Evan Stone Appeals Judicial Slapdown And Sanctions For Ethics Violations
from the this-won't-end-well dept
Last month, a court smacked down copyright troll lawyer Evan Stone, who had been caught sending out subpoenas to identify those he was suing, even after the judge had ordered him to wait until he could rule on the matter. This was a big, big deal, because it was a clear abuse of Stone’s subpoena power as a lawyer — especially since the judge recognized that the entire purpose of the lawsuit was to identify individuals in order to send “pay up” threat letters. The judge ordered Stone to pay a $10,000 sanction, alert other courts where he had cases pending, and to pay the legal fees of Public Citizen and the EFF, who represented the defendants in the case.
You might think that Stone would learn when it’s appropriate to stop digging. But he hasn’t. Instead, as That Anonymous Coward alerts us, Stone has appealed the ruling (pdf, and embedded below). There aren’t many details, just notice of the appeal:
Notice is hereby given that Evan Stone, a subject of a sanctions motion filed by attorneys ad litem after termination of their ad litem appointment, appeals now to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from the sanctions order entered September 9, 2011 (Dkt. 17), which finally disposes of the only remaining issue in this case.
While brief, it suggests he’s arguing that because the motion for sanctions was filed after he tried to weasel his way out of the case, they were improper. Remember, Stone filed (petulantly) to drop the case just days after he was alerted by Public Citizen lawyers that they’d discovered he was sending out subpoenas despite the judge’s order. Pretending that dismissing the case lets him off the hook isn’t likely to play well in court.