Thursday, March 30, 2006

Judge Owen Grants Ex Parte Discovery Orders after Judges Koeltl and Hellerstein Recuse Themselves in Warner v. Does 1-149

In September, 2005, the RIAA brought one of their typical John Doe cases, in Manhattan federal court, Warner Bros. Records v. Does 1-149.


The case was first assigned to Judge John G. Koeltl, who recused himself.

The case was then reassigned to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who likewise recused himself.

Then the case was reassigned to Judge Richard Owen, who granted the RIAA's "ex parte" applications for discovery, and authorized subpoenas to be served on the internet service provider Time Warner Cable.

Ex Parte Order.*
Second Ex Parte Order.*

The subpoena is returnable Monday, April 3rd.

* Document available online at Internet Law & Regulation

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