reFX Audio Software v. Does 1-141, Case No. 13-940 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 28, 2013)(Judge Bucklo)
On motion from SBC Internet Services, Judge Bucklo severed this BitTorrent copyright infringement case, and ordered that all but the first Doe be dismissed. This case was originally filed in February, and while the Court allowed reFX to serve early discovery, it has changed course. The Court’s opinion largely follows the reasoning of Judges Guzman and Reinhard. It may signal that BitTorrent cases filed before Judge Bucklo will be sua sponte severed going forward. We note that this decision appears to cut against the recent trend in the Northern District, as evidenced by decisions of, for example, Judges Tharp and Durkin.