Even State Courts Getting Skeptical About Prenda

from the quash-them dept

We've talked a few times about Prenda's big bag of tricks in trying to get contact information associated with IP addresses by any means necessary. Lately, that's meant filing questionable "hacking" (not copyright) cases in state court -- especially in St. Clair County, Illinois, which is currently enmeshed in a giant drug scandal -- where a named defendant is "sued" but the focus is on identifying people associated with a variety of IP addresses named as co-conspirators (but not named as defendants). In one such case, officially for "LW Systems," but involving the same crew of Prenda folks, the court has now put the brakes on the subpoenas, quashing them at the request of various ISPs and John Does associated with the IP addresses.

The "defendant" in this case, Christopher Hubbard is represented by Adam Urbanczyk, who, in previous cases, was accused by the judge of being "in bed together" with Team Prenda, for not opposing any sort of discovery. In an altogether different case, yet with some similarities to the one at hand, a defendant admitted to the court that he had agreed to be a named defendant and take a dive in not opposing discovery as part of his own "settlement."

In this case, the judge, Andrew Gleeson, clearly suspected something was up and said that he wanted to know more about the ownership and control of LW Systems. Gleeson also said that he was aware of Judge Wright's famous order in the Prenda case in California, as well as the Delvan Neville deposition in the First Time Videos case in Florida, which presents an awful lot of evidence that John Steele is uploading the videos himself, and setting them to encourage downloading -- which would certainly call into question what sort of "hacking" went on to access the files.

At the very least, Gleeson has also granted the motions to quash the subpoenas, meaning that "LW Systems" doesn't get the information it's been seeking.
Gleeson said he had questions about the complaint and ownership of plaintiff – LW Systems.

“I think I need to be careful…,” Gleeson said. “This is major litigation that will take years to go through.”
While it's not a resounding push back on Team Prenda, it certainly suggests that one of the few courts in the country that was still a "friendly" home for their cases is now growing skeptical as well.
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Filed Under: adam urbanczyk, christopher hubbard, prenda, quashed, st. clair county, subpoenas
Companies: lw systems, prenda, prenda law

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    Anon E. Mous (profile), 28 Jun 2013 @ 7:09pm

    The fact that this Judge in a not too subtle slap to Prenda and Adam Urbanczyk about collusion in a previous case and thinks this case has the Stench of John Steele to it is not really surprising.

    Ever since Judge Wright's order brought how much is wrong with Prenda cases and those associated with them to light on the findings by Syfert, Pietz and Rannalo, it has been downhill for them since.

    The courts are starting to see that any case with Prenda Law is suspect and to have a look at the supporting documents filed in support of them.

    Steele, Duffy and Hansmeier's days of Porn Trolling lawsuits are starting to crash down on them. The mere fact that they are trying to change Law Firm names, client names, enitity and LLC names and ownership structure are going to be all for nothing.

    The more you peel the layer of an onion the more it stinks, which is what you have with anything Steele, Duffy and Hansmeier seem to touch.

    I doubt there new name and new filings are going to be successful as well when defenses lawyers start pointing out how these cases are connected with those who used to run with the gang from Prenda Law.

    Steele, Duffy and Hansmeier are still facing all sorts of issues with Mr.Harris and the fact that their hired craiglist counsel in Arizona still must answer the Judges Questions about Prenda and those connected with that litigation and it's so called "client".

    The fact that Judge Gleeson put the breaks on Prenda's grifting -er- I mean settlement letter scheme means that bastion of sanctity that they found in St.Clair County may come to a screeching halt.

    Let's hope this failure to go forward in this County Court is a window on things to come in other courts across the country. John may have to go back to chasing ambulances if Prenda's newest creating law firm isn't able to get far in new litigation because of past deeds

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