Judge Questions Joinder in ME2 Productions Inc Case in Chicago – Movie Download Lawsuit
ME2 Productions Inc. , the movie company holding the copyright to the movie “Mechanic: Resurrection” starring Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones, has filed a number of federal lawsuits in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago alleging internet subscribers illegally downloaded its movie for free. The movie Mechanic: Resurrection’s plot includes rescuing Jessica Alba’s character who is kidnapped.
The lawsuits are premised on the US Copyright Act alleging copyright infringement through peer-to-peer file sharing.
In one of these lawsuits, on the same day it was filed Chicago based federal judge Edmond E. Chang issued an order in case number 1:17-cv-00706 ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-25 that questioned the joining of the 25 unnamed defendants together. Judge Chang ordered ME2 Productions, Inc. to file papers with the court as to why these 25 defendants should be joined:
This case was filed against 25 Doe Defendants, arising from the use of BitTorrent. But there is a question of improper joinder, when measured against the standard set by this Court’s opinion in reFX Audio Software v. Does 1-85, 2014 WL 1293816, at *5-6 (N.D. Ill. March 24, 2014) (Case Nos. 13 C 01790, 13 C 01793, 13 C 03524, 13 C 07494). On review of Exhibit B to the Complaint, it does not appear that Plaintiff picked Defendants for joinder based on the Opinion. Plaintiff may argue against the prior Opinion and move for a finding of proper joinder, but must do so by 02/13/2017 (if no new arguments have been fashioned since the last time this Plaintiff argued against the Opinion, it is unlikely that the motion will be granted). Alternatively, Plaintiff may file an amended complaint by 02/13/2017, to comply with the Opinion. To track the filing of the motion or an amended complaint, a status hearing is set for 02/22/2017 at 9:15 AM
As of today February 8 2017, ME2 productions, Inc has yet to file either its motion or an amended complaint.
The lawsuits filed by ME2 Productions, Inc in the Northern District of Illinois
The lawsuits filed by ME2 Productions, Inc in the Northern District of Illinois federal court are:
- ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00706
- ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00708
- ME2 Productions v Does 1-26 1:17-cv-00710
- ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00712
- ME2 Productions v Does 1-42 1:17-cv-00714
How Do I Know If I am Targeted in a ME2 Productions Inc Lawsuit?
If your internet address (“IP address”) is involved, your first notice of the lawsuit will probably be a letter from Comcast Cable internet and a copy of a subpoena from ME2 Productions Inc. Scroll down for additional information about these lawsuits or click here for our FAQ on movie download lawsuits.
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There are numerous ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuits. Antonelli Law is the most experienced BT copyright defense firm in the country and represents clients nationwide.
Each lawsuit is filed in federal court and requests permission to find out the real names of internet users associated with IP addresses suspected of being part of the movie downloading. This is done by sending a subpoena to the internet company (ISP). Most people find out they are involved in the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their internet company (ISP) such as Comcast, COX, Comcast, or Verizon informing them of the copyright infringement allegations. A copy of a ME2 Productions Inc. Subpoena will probably be enclosed.
If you are the account holder for an internet service provider (ISP), your name is linked to an IP address. If you receive a Comcast Cable or other ISP letter informing you a subpoena was received to reveal your identity for a copyright infringement lawsuit, call Antonelli Law nationwide about your options including a motion to quash the subpoena at 312-201-8310.
ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas and summons can be scary or inconvenient, but we can help you manage the risk and the hassle.
Please tell your friends NOT to download this movie or they may be sued. Their first notice will be receiving one of the several ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas.
ME2 Productions Inc. is represented in the Illinois lawsuit by attorney Michael Hierl and the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd.
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