1 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: O 0 INGENUITY LLC, v. JOHN DOE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Plaintiff, Defendant. Case No. :-cv--odw(jcx) ORDER ISSUING SANCTIONS The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (). I. INTRODUCTION Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system. They ve discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle for a sum The term Plaintiffs used in this order refers to AF Holdings LLC, Ingenuity LLC, as well as related entities, individuals, and attorneys that collaborated in the underlying scheme fronted by AF Holdings and Ingenuity. This order concerns conduct committed in the following related cases: AF Holdings LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv--odw(jcx) (C.D. Cal. filed Aug., 0); AF Holdings LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv- -ODW(JCx) (C.D. Cal. filed Aug., 0); Ingenuity LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv-- ODW(JCx) (C.D. Cal. filed Aug., 0); Ingenuity LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv--odw(jcx) (C.D. Cal. filed Aug., 0); Ingenuity LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv--odw(jcx) (C.D. Cal. filed Sept., 0).
2 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###:::000 0 calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense. For these individuals, resistance is futile; most reluctantly pay rather than have their names associated with illegally downloading porn. So now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow, starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry. Plaintiffs do have a right to assert their intellectual-property rights, so long as they do it right. But Plaintiffs filing of cases using the same boilerplate complaint against dozens of defendants raised the Court s alert. It was when the Court realized Plaintiffs engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud that the Court went to battlestations. II. PROCEDURAL HISTORY The Court issued its February, 0 Order to Show Cause re Sanctions to allow counsel, Brett Gibbs, to explain why he ignored the Court s discovery-stay Order, filed complaints without reasonable investigation, and defrauded the Court by asserting a copyright assignment secured with a stolen identity. (ECF No..) As evidence materialized, it turned out that Gibbs was just a redshirt. Gibbs s behavior in the porno-trolling collective was controlled by several attorneys, under whom other individuals also took their orders. Because it was conceivable that these attorneys (and others) were culpable for Gibbs s conduct, the Court ordered these parties to appear. The following additional parties were ordered to appear: (a) John Steele, of Steele Hansmeier PLLC, Prenda Law, Inc., and/or Livewire Holdings LLC; (b) Paul Hansmeier, of Steele Hansmeier PLLC and/or Livewire Holdings LLC; (c) Paul Duffy, of Prenda Law, Inc.; (d) Angela Van Den Hemel, of Prenda Law, Inc.; (e) Mark Lutz, of Prenda Law, Inc., AF Holdings LLC, and/or Ingenuity LLC; (f) Alan Cooper, of AF Holdings LLC; (g) Peter Hansemeier, of Forensics, LLC; (h) Prenda Law, Inc.; (i) Livewire Holdings LLC; (j) Steele Hansmeier PLLC; (k) AF Holdings LLC; (l) Ingenuity LLC; (m) Forensics, LLC; and (n) Alan Cooper,
3 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 of Highway North, Isle, MN. (ECF Nos.,.) These parties were ordered to show cause why they should not be sanctioned for their behind-the-scenes role in the conduct facially perpetrated by Gibbs. These parties were also ordered to explain the nature of their operations, relationships, and financial interests. III. LEGAL STANDARD The Court has a duty to supervise the conduct of attorneys appearing before it. Erickson v. Newmar Corp., F.d, 0 (th Cir. ). The power to punish contempt and to coerce compliance with issued orders is based on statutes and the Court s inherent authority. Int l Union, United Mine Workers of Am. v. Bagwell, U.S., (). Though this power must be exercised with restraint, the Court has wide latitude in fashioning appropriate sanctions to fit the conduct. See Roadway Express, Inc. v. Piper, U.S., (0). Under the Court s inherent authority, parties and their lawyers may be sanctioned for improper conduct. Fink v. Gomez, F.d, (th Cir. 00). This inherent power extends to a full range of litigation abuses, the litigant must have engaged in bad faith or willful disobedience of a court s order. Id. at. Sanctions under the Court s inherent authority are particularly appropriate for fraud perpetrated on the court. See Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 0 U.S., (). A. Findings of fact IV. DISCUSSION Based on the evidence presented on the papers and through sworn testimony, the Court finds the following facts, including those based on adverse inferences drawn from Steele, Hansmeier, Duffy, and Van Den Hemel s blanket refusal to testify.. Steele, Hansmeier, and Duffy ( Principals ) are attorneys with shattered law practices. Seeking easy money, they conspired to operate this enterprise and Even if their refusal was based on the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, the Court still may draw adverse inferences against them in this civil proceeding. Baxter v. Palmigiano, U.S. 0, ().
4 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 formed the AF Holdings and Ingenuity entities (among other fungible entities) for the sole purpose of litigating copyright-infringement lawsuits. They created these entities to shield the Principals from potential liability and to give an appearance of legitimacy.. AF Holdings and Ingenuity have no assets other than several copyrights to pornographic movies. There are no official owners or officers for these two offshore entities, but the Principals are the de facto owners and officers.. The Principals started their copyright-enforcement crusade in about 0, through Prenda Law, which was also owned and controlled by the Principals. Their litigation strategy consisted of monitoring BitTorrent download activity of their copyrighted pornographic movies, recording IP addresses of the computers downloading the movies, filing suit in federal court to subpoena Internet Service Providers ( ISPs ) for the identity of the subscribers to these IP addresses, and sending cease-and-desist letters to the subscribers, offering to settle each copyrightinfringement claim for about $,000.. This nationwide strategy was highly successful because of statutorycopyright damages, the pornographic subject matter, and the high cost of litigation. Most defendants settled with the Principals, resulting in proceeds of millions of dollars due to the numerosity of defendants. These settlement funds resided in the Principals accounts and not in accounts belonging to AF Holdings or Ingenuity. No taxes have been paid on this income.. For defendants that refused to settle, the Principals engaged in vexatious litigation designed to coerce settlement. These lawsuits were filed using boilerplate complaints based on a modicum of evidence, calculated to maximize settlement profits by minimizing costs and effort.. The Principals have shown little desire to proceed in these lawsuits when faced with a determined defendant. Instead of litigating, they dismiss the case. When pressed for discovery, the Principals offer only disinformation even to the Court.
5 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0. The Principals have hired willing attorneys, like Gibbs, to prosecute these cases. Though Gibbs is culpable for his own conduct before the Court, the Principals directed his actions. In some instances, Gibbs operated within narrow parameters given to him by the Principals, whom he called senior attorneys.. The Principals maintained full control over the entire copyright-litigation operation. The Principals dictated the strategy to employ in each case, ordered their hired lawyers and witnesses to provide disinformation about the cases and the nature of their operation, and possessed all financial interests in the outcome of each case.. The Principals stole the identity of Alan Cooper (of Highway North, Isle, MN ). The Principals fraudulently signed the copyright assignment for Popular Demand using Alan Cooper s signature without his authorization, holding him out to be an officer of AF Holdings. Alan Cooper is not an officer of AF Holdings and has no affiliation with Plaintiffs other than his employment as a groundskeeper for Steele. There is no other person named Alan Cooper related to AF Holdings or Ingenuity.. The Principals ordered Gibbs to commit the following acts before this Court: file copyright-infringement complaints based on a single snapshot of Internet activity; name individuals as defendants based on a statistical guess; and assert a copyright assignment with a fraudulent signature. The Principals also instructed Gibbs to prosecute these lawsuits only if they remained profitable; and to dismiss them otherwise.. Plaintiffs have demonstrated their willingness to deceive not just this Court, but other courts where they have appeared. Plaintiffs representations about their operations, relationships, and financial interests have varied from feigned ignorance to misstatements to outright lies. But this deception was calculated so that the Court would grant Plaintiffs early-discovery requests, thereby allowing Plaintiffs to identify defendants and exact settlement proceeds from them. With these granted requests, Plaintiffs borrow the authority of the Court to pressure settlement.
6 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 B. Sanctions Although the Court originally notified the parties that sanctions would be imposed under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (b)() and Local Rule -, the Court finds it more appropriate to sanction the parties under its inherent authority. See In re DeVille, F.d, 0 (th Cir. 00) ( [T]he bankruptcy court s failure to specify, in advance of the disciplinary proceedings, that its inherent power was a basis for those proceedings, did not serve to undercut its sanctioning authority. ). The sanctions for Plaintiffs misconduct are as follows.. Rule sanctions The Court maintains that its prior analysis of Plaintiffs Rule violations is accurate. (ECF No..) Plaintiffs can only show that someone, using an IP address belonging to the subscriber, was seen online in a torrent swarm. But Plaintiffs did not conduct a sufficient investigation to determine whether that person actually downloaded enough data (or even anything at all) to produce a viewable video. Further, Plaintiffs cannot conclude whether that person spoofed the IP address, is the subscriber of that IP address, or is someone else using that subscriber s Internet access. Without better technology, prosecuting illegal BitTorrent activity requires substantial effort in order to make a case. It is simply not economically viable to properly prosecute the illegal download of a single copyrighted video. Enter Plaintiffs and their cottage-industry lawsuits. Even so, the Court is not as troubled by their lack of reasonable investigation as by their cover-up. Gibbs argued that a deep inquiry was performed prior to filing. Yet these arguments are not credible and do not support Gibbs s conclusions. Instead, Gibbs s arguments suggest a hasty after-the-fact investigation, and a shoddy one at that. For instance, Gibbs characterized Marvin Denton s property as a very large estate consisting of a gate for entry and multiple separate houses/structures on the property. (ECF No., at.) He stated this to demonstrate the improbability that Denton s Wi-Fi signal could be received by someone outside the residence. But
7 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: Denton s property is not a large estate; it is a small house in a closely packed residential neighborhood. There are also no gates visible. 0 Gibbs s statement is a blatant lie. His statement resembles other statements given by Plaintiffs in this and their other cases: statements that sound reasonable but lack truth. Thus, the Court concludes that Gibbs, even in the face of sanctions, continued to make factual misrepresentions to the Court. Nevertheless, Rule sanctions are inappropriate here because it is the wrong sanctions vehicle at this stage of litigation. The cases have already been dismissed and monetary sanctions are not available. Fed. R. Civ. P (c)()(b) (a court cannot impose a monetary sanction on its own unless it issued the show-cause order before voluntary dismissal). The more appropriate sanction for these Rule violations is
8 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 what the Court had already imposed: denial of requests for early discovery. (ECF No..). Sanctions under the Court s inherent authority In addition to Gibbs s misrepresentations, there is the matter of the ignored Court Order vacating early discovery. (ECF No..) The evidence does not show that the Order was ignored because of miscommunication among Plaintiffs. The Order was purposely ignored hoping that the ISPs were unaware of the vacatur and would turn over the requested subscriber information. Then there is the Alan Cooper forgery. Although a recipient of a copyright assignment need not sign the document, a forgery is still a forgery. And trying to pass that forged document by the Court smacks of fraud. Unfortunately, other than these specific instances of fraud, the Court cannot make more detailed findings of fraud. Nevertheless, it is clear that the Principals enterprise relies on deception. Part of that ploy requires cooperation from the courts, which could only be achieved through deception. In other words, if the Principals assigned the copyright to themselves, brought suit in their own names, and disclosed that they had the sole financial interest in the suit, a court would scrutinize their conduct from the outset. But by being less than forthcoming, they defrauded the Court. They anticipated that the Court would blindly approve their early-discovery requests, thereby opening the door to more settlement proceeds. The Principals also obfuscate other facts, especially those concerning their operations, relationships, and financial interests. The Principals web of disinformation is so vast that the Principals cannot keep track their explanations of their operations, relationships, and financial interests constantly vary. This makes it difficult for the Court to make a concrete determination. Still, the Court adopts as its finding the following chart detailing Plaintiffs relationships. Though incomplete, this chart is about as accurate as possible given Plaintiffs obfuscation.
9 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 As for Van Den Hemel, Lutz, and Hansemeier, they are not without fault even though they acted under orders from the Principals. They were not merely assimilated; they knowingly participated in this scheme, reaping the benefits when the going was good. Even so, their status as non-attorneys and non-parties severely limits the sanctions that could be levied against them. Despite these findings, the Court deems these findings insufficient to support a large monetary sanction a seven-digit sanction adequate to deter Plaintiffs from continuing their profitable enterprise. Even if the Court enters such a sanction, it is certain that Plaintiffs will transfer out their settlement proceeds and plead paucity. Yet Plaintiffs bad-faith conduct supports other more fitting sanctions. / / /
10 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee 00 ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 First, an award of attorney s fees to Defendants is appropriate. This award compensates them for expenses incurred in this vexatious lawsuit, especially for their efforts in countering and revealing the fraud perpetrated by Plaintiffs. So far, only Morgan Pietz and Nicholas Ranallo have appeared. Upon review, the Court finds Pietz s expenditure of 0. hours at an hourly rate of $00 reasonable based on his experience, work quality, and quantity of necessary papers filed with the Court. (ECF No..) Although many of these hours were spent after the case was dismissed, these hours were spent in connection with the sanction hearings time well spent. reasonable. Similarly, the attorney s fees and costs incurred by Ranallo also appear Therefore, the Court awards attorney s fees and costs in the sum of $0,. to Doe: $,0.00 for Pietz s attorney s fees; $,0.00 for Ranallo s attorney s fees; $,. for Pietz s costs; and $.0 for Ranallo s costs. As a punitive measure, the Court doubles this award, yielding $,.. This punitive multiplier is justified by Plaintiffs brazen misconduct and relentless fraud. The Principals, AF Holdings, Ingenuity, Prenda Law, and Gibbs are liable for this sum jointly and severally, and shall pay this sum within days of this order. Second, there is little doubt that that Steele, Hansmeier, Duffy, Gibbs suffer from a form of moral turpitude unbecoming of an officer of the court. To this end, the Court will refer them to their respective state and federal bars. Third, though Plaintiffs boldly probe the outskirts of law, the only enterprise they resemble is RICO. The federal agency eleven decks up is familiar with their prime directive and will gladly refit them for their next voyage. The Court will refer this matter to the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The will also refer this matter to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal They appeared on behalf of the Doe Defendant in the case Ingenuity LLC v. Doe, No. :-cv- -ODW(JCx) (C.D. Cal. filed Sept., 0). This punitive portion is calculated to be just below the cost of an effective appeal.
11 !aaassseee :::- - -cccvvv OOODDDWWW- - -JJJ! DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 000 FFFiiillleeeddd 000///000/// PPPaaagggeee ooofff PPPaaagggeee IIIDDD ###::: 0 Revenue Service and will notify all judges before whom these attorneys have pending cases. For the sake of completeness, the Court requests Pietz to assist by filing a report, within days, containing contact information for: () every bar (state and federal) where these attorneys are admitted to practice; and () every judge before whom these attorneys have pending cases.. Local Rule - sanctions For the same reasons stated above, the Court will refer Duffy and Gibbs to the Standing Committee on Discipline (for this District) under Local Rule -. V. CONCLUSION Steele, Hansmeier, Duffy, Gibbs, Prenda Law, AF Holdings, and Ingenuity shall pay, within days of this order, attorney s fees and costs totaling $,. to Doe. The Court enters additional nonmonetary sanctions in accordance with the discussion above. IT IS SO ORDERED. May, 0 OTIS D. WRIGHT, II UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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