This case activity was referred to me by an interested John Doe. Thanks!
*** Update – 30 Sep 11 ***
A PACER update showed two new documents (case doc # 159 & 160) filed by John Steele. The first document (29 Sep 11) is the voluntary dismissal (without prejudice) of the 8 remaining Doe defendants. Document #160 (30 Sep 11) is the dismissal (with prejudice) of 2 Doe defendants listed in document #159. So effectively, this case is over in its current form. As most of the Does were dismissed without prejudice, new cases can be started against them if Steele wants to. As a majority of the Does reside outside of IL, Steele is going to have to find an attorney authorized to file in each Does’ State. I doubt this will happen; now it is a waiting game until the statute of limitation runs out (3 years).
On 28 Sep 11, John Steele (Steele Hansmeier PLLC) voluntarily dismissed all of the John Does without prejudice, except for the 8 who had filed motions to quash. 28sep11_vol_dismiss_06254 The reason the keeping the 8 remaining Does on the cases is that Steele is waiting for the ISPs to provide the subscriber information since the motions to quash were denied. This case has been open for approximately a year and it is a wonder why the Judge did not dismiss it sooner due to not severing any of the Does. I guess the judge must have believe the Troll was actually going to take people to trial. 😦
Well I guess it is some comfort to the Does that didn’t settle that they are no longer tied to a case. As the Does were dismissed without prejudice, they can still be named again in another case. Of course it will cost Steele to file again, but I would just suspect he raise the settlement amount. This case was one of the earlier ones where the Trolls links together Does from various jurisdictions. This case was also different, as it had multiple different files from First Time Videos.
It will interesting to see what Steele does with the dismissed Does. If anyone has information on this case, please drop me a note.