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Anyone can sue anybody, and a lawsuit does not imply guilt but I've been informed that in documents fled in the U.S. District Court's CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Western Division - Los Angeles) CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:06-cv-00391-FMC-E that back on January 20th StreamCast Networks, best known for their Peer to Peer technology, called Morpheus, filed a RICO suit against Skype Technologies SA, Niklas Zennstrom, Janus Friis, BlueMoon OU (the company that reportedly did a lot of the development work on Skype) alleging RICO violations. RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Here's the information that can help those interested learn more about the case:

StreamCast Networks Inc v. Skype Technologies S A et al

Assigned to: Judge Florence-Marie Cooper

Referred to: Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick

Cause: 18:1962 Racketeering (RICO) Act

Date Filed: 01/20/2006

Jury Demand: Plaintiff

Nature of Suit: 470 Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Jurisdiction: Federal Question

Plaintiff

StreamCast Networks Inc represented by Charles S Baker

Porter and Hedges

1000 Main Street, 36th Floor

Houston, TX 77002-6336

713-226-6676

Email: cbaker@porterhedges.com

LEAD ATTORNEY

ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

David L Burgert

Porter and Hedges

1000 Main Street, 36th Floor

Houston, TX 77002-6336

US

713-226-6676

LEAD ATTORNEY

ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

David Martin Halbreich

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

300 S Grand Ave, 22nd Fl

Los Angeles, CA 90071-3132

213-612-2500

LEAD ATTORNEY

ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

James N Penrod

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Spear St Twr

300 South Grand Avenue, 22nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90070-3132

213-612-2500

Email: jpenrod@morganlewis.com

LEAD ATTORNEY

ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

V.

Defendant

Skype Technologies S A

Defendant

Niklas Zennstrom

Defendant

Janus Friis

Defendant

Kazaa BV

Defendant

Joltid Ltd

Defendant

Joltid Ou Blastoise Ltd

Defendant

Bluemoon Ou

Defendant

LA Galiote BV

Defendant

Indigo Investment BV

Defendant

Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc

Defendant

Sharman Networks Ltd

Defendant

Kevin Bermeister

Defendant

John Does

1-10 inclusive

Date Filed

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Docket Text

01/20/2006 1 COMPLAINT against defendants Kazaa BV, Joltid Ltd, Joltid Ou Blastoise Ltd, Bluemoon Ou, LA Galiote BV, Indigo Investment BV, Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc, Sharman Networks Ltd, Kevin Bermeister, John Does 1-10 inclusive, Skype Technologies S A, Niklas Zennstrom, Janus Friis.(Filing fee $ 250 paid) Jury Demanded. , filed by plaintiff StreamCast Networks Inc.(pj, ) (Entered: 01/27/2006)

01/20/2006

20 DAY Summons Issued re Complaint - (Discovery), Complaint - (Discovery)[1] as to Kazaa BV, Joltid Ltd, Joltid Ou Blastoise Ltd, Bluemoon Ou, LA Galiote BV, Indigo Investment BV, Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc, Sharman Networks Ltd, Kevin Bermeister, John Does, Skype Technologies S A, Niklas Zennstrom, Janus Friis. (pj,) (Entered: 01/27/2006)

01/20/2006

2 CERTIFICATION of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff StreamCast Networks Inc. (pj, ) (Entered: 01/27/2006)

01/20/2006

FAX number for Attorney Charles S Baker, David L Burgert is 713-226-6276. (pj,) (Entered: 01/27/2006)

01/20/2006

FAX number for Attorney David Martin Halbreich, James N Penrod is 213-612-2501. (pj, ) (Entered: 01/27/2006)

03/13/2006

PREPARED ORDER RE TRANSFER Pursuant to General Order 224 (Related Case) by Clerk; related to CV 01-8541 SVW (FMOx). (rn, ) (Entered: 03/13/2006)