Bryan DeMatteo is the attorney suing John Doe Defendants in the 2017 bittorrent-based copyright infringement lawsuits in New York. These New York bittorrent lawsuits involve “copyright trolls” such as ME2 Productions, Inc. (NY) (a.k.a. the Mechanic: Resurrection movie lawsuits), UN4 Productions, Inc. (NY) (the Boyka: Undisputed 4 movie lawsuits), Venice PI, LLC (NY) (the Once Upon a Time in Venice movie lawsuits), and more recently, Headhunter LLC (NY) (the “A Family Man” movie lawsuits).
As a NY Licensed Attorney for 10 Years, My Thoughts on Bryan DeMatteo and His Lawsuits.
Bryan DeMatteo runs DeMatteo Law, PLLC from the 5th Floor of 830 3rd Avenue in New York City (Midtown). I have dealt with him before, and he is anything but an “empty shell” attorney that I poke fun at on this blog. It was suggested that his cases are “just like any other bittorrent case” which is true as far as who his clients are, but Bryan fights his case differently from other plaintiff attorneys I have faced before. In short, be careful when hiring counsel to oppose this attorney, because he separates apart his lawsuits into different kinds of copyright infringement, and any “settlement factory” attorney will be caught off guard by this.
I became an attorney over ten years ago in New York, and I have been practicing law and representing New York clients for ten years.
While our Cashman Law Firm, PLLC was formed in Texas in 2010, our law firm continues to represent New York clients. [Why? Because New York is where I was born, and where I grew up playing stickball on the streets of Brooklyn. It is where I went to law school, and where I have all my roots as a New York licensed attorney.]
Bryan DeMatteo and the New York “Movie” Bittorrent Lawsuits
For the recent “movie” cases, Carl Crowell has an attorney who I have dealt with before — Bryan DeMatteo.
Bryan DeMatteo (also a patent attorney) is now suing defendants in the US District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Bryan DeMatteo is suing for the same four copyright holders I have discussed before in other articles:
- New York ME2 Productions, Inc. (NY) (the Mechanic: Resurrection movie lawsuit),
- New York UN4 Productions, Inc. (NY) (the Boyka: Undisputed 4 movie lawsuit),
- New York Venice PI, LLC (NY) (the Once Upon a Time in Venice movie), and more recently,
- New York Headhunter LLC (NY) (the “A Family Man” movie lawsuit).
What do I need to know about New York Attorney Bryan DeMatteo?
In representing a New York client, there are a few things to understand about Bryan N. DeMatteo of DeMatteo Law, PLLC:
1) Be sure to understand the innuendos of bittorrent technology. He does.
Bryan DeMatteo believes in the validity of these bittorrent-based copyright infringement lawsuits, which separates him from what I refer to as the “empty shell” local counsel plaintiff attorneys who I have seen read scripts provided to them by their copyright holder clients. In speaking to him (obviously it is best to have an attorney speak to him on your behalf), be sure you understand the innuendos of bittorrent technology, because he does. Show your incompetence, and he’ll likely plow right over your ignorance.
2) Bryan DeMatteo is on a mission to rectify a split in the NY Southern District Court.
Second. Bryan DeMatteo is faced with a SPLIT IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COURT which he is fighting an uphill battle to rectify.
This split happened in 2012, when our law firm (Cashman Law Firm, PLLC) was representing clients against Mike Meier (the plaintiff attorney at the time) in the Digital Sin[s] v. John Does 1-234 (Case No. 1:11-cv-08170) case. This case [into which all other NY bittorrent cases were combined] caused the controversy Bryan DeMatteo is looking to rectify.
While the details of the split are not relevant, in 2012, many things happened.
1) We were successful in having the judges consolidate and freeze all of the smaller bittorrent cases in New York into one case.
2012 Article #1, “New York Judge consolidates and freezes SMALLER BITTORRENT CASES for plaintiff attorney.”
2012 Article #2, “More of Mike Meier NY bittorrent cases consolidated.”
2012 Article #3, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? New York’s split Southern District Court“
2) Because the New York bittorrent cases were facing joinder problems (which the judges recognized as a valid problem in most of the New York bittorrent cases at the time), the John Doe Defendants in the New York bittorrent cases were severed and dismissed.
However, as a response to the dismissal, the plaintiff attorney would turn around and sue those same defendants as new John Doe Defendants in a second bittorrent case. This angered the judges.
“Lest plaintiff’s counsel think he can simply put cases against the severed and dismissed John Doe defendants into the wheel for assignment to yet another judge, I remind him of Local Civil Rule 1.6(a) [which requires the plaintiff attorney to bring the existence of potentially related cases to the attention of the Court].”
In sum, we were successful in forcing the plaintiff attorney to disclose whether these John Does were sued before, and in which cases they were sued.
3) Judges suggested that the New York plaintiff attorney pay 244 filing fees for 244 defendants x $350 each, rather than allowing him to pay one $350 fee [the fee in 2012 to file a lawsuit] to sue them all.
“They are dismissed because the plaintiff has not paid the filing fee that is statutorily required to bring these 244 separate lawsuits.” (p.4)
This would have amounted to $85,400 in filing fees if Digital Sin, Inc. wanted to go after the dismissed defendants from this case.
Needless to say, every one of our Cashman Law Firm, PLLC clients in the case were dismissed, and they were never filed against again. Since then, the three-year statute of limitations has run, and the plaintiff has lost the opportunity to sue my clients. Congratulations once again on hard earned, good results.
Since 2012, FIVE YEARS have passed, and now we have Bryan DeMatteo to contend with.
To bring you up to speed, it has been five (5) years since the Southern District of New York fiasco happened. While the rulings happened to Mike Meier and his Digital Sin, Inc. client, the “law” created by these cases is still binding on Bryan DeMatteo, and his New York ME2 Productions, Inc., New York UN4 Productions, Inc., New York Venice PI, LLC and New York Headhunter LLC lawsuits. He knows this, and thus his job in proving the validity of his cases is a complicated job.
In Sum: Unintended Consequences from 2012 => Bryan DeMatteo.
Unfortunately, as exciting as was was when our New York Southern District Court went “belly-up” for copyright trolls, the unintended consequence of our activities from five years ago is that now we have Bryan DeMatteo who has taken on these cases with “something to prove.”
In sum, New York bittorrent lawsuits are not a place for the weak minded, nor are they a place for someone not intricately familiar with the innuendos of copyright infringement. For cases against Bryan DeMatteo, it is best to have someone who knows the New York courts, who knows many of the New York federal judges, and who has had experience in fighting bittorrent-based copyright infringement cases in New York. Obviously I am one of them, and I have been fighting these cases since they were first filed in 2010.
I want to point out that as a result of this case (and other events that surrounded this case), Mike Meier is no longer filing bittorrent-based copyright infringement lawsuits in New York, and until recently (as Sophisticated Jane Doe properly put it), “Trolls are not welcome in the Southern District of New York anymore.”
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Bryan DeMatteo New York Southern & Eastern District Cases:
New York ME2 Productions Cases filed by Bryan DeMatteo (NY)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. et al v. Doe-188.8.131.52 (Case No. 1:17-cv-02175)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-184.108.40.206 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-02645)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11 (Case No. 1:17-cv-01456)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-03467)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-05701)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-126.96.36.199 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-00929)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-188.8.131.52 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-01196)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-184.108.40.206 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-02284)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-01604)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-01049)
New York ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-02717)
New York Headhunter LLC Cases filed by Bryan DeMatteo (NY)
New York Headhunter LLC v. Doe-126.96.36.199 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-05314)
New York Headhunter LLC v. Doe-188.8.131.52 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04155)
New York Headhunter LLC v. Doe-184.108.40.206 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-05895)
New York UN4 Productions Cases filed by Bryan DeMatteo (NY)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-03698)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-03278)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04817)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-126.96.36.199 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-03621)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-188.8.131.52 (Case No. 1:17-cv-04400)
New York UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-184.108.40.206 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04887)
New York Venice PI Cases filed by Bryan DeMatteo (NY):
New York Venice PI, LLC v. Doe-220.127.116.11 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04904)
New York Venice PI, LLC v. Doe-18.104.22.168 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04249)
New York Venice PI, LLC v. Doe-22.214.171.124 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-05594)
New York Venice PI, LLC v. Doe-126.96.36.199 et al (Case No. 1:17-cv-04076)