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Prenda Law, also known as Steele | Hansmeier PLLP and ...

wikipedia - 15 Sep 2016
Prenda Law, also known as Steele | Hansmeier PLLP and Anti-Piracy Law Group, was a Chicago-based law firm that ostensibly operated by undertaking litigation against copyright infringement, but was later characterized by the United States District Court for Central California in a May 2013 ruling as a "porno-trolling collective":2 whose business model "relies on deception",:8 and which resembled most closely a conspiracy:FOF.1 p.3 and racketeering enterprise,:p.10 referring in the judgme
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Lawyer who founded Prenda Law is disbarred

Ars Technica - 22 May 2017
John Steele, one of the masterminds behind the Prenda Law "copyright trolling" scheme, has been disbarred. Court papers indicate that Steele agreed to the disbarment, which was announced by the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday.
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Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested

Ars Technica - 16 Dec 2016
Prenda Law sued hundreds of people for copyright infringement, accusing them of illegally downloading pornographic movies. In 2013, US District Judge Otis Wright sanctioned the firm in a Los Angeles case, along with Steele and Hansmeier personally, ...
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Prenda Law 'Porn Troll 'Agrees To Be Disbarred In Illinois

Law360 - 20 May 2017
Law360, New York (May 19, 2017, 9:35 PM EDT) -- An attorney with Prenda Law who pled guilty in March to scheming to extort millions in fraudulent copyright infringement settlements from people who downloaded pornographic movies has agreed to be ...
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Feds Say Prenda Atty Can't Dodge Fraud Charges

Law360 - 05 Jun 2017
Law360, New York (June 5, 2017, 6:20 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors pushed back Friday on efforts by one of the ringleaders of Prenda Law to escape criminal charges over their so-called porn trolling scheme, saying the indicted attorney does not have a ...
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Prenda May Be Dead, But Copyright Trolling Still Going Strong

Techdirt - 15 Mar 2017
With one of Prenda Law's key players, John Steele, pleading guilty and likely spending many, many years in prison, you might think that it would mean an end to egregious copyright trolling. However, Matthew Sag, who's spent years tracking the number of ...
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Happy New Year, porno-trolls: You've been indicted for fraud

Los Angeles Times - 30 Dec 2016
Aficionados of stupid lawyer tricks will recall the exploits of the Prenda Law firm, which we began chronicling in 2013. Prenda — or its masterminds, John L. Steele and Paul R. Hansmeier — filed scores of scattershot lawsuits accusing ordinary ...
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Prenda lawyer Paul Hansmeier has his law license suspended

Ars Technica - 15 Sep 2016
Paul Hansmeier, one of the masterminds behind the "porn trolling" scheme known as Prenda Law, has had his license to practice law suspended indefinitely. He can't ask for his license to be reinstated for at least four years. Hansmeier and his colleague ...
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Porn copyright troll attorney pleads guilty, faces 10 years

Akron Legal News - 14 Apr 2017
The co-founder of one of the country's most notorious patent troll law firms in the country has pleaded guilty to conning upwards of $6 million from people who downloaded pornography that, in some cases, the firm actually filmed. The firm, Prenda Law ...
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Prenda lawyers lose key appeal, will pay $230k sanction

Ars Technica - 10 Jun 2016
Prenda Law, masterminded by two lawyers named John Steele and Paul Hansmeier, operated by filing massive lawsuits against thousands of defendants, accusing them of illegally downloading porn movies. After using the subpoena process to identify the ...
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'Prominent Public Figure' Calls Porn Site's Tactics Extortion

Courthouse News Service - 16 Aug 2017
A law firm called Prenda targeted thousands of anonymous defendants who downloaded a single copyrighted porn movie from the peer-to-peer file-sharing network BitTorrent. The firm then filed lawsuits in federal courts against Doe defendants to secure ...

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