Share/E-mail This Story

Email This



Court Dumps Prenda's Subpoena

from the quashed dept

You may recall that Prenda had (not surprisingly) gone crazy overboard with subpoenas in its attempt to intimidate some anti-copyright troll bloggers and their commenters. The EFF stepped in and asked a court to quash the subpoena, which the court has now done, in large part because Prenda never even bothered to respond.
As of this date, no responsive memorandum has been filed. LRCiv 7.2(i) provides in part “if the opposing party does not serve and file the required answering memorandum, ...such noncompliance may be deemed a consent to the denial or granting of the motion and the Court may dispose of the motion summarily.” Pursuant to this rule, the Court deems Plaintiff's failure to serve and file the required answering memorandum a consent to the granting of Defendant-Movant's Motion to Quash the Subpoena to Wild West Domains Seeking Identity Information.
I guess Prenda's a bit busy. Or someone there realized this subpoena had zero chance of actually going forward. Either way, the subpoena is dead.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 3:31am

    John Steel just hates it when due process is enforced.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 4:16am

    The EFF stepped in and asked a court to quash the subpoena, which the court has now done, in large part because Prenda never even bothered to respond.

    Wouldn't that simply be "because" rather than "in large part because"? What other parts were there that the court considered? It's a simple procedural victory.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 4:18am

    Re:

    Are you disputing that 100% is a large part of the whole?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    icon
    RyanNerd (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 4:26am

    Prenda Fall down

    go BOOM!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 4:46am

    Re: Prenda Fall down

    the hole

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    Spyder, May 17th, 2013 @ 4:52am

    And the PREDNA hit just keep rolling on, and on, and on, and....

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 4:55am

    Re: Re:

    No, I'm saying that if the only reason it was quashed is because of the failure to respond, then it's strange to say that it was "in large part because" of that since that implies that there is some other part that is also the reason for it being quashed. There is no other reason it was quashed. The merits were totally irrelevant. It was quashed because, and only because, the failure to respond.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 5:12am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Certainly you are not that naive.

    More likely, the court took the first and most expedient path leaving all other considerations unmentioned because they were not needed in order to clear the issue at hand.

    But then go ahead and dream up more insidious conspiracies as that seems to fit you well.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    LOL! I'm basing this on the evidence, not faith--as you clearly are. Said the court: "Pursuant to this rule, the Court deems Plaintiff's failure to serve and file the required answering memorandum a consent to the granting of Defendant-Movant's Motion to Quash the Subpoena . . . ." There was no need to consider the merits as the subpoena gets quashed on procedure alone. There is no evidence whatsoever that the court's decision turned in even the smallest part on the merits. Sorry, my faith-based friend, but you're dreaming.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 5:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Original AC is right. Prenda didn't file a response and got their subpoena quashed. The only takeaway?

    Lazy, does not a good lawyer make.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    Lord Binky, May 17th, 2013 @ 5:52am

    They never replied because they sort their mail into two piles, cash & trash. They sort it by using a bright light and seeing if the mail contains their hush money,which goes into the cash pile, and if it's just a bunch of boring paper it goes into the trash pile. They make their gardener open all the packages.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 6:08am

    it makes me wonder then, had anyone from Prenda or whoever had turned up, would the court have granted the subpoena, even though it was a blatant load of shite designed as yet another delaying tactic? if this whole mess gets sorted out, i sincerely hope the court gives a sentence that is suitable, thinking to itself what the sentence would have been if it was an ordinary person(s) in court under as near to charges as could be and given the way the court has been lied to and been made to wait. i bet that would have been a serious fine ($100,000s) and probable jail time! if good for one, should be more than good for the other, given the profession of those involved!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    icon
    sorrykb (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 9:18am

    "Prenda? Prenda who? Never heard of 'em."

    Anyone who responded would have thus officially identified himself as a Prenda principal, and at the moment the whole gang is doing their utmost to distance themselves (at least, in the eyes of the law) from the operation.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    Mr. Applegate, May 17th, 2013 @ 9:43am

    Isn't the most like reason for no reply...

    that anything in the reply could be used against them if criminal charges come from the whole Judge Wright ruling where they took the 5th rather than answer any questions?

    That's my take on it anyway.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    icon
    Jay (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 10:29am

    They need a song...

    If you havin judge problems, I feel bad for ya son

    I got 99 problems, Prenda just ain't one.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    identicon
    Michael, May 17th, 2013 @ 11:00am

    Re:

    gardener, or caretaker?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 12:06pm

    Re: Re: Prenda Fall down

    the slippery slope of a pierced corporate veil

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2013 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Clearly, because one would never think a path of least resistance might be preferable.

    Evidence shows the court took the most expeditious path to move the case. Are you suggesting that Prenda would've prevailed if not for their shortsightedness?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  19.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 7:03pm

    Hold your breath kids, its going to be raining shoes soon enough...

    filing documents by misleading court workers comes to mind.
    And money is due soon...
    And everyones favorite RIAA shill is hopefully getting bench slapped by the appeals court after picking Prenda over the law...

    So one has to wonder if Prenda et al, still think trying to silence the critics was a good plan. It seems to have backfired on them, gotten more people looking at what they were doing, and much more coverage of their dockets... there is a name for that... what is that effect again? :D

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  20.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), May 17th, 2013 @ 7:41pm

    Re:

    The case would have fallen apart before then.

    This subpoena request was an attempt to obtain the name of the blogger 'Die Troll Die'.
    DTD runs the blog DieTrollDie.com where Copyright Trolls get exposed.
    They also sought the name of 'Sophisticated Jane Doe', but the registrar was different and much less US based.
    This was the 3rd(?) failure in this case to unmask anonymous posters/commentators and just visitors to the 2 blogs.

    They contend that me calling them a half step up from Nigerian Scammers was defaming them, I think I gave them to much credit.

    This was about trying to discredit those people who were calling out Pretenda et al. (they've had so many names past, present, and future) as evil people out to sully the name of these fine upstanding lawyers who were protecting pornographers.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  21.  
    identicon
    RubyPanther, May 18th, 2013 @ 1:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Prenda Fall down

    The "corporate veil" was found to be a fraud by the Court in another case already. That is Fact. They were told by the Court that it looked that way, and asked if it was so, and they refused to disagree or provide any other theory on who the shell company is, and if the shell company even exists. So it was found as Fact that there is none, and that the claim that there was a shell company was part of a an act of moral turpitude.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This