In the past two months, nationwide mass copyright plaintiffs Dallas Buyers Club, LLC and Cobbler Nevada, LLC have filed a modest number of lawsuits against John Doe parties in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
As Troll Defense previously reported, Dallas Buyers Club is an Oscar-winning drama starring Matthew McConaughey that has become the subject of hundreds of copyright actions in U.S. District Courts (and a few state courts) across the country. The nominal plaintiff’s enforcement activities are conducted in collaboration with Voltage Pictures, LLC, which also has production credits or distribution interests in Dallas Buyers Club and several other film titles in litigation.
As noted before, The Cobbler is comedy film starring Adam Sandler that was widely released earlier this year, with generally unfavorable reviews and uncertain box office revenues.
The Southern District cases make allegations of infringement via the use of BitTorrent technology – specifically naming the “µTorrent Mac 1.8.1 distribution system” – and seek judgment for statutory damages, attorney’s fees and costs, and injunctive relief.
It is not known why relatively few such suits have been filed in this U.S. District Court, situated in San Diego. While considerably smaller in population than the Central District of California, a hotbed for copyright and trademark litigation, the Southern District still encompasses over 3 million residents. The new Dallas Buyers Club cases are filed on a single-Doe basis, which likely stems from an April 2013 decision by the District Court in a pornographic Bittorrent case, holding that permissive joinder was improper and ordering that all but one Doe should be severed from the case.
The lawsuits were filed by attorney James S. Davis of Chula Vista, CA. Case listings with links to complaints are below.
Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.
Case No: 3:15-cv-01614
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. DOE-22.214.171.124
Case No: 3:15-cv-01615
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. DOE-126.96.36.199
Case No: 3:15-cv-01844
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe-188.8.131.52
Case No: 3:15-cv-01845
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe-184.108.40.206
Case No: 3:15-cv-02062
Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. DOE-220.127.116.11
Case No: 3:15-cv-02063
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. DOE-18.104.22.168