LHF Productions, Inc. filed a lawsuit against 16 unknown “Does” in Minnesota federal court on August 31, 2016 alleging its movie “London Has Fallen” was illegal downloaded. Unless there is a sealed motion not revealed on the PACER docket, it appears from the docket that the movie company never served anybody, or even filed a motion for leave to serve a subpoena to the ISP.
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The case is 16-cv-02950-PJS-HB LHF Productions, Inc. v. John and Jane Doe 1 -15
The federal rule of civil procedure 4(m) states:
If a defendant is not served within 90 days after the complaint is filed, the court—on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff—must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period
Thus, it would appear that if LHF Productions, Inc. desires to proceed with its lawsuit it had better have a pretty good reason for its failure to timely serve the defendants.
While the reason for the delay is anybody’s guess, we wonder if it might be due to the Prenda attorney Paul Hansmeier‘s woes in Minnesota. Some courts may view movie download lawsuits suspiciously because of the Prenda scandal.
There are many LHF Productions Inc lawsuits filed across the country.
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Usually your first notice about the LHF Productions Inc. lawsuit is a letter from your ISP such as Altice/Cablevision/Optimum Online, AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, or Verizon and a subpoena. The letter notifies you that the ISP has been subpoenaed to release your name to the plaintiff. The letter often mentions your right to file in court a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena.
The following is adapted from our article I received a Comcast letter and Subpoena – Help!
I received a Optimum Online letter and Subpoena – Help!
For many people in the past five years, they have gotten their mail and been surprised and confused to receive an Optimum Online letter or other Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a copy of a subpoena informing them:
1) A subpoena was been received to reveal your identity in relation to a copyright infringement lawsuit.
2) If you do not file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena, then after a certain amount of time such as two weeks or 30 days, the ISP will then turn over your name to the Plaintiff who filed the lawsuit.
3) Sometimes, the ISP will advise you to speak with a BitTorrent defense lawyer listed with the EFF Subpoena Defense such as Antonelli Law.
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
The Optimum Online letter and subpoena probably relates to a federal copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that someone in the home illegally downloaded a movie using file-sharing software like BitTorrent.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If the Court does not “quash” the subpoena then Comcast (or your other ISP) will release your name to the company who filed the copyright infringement lawsuit. Once their attorney finds out your name, you will either be sent a letter demanding money to make the lawsuit go away, or you will be sued. Perhaps both.
WHAT CAN I DO?
First, Don’t panic. As long as you do not ignore this (especially if you are served with a summons) as long as you pay attention to this and speak with a lawyer you will be most likely be fine. It may cost you some money to resolve this, but it is highly likely it will not ruin your life.
Second, talk to a lawyer who is experienced in these kinds of lawsuits. A BitTorrent defense lawyer is experienced with computer networking, computer forensics, and litigation. But perhaps more importantly, a BitTorrent defense lawyer knows better than most how the BitTorrent copyright litigation “game” is played – the plaintiff attorneys, the plaintiff’s “experts,” weaknesses of plaintiffs’ legal and technological claims, and other factors learned by hard work and many clients in different jurisdictions.
Copyright infringement lawsuits can be tricky, involving statutory damages and attorney fee awards if you lose. Don’t use someone like your real estate or divorce lawyer. We accept attorney referrals, and Antonelli Law has the experience to competently help you. an attorney learn your options. We will competently help you with the LHF Productions Inc New York Subpoena you received in the mail.
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The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer.
- Learn about what the notice means.
- Do you want to quickly and anonymously make this go away by resolving the lawsuit by settling?
- Or do you want to prepare to fight the lawsuit?
- Should you file a motion to quash the subpoena?
- Ask us every question that concerns you.
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- Reducing your anxiety about the problem
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