The day before Christmas Eve, notorious copyright Plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings filed a dozen more Federal lawsuits, this time in Pennsylvania. For any other Plaintiff, this could be a daunting task, but it’s standard practice for Strike 3. Each lawsuit is nearly identical, alleging that an investigator recorded an IP address infringing on Strike 3’s copyrights by downloading Vixen, Tushy, or Blacked films through BitTorrent networks. They then ask the courts to grant a subpoena for the name of the internet account holder behind the IP address.
The argument that the person that downloaded the films is the same as the subscriber is tenuous at best. Many people have households with shared internet connections. Others may have left their wifi unsecured or used a weak password, leaving them vulnerable to unauthorized access. Yet, the allegation that the subscriber may be the infringer is often enough for courts to grant a subpoena.
When an internet service provider, such as Verizon, receives the subpoena, they’re obligated to alert the subscriber. This is when most people find out about the lawsuit and the need to file a Motion to Quash to challenge the subpoena and stop their identity from being released.
If you’re considering a Motion to Quash, please contact me. I’ve defended over 1,000 people against plaintiffs like Strike 3 Holdings, and have significant experience with Motions to Quash. I can help explain when they can be helpful, and when they could be potentially harmful.
Although Strike 3 files hundreds of lawsuits every year, they take each one seriously, and the consequences can be significant. If not defended against, these lawsuits can have damages of at least $750 per infringement, but the Plaintiff can ask for more. This can make a typical Strike 3 Holdings case worth $10,000s, if not $100,000s in damages. These cases shouldn’t be ignored.
The Plaintiff is often willing to settle or even dismiss the case when a defendant has an adequate defense. That’s why it’s so important to contact an experienced attorney right away. I can provide valuable information based on my years of experience. You’ll be speaking to me directly. I make sure that everyone who contacts me is informed, understands their situation, and all of the options open to them.
I can explain to you your options for defense, and recommend the best way forward for your situation. I’ve represented more than 1,000 people across the country, and I focus my practice on defending against BitTorrent-based lawsuits. I’m very familiar with this Plaintiff and opposing counsel, John Atkin, and can give you individualized guidance for your case.
I have years of experience defending file-sharing lawsuits and can help you achieve the best outcome possible. I have defeated several copyright plaintiffs in lawsuits around the U.S.; I also fought Malibu Media (i.e., the Plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings based their strategy on) in their first trial. I’ve represented over 1,000 defendants in both settling and litigating file-sharing lawsuits. I’ve written a subpoena defense guide for your information, as well. I’m happy to represent clients for both negotiating a settlement and fighting the case in court.
I understand most people haven’t prepared for large, unexpected legal expenses and strive to respect clients’ time and money. I offer flat fees for negotiating settlements to give my clients certainty. I’ve also represented lower income clients both in negotiations and in court, and will do my best to work within your means. I’m happy to speak with you to help advise you on what strategy is best in your situation.
I look forward to speaking with you and helping you put this matter behind you.