Another curious John Steele case development occurred last week when he dismissed all but one Doe from the case of Hard Drive Productions v. does 1-1000, 1:10-cv-05606. The dismissals were “without prejudice” meaning John Steele could re-file actions in Doe defendant’s home states but that remains to be seen.
Initially against just 100 Does, the case was filed just over a year ago on September 2, 2010 and was later amended to add 900 more Does into the mix. The case has a seen a steady dose of Motions to Quash and Motions to Dismiss from unnamed Doe defendants though without significant results. However, John Steele file many Notices of Voluntary Dismissal throughout the matter, indicating his behind-the-scenes settlement strategy was somewhat fruitful for him.
I’m still unclear why Mr. Steele chose to dismiss the case. Perhaps he got his fill of settlements in the case or perhaps he is ramping up for further actions elsewhere. Mr. Steele filed a Notice of Change of Address with the Court indicating he is moving to Miami, Florida. More on that in another post.