I just hired a lawyer and filed a civil suit against a "John doe" in response to a year long of online harassment , goal is to unmask this anonymous online harasser. I don't need a exact time table but between my lawyer issuing the isp with a subpoena in total how long does that process take before we can reveal harassers identity? ?? (Between the time of filing the suit to hopefully revealing who the anonymous online harasser is) I don't need a precise time table just a estimate. Thanks
It depends in large part on whom you are issuing the subpoenas to. For example, in my experience, Charter Communications always requires a court order before it will provide any information in response to a subpoena, which requires the filing of a motion for a court order to compel production of the information sought in the subpoena. Others ISP's may not require a court order, but they will object, which requires us to meet and confer and provide additional information, before they will produce the subpoenaed information. Even then, they will have to notify the DOE to permit said DOE the opportunity to file a motion to quash (in order to prevent their identity from being released). If the DOE does in fact seek to quash the subpoena, then the delay entailed is dependent on the assigned judge's calendar. Sometimes we can get on the judge's calendar quickly; other times it can take months.
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