San Francisco’s federal building, site of recent Prenda-related hearings. Steve Rhodes The embattled p**n-trolling operation known as Prenda Law is in hot water, largely due to a tough sanctions order penned by US District Judge Otis Wright. That order required Prenda to pay $81,000 in sanctions and also referred lawyers connected to the group to criminal investigators. But Wright’s court is far from the only venue where Prenda filed its mass-copyright lawsuits, and now that Prenda’s cases are winding down, other judges are showing their displeasure with Prenda. Yesterday in San Francisco, US District Judge Edward Chen took Prenda lawyer Paul Duffy to task in a case called AF Holdings v. Navasca.

The case featured a shoddy investigation into Navasca’s alleged infringement and produced unsupported claims that Navasca had deleted evidence, Chen asserted. Chen isn’t Judge Wright—his style is extremely low-key—but he might be just as upset about the whole situation. It was clear yesterday that he’s inclined to award legal fees, and he is considering a motion for sanctions against Prenda as well. 2     

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