Transcript Of The 12 Minute 'We're Done' Prenda Hearing Released

from the read-it-during-a-coffee-break dept

We had Ken White's awesome analysis of what happened at the Prenda Law hearing earlier this week, but now the full transcript of the hearing has been released so you can read along (or figure out how to incorporate it into the necessary movie script). Here's just a snippet, though the full thing is at the link above and embedded below.
THE COURT: Can you tell me, for example, who directs the litigation here in California? Who makes the decision as to whether or not cases are dismissed or settled for how much money? Can you tell me that?

MS. ROSING: Your Honor, I can't testify.

THE COURT: "Yes" or "no", please. Because we need to move through this. Can you tell me that?

MS. ROSING: I personally cannot tell you that, your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. Do you know whether or not there is another Alan Cooper other than the one that was here at the last hearing?

MS. ROSING: I am not aware of another Alan Cooper, your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. Good. What happens to the settlement money?

MS. ROSING: Your Honor, obviously, I represent Mr. Duffy and Ms. Van Den Hemel. I don't have personal knowledge of any of this.

THE COURT: Why weren't notices of related cases filed? Who made the decision to hide from the court the fact that all of these cases were related.

MS. ROSING: I do have a judicially noticeable document on that, your Honor, where the Northern District declined to relate the cases.

THE COURT: That is a different thing. That is consolidating them.

MS. ROSING: It is actually an order declining to relate them.

THE COURT: Same plaintiff, same film, same causes of action, and they are not related? Excuse me? Okay. Tell me this. Who made the decision not to disclose to the court the fact that the law firms have a financial interest in the outcome of this litigation?

MS. ROSING: Your Honor, there is no evidence before this court at all that the law firm or any, well, certainly, my clients, Paul Duffy or Angela Van Den Hemel, have any financial interest in the outcome of this litigation.

THE COURT: Excuse me. Did you read Hansmeier's deposition?

MS. ROSING: Yes, I did, your Honor.

THE COURT: And then you make the statement you just made?
That is one (quite reasonably) unhappy judge...
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Filed Under: john steele, otis wright, paul duffy, paul hansmeier, prenda, prenda law
Companies: prenda, prenda law


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    James Burkhardt (profile), 5 Apr 2013 @ 1:26pm

    The most telling exchange, which points out how the Prenda team intended to use legal wrangling rather than actual facts to get out of this case is here:

    Ms. Rosing: Well, your honor, what I would like to argue because my clients are entitled to a reasonable opportunity to be heard, we weren't allowed...

    The Court: Excuse me? They are giving up their right to be heard. (continues)

    This less then a page after being directly told by the court the entire purpose of the day was for them to be given an opportunity to say their piece.

    Pretty ballsy of that Lawyer if you ask me.

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