Judge Not Impressed By Reverse Class Action Attempt In Mass P2P File Sharing Case

from the fishing-expedition dept

We recently wrote about an attempt by one of the growing number of mass P2P pre-settlement lawsuit lawyers, John Steele, to file a reverse of defendant class action lawsuit to try to get around the issue of misjoinder in combining a bunch of totally unrelated individuals in a single lawsuit. Typically, of course, class action lawsuits involve a class as the "plaintiff" not the defendant. It's not unheard of to have a defendant class action, but it is rare. Either way, the judge doesn't seem to be buying it. In a recent hearing the judge noted that the whole thing felt like a fishing expedition, and barred the court from issuing any subpoenas until an adversarial hearing was held. It's unclear who will represent the still anonymous "class," but hopefully the judge takes a note from another court and brings in experts like Public Citizen and the EFF.

Filed Under: class action, file sharing, fishing expedition, john steele, p2p, reverse class action


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2011 @ 7:04am

    Re: Re: Capitalist Lion Tamer

    .... shhhh..... wait for it....
    its still early for the astroturfers to crawl out of their cage...

    if we sit here quietly we might even seen the rarest of creatures... the lawyer... Steele sometimes comes down from his ivory tower and comments on these cases.

    It was fun blowing him out of the water last time, and I look forward to it again.

    Just sit back, and wait... I can feel the revving up their keyboards.

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