Smut-scamming copyright chaser ‘fesses up, will do hard time • The Register


Prenda Law’s John Steele done for fraud after courts ordered repayments of extorted funds

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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

FBI Actively Investigating Prenda Law Team For Fraud | Popehat

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Minneapolis office is conducting an active investigation of the principals of Prenda Law, the notorious team of crooked copyright trolls that I’ve …

Source: FBI Actively Investigating Prenda Law Team For Fraud | Popehat

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

ARDC suddenly remembers that there is “D” in its acronym, starts disciplinary proceeds against John Steele | Fight Copyright Trolls

Today Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, via Counsel Wendy J. Muchman and Marita C. Sullivan, filed a seven-count, 14,000-word complaint against Prenda’s John Steele alleging massive professional misconduct and fraud on the Court (the word “fraud” is used 17 times throughout the document).

Source: ARDC suddenly remembers that there is “D” in its acronym, starts disciplinary proceeds against John Steele | Fight Copyright Trolls