POW Nevada, LLC v. Doe 2 et al
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE directing Plaintiff, within fourteen days of this Order, to show cause in writing why the Court should not: (1) sever all defendants except the first defendant in this case; and (2) dismiss the remaining defendants without prejudice. Signed by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (PM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
POW NEVADA, LLC,
Case No. C17-1649RSM
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
DOE 2, et al.,
This matter was filed on November 3, 2017. See Dkt. #1. Plaintiff POW Nevada, LLC,
(“POW”) alleges twelve Doe Defendants participated in the same BitTorrent “swarm” to infringe
the same unique copy of the movie Revolt. Id. ¶¶ 10–14. Because the identities of the Doe
Defendants are unknown, POW has filed a motion to expedite discovery. Dkt. #4. The Doe
Defendants are represented by Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses which allegedly demonstrate that
the Doe Defendants participated in on-line sharing of the movie Revolt between 12:19 a.m. on
September 22, 2017, and 9:24 a.m. on September 27, 2017. Dkt. #1, Ex. B. Although the evidence
of internet activity shows that hours, if not days, separated each defendant’s allegedly infringing
conduct, POW alleges that all twelve Doe Defendants participated in a single BitTorrent “swarm,”
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and that the “swarm” aspect of their alleged file-sharing justifies joinder of these defendants in a
single lawsuit. See id. ¶¶ 18–24.
Although this is the second case filed by POW, its counsel has filed dozens of BitTorrent
cases against hundreds of doe defendants in this District. As the Court becomes more familiar
with these BitTorrent cases, concern about the potential for abuse in these matters has arisen. See,
e.g., Venice PI, LLC v. Doe 1, et al., Case No. C17-988TSZ, Dkt. #27 ¶¶ 2 n.1 and 3. POW’s
counsel’s actions in this district are of particular concern, and the Court questions the propriety of
POW’s efforts to join several doe defendants in a single matter. See id.; also Cobbler Nevada,
LLC v. Kevin James, Case No. C15-1430-TSZ, Dkt. #78. Given these concerns, and having
reviewed the record in this and related cases, the Court hereby ORDERS as follows:
1. Plaintiff shall, within fourteen days of this Order, show cause in writing why the
Court should not: (1) sever all defendants except the first defendant in this case;
and (2) dismiss the remaining defendants without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 27 day of November, 2017
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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