Venice PI LLC v. Doe 1 et al
MINUTE ORDER granting plaintiff's 51 Motion to Resume Cases; directing plaintiff to SHOW CAUSE on or before 11/16/2018, why the Court should not, in light of Cobbler, dismiss the amended complaint. Any objection by a defendant to plaintiff's response to this show cause order shall be filed by 12/7/2018. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT) (cc: Megan Devillers, Scott Steele via USPS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
VENICE PI, LLC,
DAVID SCOTT, et al.,
MARY ELLEN AVELAR, et al.,
RUSLAN KHILCHENKO, et al.,
INA SICOTORSCHI, et al.,
GREGORY SCOTT, et al.,
YELENA TKACHENKO, et al.,
RANDY PATTERSON, et al.,
VICTOR TADURAN, et al.,
EDWARD JILES, et al.,
JASMINE PATERSON, et al.,
DAVID MEINERT, et al.,
The following Minute Order is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable
Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Judge:
Plaintiff’s motions to resume these cases, docket no. 45 in C17-988, no. 65
18 in C17-990, no. 55 in C17-991, no. 61 in C17-1074, no. 51 in C17-1075, no. 43 in C171076, no. 47 in C17-1160, no. 56 in C17-1163, no. 46 in C17-1164, no. 67 in C17-1211,
19 no. 53 in C17-1219, and no. 51 in C17-1403, are GRANTED, but solely for the purpose
set forth in this Minute Order. Plaintiff’s copyright infringement claims in these twelve
20 (12) actions remain pending against sixty (60) of the 154 defendants originally named.
Eight (8) individuals have filed answers, and three (3) others are represented by counsel.
21 No defendant has been declared in default. By Minute Order entered January 8, 2018, the
Court required plaintiff to show cause why its claims should not be dismissed with
22 prejudice for one or more of the following reasons: (a) failure to comply with Local Civil
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1 Rule 7.1(a); 1 (b) failure to establish that plaintiff is properly formed as a limited liability
company under California law; and/or (c) failure to state a cognizable claim. Plaintiff
2 timely filed materials in response to such Minute Order, and subsequently filed the now
pending motions to resume these cases. Thereafter, the United States Court of Appeals
3 for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzales, 901 F.3d
1142 (9th Cir. 2018), which requires plaintiff to plead, in support of its copyright
4 infringement claims, “something more” than each defendant’s status as the subscriber of
an Internet Protocol address associated with transmission of a segment of plaintiff’s
5 motion picture via a peer-to-peer network using the BitTorrent protocol. See id. at 1145.
Plaintiff is hereby DIRECTED to SHOW CAUSE, on or before November 16, 2018, why
6 the Court should not, in light of Cobbler, dismiss the amended complaint in each of these
cases either (i) with prejudice, or (ii) without prejudice and with leave to amend.
Any objection by a defendant to plaintiff’s response to this show cause
8 order shall be filed by December 7, 2018. Any reply by plaintiff to any such objection
shall be filed by December 14, 2018.
The Clerk is DIRECTED to send a copy of this Minute Order to all counsel
of record and to all pro se defendants who have answered or otherwise appeared.
Dated this 19th day of October, 2018.
William M. McCool
In its various corporate disclosure statements, plaintiff indicated that it is “owned by Lost Dog
Productions, LLC, which is owned by Voltage Productions, LLC.” See, e.g., Pla.’s Corp. Disclosure
(C17-988, docket no. 4). Plaintiff did not indicate the state(s) in which Lost Dog Productions, LLC and
Voltage Productions, LLC are organized. The Statement of Information filed on behalf of plaintiff with
the California Secretary of State, however, provided a California address for Lost Dog Productions, LLC.
In response to the Court’s query, plaintiff submitted the declaration of Michael Wickstrom, Senior Vice
President of Royalties for Voltage Pictures, LLC. Wickstrom Decl. at ¶ 1 (C17-988, docket no. 35).
According to Wickstrom, both Lost Dog Productions, LLC and Voltage Productions, LLC are organized
under Nevada law, and Voltage Productions, LLC has its principal place of business at 6422 Deep Dell
Place in Los Angeles, California, which is the address for Voltage Pictures, LLC’s agent for service of
process. Id. at ¶ 5 and Exs. B & D. The Court accepts plaintiff’s clarification concerning the state in
which its parent entities are organized, but makes no ruling regarding whether plaintiff and/or its parent
entities have complied with the requirements of California law.
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