Thanks Raul for getting this information out.
Well it looks like the Eastern District of PA may be getting sick of the Trolls. On 16 Aug 12, Judge J. Curtis Joyner, ordered that 17 Patrick Collins cases and 31 Malibu Media cases be assigned to Judge Michael Baylson. Consol_03643(PA) Consol_04443(PA)
Judge Bayless will be monitoring and coordinating the following issues for these cases.
- Severance of Defendants
- Discovery Status
- Scheduling of Arbitration Hearings
- Settlement Negotiations
- Trial Dates
In case you don’t remember, Judge Bayless conducted the recorded hearing (2:12-cv-02084, Malibu Media v. John Does 1-14) in which Christopher Fiore made it obvious he was a simple tool in the hands of a larger Copyright Troll. Note: This case is in the 04443 case order. I can hope my declaration (Torpedo) had some effect on this decision, but I think Judge Bayless and others in the EDPA were beginning to see this business model for what it is. Previous posts on this issue.
Judge Joyner has just made it very clear to the Trolls that they are on notice to follow through with all their BS claims they will name, serve, and move these cases forward. It is interesting to note the first issue mentioned in the order is “Severance of Defendants.” The severance of all Does except for #1 in these cases is a good possibility. I’m sure there will be more interesting developments in the future. Stay tuned.