‘Porn Troll’ Attys Escape Sanctions In Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (November 19, 2014, 2:16 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge Tuesday denied motions for contempt and sanctions after a defendant in a copyright case said attorneys for so-called porn troll Lightspeed Media Corp. had blocked discovery and lied about being insolvent to avoid attorneys’ fees, saying he had not presented sufficient proof.

U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon said that while individual defendant Anthony Smith had “uncovered questionable financial activity” on the part of Lightspeed’s counsel — John Steele, Paul Hansmeier and Paul Duffy, operators of Prenda Law — and that the...
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