENO.:C-I0-4381(CW)
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)PLAINTIFF
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GROUP,INC.'S)OPPOSITIONTOS.P.'SMOTIONTO)DISMISSFORLACKOFPERSONAL)JURISDICTION.
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Case4:10-cv-04381-CWDocument40Filed02/23/11Page1of8
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D.GILLSPERLEIN(SBN172887)THELAWOFFICEOFD.GILLSPERLEIN584CastroStreet,Suite879SanFrancisco,California94114Telephone:(415)404-6615Facsimile:(415)404-6616
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTNORTHERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIAOAKLANDDIVISION
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PROCEDURALSUMMARY
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Plaintifffiledthisactionforcopyrightinfringementagainst138DoeDefendants.
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TheinfringingactivityoccurredonlineandtheonlyinformationPlaintiffhadastowho
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engagedintheinfringingactivitywastheipaddressusedtoaccesstheInternettoengage
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intheactivity.Thus,Plaintiffmovedforleavetotakeearlydiscovery,whichtheCourtpermitted.(OrderGrantingPlaintiffsRequestforLeavetoTakeEarlyDiscovery,Docket
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Attorneyforplaintiff
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GROUP,INC.
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No.
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PlaintiffservedasubpoenaontheInternetaccessproviderVerizonInternet
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GROUP,INC.d/b/aTITANMEDIA,aCaliforniacorporation,
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Plaintiff,
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vs.
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Does1-138,individuals,
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Defendants.
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PLAINTIFF'SOPPOSITIONTOMOTIONTODISMISSC-I0-4381(CW)
 
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PLAINTIFF'SOPPOSITIONTOMOTIONTODISMISSC-I0-4381(CW)
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requestingidentifyinginformationforthesubscriberwhoVerizonhadassignedvariousipaddressesatvariousdatesandtimes.
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s.P.isoneoftheaccountholder'sforwhomPlaintiffsubpoenaedrecords.Priorto
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thereleaseofhisorherinformationbyVerizon,S.P.filedaMotiontoQuash(DocketNo.
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22),MotionProtectiveOrder(DocketNo.20),andthisMotiontoDismiss(DocketNo.
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21),aswellasasupportingaffidavit.(DocketNo.23)
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TheCourtreferredtheMotiontoQuash(DocketNos.
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ProtectiveOrdertoMagistrateJudgeRyuandsetthebriefingscheduleontheMotionto
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DismissforLackofJurisdiction.(DocketNo.36).JudgeRyudeniedS.P.'sMotionto
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QuashandsetthebriefingscheduleonS.P.'sMotionforProtectiveOrder.(DocketNo.
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37).
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SUMMARY
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S.P.'smotiontodismissforlackofjurisdictionmustfail,becausethemotionis
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premature,asPlaintiffhasnotyetidentifiedornamedadefendantinlieuofDoeNo.10.
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EvenifthemotionwereproperlybeforetheCourt,Plaintiffhasallegedsufficientfactsto
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establishpersonaljurisdictioninthisCourt.Moreover,PlaintiffbelievesS.P.fileda
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motionghostwrittenbyaFloridaattorneyfortheimproperpurposeofincreasing
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PlaintiffslitigationcostsinordertogainatacticaladvantageanddissuadePlaintifffrom
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pursuingitsproperclaims.
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PLAINTIFF'SOPPOSITIONTOMOTIONTODISMISSC-I0-4381(CW)
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I.S.P.'sMOTIONTODISMISSFORLACKOFJURISDICTIONISPREMATURE.
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ThethresholdproblemwithS.P.'sMotiontoDismissisthatS.P.isnotcurrentlya
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partytothisaction.PlaintiffmayneverseektosubstituteS.P.forcurrentDoe10
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placeholder,becauseS.P.maynotactuallybetheindividualwhoengagedintheinfringing
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acts.Infact,S.P.hasspecificallydeniedknowledgeoftheinfringement.[Affidavitin
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SupportofMotionstoDismiss,MotiontoQuash,andGeneralDefenses,p.3,~2.]
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First,Plaintiffhasnotclaimedthatthesubscriberassignedtheipaddress
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173.49.157.78isoneandthesameastheinfringingindividualidentifiedasDoeNo.lOin
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theoriginalComplaint.Rather,PlaintiffhasstatedthatDoelOusedthecorresponding
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Internetaccount(whichwenowknowbelongedtoS.P.)toengageintheinfringing
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activity.Indeed,S.P.bydenyingknowledgeoftheinfringingactivityhasdeniedbeingthe
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defendantPlaintiffseekstopursue.AfterPlaintiffdiscoversS.P.'sidentity(astheowner
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oftheInternetaccountusedtoinfringe),Plaintiffmayfurtherinvestigatetodetermineto
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whomS.P.provideduseofhisInternetaccount,ifanyone.Afterthisinvestigation,PlaintiffmayelecttonametheaccountholderS.P.asthedefendantoritmaynamesomeoneentirelyotherthanS.P.PlaintiffmayevenneedadditionaldiscoverytodeterminewhoitwillnameinlieuofDoeNo.10.However,theinvestigationcannotmoveforwarduntilPlaintifflearnstheidentityandcontactinformationoftheaccountholder.EvenifPlaintiffconcludesafteritsinvestigationthatitshouldnameS.P.astheproperdefendant,Plaintiffcanonlyatthattimefullyconsiderandevaluatetheissueof
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