by Mike Masnick
Wed, May 25th 2011 3:03pm
Divorce-lawyer-turned-mass-P2P-lawsuit-filer John Steele hasn't had much luck with his legal strategy (though, he has been able to shake some cash out of people who settle too quickly), getting shot down a few times for his fishing expedition. Apparently he filed another such suit earlier this month, only to realize that it had been assigned to the same judge who's been slamming him -- and Steele quickly tried to drop the case entirely. The judge, Milton Shadur, wasn't going to let Steele off the hook without yet another scolding, as highlighted by Ars Technica. Judge Shadur made it clear, yet again, that he does not appreciate Steele's legal efforts here, and does not want to see any more such cases. He does point out that Steele is free to "pursue the normal path of suing an identifiable (and identified) defendant or defendants" rather than the mass dragnet. Of course, this won't stop Steele, but it does seem likely that he'll just drop any cases assigned to Judge Shadur. Of course, if more judges follow Judge Shadur's lead, hopefully he'll quickly run out of courts to file these questionable lawsuits.
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