Yes Ken, you did get the scope on this one and thank you for it 🙂 Please go see Ken’s most recent Prenda post – Another Hammer Drops On Prenda Law.
It was a delight to see the rapid response Prenda got from the court to its recent attempt to mitigate damages and sink in the shadows (It didn’t work). TheOrder_Doc67_01445(MN)
It doesn’t have the Judge Wright Star Trek references, but it is a powerful shot to the bow of the S.S. Prenda and all the associated personnel. The court basically said Prenda, AF Holdings, and especially John Steele had committed criminal acts of fraud upon the court and their statements and testimony were not to be believed. I think you have an image problem John.
The copyright-assignment agreements attached as Exhibit B to each complaint in each of these five cases are not what they purport to be . Alan Cooper denies signing either agreement and also denies giving anyone else the authority to sign them on his behalf. AF Holdings failed to produce any credible evidence that the assignments were authentic. The Court has been the victim of a fraud perpetrated by AF Holdings, LLC. The Court concludes that the appropriate remedy for this fraud is to require AF Holdings to return all of the settlement money it received from all of the Defendants in these cases, and to pay all costs and fees (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by the Defendants. After all settlement payments are returned and other fees are paid, all five cases should be dismissed on the merits, with prejudice.
The Court further concludes that, once all of the ill-gotten gains are fully disgorged from AF Holdings, it would not be a wise use of the Court’s limited resources to sua sponte attempt to fully untangle the relationship between Hansmeier, Steele, Duffy, Dugas, Lutz and Prenda Law, on the one hand—and the Plaintiff, AF Holdings, LLC., on the other. Such investigation can more effectively be conducted by federal and state law enforcement at the direction of the United States Attorney, the Minnesota Attorney General and the Boards of Professional Responsibility in the jurisdictions where the attorneys involved in this apparent scheme are licensed to practice law.
Finally, to the extent that Alan Cooper was a victim of the fraud upon the Court, it appears that his rights can be fully vindicated in the case he has pending before this Court. See Case No. 13-cv-2622.
As I have said before, a little bit of blood in the water will bring in the sharks. The Prenda hemorrhage has started a feeding frenzy that yet to reach its high point. More to come.
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