ME2 Productions Inc v. Doe 1 et al

Filing 8

ORDER granting Plaintiff's 5 Motion for Expedited Discovery, by Judge Robert S. Lasnik.(SWT)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 ME2 PRODUCTIONS, INC., 9 Plaintiff, Case No. C17-0783RSL 10 11 v. ORDER GRANTING LEAVE FOR PRELIMINARY DISCOVERY DOES 1 - 9, 12 Defendants. 13 14 This matter comes before the Court on plaintiff’s “Ex Parte Motion for Expedited 15 Discovery” in the above-captioned matter. Dkt. # 5. Because plaintiff cannot identify the 16 Doe defendants without taking discovery from internet service providers regarding each 17 defendant’s IP address, plaintiff’s motion is GRANTED. 18 Plaintiff may initiate discovery, including the issuance of subpoenas under Fed. R. 19 Civ. P. 45, on internet service providers seeking information that would allow service on 20 the Doe defendants, limited to his or her name, address, and email address.1 An internet 21 service provider (“ISP”) served with a subpoena authorized by this Order shall give 22 written notice, which includes email notice, and a copy of the subpoena to any affected 23 subscriber(s) as soon as possible after service of the subpoena and shall provide plaintiff 24 25 26 1 The Court has not authorized discovery of telephone numbers. If it has not already done so, plaintiff shall alter its form subpoena. ORDER GRANTING LEAVE FOR PRELIMINARY DISCOVERY - 1 1 with the date(s) upon which notice was provided to each affected subscriber. The ISP 2 and/or any affected subscriber(s) shall have thirty (30) days from the date the subscriber 3 is notified of the subpoena to object to the production pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 45(d)(2)(B). Any objection must be in writing and sent to the ISP and to David A. Lowe, 5 Lowe Graham Jones PLLC, 701 Fifth Ave., Suite 4800, Seattle, WA 98104. 6 The ISP shall not disclose defendants’ identifying information before or during the 7 30-day period or if a timely objection is served on plaintiff or its counsel unless and until 8 the objection is overruled. If an objection is served, the ISP shall preserve any material 9 responsive to the subpoena for a period of sixty (60) days in order to allow plaintiff to 10 move for an order compelling production under Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(d)(2)(B)(i). If no 11 objection is served, the ISP shall comply with the subpoena within ten (10) days. 12 13 14 Plaintiff shall provide a copy of this Order with each subpoena issued pursuant thereto. 15 16 Dated this 23rd day of May, 2017. 17 A 18 Robert S. Lasnik United States District Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER GRANTING LEAVE FOR PRELIMINARY DISCOVERY - 2

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