Foda et al v. RateMDs, Inc.

Filing 2

INTERIM ORDER re 1 re Application for Order to Take Third Party Discovery via Subpoena Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782. Signed by Judge Patricia V. Trumbull on 5/10/10. (pvtlc1) (Filed on 5/11/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 The holding of this court is limited to the facts and the particular circumstances underlying the present motion. Judge Trumbull hears law and motion at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. Notice requirements are set forth in Civil Local Rule 7-2(a), and procedures for requesting shortened time, if warranted, are set forth in Civil Local Rule 6. OR D E R, page 1 2 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION MOHAMED FODA, M.D., et al., ) ) Applicant, ) ) v. ) ) RATEMDS., INC., ) ) Respondent, ) ___________________________________ ) Case No.: C 10-80099 JW (PVT) INTERIM ORDER RE APPLICATION FOR OR D ER TO TAKE THIRD PARTY DISC O V ER Y VIA SUBPOENA PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. 1782 (Re: Docket No. 1) On April 29, 2010, "Applicants" Mohamed Foda, M.D. and Mohamed Foda, P.C. filed an Application for Order to Take Third Party Discovery via Subpoena Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782.1 Having reviewed the papers submitted by the parties, the court finds it appropriate to issue this interim order. Based on the application and the file herein, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, no later than May 25, 2010, the Applicants shall serve a copy of the application, along with a copy of this order a proper notice of motion,2 on every party to the foreign proceedings in connection with which the applicant seeks to use the requested discovery. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 See In re Letters Rogatory from Tokyo Dist. Prosecutor's Office, Tokyo, Japan, 16 F.3d 1016, 1020 (9th Cir. 1994) (notice requirements of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply to discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782(a)); see also, FED.R.CIV.PRO. 5(a)(1)(D) (requiring written motions to be served on every party unless it may be heard ex parte).3 The notice of motion shall expressly identify the tribunal, title and case number of the foreign proceedings in connection with which the applicant seeks to use the requested discovery. Applicants shall promptly thereafter file a proof of service. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, along with the application and notice of motion, Applicants shall file and serve a supplemental brief that addresses the comment posters' First Amendment right to anonymous speech. See, e.g., Doe v. 2TheMart.com Inc., 140 F.Supp.2d 1088 (W.D. Wash. 2001) (noting that disclosure of a non-party who posts comments on the internet anonymously "is only appropriate in the exceptional case where the compelling need for the discovery sought outweighs the First Amendment rights of the anonymous speaker"); see also, Best Western Intern., Inc. v. Doe, 2006 WL 2091695 (D.Ariz. 2006) and cases cited therein. The supplemental brief shall also address the relevance to the claims or defenses in the foreign proceedings of any deletion of positive comments from RateMDs.com. Dated: 5/10/10 PATRICIA V. TRUMBULL United States Magistrate Judge If the Applicant believes this motion may be heard ex parte, he shall cite to the statute, rule or order which permits the use of an ex parte motion to obtain the relief sought. See, CIV.L.R. 7-10. OR D E R, page 2 3

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