Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested | Ars Technica

Lawyers who turned porn lawsuits into big business now face criminal charges.

Source: Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested | Ars Technica

Prenda lawyers’ careers are up in smoke, but sanctions keep coming | Ars Technica


In 2013, Prenda lashed out against blog commenters who called them “assclowns.”

Source: Prenda lawyers’ careers are up in smoke, but sanctions keep coming | Ars Technica

Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Loses His Law License; Won’t Be Filing Bogus ADA Lawsuits For Now | Techdirt

Prenda Law’s Paul Hansmeier, infamous for constantly scheming about ways to use the judicial process to shakedown people for money, and pompously overstating his own position (e.g., “welcome to the big leagues”) has now lost his license to practice law.

Source: Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Loses His Law License; Won’t Be Filing Bogus ADA Lawsuits For Now | Techdirt

Prenda’s Hansmeier asks court to deny motion for summary judgment because… opposing counsel buys Mercedes | Fight © Trolls

As you may have noticed, I don’t write about Prenda anymore: my spare time is limited, and I prefer to spend it covering enemies of the society that are still strong and dangerous — unlike fo…

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Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Continues To Win Enemies, Influence Legislators With His ADA Trolling, Hiding Of Assets | Techdirt

Everyone behind the failed clown school that was Prenda Law deserves what’s happening to Paul Hansmeier. Unfortunately, it appears Hansmeier is taking the most damage from the fallout of Prenda’s disastrous copyright trolling… or at least he’s the one doing most of his suffering in public.

Of course, it’s his own fault. Rather than get out of the trolling business, Hansmeier doubled down. He swapped porn stars for wheelchairs, pursuing small businesses for Americans with Disabilities Acts violations. Fronting as a public interest, Hansmeier’s “Disabilities Support Alliance” is every bit the serial litigant Prenda was.

Now, it’s falling apart. As is Hansmeier himself. He’s currently facing possible disbarment for his participation in Prenda’s fraudulent behavior. He just lost one of his lawsuits against a Minnesota landlord for bogus ADA violations — one out of more than 100 lawsuits he’s filed against small businesses in the area. If Hansmeier’s asked to cough up legal fees, one wonders where he’ll find the money.

Source: Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Continues To Win Enemies, Influence Legislators With His ADA Trolling, Hiding Of Assets | Techdirt

Judge: Prenda lawyer must sell condo, liquidate assets to pay $2.5M debt | Ars Technica


A federal judge in Minnesota has ordered one of the men behind the notorious Prenda Law group to liquidate his assets. Paul Hansmeier must now sell his condominium, among other assets, in order to pay back $2.5 million of debts more quickly rather than having the case drag out for years.

Source: Judge: Prenda lawyer must sell condo, liquidate assets to pay $2.5M debt | Ars Technica

Legal regulators move in on Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier, who may get disbarred | Ars Technica

State bar regulators say Hansmeier hid money, lied in court.

Source: Legal regulators move in on Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier, who may get disbarred | Ars Technica

Appeals court: Prenda lawyer who drained cash from his law firm must pay up | Ars Technica

“Piercing the corporate veil” of Paul Hansmeier’s law firm was justified.

Source: Appeals court: Prenda lawyer who drained cash from his law firm must pay up | Ars Technica

Judge finds Prenda Law attorneys in contempt, says they hid assets

Prenda Law was a “copyright trolling” scheme that sued thousands for downloading online porn, but the organization was buried under a wave of judicial sanctions beginning in 2013.

However, the three lawyers found to be intertwined with the organization—John Steele, Paul Hansmeier, and Paul Duffy—continue to get in hot water. On Friday, an Illinois federal judge reconsidered (PDF) a 2014 ruling in which he found there wasn’t enough evidence for a “contempt of court” finding. New evidence has convinced US District Judge David Herndon that Steele and Hansmeier should be found in contempt, and last week he ordered them to pay $65,263. That amount will get progressively larger, the judge warned, “if they continue their misdeeds before this Court.”

In addition, Steele and Duffy “engaged in unreasonable, willful obstruction of discovery in bad faith,” and Herndon ordered those two to pay for the defense’s discovery expenses, needed to unwind the complex financial records.

The three offending lawyers have until July 15 to pay up.

“We’re ecstatic because we finally got it, and this order gives them a set date by which to pay,” said defense lawyer Jason Sweet in an interview with Ars. “They didn’t have to obstruct discovery. It was always in their control. As the court found, they’ve shown a willingness to lie, and they’ll continue to do so unless they’re sanctioned.”

Link (Ars Technica)