by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 12:42am
Remember last week when the DC Circuit appeals court overturned one of Prenda's few "wins" on the question of "joinder" (lumping together a bunch of unrelated people in a single lawsuit)? That was the case where a former RIAA lobbyist-turned-judge, Beryl Howell, was one of a very few judges who found such joinder appropriate. The appeals court disagreed and sent it back. And... in response, Prenda (in the form of Paul Duffy) are now trying to scamper away, by filing to voluntarily dismiss the case. This is pretty typical in the Prenda playbook. Whenever things start to look problematic, they try to dismiss the case and get away unscathed. Most of the cases where various attorneys' fees are being lumped on them involve similar cases where Prenda tried to run away, and was not allowed to do so. Some of the plaintiffs in this case may pursue fees, though with the previous awards piling up, it's unlikely they'd get much at this point. Either way, it's clear that after the appeal went against Prenda, it doesn't even want to try again at the district level.
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