The Bicycle Peddler LLC v. Does 1-12, Case No. 13-2372 (N.D. Ill. July 9, 2013)(Tharp)
Citing the inherently cooperative nature of BitTorrent, Judge Tharp has allowed TCYK to obtain early discovery in case no. 13-2372. In particular, Judge Tharp acknowledged that Does that participate in a single swarm simultaneously are subject to joinder in almost all courts that have examined the issue. However, Judge Tharp went farther, and determined that Does that participate in the same swarm at different times can be joined in a single lawsuit at least in the early phases of that suit. ISP subpoena letters are likely arriving now for Chicago area Does that are identified by their ISPs with regards to this case.
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