'Porn Troll' Atty Can't Get Contempt Finding Revisited

Law360, Los Angeles (October 19, 2016, 11:04 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday shot down a motion by a so-called porn troll attorney to reconsider a recent order in which the court said the attorney was in civil contempt for trying to avoid fines.

John Steele of now-defunct Prenda Law challenged an Oct. 14 order by U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon that indicated the district judge was “inclined to agree” with defendant Anthony Smith that he should receive $47,171 from the tossed contempt sanction to cover an unpaid portion of discovery sanctions.

The sanctions were imposed because Steele had lied to the court years earlier in a...

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