Minneapolis, Under the Third Ave. Bridge Joe D / flickr The copyright-lawsuit factory known as Prenda Law is in the midst of a long shutdown, which is certainly no fun for the lawyers that run the organization. Today their headaches multiplied, as a second federal judge has followed the example of US District Judge Otis Wright, referring the Prenda firm to the US Attorney’s office in Minnesota. Today’s order [PDF] by US District Judge Franklin Noel also requires Prenda to pay back the four defendants who settled cases in his court, making payments which range between $3,500 and $6,000. Prenda also has to pay legal fees for those defendants.

While Prenda has now been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in five cases, today’s order by Noel stands out. Like Wright, he also refers Prenda to state and federal investigators, as well as the state bar authorities.     

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