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INDEX OF ELLIOT McGUCKEN POSTS
1. 02-03-2021: BAIT AND SUE: The Dark Art of Copyright Trolling
2. 07-24-2022: BAIT AND SUE: Elliot McGucken wants you to steal his photos
3. 07-27-2022: McGucken Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Index
4. 07-28-2022: Shutterstock may have ripped-off McGucken’s work
5. 07-30-2022: McGucken goes wild with Nat Geo lawsuit
6. 08-02-2022: Where does Plaintiff McGucken ever collect any money from his lawsuits?
7. 08-03-2022: McGucken’s Death Valley Photos Stay Alive in Appellate Court
8. 08-06-2022: RULE 60(b) Relief from McGucken Default Judgment
9. 08-08-2022: McGucken’s Lawyer’s Are Happy

Elliot McGucken v National Geographic Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Lack of Jurisdiction

Elliot McGucken v National Geographic is a terrible case that will probably get thrown out of court at some point for improper jurisdiction.

McGucken is desperately trying to sue National Geographic, a Delaware corporation and Yasno, a Russian media company located in Russia for alleged copyright infringement by Televisa, a Mexican TV station located in Mexico. Defendants have filed a motion to dismiss based upon lack of personal jurisdiction which will be heard in U.S. District Court located in downtown Los Angeles on August 22, 2022:

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Western Division – Los Angeles)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:22-cv-00681-JFW-PVC


Elliot McGucken v National Geographic Partners LLC et al
Assigned to: Judge John F. Walter
Referred to: Magistrate Judge Pedro V. Castillo
Cause: 17:101 Copyright Infringement

Date Filed: 01/31/2022
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 820 Copyright
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Plaintiff
Elliot McGucken
an individual
represented byFrank Trechsel
Doniger Burroughs
603 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
310-590-1820
Email: ftrechsel@donigerlawfirm.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Scott A. Burroughs
Doniger Burroughs
603 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
310-590-1820
Email: scott@donigerlawfirm.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

V.
Defendant
National Geographic Partners LLC
a Delaware limited liability company
represented byCydney Swofford Freeman
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
865 South Figueroa Street Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-633-8612
Fax: 213-633-6899
Email: cydneyfreeman@dwt.com
TERMINATED: 06/13/2022
LEAD ATTORNEY

Allan E. Anderson
ArentFox Schiff LLP
555 West Fifth Street, Suite 4800
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-629-7400
Fax: 213-629-7401
Email: allan.anderson@afslaw.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Ross Q Panko
ArentFox Schiff LLP
1717 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-5344
202-857-6090
Fax: 202-857-6395
Email: ross.panko@afslaw.com
PRO HAC VICE
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
Yasno Publishing, LLC
a Russia limited liability Company
Defendant
Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V.
a Mexico company
represented byAllan E. Anderson
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Ross Q Panko
(See above for address)
PRO HAC VICE
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
DOES
1-10, inclusive
TERMINATED: 06/30/2022
Date Filed#Docket Text
01/31/20221 COMPLAINT Receipt No: ACACDC-32711816 – Fee: $402, filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit) (Attorney Scott A. Burroughs added to party Elliot McGucken v (pty:pla))(Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 01/31/2022)
01/31/20222 CIVIL COVER SHEET filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 01/31/2022)
01/31/20223 NOTICE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken, identifying National Geographic Partners, LLC;Yasno Publishing, LLC; Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., and DOES 1-10, inclusive. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 01/31/2022)
01/31/20224 REPORT ON THE FILING OF AN ACTION regarding a copyright (Initial Notification) filed by Elliot McGucken. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 01/31/2022)
01/31/20225 Request for Clerk to Issue Summons on Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 01/31/2022)
02/01/20226 NOTICE TO COUNSEL re Magistrate Judge Direct Assignment Program. This case has been randomly assigned to Magistrate Judge Karen L. Stevenson. (Attachments: # 1 CV11C) (jtil) (Entered: 02/01/2022)
02/01/20227 21 DAY Summons Issued re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 as to Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC, Yasno Publishing, LLC. (jtil) (Entered: 02/01/2022)
02/09/20228 REMINDER NOTICE re Magistrate Judge Direct Assignment Program. Each party must file form CV-11C within the consent deadlines pursuant to L.R. 73-2. Additionally, the parties are directed to L.R. 73-2.2 Proof of Service. In any case in which only a magistrate judge is initially assigned, plaintiff must file a proof of service within 10 days of service of the summons and complaint as to each defendant. (hr) (Entered: 02/09/2022)
02/10/20229 STATEMENT OF CONSENT TO PROCEED before the assigned Magistrate Judge filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 02/10/2022)
02/11/202210 PROOF OF SERVICE Executed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken v National Geographic, upon Defendant National Geographic Partners LLC served on 2/10/2022, answer due 3/3/2022. Service of the Summons and Complaint were executed upon Corporation Service Company c/o Lynanne Gares\Registered Agent for Service of Process in compliance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by personal service.Original Summons NOT returned. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 02/11/2022)
02/21/202211 STIPULATION Extending Time to Answer the complaint as to National Geographic Partners LLC answer now due 4/1/2022, re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 filed by defendant National Geographic Partners LLC.(Attorney Cydney Swofford Freeman added to party National Geographic Partners LLC(pty:dft))(Freeman, Cydney) (Entered: 02/21/2022)
03/30/202212 STIPULATION for Extension of Time to File Answer to May 2, 2022 for National Geographic Partners, LLC and June 27, 2022 for Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V. re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Attorney Allan E. Anderson added to party Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V.(pty:dft), Attorney Allan E. Anderson added to party National Geographic Partners LLC(pty:dft))(Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 03/30/2022)
03/30/202213 NOTICE OF REASSIGNMENT of case from Magistrate Judge Karen L. Stevenson to Judge John F. Walter for all further proceedings. Any discovery matters that may be referred to a Magistrate Judge are assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Pedro V. Castillo. The case number will now reflect the initials of the transferee Judges 2:22-cv-00681-JFW(PVCx). (ap) (Entered: 03/30/2022)
03/31/202214 STANDING ORDER by Judge John F. Walter. READ THIS ORDER CAREFULLY. IT CONTROLS THE CASE AND DIFFERS IN SOME RESPECTS FROM THE LOCAL RULES. This action has been assigned to the calendar of Judge John F. Walter. (iv) (Entered: 03/31/2022)
03/31/202215 ORDER GRANTING STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS, LLC AND EDITORIAL TELEVISA, S.A. DE C.V. TO RESPOND TO INITIAL COMPLAINT 12 by Judge John F. Walter. The new deadline for National Geographic to respond to the Complaint is on or before May 2, 2022 and the deadline for Televisa to respond to the initial complaint shall be June 27, 2022. (iv) (Entered: 03/31/2022)
04/08/202216 DECLARATION of Lead Trial Counsel Scott Alan Burroughs filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 04/08/2022)
04/21/202217 STIPULATION to ALLOW EXTENSION OF TIME TO SERVE A CERTAIN DEFENDANT AND/OR STAY THE ACTION AS TO A CERTAIN DEFENDANT filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 04/21/2022)
04/21/202218 Third STIPULATION for Extension of Time to File Answer to June 1, 2022 re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 filed by Defendant National Geographic Partners LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 04/21/2022)
04/21/202219 ORDER ON STIPULATION TO ALLOW EXTENSION OF DEADLINE TO SERVE A CERTAIN DEFENDANT AND/OR STAY THE ACTION AS TO A CERTAIN DEFENDANT 17 by Judge John F. Walter. Plaintiff’sdeadline to serve Yasno shall be 120 days from the date of this Order and the claims in this action as to Yasno only be stayed until 120 days from the date of this Order. (iv) (Entered: 04/22/2022)
04/21/202220 ORDER GRANTING STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS, LLC TO RESPOND TO INITIAL COMPLAINT 18 by Judge John F. Walter. The new deadline for National Geographic to respond to the Complaint is on or before June 1, 2022. (iv) (Entered: 04/22/2022)
04/28/202221 APPLICATION of Non-Resident Attorney Ross Q. Panko to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC (Pro Hac Vice Fee – $500 Fee Paid, Receipt No. ACACDC-33203523) filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 04/28/2022)
04/29/202222 ORDER by Judge John F. Walter: Granting Application of Non-Resident Attorney Ross Panko to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Defendant National Geographic Partners, LLC and Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., designating Allan Anderson as local counsel 21 . (iv) (Entered: 05/02/2022)
04/29/202223 *DUPLICATE DOCKET ENTRY* ORDER ON APPLICATION OF NON-RESIDENT ATTORNEY TO APPEAR IN A SPECIFIC CASE PRO HAC VICE by Judge John F. Walter. APPLICATION for Attorney Ross Q Panko to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Defendants National Geographic Partners, LLC and Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., designating Allan E. Anderson as local counsel. granting 21 Non-Resident Attorney Ross Q Panko (rolm) Modified on 5/2/2022 (rolm). (Entered: 05/02/2022)
05/26/202224 STATEMENT [Joint Statement Regarding Local Rule 7-3 Pre-Filing Conference on National Geographic Partners, LLC and Editorial Televisa, S.A. De C.V.S Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs Complaint] (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 05/26/2022)
06/01/202225 Certification and Notice of Interested Parties filed by Defendant National Geographic Partners LLC, (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/01/2022)
06/01/202226 Certification and Notice of Interested Parties filed by Defendant Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/01/2022)
06/01/202227 NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC. Motion set for hearing on 7/11/2022 at 01:30 PM before Judge John F. Walter. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law, # 2 Declaration of Karen Murillo, # 3 Exhibit A – Screenshot of https://www.tususcripcion.com/product/n-national-geographicen- espanol/ dated May 25, 20222, # 4 Exhibit B – Screenshot of https://www.tususcripcion.com/cart/ dated May 25, 2022, # 5 Proposed Order) (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/01/2022)
06/01/202228 COURT ORDER by Judge John F. Walter. Counsel are hereby notified that a Scheduling Conference has been set for July 11, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. before Judge John F. Walter in Courtroom 7A, 350 W. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Lead Trial Counsel shall attend all proceedings before this Court, including the Scheduling Conference. Counsel are directed to comply with Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 26-1 in a timely fashion and to file a Joint Report, on or before June 27, 2022. The title page of the Joint Report must state the date and time of the Scheduling Conference. (SEE DOCUMENT FOR FURTHER DETAILS.) (rolm) (Entered: 06/02/2022)
06/09/202229 REQUEST TO WITHDRAW ATTORNEY Cydney Swofford Freeman as counsel of record filed by Defendant National Geographic Partners LLC. (Freeman, Cydney) (Entered: 06/09/2022)
06/10/202230 NOTICE TO FILER OF DEFICIENCIES in Electronically Filed Documents RE: Request to Withdraw 29 . The following error(s) was/were found: Proposed order not submitted pursuant to Local Rule 52-4.1. A Word or Wordperfect version of the proposed order should also be emailed to the chambers generic email address. Pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.4.1- Proposed orders not lodged with a main document shall be electronically lodged as an attachment to a Notice of Lodging. In response to this notice, the Court may: (1) order an amended or correct document to be filed; (2) order the document stricken; or (3) take other action as the Court deems appropriate. (iv) (Entered: 06/10/2022)
06/10/202231 NOTICE OF LODGING filed re REQUEST TO WITHDRAW ATTORNEY Cydney Swofford Freeman as counsel of record 29 (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Freeman, Cydney) (Entered: 06/10/2022)
06/10/202232 DECLARATION of Lead Trial Counsel Allan E. Anderson Re: Compliance with Local Rules Governing Electronic Signature filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC. (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/10/2022)
06/13/202233 ORDER ON REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF SUBSTITUTION OR WITHDRAWAL OF ATTORNEY 29 by Judge John F. Walter. The request of National Geographic Partners, LLC to substitute Ross Panko as attorney of record instead of Cydney Freeman is GRANTED. (iv) (Entered: 06/13/2022)
06/20/202234 FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT against Defendants DOES, Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC, Yasno Publishing, LLC amending Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 , filed by Plaintiff Elliot McGucken (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-1, # 2 Exhibit A-2)(Burroughs, Scott) (Entered: 06/20/2022)
06/24/202235 STIPULATION Extending Time to Answer the complaint as to National Geographic Partners LLC answer now due 7/12/2022, re Amended Complaint/Petition, 34 filed by Defendant National Geographic Partners LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/24/2022)
06/24/202236 ORDER GRANTING STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS, LLC AND EDITORIAL TELEVISA, S.A. DE C.V., TO RESPOND TO FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 35 by Judge John F. Walter. The new deadline for Defendants to respond to the First Amended Complaint is on or before July 12, 2022. (iv) (Entered: 06/24/2022)
06/27/202237 JOINT REPORT Rule 26(f) Discovery Plan ; estimated length of trial 3-4 days, filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC.. (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 06/27/2022)
06/30/202239 ORDER VACATING SCHEDULING CONFERENCE, REFERRAL TO PRIVATE MEDIATION, and DISMISSING ANY UNSERVED DOE DEFENDANTS by Judge John F. Walter. The Court has reviewed the parties’ Joint Rule 26(f) Report and finds that a Scheduling Conference is not necessary. The hearing on July 11, 2022 is vacated and taken off calendar. A Scheduling and Case Management Order will issue. Any unserved DOE defendants are dismissed at this time. The Court, having considered the parties’ Request: ADR Procedure Selection, the Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program, or the report submitted by the parties pursuant to Fed.R. Civ. P. 26(f) and Civil L.R. 26-1, hereby: ORDERS this case referred to: ADR PROCEDURE NO. 3: (Private mediation). The ADR proceeding is to be completed no later than: February 6, 2023. The Joint Report re: Results of Settlement Conference due on: February 10, 2023. (iv) (Entered: 07/01/2022)
06/30/202240 SCHEDULING AND CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER by Judge John F. Walter. The purpose of this Order is to notify the parties and their counsel of the deadlines and the schedule that will govern this action. Pretrial Conference set for 6/9/2023 at 8:00 AM. Hearing on Motions in Limine; Disputed Jury Instructions set for 6/16/2023 at 8:00 AM. Jury Trial set for 6/27/2023 at 8:30 AM. SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS. (iv) (Entered: 07/01/2022)
07/01/202238 STATEMENT [Joint Statement Regarding Local Rule 7-3 Pre-Filing Conference on Elliot McGucken v National Geographic Partners, LLC and Editorial Televisa, S.A. De C.V.S Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint] filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 07/01/2022)
07/12/202241 NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint filed by Defendants Editorial Televisa, S.A. de C.V., National Geographic Partners LLC. Motion set for hearing on 8/22/2022 at 01:30 PM before Judge John F. Walter. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law, # 2 Declaration of Kenneth Gordon, # 3 Declaration of Karen Murillo, # 4 Exhibit A – Screenshot of https://www.tususcripcion.com/product/n-national-geographic-en-espanol/, # 5 Exhibit B – Screenshot of https://www.tususcripcion.com/cart/, # 6 Proposed Order) (Anderson, Allan) (Entered: 07/12/2022)

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