from the another-failure dept
Looks like Prenda continues to have problems in court. In the lawsuit in Minnesota that Alan Cooper brought against Prenda and John Steele for fraudulent use of his name, it appears that Judge Ann Alton made fairly quick work of getting the whole thing off of her docket. Someone going by the twitter handle “J.P. Baggins” was in attendance, and says that the judge ordered Prenda to stop using Alan Cooper’s name and brought the case to a close. There won’t be any damages awarded, but it seems clear that the judge was not at all happy with Prenda. She referred to Paul Hansmeier, appearing for Prenda Law, as acting in a way that is “not appropriate for an attorney” while also claiming that what they had done was “fraud, pure and simple.” She also told him that she believed him “to be in violation of a whole lot of rules” and she’ll be reporting him to the lawyer’s board (just one more to pile on, I guess).
Another person in the courtroom, Matthew Sparby noted that the judge was a bit confused at the beginning, apparently misreading Judge Otis Wright’s infamous order to also implicate Cooper as well, and while that was eventually cleared up by Cooper’s lawyer, Paul Godfread, Sparby thinks that may be why no damages were awarded.
She apparently also closed by telling Hansmeier to “never EVER send” fraudulent letters “EVER again” and noted that she was “offended this case is here” before abruptly ending the whole thing. Seems like another bad day for Prenda.