Zambezia Film (Pty,) Ltd. v. Does 1-31
MINUTE ORDER denying without prejudice 17 Motion to Quash. The Clerk of the Court is instructed to maintain under Restriction Level 2 the document located at docket #17 until further order of the Court, and to serve a copy of this order upon Defendant pursuant to the information provided in docket #17 by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 05/06/13.(jjhsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-00378-WYD-MEH
ZAMBEZIA FILM (PTY.), LTD.,
Entered by Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge, on May 6, 2013.
Defendant Doe #5’s Motion to Quash or Modify Subpoena [filed May 3, 2013; docket #17]
is denied without prejudice for the following reasons.
First, Doe #5 failed to attach a copy of the challenged subpoena to the present motion for the
Court’s consideration. Therefore, if Defendant chooses to re-file the motion, the Court instructs the
Defendant to attach to the motion a copy of the challenged subpoena.
Second, Defendant signed the present motion in compliance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a), but
refers to him/herself in the content of the motion as Doe #5 and, in bringing the present motion,
presumably seeks to keep the subpoenaed information (Doe #5's identity) from being disclosed to
Plaintiff. As such, Defendant is seeking to proceed in this litigation anonymously. However,
Defendant has failed to properly seek permission from the Court to do so. See K-Beech, Inc. v. Does
1-29, 826 F. Supp. 2d 903, 905 (W.D.N.C. 2011) (noting that a party who wishes to proceed
anonymously may overcome the presumption against anonymous proceedings by filing a wellreasoned motion to proceed anonymously); see also West Coast Prods., Inc. v. Does 1-5829, 275
F.R.D. 9, 12 (D.D.C. 2011) (“federal courts generally allow parties to proceed anonymously only
under certain special circumstances when anonymity is necessary to protect a person from
harassment, injury, ridicule or personal embarrassment”). Therefore, if Defendant wishes to re-file
the motion to quash in accordance with this order and all applicable local and federal court rules,
Defendant may do so on or before May 15, 2013 and must first (or contemporaneously) file a
separate motion to proceed anonymously.1 Defendant need not provide Defendant’s identifying
information again; for purposes of any renewed motion(s), the Court will consider the present
In addition to compliance with Rule 11, the Court also notes the necessity of having such
information for the proper and efficient management of its docket. The motion must comply with
D.C. Colo. LCivR 7.1C (“a motion ... shall be supported by a recitation of legal authority
incorporated into the motion”).
motion as a “supplement” containing Defendant’s identifying information.
The Clerk of the Court is instructed to maintain under Restriction Level 2 the document
located at docket #17 until further order of the Court, and to serve a copy of this order upon
Defendant pursuant to the information provided in docket #17.
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