Comcast And AT&T Want Their Cut From Prenda Too
from the welcome-to-the-big-leagues dept
Last week, we noted that yet another court had ruled against Prenda. In this case, rather than their own shell companies, Prenda was representing Lightspeed, a porn company which already had a questionable reputation. Also, this was a case where Prenda tried to use a “hacking” claim rather than a straight copyright claim, in an attempt to get the case in state court, rather than the more savvy federal courts. Finally, when the ISPs protested having to turn over names, the brilliant Prenda strategy was to sue the ISPs as well. So, now that the court found “the litigation smacked of bullying pretense,” it’s not just the random guy, Anthony Smith, seeking legal fees… but Comcast and AT&T as well. Late last week, Comcast and then AT&T each asked for John Steele, Paul Hansmeier and Paul Duffy (by name) to each pay their attorneys’ fees as well. And, as you might imagine, they have some pricey attorneys. Comcast’s filing goes into quite a bit of detail about the questionable actions taken by Team Prenda in this case (and in other cases). AT&T’s filing is much shorter and more or less says “you already know what these guys have been up to, so no need to repeat it here.”
Not surprisingly, Hansmeier quickly filed an angry response, arguing that there is no possible reason why he should have to pay attorneys’ fees, and even arguing that there’s still no evidence of wrongdoing… by himself (leaving the others out to dry). Basically, he argues that while he was involved with the case briefly, none of his actions were the problematic ones. He also claims that the requests for attorneys’ fees isn’t timely, since Team Prenda had dismissed the case six months ago — leaving out the ruling from just last week which found Team Prenda’s actions problematic and subject to attorneys’ fees. Amusingly, he also argues that Comcast laying out in great detail all of the bogus actions of Team Prenda in this case, as well as how multiple other judges have called out their behavior and alerted law enforcement about their activities for criminal investigation, is nothing more than an ad hominem attack.
Sorry, Paul, if someone calls you a morally bankrupt scamming loser — that would be an ad hominem attack. Comcast laying out in great detail how judges have ruled that you committed fraud on the court in very similar cases, and ordered you to pay attorneys’ fees (while also alerting law enforcement, the IRS, local legal bars and others to investigate), is presenting relevant information to the court. It might help to learn the difference.