Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. JOHN DOE subscriber assigned IP Address 22.214.171.124
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. (HMon)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC,
Case No. 21-cv-10070
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
JOHN DOE subscriber assigned IP
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
January 29, 2021, 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
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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
entered in this case (see Protective Order, ECF No. 5).
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),
the term “cable operator” means any person or group of persons
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
who otherwise controls or is responsible for, through any
arrangement, the management and operation of such a cable system.
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it shall comply with 47 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2)(B), which states:
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
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.
Dated: February 18, 2021
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on February 18, 2021, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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