RouteOne, LLC v. Does 1-9
OPINION AND ORDER granting 2 Motion For Immediate Discovery. Signed by District Judge Patrick J. Duggan. (MOre)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 11-cv-13781
Honorable Patrick J. Duggan
John Doe 1 - John Doe 9,
OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S EMERGENCY AND EX
PARTE MOTION FOR IMMEDIATE DISCOVERY
On August 30, 2011, Plaintiff RouteOne, LLC (“RouteOne”) filed this lawsuit
against unknown individuals and/or entities that allegedly accessed RouteOne’s internet
system without authorization. Presently before the Court is Plaintiff’s emergency and ex
parte motion for immediate discovery from third-parties Comcast Corporation
(“Comcast”) and AT&T Corporation (“AT&T”), filed pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure 26(d)(1) and (2) on September 1, 2011. For the reasons that follow, the Court
grants RouteOne’s motion.
RouteOne is an internet based credit application management system and company
that provides automotive dealer and finance sources the ability to manager their business
from a single internet portal. (Compl. ¶ 1.) More specifically, RouteOne offers its clients
the ability to access credit bureau reports for prospective retail automotive purchasers via
the internet. (Pl.’s Mot. ¶ 2.) Beginning August 28, 2011, RouteOne discovered that
unknown individuals and/or entities had accessed RouteOne’s system and obtained its
customers’ internet identification credentials and were using those credentials to access
credit bureau reports on RouteOne’s computer systems. (Id. ¶ 3.)
RouteOne has identified the internet addresses (“IP addresses”) associated with the
individuals and/or entities and has determined that the individuals and/or entities were
using Comcast’s and AT&T’s internet systems to access RouteOne’s systems. RouteOne
filed the pending motion seeking a court order requiring Comcast and AT&T to respond
to a Rule 45 subpoena and identify the subscribers associated with the IP addresses and
certain information about the subscribers (address, phone number, facsimile number, and
email address). Comcast and AT&T are precluded from revealing this information
without a court order pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 551(c). This information is necessary for
this lawsuit to progress.
Therefore, the Court GRANTS RouteOne’s request for immediate discovery, with
the following conditions. Internet service providers Comcast and AT&T shall respond
to and comply with the subpoenas served on them by counsel for RouteOne, requiring
them to identify the name, address, phone number, facsimile number and email address of
the individual and/or entity using the IP addresses identified in the subpoena. Unless
otherwise directed by the Court, Comcast and AT&T must comply with the subpoena
within the time specified in the subpoena, which may not be before September 8, 2011.
The disclosure of this information is ordered pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2)(B).
Any information disclosed to RouteOne in response to the Rule 45 subpoena may be used
only for the purpose of protecting RouteOne’s rights as set forth in the Complaint.
Comcast and AT&T shall give written notice to the subscribers affected by this
order within three (3) business days of being served with RouteOne’s subpoena.
Date: September 1, 2011
s/PATRICK J. DUGGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Todd A. Holleman, Esq.
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