A Minnesota court has ordered Paul Hansmeier, one of two lawyers considered the creators of the Prenda Law copyright-trolling scheme, to pay sanctions in a case where he and his colleague John Steele were accused of trying to collude with a defendant.
An order published Monday by a Minnesota appeals court describes how Hansmeier tried to dodge a $64,000 judicial sanction in the Guava LLC v. Spencer Merkel case by moving money out of his Alpha Law Firm then dissolving it. A district court previously found that Hansmeier’s actions and inconsistent explanations warranted a piercing of the “corporate veil,” and that court ruled that Hansmeier should be held personally responsible for the debt. Now, an appeals court has agreed (PDF) with that conclusion.
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The Guava LLC v. Spencer Merkel case was filed in early 2013. The lawsuit accused an Oregon man, Merkel, of downloading a porn movie entitled Amateur Allure—MaeLynn. Merkel called Prenda Law and admitted he did the downloading, but the man said he didn’t have the $3,400 they were asking for as compensation.
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