Kabbaj v. Simpson
MEMORANDUM ORDER Overruling 43 Objections, and ADOPTING 42 Memorandum and Order. The Motion to Compel Disclosures (D.I. 14 ) is DENIED; Plaintiff's motion to amend the amended complaint is DENIED; Defendant's motion to strike Plainti ff's motion to amend the amended complaint (D.I. 29 ) is Dismissed as Moot; and Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File a Reply (D.I. 46 ) is DENIED (see Memorandum Order for further details). Signed by Judge Richard G. Andrews on 4/8/2013. (nms)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
Civil Action No. 12-1322-RGA-MPT
MARK SUTHERLAND SIMPSON, a/k/a,
MARK SHERMAN SIMPSON,
The Plaintiffhas filed objections (D.I. 43) to the decision of the United States Magistrate
Judge. (D.I. 42). The Defendant has responded. (D.I. 45). The matter is now before this Court. 1
The Magistrate Judge had authority to make the decision pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(l)(A), which provides that "a [district] judge may designate a magistrate judge to hear
and determine any pretrial matter pending before the court [other than certain specified matters
including injunctive relief, judgment on the pleadings, summary judgment, class action status,
Rule 12(b)(6) motions, an involuntary dismissal]." Such a designation was made on December
19, 2012. The decision is also subject to review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), which
further provides that the district judge "may reconsider any pretrial matter ... where it has been
shown that the magistrate judge's order is clearly erroneous or contrary to law."
Thus, findings of fact are reviewed for clear error. Review of the factual determinations
is limited to the record that was before the magistrate judge. Determinations of applicable legal
standards are reviewed for error. There are also decisions that involve the exercise of discretion,
The Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File Reply (D.I. 46) will be denied.
and discretionary decisions are reviewed for abuse of discretion. See Cooper Hospital/University
Med. Ctr. v. Sullivan, 183 F.R.D. 119, 127 (D.N.J. 1998) (quoting another District ofNew Jersey
After full consideration ofthe objections and responses, the objections (D.I. 43) are
OVERRULED, and the Magistrate Judge's recommendations are ADOPTED. IT IS
THEREFORE ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiffs motion to compel disclosures (D.I. 14) is DENIED, and the subpoenas
issued to Google, Amazon.com, GoDaddy, Domains by Proxy and Privacy Protection Services
a. If plaintiff obtained any documents through these subpoenas, he shall return
them to the ISP(s) above on or before April22, 2013, and may not use those documents in this
matter, absent any further court order. If plaintiff fails to abide by this order, the court will
b. If discovery occurs in this matter, plaintiff shall not attempt service of any
subpoena without first obtaining permission from the court, and the parties shall advise the
opposition by providing copies of any subpoenas before any service.
c. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send a copy of this order to : Google Inc.,
C/0 The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801, Amazon.com
Inc., C/0 Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, DE
19808, GoDaddy.com, Inc., Compliance Department, 14455 North Hayden Road, Suite 219,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Domains by Proxy, LLC [www.domainsbyproxy.com]. 1474 N.
Northsight Blvd., Suite 111, PMB 309, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, and Privacy Protection Services,
Inc. [www.whoisprivacyprotection.com,] PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St.-F1, Bellevue, WA 98007.
2. Plaintiffs motions and requests related to his proposed sur-reply brief (D.I. 26-27, 30,
32-33) are DENIED, and his proposed sur-reply brief (D.I. 26) is REJECTED; and
3. Plaintiff's motion to amend the amended complaint (D.I. 28) is DENIED.
4. Defendant's motion to strike plaintiff's motion to amend the amended complaint to
add John Doe defendants (D.I. 29) is DISMISSED AS MOOT.
5. The Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File Reply (D.I. 46) is DENIED.
United States District Judge
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