MaryMakesDinner / flickr The business known colloquially as “p**n trolling” involves filing large numbers of lawsuits against defendants alleged to have downloaded p**nographic films via BitTorrent. Business for one aggressive p**n troll, Prenda Law, has ground to a halt after a major sanctions order, referral to criminal investigators, and more possible sanctions coming up.

Other heavy litigants, including Malibu Media, have continued to sue apace. But now Malibu has stumbled as well, and the company has been slapped with its own sanctions order. Malibu’s common practice of including a roster of salaciously named p**n films with each complaint—not Malibu films but other unrelated material—has raised the ire of US District Judge William Conley, who is overseeing several Malibu cases in Wisconsin. Conley writes that he believes the practice was meant to “harass and intimidate” defendants into early settlements. Defense lawyer Erin Russell, working together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote a brief in support of sanctions; Malibu’s lawyer Mary Schulz, working with Malibu attorney Keith Lipscomb, penned a brief explaining why they shouldn’t be sanctioned. 3     

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