Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. John Doe

Filing 5

ORDER Granting in Part Plaintiff's 4 Motion for Leave to Serve a Third-Party Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HRya)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC, Plaintiff, Case No. 24-cv-10449 Hon. Matthew F. Leitman v. JOHN DOE subscriber assigned IP address, Defendant. __________________________________________________________________/ ORDER GRANTING IN PART PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SERVE A THIRD-PARTY SUBPOENA PRIOR TO A RULE 26(f) CONFERENCE (ECF No. 4) In this action, Plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings, LLC alleges that Defendant John Doe violated its copyrights. (See Compl., ECF No. 1.) Currently, Strike 3 is only able to identify the Defendant by his or her internet protocol (“IP”) address. On March 9, 2024, Strike 3 filed a motion for leave to serve a third-party subpoena that seeks John Doe’s name and contact information from his or her internet service provider (the “ISP”). (See Mot., ECF No. 4.) The Court concludes that Strike 3 has shown good cause for its request to serve a subpoena before the conference required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f) and before the Court has held its initial scheduling conference under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16. Accordingly, it is 1 HEREBY ORDERED that the Strike 3’s motion for leave to serve a subpoena on John Doe’s ISP is GRANTED IN PART as follows. 1. Strike 3 may serve the ISP with a Rule 45 subpoena commanding the ISP to provide Strike 3 with the true name and address of the Defendant to whom the ISP assigned an IP address as set forth in the Complaint. Strike 3 shall not seek or obtain the telephone number or email address of the Defendant. Furthermore, Strike 3 shall attach to any such subpoena (1) a copy of this Order and (2) a copy of the Court’s Protective Order that it will issue at the same time that it enters this Order. 2. Strike 3 may also serve a Rule 45 subpoena in the same manner as above on any service provider that is identified in response to a subpoena as a provider of internet services to the Defendant. 3. If the ISP qualifies as a “cable operator,” as defined by 47 U.S.C. § 522(5), which states: the term “cable operator” means any person or group of persons (A) who provides cable service over a cable system and directly or through one or more affiliates owns a significant interest in such cable system, or (B) who otherwise controls or is responsible for, through any arrangement, the management and operation of such a cable system. it shall comply with 47 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2)(B), which states: 2 A cable operator may disclose such [personal identifying] information if the disclosure is . . . made pursuant to a court order authorizing such disclosure, if the subscriber is notified of such order by the person to whom the order is directed. by sending a copy all documents received from Strike 3 to the Defendant. 4. Strike 3 may only use the information disclosed in response to a Rule 45 subpoena served on the ISP for the purpose of protecting and enforcing its rights as set forth in its Complaint. 5. Until further order of the Court, the Defendant shall be identified in all public filings in this action as “John Doe.” In addition, until further order of the Court, no party shall use the name, address, or any other identifying contact information of the Defendant in any public filing in this case. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/Matthew F. Leitman MATTHEW F. LEITMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Dated: March 27, 2024 I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or counsel of record on March 27, 2024, by electronic means and/or ordinary mail. s/Holly A. Ryan Case Manager (313) 234-5126 3

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