ELargo Holdings, LLC v. John Does 1-9
ORDER; 7 Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Take Limited Expedited Discovery of Information Prior to Rule 26(f) Conference is GRANTED in part in accordance with this Order, by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 4/20/16.(morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya
Civil Action No. 16–cv–00837–MSK–KMT
ELARGO HOLDINGS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company,
JOHN DOES 1-9,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Take Limited Expedited
Discovery of Information Prior to Rule 26(f) Conference. (Doc. No. 7.) Plaintiff alleges that the
Doe Defendants, identified only by their use of Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses, have infringed
on Plaintiff’s copyrighted work by using the internet and a “BitTorrent” protocol to reproduce,
distribute, display, or perform Plaintiff’s protected film. (Doc. No. 1.)
In the motion, Plaintiff requests permission from the court to serve limited early
discovery on the Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) of the services used by the Doe Defendants
prior to the Rule 26(f) conference. Plaintiff attaches the Declaration of Daniel Macek in support
of the motion. (Doc. No. 7-1.) The declaration is signed by an employee of the consulting
company hired by Plaintiff to identify the IP addresses of the Doe Defendants. The Complaint
also attaches a spreadsheet reflecting the IP address of each Defendant, along with the alleged
date and time of infringement, the ISP, and the city or town of each Defendant. (Doc. No. 1-1.)
The purpose of the limited early discovery Plaintiff requests in the motion is to obtain
additional information concerning the identities of the Doe Defendants so that they can be
properly named. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d) proscribes seeking discovery (except under Rule 34,
which is not applicable here) before the Rule 26(f) conference. However, this prohibition is not
absolute. The court may authorize discovery upon a showing of good cause. Pod-Ners, LLC v.
Northern Feed & Bean of Lucerne Ltd. Liability Co., 204 F.R.D. 675, 676 (D. Colo. 2002).
“Expedited discovery should be limited, however, and narrowly tailored to seek information
necessary to support expedited or preliminary relief.” Avaya, Inc. v. Acumen Telecom Corp., No.
10-cv-03075-CMA-BNB, 2011 WL 9293, at *2 (D. Colo. Jan. 3, 2011) (citation omitted).
After review of the motion, the court finds that Plaintiff has established good cause for
limited early discovery. Therefore, Plaintiff’s motion is granted as follows:
The Plaintiff may serve third party subpoenas pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 45 on the
identified ISPs for the limited purpose of ascertaining the identities of the subscribers of the
services used by Doe Defendants as identified by the nine IP addresses listed in Document No.
1-1. The subpoenas shall be limited to providing Plaintiff with the name, service address, billing
address, telephone number, email address, and Media Access Control address of the subscriber to
whom the ISP has assigned an IP address identified by the Plaintiff as used to infringe its
copyrighted Work. With each subpoena, Plaintiff shall also serve a copy of this Order. The ISP
shall notify the subscriber that his/her identity has been subpoenaed by the Plaintiff. Finally, the
court emphasizes that Plaintiff may only use the information disclosed in response to the
subpoenas for the purpose of protecting and enforcing its rights as set forth in its Complaint.
The court cautions Plaintiff that improper use of this information may result in sanctions.
Plaintiff’s motion (Doc. No. 7) is GRANTED in part in accordance with this Order.
Dated this 20th day of April, 2016.
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