Friday, February 25, 2011

Over 40,000 Does Dismissed In Copyright Troll Cases

[Thanks to boingboing for posting about this.]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports:

Over 40,000 Does Dismissed In Copyright Troll Cases

News Update by Eva Galperin

These have been some eventful weeks in the world of copyright trolling. Thousands of unnamed “John Does” in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been severed, effectively dismissing over 40,000 defendants. The plaintiffs in these cases must now re-file against almost all of the Does individually rather than suing them en masse.
Complete article

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Anonymous said...

Please forgive a stupid question here, Ray. Could previous defendants use these dismissals as grounds for summons and complaint against the plaintiffs and or plaintiffs lawyers in their own cases for whatever reason? I'm thinking, maybe, some kind of malpractice, or misfeasance on the part of the plaintiffs/plaintiffs lawyers or something similar.

--Quiet Lurker

raybeckerman said...

I really couldn't comment on that, Quiet Lurker.

Anonymous said...

So lets see if I get this right...

These complaints once listed 43,281
doe defendants. 41,496 were dismissed. 1,785 are left.

Of those that are left, 901 of them are in the case of 10-cv-05604-ilnd (any ever head of this "Jordan Capri and Tawnee Stone" thing?).