Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 5 Motion for Discovery to Serve a Third Party Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference. Signed by Judge Paula Xinis on 11/18/2020. (heps, Deputy Clerk)
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Having considered the concerns raised by other courts that have addressed similar cases,
and Strike 3’s motion requesting permission to initiate discovery to identify the Doe Subscribers,
the motion is GRANTED, subject to the following conditions and limitations.
Strike 3 may obtain from the clerk a subpoena to be served on the ISP
through which the Doe Subscriber allegedly downloaded the copyrighted
work, and may serve the ISP in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 45. The
subpoena may command production of documents and or electronically
stored information (collectively, “Information”) identifying the Doe
Subscriber. The subpoena shall have, as an attachment, a copy of the
complaint filed in this lawsuit, and a copy of this Order.
After having been served with the subpoena, the ISP will delay producing
to Strike 3 the subpoenaed Information until after it has provided the Doe
a. Notice that this suit has been filed naming the Doe Subscriber as the one
that allegedly downloaded copyright protected work;
b. A copy of the subpoena, the complaint filed in this lawsuit, and this
c. Notice that the ISP will comply with the subpoena and produce to Strike
3 the Information sought in the subpoena unless, within 30 days of
service of the subpoena, the Doe Subscriber files a motion to quash the
subpoena or for other appropriate relief in this Court. If a timely motion
to quash is filed, the ISP shall not produce the subpoenaed Information
until the Court acts on the motion.
The Doe Subscriber may move to quash the subpoena anonymously, but
MUST PROVIDE his or her name and current address to the Clerk of the
Court so that the Court may provide notice of the filings to the Subscriber.
This may be accomplished by completing and mailing to the Clerk of the
Court the attached form. This contact information will not be disclosed to
the Plaintiff and will be used solely for the purposes stated above. The Court
will not decide any motions until the Doe Subscriber has provided all
If the Doe Subscriber fails to file a motion to quash the subpoena or
for other appropriate relief within 30 days, the ISP shall provide to Strike 3
the Information requested in the Subpoena within 14 days. Strike 3’s use of
this Information shall be restricted as further provided in this Order.
Pursuant to Rule 45(c), Strike 3 shall reimburse the ISP for its reasonable
costs and expenses, including attorney’s fees, associated with complying
with the subpoena and this Order.
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC,
JOHN DOE subscriber assigned IP address
Civil Case No.
EX-PARTE NOTICE OF IDENTITY AND CURRENT ADDRESS
I, (full name) ______________________________ am identified as the Doe Defendant
_______________________ in the above-captioned matter. I hereby advise the Clerk of Court that
my current address and telephone number are as follows:
Pursuant to the court's order, I understand that this information will be docketed as an ex parte
submission so that only court personnel, and not Plaintiff, will be able to view this information.
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