Malibu Media's Former Law Firm Says The Copyright Troll Has Been Screwing It Out Of Settlement Payments

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Few things are more satisfying than watching copyright trolling efforts disintegrate. Prolific abuser of the court system, Malibu Media, has been slowly self-destructing over the past few years.

In 2016, Malibu Media sued its legal reps because they were at least as corrupt as Malibu Media is. From the filings, it appeared attorney Keith Lipscomb wasn’t sharing the settlements he extracted from alleged pirates. Malibu’s new reps, Pillar Law Group, filed the suit for Malibu. In the court documents, Lipscomb said he felt the copyright trolling business model had outlived its usefulness and was no longer profitable. While this was likely true, it also did double duty as an excuse for Lipscomb’s failure to send Malibu its cut of the settlements.

The relationship with Pillar Law only lasted until last summer. As Fight Copyright Trolls notes, X-Art’/Malibu’s owner is now engaged in a legal dispute with the law group in the Los Angeles County Court.

Roughly about the same time this suit was filed, Malibu was sued by two investors who were promised half of all settlements and half of all profits from Malibu’s media. Apparently, they haven’t been paid either.

This leads us to the current litigation, brought by Malibu’s most recent legal reps. Once again, the non-sharing of settlement funds is the issue.

Lomnitzer Law has followed suit and sued Malibu for breach of contract demanding $280,058.32 plus interest (The Lomnitzer Law Firm, P.A. v. Malibu Media, LLC, FLSD 20-cv-80027-RKA):

Beginning at a date presently unknown, Malibu instructed attorneys in various jurisdictions that were representing Malibu in the nationwide litigation that was being coordinated by the Firm to by-pass the Firm and to remit settlement monies from such litigation other than to the Firm while still expecting the Firm to pay court filing fees, process server fees, etc., all incurred for and on behalf of and for the benefit of Malibu.

Good old Malibu: against the notion of sharing right up until the bitter end. God, I hope it’s the end. Soon. And a super-bitter ending at that.

Let’s not line up to applaud the numerous entities that have sued Malibu Media for being fraudulent. They all got in bed with Malibu at one point. It was only when they personally got screwed that they decided to distance themselves from this syphilitic troll. If this mesh network of litigation can somehow find a way to bankrupt everyone involved, we’ll all be better off.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Ah, yes, the "You knew I was a scorpion when you started swimming" defense.

It’d be amusing if Malibu actually tried that as a defense, but I don’t think it’d be a successful one.

The whole idea behind contracts is so that they can be enforced against untrustworthy people. If people only got into deals with those whom they could trust to deliver what was agreed upon, contracts (and contract law) wouldn’t need to exist.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Sorry, I misread your comment. I think we’re on the same side of the argument here (and, if I’m not mistaken, so is the AC you’re replying to, which is what threw me off).

Malibu absolutely has to lose this case, or upend all of contract law.

That said, rooting for copyright-troll lawyers like Pillar to have to spend a lot of money to get that result (and drain a bunch of money out of Malibu in the process) doesn’t seem like a bad thing.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Don’t you see, Bloom, darling Bloom, glorious Bloom?

It’s so simple:
Step 1: We find the worst business model ever conceived.
Step 2: We hire the worst lawyers in town.
Step 3: I raise two million dollars – one for me and one for you.
There’s a lot of credulous litigants out there.
Step 4: We sue the pants off of anyone who’s ever downloaded anything, and before you can say Step 5:
We lose those lawsuits, take our two million and go to Rio!

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

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"The heroes of copyright, ladies and gentlemen!"

Indeed. Copyright enforcement is just an area which caters to third-rate failed ambulance chasers and con men to a point which would be unheard of in ANY other area of business.

And the reason is pretty clear. Copyright law turns much of ordinary jurisprudens on its head, allowing unproven allegations actual weight of law and completely ignoring proportionality with "mandatory" fines completely without a single nod towards actual damage calculations.

Most of intellectual property law has that issue. As far as I can tell the only part of IP worth the ink it’s written on is trademark law. The rest is just anticompetitive measures based on outright fraud.

That One Guy (profile) says:

Sweet sweet schadenfreude...

Work with a bunch of parasitic scum who’s business model is shaking people down using the courts as a cudgel? What a surprise the deplorable individuals like that might treat others with just as much contempt as they do their targets.

I might have had some sympathy for people who were duped into working with MM early on, before it was clear just how repugnant their ‘business model’ was, but this late in the game? They knew damn well what they were getting into and did it anyway, and as such deserve zero sympathy.

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