Early discovery AND Rule 30 depositions?
Some news in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Curiously, attorney Timothy Anderson has asked the court to consolidate 11 cases for Openmind Solutions. These are cases against individual John Doe defendants.
Next, in the same district, Judge Davis granted early discovery in 12 cases, but more importantly, he additionally granted permission to conduct Rule 30 depositions “to identify John Doe.”
I think this is a disturbing trend, where Plaintiff is granted leave to conduct Rule 30 depositions in conjunction with early discovery, and I hope the judges that permit this understand EXACTLY what they’re doing/allowing.