Flickr user: Tax Credits The “copyright trolling” law firm formerly known as Prenda Law has been hit with a succession of punishing judicial orders since the original slapdown by US District Judge Otis Wright in May. Prenda, which has sued thousands of Internet users over allegations of illegal p**n downloads, has been accused of forging signatures on key documents and planting the p**n files it sued over. Wednesday evening, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Prenda got its latest fee order. Coming in at a whopping $261,025.11, the order (PDF) by US District Judge Patrick Murphy more than doubles the amount that Prenda-linked lawyers owed from four previous decisions and tells them to pay defendants’ legal fees.

The newest order isn’t just about the Benjamins, though. Judge Murphy has issued the most sharply worded opinion yet.

He points out additional evidence that despite their protestations to the contrary, Paul Hansmeier, John Steele, and Paul Duffy “are closely associated and acted in concert” to file the lawsuit in question.

Under this order, the trio are “jointly and severally liable” for the fees.     

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