A look at R&D Film 1 in Illinois
R&D Film 1, LLC, has a number of cases going on in a couple of jurisdictions. Let’s turn our eye to the Illinois Northern District Court first. These cases are litigated by Todd S. Parkhurst. R&D has had some success there; some defendants appear to be settling. In other cases, the judges seem skeptical of allowing discovery, or are requiring further basis beyond the initial complaint before granting it.
R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-57, 1:12-cv-05821
This suit was filed back in July. Judge Chang seemed skeptical of of Plaintiff’s Motion for Discovery and asked for a memorandum:
Plaintiff shall file a supplemental memorandum, supported by under-oath affidavit(s), with the following additional information: (a) what is the “geolocation technology” that Plaintiff used to trace each IP address to the State of Illinois, and how does it work, Compl. Par. 5; and (b) if BitTorrent is simultaneously infringing, Compl. Par. 4, then why are the dates and times on Exhibit B of the Complaint (and Gorfein Exhibit A) not all simultaneous or contemporaneous.
After R&D Film filed their memorandum, early discovery was granted. Defendants are fighting back, and presently on the docket are several MTQ’s.
R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-62, 1:12-cv-05822
Early discovery was granted without any hiccups, and certain defendants were recently dismissed.
R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-62, 1:12-cv-05823
Again, early discovery granted, and some defendants have been dismissed.
R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-103, 1:12-cv-09041
Plaintiff’s motion for discovery was denied on 12/05 by the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman.
Plaintiff is directed to file no later than December 21, 2012 a memorandum detailing why the John Doe defendants in this case are properly joined under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 20. See, e.g., Lightspeed v. Does 1-1000, No. 10 C 5604, 2011 WL 8179131 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2011); DIRECTV, Inc. v. Collins, 244 F.R.D. 408 (S.D. Ohio 2007).
Plaintiff responded with a memorandum, signed by attorneys Michael A. Hierl and Todd S. Parkhurst. The judge has yet to rule further.
R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-66, 1:12-cv-09043
A motion hearing was held on the Motion for Discovery. The court asked for a supplemental affidavit, which was filed on 12/19: Declaration of Darren M. Griffin regarding memorandum in support of motion. A ruling on the motion is set for 1/3. Note, virtually the same sequence of events has ocurred in R&D Film 1, LLC v. Does 1-37, 1:12-cv-09036.
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