If Stephens Media wishes to assert claims against Democratic Underground, it may do so separately.
There it is, in black and white from Judge Roger Hunt in the District of Nevada. The DU is not out of hot water, and the actual question of copyright infringement is far from over, but the Judge decides to hit a reset button instead of advance the case toward the merits. Focusing on these procedural formalities, rather than cutting to the heart of the real issues (i.e. should users pay to license use of Stephens Media’s content, and on what terms) is one of the many reasons why litigation is a such counter-productive forum for IP licensing. Why did he do this?