Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe

Filing 6

ORDER granting #4 First Motion for Discovery Early Discovery. Signed by District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 2/5/2024. (Collins, S)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA Western DIVISION Civil Case No. 5:23-cv-00737-FL STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC, Plaintiff, v. JOHN DOE subscriber assigned IP address, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SERVE THIRD-PARTY SUBPOENA PRIOR TO A RULE 26(f) CONFERENCE THIS CAUSE came before the Court upon Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Serve a ThirdParty Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference (the “Motion”), and the Court being duly advised in the premises does hereby: FIND, ORDER AND ADJUDGE: 1. Plaintiff established that “good cause” exists for it to serve a third-party subpoena on Spectrum (hereinafter the “ISP”). See LHF Prods., Inc. v. Does 1-5, No. 17-00151 (MR), 2017 WL 2960789, at *1 (W.D.N.C. July 11, 2017); Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe, 964 F.3d 1203, 1207 (D.C. Cir. 2020). 2. Plaintiff may serve the ISP with a Rule 45 subpoena commanding the ISP to provide Plaintiff with the true name and address of the Defendant to whom the ISP assigned an IP address as set forth in the Complaint. Plaintiff shall attach to any such subpoena a copy of this Order. 1 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: 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 of this Order to the Defendant. 4. Plaintiff may only use the information disclosed in response to a Rule 45 subpoena served on the ISP for the purpose of protecting and enforcing Plaintiff’s rights as set forth in its Complaint. DONE AND ORDERED this 5th day of February, 2024. __________________________________ LOUISE W. FLANAGAN United States District Judge 2

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