One of two lawyers pointed to as the organizer of “copyright troll” Prenda Law appears to have a new business model, and in some ways, it looks like his old business model.
Minneapolis attorney Paul Hansmeier and his partner John Steele sued thousands of people, saying they illegally downloaded porn movies. The operation may have made millions, but Steele and Hansmeier ended up being repeatedly sanctioned by multiple federal judges throughout 2013 and 2014. They were ultimately ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to defendants. Some of their key cases are now awaiting decisions from appeals courts.
Hansmeier is still demanding settlements from individuals over controversial claims, albeit in a different area of the law. He has filed more than two dozen lawsuits accusing Minnesota businesses of violating state and federal disability laws, according to a report in yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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