Minnesota Lawyers Board Asks State Supreme Court To Smack Paul Hansmeier Around A Bit

from the please-do dept

Grifters just keep grifting. Paul Hansmeier, former copyright troll and more recent ADA troll, is being referred to the Supreme Court of Minnesota for discipline. Last seen trying to weasel his way into bankruptcy to avoid several judgments against him, Hansmeier has had his law license suspended and is facing the possibility of more than a decade in prison.

Now there’s this, which asks how much schadenfreude can one person possibly provide?

The board that disciplines lawyers in Minnesota filed a complaint Tuesday in the Minnesota Supreme Court against Paul Hansmeier, alleging that he had tried to defraud the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota by hiding or misrepresenting his assets.

Hansmeier has 20 days to respond to the complaint.

The state Supreme Court is already familiar with Hansmeier’s, um… work, having said this about him in 2016 when indefinitely suspending his bar license.

Hansmeier committed misconduct in the first matter by bringing a lawsuit for the sole purpose of conducting discovery to find the identity of others against whom claims could be made, making misrepresentations to the tribunal, filing articles of termination for a corporation that contained false statements. failing to comply with discovery requests, failing to pay attorney fees assessed against him, and transferring funds out of his law firm in order to avoid paying sanctions. In a second matter. Hansmeier committed misconduct by participating in the initiation of a lawsuit without a basis in law and fact, making false and misleading statements to the court, failing to pay attorney fees assessed against him by the court. and submitting to the court a financial statement that was false, misleading, and deceptive. In a third matter, Hansmeier committed misconduct by bringing a frivolous action for an improper purpose. And in a fourth matter. Hansmeier committed misconduct by testifying falsely during a deposition, bringing a frivolous claim, and perpetrating a fraud upon the court.

The petition [PDF] is a little longer and delves into Hansmeier’s seedy history, starting with his years with Prenda, which is summed up pretty nicely by Minnesota’s Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

Before respondent was suspended, respondent, with other lawyers, purportedly on behalf of various entities that held the copyrights to various adult films, instituted hundreds of litigations in state and federal courts throughout the country alleging either copyright infringements via improper downloading of the films over the Internet or wrongful interception or hacking of usernames and passwords to gain access to the purported clients’ websites.

Respondent was sanctioned in many of these matters.

Those sanctions were levied in four different lawsuits, racking up nearly $500,000 in fines and fees Hansmeier was supposed to pay. Rather than do that, Hansmeier tried to drum up a belated legal defense fund by engaging in ever more mass litigation, wielding the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) as a tool of extortion against a number of small Minnesota businesses — a business model of his that’s now being investigated by the FBI.

To dodge the sanctions, Hansmeier filed bankruptcy. This was as deceitful as any other litigation he’s been involved in. Hansmeier shuffled assets around to keep them from creditors, sold his home without the bankruptcy court’s permission, and failed to update the court when his cost of living expenses decreased dramatically.

The OLPR is asking for more fees to be assessed against Hansmeier, as well as possible disbarment. Hopefully, someone will inform the inmates he’ll be rooming with that he’s not a font of coherent legal strategy, despite his many years as a practicing lawyer.

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Anonymous Coward says:

I saw someone declare bankruptcy right before being offered $75k a year for a public position, not a peep from anyone.

Best bankruptcy fraud story from the 1980s: a guy cashes out $150k from his credit cards, several thousand at a time on weekend visits to Atlantic City, where he sits in a hotel and doesn’t bet. He claims later on he lost the money at the tables, wipes the debt clean, and starts up as a bookmaker with the proceeds, never looking back.

Only in America…

Grifty McGrift says:

The Great T. Prenda®™©℗

Oh Yes, I’m the Great T. Prenda®™©℗
T. Prendin’ that I’m doin’ well
My greed is such, I T. Prend too much
I’m really goin’ straight to Hell

Ooh Ooh yes I’m the Great T. Prenda®™©℗
Just lyin’ straight-faced to “The Gown”
The MLB hates my “Bankruptcy”
So they’re gonna smack me aroun’

T. Prendin’ is gettin’ me down

That One Guy (profile) says:

'We in the legal system have standards... somewhere...'

The OLPR is asking for more fees to be assessed against Hansmeier, as well as possible disbarment. Hopefully, someone will inform the inmates he’ll be rooming with that he’s not a font of coherent legal strategy, despite his many years as a practicing lawyer.

Possible disbarment.’

Just… let that sink in.

After everything he’s done, he still has his license. I find it nearly impossible to believe that only now is someone suggesting that maybe he crossed a line somewhere and might deserve to lose his legal license, which means that until this point the bar has looked at what he’s done and saw nothing wrong with it.

For all that parasites like him drag the reputation of lawyers everywhere through the mud, the fact that they can do so unchecked for years by both the courts and the relevant authorities that could pull their ability to abuse the courts and people for personal gain is almost as bad, if not worse.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: 'We in the legal system have standards... somewhere...'

For all that parasites like him drag the reputation of lawyers everywhere through the mud, the fact that they can do so unchecked for years by both the courts and the relevant authorities that could pull their ability to abuse the courts and people for personal gain is almost as bad, if not worse.

No, you see, you’re getting it backwards. This is a big part of the reason why "the reputation of lawyers everywhere" is mud. Doing something bad is bad enough, but being able to get away with it, with no accountability, is soooo much worse.

Allan Chandler says:

Hansmeier committed misconduct in the first matter by bringing a lawsuit for the sole purpose of conducting discovery to find the identity of others against whom claims could be made, making misrepresentations to the tribunal, filing articles of termination for a corporation that contained false statements. failing to comply with discovery requests, failing to pay attorney fees assessed against him, and transferring funds out of his law firm in order to avoid paying sanctions. In a second matter. Hansmeier committed misconduct by participating in the initiation of a lawsuit without a basis in law and fact, making false and misleading statements to the court, failing to pay attorney fees assessed against him by the court. and submitting to the court a financial statement that was false, misleading, and deceptive. In a third matter, Hansmeier committed misconduct by bringing a frivolous action for an improper purpose. And in a fourth matter. Hansmeier committed misconduct by testifying falsely during a deposition, bringing a frivolous claim, and perpetrating a fraud upon the court.

Yes, but he didn’t kick my dog, so he can’t be all that bad, surely?

🙂

DB (profile) says:

I have to agree — what would you have to do to get timely disciplinary action?

Shouldn’t the standards be lower (higher?) than an actual criminal conviction? Shouldn’t the desire to protect the public result in a speedier process than a criminal conviction? He should have been suspended years before the suspension occurred, and disbarred long before now.

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