Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Doe 1 et al
MINUTE ORDER denying 14 Motion to Quash by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 9/15/2015.(mdave, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-01742-WYD-MEH
COBBLER NEVADA, LLC,
Entered by Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge, on September 15, 2015.
Before the Court is a letter construed as a Motion to Quash Subpoena filed by Defendant
John Doe #21 [filed September 11, 2015; docket #13]. The motion is denied without prejudice for
the following reasons.
First, Defendant John Doe #21 has failed to comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a), which states
in pertinent part,
Every pleading, written motion, and other paper must be signed by at least one
attorney of record in the attorney’s name – or by a party personally if the party is
unrepresented. The paper must state the signer’s address, email address, and
From the content of the present motion, the Court infers that John Doe #21 seeks to proceed in this
litigation anonymously. However, he 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 well-reasoned 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 John
Doe #21 wishes to re-file his motion in accordance with this order and all applicable local and
federal court rules, he may do so on or before September 30, 2015 and must first (or
contemporaneously) file a motion to proceed anonymously in accordance with Rule 11(a). With
such filing, John Doe #21 must provide to the Court his name, telephone number and email address
in the form of a separate written “supplement” to the motion.1 If John Doe #21 wishes to keep this
supplement (containing his identifying information) confidential, he may file a motion to file the
supplement under restriction pursuant to the procedure set forth in D.C. Colo. LCivR 7.2. The Court
may strike any motion or other filing that deviates from the requirements of this order or from those
set forth in the applicable local or federal rules.
Further, the Court notes that John Doe #21 failed to file with his motion a copy of the
challenged subpoena. Therefore, if John Doe chooses to re-file his motion to quash, he is instructed
to file a copy of the challenged subpoena with the motion.
Finally, the Court reminds John Doe #21 that Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(d)(3)(A) requires the Court
to quash or modify a subpoena that: (i) fails to allow a reasonable time to comply; (ii) requires
excessive travel by a non-party; (iii) requires disclosure of privileged or other protected matter, if
no exception or waiver applies; or (iv) subjects a person to undue burden. No other grounds are
The Clerk of the Court shall maintain the document at docket #13 under Level 2 restriction
until further order of the Court.
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 Court notes that
John Doe #21 already provided his address in the present motion.
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