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Camelot Distribution Group, A California Corporation v. Does 1 Through 1210

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 15, 2011

CAMELOT DISTRIBUTION GROUP, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DOES 1 THROUGH 1210, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

On September 23, 2011, the undersigned entered an order permitting plaintiff to conduct early and expedited discovery in this case in regards to certain third-party internet service providers ("ISP" or "ISPs").*fn1 (See generally Order, Sept. 23, 2011, Dkt. No. 11.) On November 10, 2011, the court received a letter from Abdullah Chowdhury, who appears to be a non-attorney and is identified as the general manager of a Motel 6 establishment in Traverse City, Michigan. The letter is dated November 9, 2011. It does not appear that this Motel 6 establishment is one of the subject ISPs. Although it is not entirely clear what relation this particular Motel 6 establishment has to this case, the letter expresses concern regarding the disclosure of the motel's "information" and its guests' "computer information" to the public.

Despite the expression of concern regarding the public disclosure of sensitive information, the letter contains the Internet Protocol ("IP") address of this Motel 6 establishment.

The court takes no action with respect to Mr. Chowdhury's letter. If this Motel 6 establishment is concerned about the disclosure of private information, it should contact the party that intends to disclose the information and attempt to seek a stipulated protective order or other appropriate relief. Alternatively, it may seek appropriate relief from the court in the form of a protective order. However, Mr. Chowdhury and the establishment he manages are advised that to the extent that this Motel 6 establishment is a corporate entity, it may only appear in federal court through a licensed attorney. See E. Dist. Local Rule 183(a) ("A corporation or other entity may appear only by an attorney."); accord United States v. High Country Broad. Co., 3 F.3d 1244, 1245 (9th Cir. 1993) (per curiam) (stating that "[a] corporation may appear in federal court only through licensed counsel").

Nevertheless, the undersigned directs the Clerk of Court to file Mr. Chowdhury's November 9, 2011 letter under seal because it contains a potentially sensitive IP address. Mr. Chowdhury is advised, however, that no further documents pertaining to him or the Motel 6 that he manages will be filed under seal unless a sealing order is first sought in accordance with this court's Local Rules, including Local Rules 140 and 141.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. The Clerk of Court is directed to file Mr. Chowdhury's November 9, 2011 letter under seal.

2. This order may be filed on court's public docket.

3. The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this order by mail to: Abdullah Chowdhury General Manager Motel 6 1582 U.S. 31 North Traverse City, MI 49686

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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