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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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Mar 2011 @ 10:43am

    Wow...

    Listen to what Steele says

    Steele, however, says that the EFF has an agenda with its role in porn BitTorrent suits that's not very transparent.

    "They have a moneymaking business that is operated by attorneys, and many [porn BitTorrent] defendants end up choosing one of the attorneys involved in EFF suits," he said. "I know for a fact that one of the attorneys has lined up 40 defendants, and he is earning hand over fist in legal fees."

    Link here: http://www.xbiz.com/news/legal/131798

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