LHF Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-20

Filing 12

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge M. Hannah Lauck on 12/22/2016. (cgar)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Richmond Division LHF PRODUCTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, V. Civil Action No. 3:16cv284 JOHN DOES 1-20, Defendants. MEMORANDUM OPINION This matter comes before the Court on three motions: (1) the Second Motion to Extend Time Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) (the "Second Motion to Extend Time") filed by Plaintiff LHF Productions, Inc. ("LHF"), (ECF No. 8); (2) the Motion for Discovery to Take Pre-Conference Depositions (the "Motion for Discovery") filed by LHF, (ECF No. 9); and, (3) the Third Motion to Extend Time Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) and Notice of First Amended Complaint (the "Third Motion to Extend Time") filed by LHF, (ECF No. 11). The Court exercises jurisdiction pursuant to28 U.S.C. § 1338(a). ^ The Court dispenses with oral argument because the materials before it adequately present the facts and legal contentions, and argument would not aid the decisional process. For the reasons that follow, the Court will: (1) order LHF to file a First Amended Complaint within fourteen (14) days of entry of this Memorandum Opinion and Order; (2) sever and dismiss without prejudice all defendants except the first named defendant; (3) quash any subpoenas issued pursuant to its May 26,2016 Order, (ECF No. 5), to the extent the subpoenas ' 28 U.S.C. §1338(a) states in part: "The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents, plant variety protection, copyrights and trademarks." 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a).

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