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Verizon MTQ

Verizon MTQ

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Published by J Doe
http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/2012/05/05/lightspeed-media-corporation-v-john-doe-a-quick-followup-q-a-2/
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Published by: J Doe on May 30, 2012
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T\VENTIETHJUDICIALS1'
Plaintiff,
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)
MEMORANDUM
IN
SUPPORTOFMOTIONTOQVASHAND/ORMOTIONf'ORPROTECTIVEORDERInternetserviceproviders("ISPs")denotedbyPlaintiffas
Embarq
Communications,
Inc.
andVerizonOnline(collectively,the"MovingISPs")movethisCourtforanorderquashingPlaintiffsSubpoenasforDepositionand/orgrantingaprotectiveorder
with
respectto
anv
andallsubpoenasthathavebeenormaybeservedonoftheminthisaction.Furthermore,becauseExhibit
B
ofPlaintiffsComplaint
lists
AT&T
InternetServices,Bellxouth.net,CellcoPartnershipd/b/aVerizonWireless,CenturytelInternetHoldingsInc.,CoxCommunications,
Inc.,
QwestCommunicationsCompanyandWayport.Inc.(the"JoiningISPs")asentitiesfromwhomthePlaintiff,LightspeedMediaCorporation("Plaintiff"oralso
discovery,
theJoiningjoininthisMotionreliefasset
with
toanysubpoenasthatormaybeon
In
thisaction.MovingandarereferredtoastheBACKGROUNDAtlastcount.PlaintiffscounselPrendaInc.itspredecessor
200
lawsuitsimplicatingthousands"JohnDoe"subscribers
in
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numerousithandful
at
everortoaccountsubscriberssocancoercetheidentifiedindividualsintopayingthousanddollarstoavoidtheofengagingcounselembarrassmentpublicassociationwiththesexuallyexplicitmaterialatissue.Intheabsenceof
adversarial
litigation,neithertheplaintiffs'allegedrightsorallegedentitlementtodamages,northeevidenceallegedlyimplicatingthe"JohnDoe"defendantsaresubjecttoscrutinyordebate.Asanumberofcourtshaveobserved.the"JohnDoes"areoftennotlikely
to
subjecttothejurisdictionorvenueoftheforumcourtand/orarenotproperlyjoinedtogetherina.lawsuit.Moreover,the"JohnDoes"thatPlaintiffscounselseekstoidentify(andthencoerceintosettlement)aretheISPs'Internetaccount
subscribers,
who
inmanyinstanceswouldnotbethesamepersonasthe
user
ofanInternetaccount,aroommate.spouse,child,Wi-fietc.)withrespect
to
anyallegedlyacts.
SUMNIARY
proceedingisnothingmorethanathousandsindividualaproceedingwithouttowhetherthosesubscribersarelikelytoconnectiontoforumortobejoinedinofBartHuffmanofLaurenM.Fincher
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of
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a
m
so-called
was
on
Rule
to
to
thedefendantshaveappeared"unless
lS
shown.thefurtherancePlaintiff'sandcounsel'snationwidesettlementcampaignnotconstitute"goodcause"forthediscoverysought.Assuming
arguendo
thatPlaintiffcoulddemonstrate"goodcause"toidentifysingleJohnDoedefendantdiscoveryseekingtheidentificationofnumerousotherallegedwrongdoersdoesnothaveanyrelevancetothependingactionagainst
]01131
Doe.Further,Plaintiffcannotcreaterelevanceor"goodcause"astothousandsofunrelated,unidentifiedindividualsbysuggestingthattheymayhave"conspired"
with
JohnDoe.Plaintiff'ssuggestioninthisregardisuntenableonfaceandfallsfarshortofassertinganactionableconspiracyunderIllinoislaw.InsuingoneJohnDoe.Plaintiff
to
seriouspersonaljurisdiction,venue,andjoinderproblems,andtodeprivetheso-called"co-conspirators"ofotherrightswerepartiesinproceeding.Inessence.
Plainti
ff
wantstoindividuals
111
to
personallyidentifiableinformation,butnotwant
of
thoseindividualstobeactuallyconsideredbythe
COUli.
revealsthatasampleComplaintareassociatedwithlocationsinfourteen(
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