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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
His former partner Hansmeier lost his law license last year. Steele has agreed to cooperate in the feds' case against Hansmeier, who is still contesting the charges against him. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission filed an ...
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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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Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow

Fast Company - 21 Feb 2018
Lawyers associated with Prenda Law, a now-defunct Chicago firm that's become infamous in legal circles, allegedly even set up shell companies to create their own pornographic movies and upload them to BitTorrent, in order to demand settlements from ...
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Judge Issues Devastating Order Against BitTorrent Copyright Troll

TorrentFreak - 10 Jan 2018
Many districts have turned into no-go zones for copyright trolls and the people behind Prenda law were arrested and are being prosecuted in a criminal case. In the Western District of Washington, the tide also appears to have turned. After Venice PI, a ...
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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

The Register - 16 Jun 2016
Prenda Law wasn't just hunting down its unfortunate targets: it emerged in 2013 that it was also in charge of planting the skin flicks for users to find. Cases against the principals of the scheme have dragged on, with a Star Trek-themed smackdown in ...
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This Week In Techdirt History: April 8th - 14th

Techdirt - 14 Apr 2018
This week in 2013, Ken White returned to fill us in on the massive fallout from Prenda's hearing (as predicted), while the folks involved scrambled to get out of trouble — often by throwing each other under the bus. Paul Hansmeier played innocent, as ...
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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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When #Altlaw Is Bad, It Is Truly Horrid

Above the Law - 22 Feb 2018
but when it is bad, it is horrid. The legal media is flush with stories of how new technology tools, or techno-powered legal practices are expanding affordable access to law. As these optimistic stories bear out, when innovation works well, it's a ...
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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 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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9th Circuit judges rip into Prenda Law copyright trolling scheme

Ars Technica - 05 May 2015
It's been more than two years since the "copyright trolling" firm called Prenda Law began to unravel, after a disastrous hearing in the courtroom of US District Court Judge Otis Wright led to bruising sanctions and a referral to criminal investigators ...
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At long last, Prenda mastermind hit with state bar complaint

Ars Technica - 22 Aug 2015
It's unclear how much money they made, but the complaint states it's in the millions. Hansmeier, a Minnesota attorney, isn't a subject of the ARDC complaint. Paul Duffy, the one lawyer officially affiliated with Prenda Law, is mentioned throughout the ...
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Prenda Boldly Benchslapped Where No One Has Gone Before

Above the Law - 07 May 2013
It had come out that the alleged “client” had no idea Prenda pursued lawsuits in his name. Judge Wright ordered everyone suspected of involvement in the murky chain of entities behind these suits to come forward, and they promptly refused to testify ...

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