Strike 3 Holdings and Malibu Media filed 44 new file-sharing lawsuits in New Jersey against unnamed internet subscribers. Strike 3 Holdings filed 28 suits, while Malibu Media took 3 days to file 16 additional lawsuits. These lawsuits are virtually identical and all allege foreign investigators monitored BitTorrent activity and identified each IP address as downloading several of the Plaintiffs’ adult films. Strike 3 Holdings owns the rights to Vixen, Tushy, Blacked, and Blacked Raw and Malibu Media owns the rights to X-Art. There seems to be no end to the lawsuits as unsuspecting internet subscribers find themselves caught up in what Judge Lamberth of Washington, DC described as a “high tech shakedown” where the Plaintiffs treat the court system “as an ATM.”
Although separate companies, both Plaintiffs operate in the same way. Because the Plaintiffs do not know who downloaded the films, they sue a “John Doe” identified only through the IP address. They then subpoena the internet service provider to discover the name of the internet subscriber. Usually the defendant first finds out about the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their ISP to notify them about the subpoena and the possibility to file a motion to quash to stop the release of their identity.