SCEA Expedited Discovery Request Denied, Hotz TRO Hearing Today

February 10, 2011 -

California District Court Judge Susan Illston (San Francisco) denied Sony's request for "expedited discovery" this week, dashing the company's hopes that it could force technology companies to release information related to the George Hotz case. The company will have to wait until a hearing on March 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

This means that, for the time being, Sony cannot send out any of the subpoenas to various tech companies such as Slashdot, Google, Twitter, etc. Sony had hoped to divulge the identities of hacking group Fail0verFlow's membership, which would allow it to add their names to the ongoing legal action against Hotz.

The court also granted George Hotz a hearing today to discuss the Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) - previously granted without a hearing. The issue at hand continues to be whether or not the court actually has jurisdiction because the actions of Hotz took place on the Internet and from his computer which physically resides in New Jersey.

Hotz wanted expediency for the TRO hearing because Sony was set to take posession of his property as ordered by the court. From court documents:

"If a hearing is not held by February 10, 2011, Mr. Hotz will be forced to surrender his storage devices to Plaintiff SCEA, and will continue to be restrained, without a hearing or consideration of the substance of the TRO Order. A hearing is also needed so that Mr. Hotz may limit the breadth and vagueness of the TRO."

The judge agreed:

"Having considered the Motion for An Order Shortening Time for Hearing Motion for Hearing on Temporary Restraining Order by Defendant George Hotz, the supporting declaration of counsel, and all papers and arguments, and good cause appearing therefore, the Court hereby GRANTS the Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: Hearing on Mr. Hotz’s Motion for Hearing on Temporary Restraining Order shall be held on February 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. IT IS SO ORDERED."

I hope that we can bring you the results of that hearing later today. Stay tuned. In the interim, you can check out the court documents below:

 

 

Source: PSX-Scene


 
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Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
SleakerNow if you disagree with anything in my last 2 posts then we obviously have a difference in world view, and wont come to any sort of agreement. I'm fine with that, maybe some people aren't?09/20/2014 - 5:09pm
SleakerIt also doesn't mean that just because a news outlet says that Gamers are the problem and you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem. It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so.09/20/2014 - 4:59pm
SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
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Sleaker@Conster - one person getting harassed is a 'problem' only so far as the harassee's are doing it. Just because a select few people choose to act like this doesn't make it widespread. Nor does it immediately make everyone responsible to put an end to it.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
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james_fudgeDon't hit me *cowers behind Andrew*09/20/2014 - 3:20pm
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james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
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Craig R.Not only that, I'm pretty sure that if actual studies were done, you'd still deny them, Sleaker. After all, it's not what you'd want to hear to support your rose-colored view of GamerGate.09/20/2014 - 1:18pm
Craig R.There IS an issue. Nor do we need a study to show that if you deny it then you're part of the problem.09/20/2014 - 1:17pm
Sleakersimply oust people that do harass others.09/20/2014 - 11:34am
Sleaker@Conster - I can say the same thing if you think there's been more than a handful. Until there's an actual study on rates no one can claim to know how widespread the incidence of harassment is. Thus the best we can do is 'there might be an issue' and...09/20/2014 - 11:33am
ConsterSleaker: if you think there's only been "a handful of" incidents, you have your head stuck *somewhere* - I'm assuming it's sand.09/20/2014 - 5:38am
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