New Sensations, Inc v. Does 1-1768

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ORDER GRANTING-IN-PART MOTION FOR LEAVE TO TAKE LIMITED DISCOVERY PRIOR TO RULE 26(F) CONFERENCE, re 7 . Signed by Judge Paul S. Grewal on May 31, 2011.(psglc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/31/2011)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 13 SAN JOSE DIVISION NEW SENSATIONS, INC., v. DOES 1-1768, 14 Defendants. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Plaintiff, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 10-CV-5864-PSG ORDER GRANTING-IN-PART MOTION FOR LEAVE TO TAKE LIMITED DISCOVERY PRIOR TO RULE 26(F) CONFERENCE (Re: Docket No. 7) On December 23, 2010, Plaintiff New Sensations, Inc. (“New Sensations”) filed this lawsuit for copyright infringement against 1,768 separate “Doe” Defendants. Ordinarily, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d)(1) precludes discovery before the conference required under the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). Pursuant to the court’s scheduling order, the parties were to have met as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) no later than March 1, 2011. That meeting has not taken place, and New Sensations now moves for leave to take discovery in advance of the meeting required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). New Sensations specifically seeks leave to serve subpoenas on several enumerated ISPs to obtain the true identities of Doe Defendants for purpose of service in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. New Sensations’ motion raises the same issues as those recently addressed by the court in response to a near identical motion for leave to take expedited discovery in Diabolic Video 27 28 Case No.: 10-5864 ORDER 1 1 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-2099.1 There, the court granted leave to take expedited discovery, but 2 only as to Doe 1. As to Does 2 through 2,099, the court severed Does 2 through 2,099 and ordered 3 the claims against Does 2 through 2,099 reassigned to an Article III judge. The court further 4 recommended that the claims against Does 2 through 2,099 be dismissed without prejudice and, if 5 refiled within 20 days, deemed continuation of the original action for purposes of the statute of 6 limitations. 7 The court sees no reason to treat New Sensations’ motion in this case any differently. 8 Accordingly, New Sensations’ motion therefore is GRANTED, but only as to Doe 1 and as 9 follows. United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that New Sensations is allowed to serve immediate discovery 11 on Doe 1’s ISP listed in Exhibit A to the Complaint by serving a Rule 45 subpoena that seeks 12 information sufficient to identify Doe 1, including the name, addresses, telephone numbers, and 13 email addresses of Doe 1. New Sensations’ counsel shall issue its subpoena in substantially the 14 same form as the example attached as Exhibit 1 to New Sensations’ Ex Parte Application for Leave 15 to Take Limited Discovery Prior to a Rule 26 Conference, and shall include a copy of this order. 16 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the ISP will have 30 days from the date of service upon it 17 to serve Doe 1 with a copy of the subpoena and a copy of this order. The ISP may serve Doe 1 18 using any reasonable means, including written notice sent to Doe 1’s last known address, 19 transmitted either by first-class mail or via overnight service. The ISP and Doe 1 each shall have 20 30 days from the date of service to file any motions in this court contesting the subpoena (including 21 a motion to quash or modify the subpoena). If that 30-day period lapses without Doe 1 or the ISP 22 contesting the subpoena, the ISP shall have 10 days to produce to New Sensations the information 23 responsive to the subpoena with respect to Doe 1. 24 25 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the ISP shall not assess any charge to New Sensations in advance of providing the information requested in the subpoena, and that the ISP that receives a 26 27 28 1 See Diabolic Video Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-2099, No. 5:10-cv-05865-PSG, Amended Order Granting-In-Part Motion for Leave To Take Limited Discovery Prior to Rule 26(f) Conference (Docket No. 16). Case No.: 10-5864 ORDER 2 1 subpoena and elects to charge for the costs of production shall provide a billing summary and cost 2 reports that serve as a basis for such billing summary and any costs claimed by the ISP. 3 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the ISP shall preserve all subpoenaed information 4 pending the ISP’s delivering such information to New Sensations or the final resolution of a timely 5 filed and granted motion to quash the subpoena with respect to such information. 6 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any information disclosed to New Sensations in response 7 to a subpoena may be used by New Sensations solely for the purpose of protecting its rights under 8 the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. 9 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Does 2 through 1,768 are SEVERED from this action United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 and that the claims against Does 2 through 1,768 be reassigned to an Article III judge. In view of 11 the misjoinder described above, the undersigned respectfully recommends that the claims against 12 Does 2 through 1,768 be dismissed without prejudice. The undersigned further recommends that if 13 New Sensations can refile separate complaints against Does 2 through 1,768 within 20 days of this 14 order, such actions should be deemed a continuation of the original action for purposes of the 15 statute of limitations.2 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 Dated: May 31, 2011 18 ________________________________ PAUL S. GREWAL United States Magistrate Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 This court is ordering reassignment to an Article III judge because, absent the consent of all parties, a Magistrate Judge does not have authority to make case-dispositive rulings. See, e.g., Tripati v. Rison, 847 F.2d 548, 549 (9th Cir. 1988). Case No.: 10-5864 ORDER 3