Illinois Federal Judge Finds Joinder Of BitTorrent File Sharers Improper

Illinois Federal Judge Finds Joinder Of BitTorrent File Sharers Improper

CHICAGO - Issuing simultaneous rulings in two parallel Internet file-sharing cases, an Illinois federal judge on Sept. 27 concluded that a copyright holder failed to establish that alleged infringement by the multiple Doe defendants in the two cases arose from "the same transaction, occurrence, or series of transactions or occurrences," severing all but one Doe from each case (Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-68, No. 1:12-cv-06675; and Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-42, No. 1:12-cv-06677, N.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139068).

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