As previously described, Strike 3 Holdings has filed requests for hundreds upon hundreds of internet subscribers’ identities based on bare bones allegations that their investigators observed IP addresses downloading Vixen, Tushy, or Blacked branded films through BitTorrent networks. They do this through a ‘Pure Bill of Discovery’ in Miami-Dade county court where the only relief they ask for is a subpoena for the internet subscriber’s identity. This is flawed for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Miami-Dade county court has no jurisdiction over copyright matters and most of the internet subscribers are not in Florida.
Many defendants have fought the improper subpoenas by filing Motions to Quash (a request for the court to cancel the subpoena) and are successful at first, as Strike 3 will drop the Defendant from that case. However, this may not be the end. Strike 3 Holdings has filed more than 80 Federal cases this year. Most cases have been filed in California (38 cases) and Florida (15 cases). Additional cases have been filed in New York (10 cases), Illinois (9 cases), New Jersey (6 cases), Michigan (3 cases), Nevada (3 cases), Connecticut (2 cases), and Virginia (1 case). Approximately half of these cases include a request for a subpoena to get the subscriber’s identity from their Internet Service Provider.
Since in half the cases Strike 3 already has the Defendant’s identity, this means this Plaintiff is aggressive whether defendants fight with a motion to quash or not.
Notably, Strike 3 is usually successful in receiving a second subpoena from Federal courts. However, there are some districts in which they have been denied. If you have received a notice from your ISP that Strike 3 has subpoenaed your identity or has filed a Federal lawsuit against you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can explain what the case means, your options for defense, and what we recommend in your situation. We focus on exactly this type of litigation and have defended people across the country. Please be ready with your case number and IP address associated with your case.
These cases are serious. Statutory copyright infringement damages are often calculated at $2,250 per infringement. We have experience defending against these new tactics and will be able to help explain what the case means, your options for defense, and recommend the best path forward for you.