The lawyers behind Prenda Law built a business suing thousands for allegedly downloading p**nographic movies over peer-to-peer networks. But about a year ago, that business began to collapse as allegations of identity theft and fraud mounted. Waves of judicial sanctions for Prenda and fee awards for Prenda opponents have followed.
When things started to heat up for Prenda last spring, the law firm started digging itself a deeper hole: it sued its online critics for defamation. Comments on anti-troll blogs that called Prenda lawyers “assclowns” and “brain-damaged” were cited as legal violations and were attributed to both Alan Cooper, the man who says Prenda forged his signature, and attorney Paul Godfread.
That defamation suit turns out to have been too much, too late.

According to a report today in the Cook County Legal Journal, US District Judge John Darrah has granted the sanctions that Godfread and Cooper asked for.

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