Strike 3 Holdings has filed another 18 cases in New Jersey. It seems they are only becoming more efficient at filing cookie cutter lawsuits across the country, demanding thousands in settlement payments from internet subscribers.
Strike 3 Holdings owns the rights to the adult film brands Tushy, Vixen, Blacked, and Blacked Raw. They use overseas investigators to record IP addresses associated with downloading and sharing the Plaintiff’s films. Once an IP address has been observed downloading multiple films, the Plaintiff then sues the alleged infringer as a “John Doe”. They then subpoena the internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, Verizon, Optimum Online, Time Warner, etc.) and compel them to identify the subscriber behind the IP address. The Plaintiff typically names the subscriber as the Defendant and then serves them with a summons and complaint.
Often, a subscriber first learns the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their ISP notifying them of the subpoena and the ISP’s obligation to release their identity unless the subscriber files a Motion to Quash – a request to the courts to stop (or “quash”) the subpoena. Motions to Quash are complex in these cases as the subpoena is between the Plaintiff and the ISP, meaning the subscriber is a third party. If a subscriber wishes to remain anonymous, it is important to secure representation as soon as possible.