Morgan Pietz Objects To Duffy's Bond In Prenda Case, Points Out More Typical Prenda Tricks

from the check-for-john-doe dept

We were a bit surprised that Prenda Law’s Paul Duffy actually filed a bond to cover the amount that Judge Otis Wright ordered Team Prenda to pay in legal fees for their shenanigans. To date, Team Prenda seems to go out of its way to play games and to avoid doing what the court is actually asking, so it seemed like a bit of a departure to see them actually file a bond (if a few days late, and with some protest). But, apparently, we should never underestimate Prenda’s game-playing.

The lawyer opposing them, Morgan Pietz, has responded to the bond asking the court not to accept it until a variety of changes are made, and which highlights the type of petty activity that Prenda is well known for engaging in. The most brazen, perhaps, is the fact that Duffy made the bond be in the name of “John Doe” for the unidentified client, but Pietz points out that, given that’s not the Doe’s real name, it’s possible that they may get a check that can’t be cashed. That’s the kind of thing that has Prenda’s name written all over it — doing something that pretends to be helpful, when inside they’re laughing about the “trick” they pulled on people.

That’s not all. Duffy, in his filing, had said that Pietz had not been cooperative in having a “meet and confer” to agree on what the bond amount should be. But Pietz tells a very different story, and provides the email evidence.

The first undersigned counsel heard about a bond, or payment, from any Prenda party (with the exception of Mr. Gibbs; his motions will be addressed by separate response) was on Monday May 20, 2013, when Paul Duffy sent a short email on the subject, offering to post a bond in the amount of 125% of the amount awarded in the Sanctions Order. Undersigned counsel dutifully responded later that day (to all parties), outlining a number of concerns about the amount and conditions that should attach to a supersedeas bond, reiterating concerns raised in the appellate response papers regarding no stay of the non-monetary aspects of this Court’s order, and requesting that Prenda respond with their views on the substantive topics raised. Exhibit 1.

On May 21, 2013, this Court issued an Order Denying Ex parte Application for Stay of Enforcement ; Order to Show Cause Re Attorney’s-Fee Award. ECF No. 164. The next day, after close of business on May 22, 2013, still not having heard anything regarding payment or a bond, undersigned counsel again emailed all Prenda parties in another attempt to meet and confer regarding appeal bond details. Exhibit 1. In response to the May 22 query attempting to spur further discussion on the several points raised by undersigned counsel previously on the bond issue, Mr. Duffy wrote back “You had no substantive points. If you think of some and can articulate them coherently I would be glad to consider them. Thanks for thinking of me.” Id. Shortly after receiving Mr. Duffy’s foregoing email, undersigned counsel pointed out to everyone that such a response was not very helpful, and invited the rest of the Prenda parties to respond in substantive fashion. Nobody did. Mr. Duffy, however, did write the whole group one more time, in nonsensical and vaguely threatening fashion, to indicate that has apparently made a conscious decision to send undersigned counsel’s email messages to the SPAM folder. Exhibit 1

In case you can’t look at the exhibit, the email that Duffy wrote back to Pietz — which was clearly not an automated response — was the following:

Thanks for your message Sir/Madam! Unfortunately, due to your inappropriate language and messages, which are within the access of my young children, I must place you in my “spam” filter. Unfortunately, I delete such messages daily without reading them. I wish you a speedy recovery, and make it a GREAT day!

Among the other problems with the bond, is that only Duffy has signed onto it, and as Pietz points out, since there are many different parties, each appealing separately, it’s not at all clear as to what happens if some are exonerated, while others are found guilty. And, of course, Pietz argues that the amount is way too low, because it should take into account the likely cost of the appeal as well. Oh, and Pietz also wants it to be clear that Team Prenda can’t get out of paying the bond by declaring bankruptcy.

Basically, it looks like Team Prenda simply can’t resist playing its games — once again, seeming to think that it’s so much smarter than everyone else, that it can run verbal rings around those exposing their efforts.

Update: And… Judge Wright has just basically agreed with Pietz, conditionally granting the bond, but only if Duffy makes a bunch of changes to deal with the claims that Pietz brought up, and also says they need to add another bond for $135,933.66, to get the total up to $237,583.66 which is the amount Pietz argued was proper given the circumstances.

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Anon E. Mous (profile) says:

Thanks for posting this article Mike! I thought everyone should get this news!

I cant wait for Prenda’s response to Pietz filing with Judge Wright, I expect a lot of fury, anger and pouting and a big whine about poverty.

I can’t wait to see Judge Wrights ruling and see what he say’s in it about Prenda blowin g off the meeting with Pietz for the bond requirements and conditions which was in his order.

This will be most interesting

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: "As the Prenda Turns"

Indeed. And entertainment of the finest sort it is! I’ve recently been catching up on Arrested Development (TOS) before graduating to Arrested Development (TNG), and Prenda’s antics to date seem to have been lovingly hand-stitched from the same whole cloth — perhaps even the very same bolt — as the sitcom, but with a truly gratuitous dose of irony thrown in for good measure. And with special attention paid to the WTF(?!) aspects of the story, and emphasis on cliff-hangers! Can’t yet figure out who the George-Michael and Maeby roles are, but it looks as though Team Prenda has so far provided at least four or five seasons worth of material for character and plot development before the inevitable denouement, at which point they’ll attempt to blow town on the eve of their arrest by stealing a permanently-moored luxury cruise ship after trying to magically make all the incriminating evidence disappear by putting it on a personal yacht and blowing it up. You heard it here first!

Serving suggestion: Your choice of titles needs revision, as As the Prenda Turns suggests a soap opera, rather than a highbrow, true-to-life sitcom.

Anon E. Mous (profile) says:

I love that Judge Wright agreeded with Pietz in his requested for additional monies for the bond

“Further, the Prenda parties shall be required to post an additional bond in the amount of $135,933.66 (which is the $237,583.66 total, minusthe $101,650.00 bond that the Prenda parties other than Mr. Gibbs have already posted) to cover costs on appeal, which includes attorneys fees shall be subject to all the same conditions as the bond noted above”.

I love the fact that Judge Wright threw in this gem into his order:

“Failure to post the additional bond within 14 days shall result in the imposition of additional sanctions”.

Anonymous Coward says:

‘avoid doing what the court is actually asking’

so how come these idiots get ‘asked’ by the Court? anyone and everyone else get ‘told’ by the court. it almost seems like judge Wright is helping the Prenda crew to play the games rather than exerting his authority. perhaps if he weren’t being so lenient, they would get the message?

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re:

It’s called ‘giving them all the rope they need to hang themselves’.

By giving them as many chances as he has for them to explain their actions, any appeal(s) they file are not going to go over well for them the second the judge learns what sort of crap they tend to pull when in a courtroom.

Or put another way, Judge Wright has provided them countless opportunities to show their character, and in particular their honestly, which they have failed miserably to do, and when any future judges can safely assume that team prenda are going to be lying as much as they can, odds are they’re going to treat any statements given by them as suspicious, and that is not going to be good for them.

Edward Teach says:

Re: Re:

so how come these idiots get ‘asked’ by the Court?

Because they’re lawyers. Judges make decisions for the betterment of the legal profession.

If some ordinary group had perpetrated the kind of nonsense that Prenda has, the FBI would have thrown them in the klink. Instead, all of the Judges involved have let Prenda off with warnings, or maybe not even that.

It’s a travesty, but very revealing.

Anonymous Coward says:

A child that reads the attorney’s email? Surely even Prenda has heard of client privilege which is likely to be violated by a child reading said attorney’s email.

Sure smells bogus to me. Not to mention the Doe on the bond itself. That’s pretty much a guarantee that Prenda is still playing games.

Raul says:


As Pietz pointed out in these proceedings Prenda is imploding with all its federal suits either having been dismissed or being on the defense of motions for sanctions or attorneys fees. They have a few state lawsuits pending in Illinois but are being besieged by very capable attorneys so I doubt those lawsuits are generating much money. Accordingly I wonder if these guys can afford to collateralize the additional bond or meet the conditions on the first imposed by Judge Wright.

Trelly (profile) says:

Gotta protect the kids ...

So he is ok with his kids reading his confidential emails, including those with his porn producing clients (which may very validly contain adult content) and presumably doesn’t place his clients emails into the junk folder, yet the attorney of the opposition needs to be placed in junk?

Yeah, that says a lot not just about his legal skills and ethics, but also about his parenting skills.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Gotta protect the kids ...

porn producing clients

But actually, there’s no production or clients. Their sole business was a shakedown, with a minimal involvement of actual porn.

It may even transpire that the torrent was empty.

The metadata alone was sufficient to make the case.

Does this remind me of another scandal…?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Gotta protect the kids ...

But actually, there’s no production or clients.

There were clients once upon a time. Back when Prenda first started. See the story about the guy complaining about how Prenda wouldn’t tell him any details about what was actually going on.

It’s just at some point they decided they wanted all the money themselves, and then they set up the shell games.

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