Fraserside IP LLC v. Gamma Entertainment Inc
ORDER re 25 MOTION for Clarification of 24 Memorandum Opinion and Order filed by WildBlue Media, www.pornerbros.com, Gamma Entertainment. Jurisdictional discovery must be completed on or before 8/31/2012. Responsive pleadings is extended to 9/14/12. The deadline for Scheduling Report is extended to 9/28/2012. Signed by Judge Mark W Bennett on 6/14/12. (djs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA
FRASERSIDE IP L.L.C., an Iowa
Limited Liability Company,
GAMMA ENTERTAINMENT, INC., a
Canadien Entity, d/b/a PornerBros.com
and WILD BLUE MEDIA, d/b/a
,and JOHN DOES 1-100 and JOHN
DOE COMPANIES 1-100,
DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR
I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
This case is before me pursuant to defendants’ Gamma Entertainment (“Gamma”)
and Wild Blue Media (“Wild Blue”), doing business as PornerBros.com, and operating the
website www.PornerBros.com (collectively “the Gamma defendants”) Motion for
Clarification of Court’s Memorandum Opinion and Order Regarding Defendants’ Motion
to Dismiss (docket no. 25). In their motion, the Gamma defendants request clarification
on four points: first, the Gamma defendants request a clarification as to the time frame
for jurisdictional discovery. The Gamma defendants contend that such jurisdictional
discovery may be completed within 60 days. Second, the Gamma defendants seek
clarification as to the scope of discovery. The Gamma defendants argue that discovery
should be limited to the “AdultFriendFinder” issue. Third, the Gamma defendants request
that their time to file a responsive pleading be tolled until the court has decided their
renewed motion to dismiss. Fourth, the Gamma defendants seek to extend the deadline
for scheduling order to a time following completion of the limited jurisdictional discovery.
Plaintiff Fraserside IP L.L.C. has responded to the Gamma defendant’s motion. In its
response, Fraserside resists three of the four points of the motion. First, Fraserside objects
to the Gamma defendants’ suggestion that jurisdictional discovery may be completed in 60
days and argues that no timetable may be set until the parties have conferred about it.
Second, Fraserside objects to discovery being limited to the “AdultFriendFinder” issue.
Instead, Fraserside argues that it should be permitted to explore all contacts the Gamma
defendants have with the State of Iowa.
Third, Fraserside objects to the Gamma
defendants’ request that their time to file a responsive pleading be tolled until after their
renewed motion to dismiss has been decided. Fraserside points out that since there is no
motion to dismiss pending, the Gamma defendants request is speculative.
Fraserside does not resist the Gamma defendants’ request to extend the deadline for
scheduling conference and
order to a time following completion of the limited
jurisdictional discovery. I will consider these four issues seriatim.
II. LEGAL ANALYSIS
A. Scope and Deadline of Jurisdictional Discovery
Initially, I take up the issue of the scope of jurisdictional discovery. The Gamma
defendants argue that discovery should be limited to the “AdultFriendFinder” issue while
Fraserside contends it should be permitted to explore all contacts the Gamma defendants
have with the State of Iowa.
Generally, discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is “‘to be accorded
a broad and liberal treatment.’” Credit Lyonnais, S.A. v. SGC Int’l, Inc., 160 F.3d 428,
430 (8th Cir. 1998) (quoting Hickman v. Taylor, 329 U.S. 495, 507 (1947)). This is
maxim applies equally when discovery is directed to personal jurisdiction. See Edmond
v. United States Postal Serv. Gen. Counsel, 949 F.2d 415, 425 (D.C. Cir. 1991); Naartex
Consulting Corp. v. Watt, 722 F.2d 779, 788 (D.C. Cir. 1983); Wyatt v. Kaplan, 686 F.2d
276, 283-84 (5th Cir. 1982) (Wisdom, J.). Fraserside’s discovery will not be limited to
the “AdultFriendFinder” issue, but may inquire into other areas that are reasonably likely
to aid in resolution of the jurisdictional issue here. Such jurisdictional discovery must be
completed on or before August 31, 2012.
B. Deadline For Filing A Responsive Pleading
The Gamma defendants request that their time to file a responsive pleading be tolled
until the court has decided their renewed motion to dismiss. I may extend the time for
filing a responsive pleading. Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b)(1). If a motion is made before the
original time expires, I may allow an extension of time for good cause. Fed. R. Civ. P.
6(b)(1)(A). If the request is made after the original time expires, I may grant an extension
if good cause is shown and the party failed to act because of excusable neglect. Fed. R.
Civ. P. 6(b)(1)(B). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(4) provides:
Unless the court sets a different time, serving a motion under
this rule [Rule 12] alters these periods as follows: (A) if the
court denies the motion or postpones its disposition until trial,
the responsive pleading must be served within 14 days after
notice of the court’s action.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(4)(A). Here, I denied the Gamma defendants’ motion to dismiss
without prejudice to permit Fraserside to conduct jurisdictional discovery. In light of this,
the time for responsive pleadings is extended to September 14, 2012.
C. Deadline For Scheduling Order
Finally, as noted above, Fraserside does not resist the Gamma defendants’ request
to extend the deadline for scheduling order to a time following completion of the limited
jurisdictional discovery. This portion of the Gamma defendants’ motion is granted. The
deadline for scheduling conference order is extended to September 28, 2012.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this 14th day of June, 2012.
MARK W. BENNETT
U. S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA
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