Bait Productions cases consolidated in M.D. Fla
I recently wrote about the 25 Bait Productions Pty Ltd. cases going on in the Middle District of Florida. The real news there was Magistrate Judge Baker’s Report and Recommendation to sever the joined defendants.
On 01/02/13, the Plaintiff responded to the Report and Recommendations with an objection.
Additionally, it appears that all of the cases have been consolidated under Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, and will be considered with Bait Productions Pty. Ltd. v. Does 1-36, No. 8:12-cv-2464. Of all 25 cases, it was the first one filed. Interestingly, in that case, discovery hasn’t been granted, though there was a motion for it. In several of the other cases, discovery was granted.
If Judge Hernandez Convington decides to adopt the Report and Recommendation in full, and sever all defendants, it will be a huge hit for Bait Productions, and a win for the defendants. She could also decide to vacate all prior discovery orders, and prevent further settlement attempts.
In the alternative, she could order in favor of the trolls, ignore or strike the Report and Recommendation, and grant discovery in the cases where it hasn’t been.
John Doe defendants should watch closely.
Are there any past rulings by this judge in similar cases?