I will be there on Monday to ensure your privacy is taken seriously however we will not be making a case against the merit of what they are alleging. That's for those affected and others to do if they wish to. Our role has been to provide notice and to take every step to alert and to some degree educate people that the laws have now changed and apparently so too have the technologies used to collect evidence in these cases. If they were not enforcing these laws in the past, they are certainly doing so now, whether the laws are right or not is not for us to judge.
- According to CIPPIC, this is not “bona fide” litigation. In CIPPIC’s words, “this plaintiff has a track record in the United States of demanding subscriber data of internet service providers for the purposes of demanding exorbitant payments to settle under threat of litigation, with no bona fide intent to prosecute such litigation”
- According to CIPPIC, there is heavy reliance by Voltage on “hearsay” evidence. In CIPPIC’s words, “even a generous reading of the applicant’s motion materials discloses abundant reliance on hearsay evidence, including the key paragraphs in Mr. Logan’s affidavit describing the gathering of the evidence of infringement (paras. 10-11, at page 10 of the Applicant’s Motion record).”
- According to CIPPIC, “it is worth noting that the plaintiff has pleaded that the John and Jane Does have engaged in commercial infringement. We suggest that even a generous reading of the applicant’s materials fail to make our even a bona fide case of commercial infringement.”
- According to CIPPIC, the Statement of Claim also raises questions regarding jurisdiction issues in relation to non-statutory claims; and the question of joinder.
PS - The Federal Court apparently took note of CIPPIC's letter and a request by Teksavvy to adjourn was granted until January 14, 2013. It will be interesting to see if Teksavvy now decides to actually oppose and if CIPPIC is permitted to intervene, and if so on what terms. See Michael's update.