Mass Infringement Lawyer: Never Mind The Facts, Just Pay Up
from the it's-what-year-now? dept
John Steele, the former divorce lawyer who jumped into the mass copyright infringement game feet first, and who seems to keep running into problems with judges who actually understand the law, seems to be at it again. Chris sends in a report of how Steele has been sending out pre-settlement letters with totally screwed up dates, talking about a correspondence allegedly from 2007 and a lawsuit from 2006, neither of which appear to be accurate.
There are also other factually dubious statements in the letter:
The letter continues with a statement that claims that Mr. Steele’s office has been unable to get in touch with the recipient.
Odd thing is, the e-mail address that is listed under the mailing address on the letter is not the e-mail address associated with the recipient’s ISP. The only way Mr. Steele’s firm could obtain the address would be by asking for it during a phone call. One of the five calls which Mr. Steele’s firm would like to pretend never happened.
This is incredibly sloppy on the part of Steele, and with errors abounding in his letters that doesn’t bode well for his lawsuits:
Personally, I believe that the implications of this letter are extremely disturbing. For one, Mr. Steele’s firm appears to not bother proof-reading any of its letters. Mr. Steele is comfortable with asking for thousands of dollars from people, but he can’t take 10 seconds to at least review the first sentence of his settlement letters.
There’s a suggestion that some of the date errors may be due to whatever software Steele is using, but that also raises questions: if the software for creating these letters is so filled with errors, is the software he uses to track what IP addresses are sharing files also riddled with errors?