Judge Drops 1,105 Defendants from Denton Lawyer's Case Over BitTorrent Porn Piracy
No worries, Stone told us at the time, because there were plenty more good cases out there, and he believed the Önkel case was an anomaly.
Now, though, it's more bad news for Stone out of the Northern District Court of Texas, as the judge in his case over the porn parody This Ain't Avatar 3D has dropped all but the first of Stone's 1,106 defendants in that case, saying there's no justification for grouping them all together. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson -- who's been getting most of Stone's cases transferred to his court -- also quashed any subpoenas Stone had out to Internet Service Providers asking for names and addresses to ID the thousand-plus John Does.
It's a lot like the move that stymied similar suits in West Virginia not too long ago, where courts were critical of the way a single case, with hundreds of anonymous defendants, could strain their docket. Stone told me a while back that he'd safeguarded his cases by making sure all the defendants had been serving up the exact same torrent file of the video -- but evidently, Judge Furgeson's inclined to disagree.
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'This Aint Avatar 3D' Suit - Motion Severing Defendants