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Monday, 12 September 2011 13:33

Anti-P2P lawyer fined

Written by Nick Farell
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$10,000 for sending out subpoenas over porn flick
A federal judge has fined Texas lawyer Evan Stone $10,000 for sending out subpoenas and then settlement letters to a group of file sharers. Judge David Godbey was furious when he discovered that Evan Stone had sent out the subpoenas and settlement letters for those accused of sharing a German porn film called Der Gute Onkel without the judge's permission.

In September 2010, Stone brought suit on behalf of Mick Haig Productions against 670 accused file-swappers. He asked permission to take early discovery and the Judge said no. Godbey asked the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen to represent the interests of the people sued, since none of them had yet been named and therefore had no counsel to speak for them.

However EFF and Public Citizen lawyers began hearing from people who said that Verizon had turned over their information to Stone, information generally obtainable only by subpoena. They asked Judge Godbey what was going on and found out Stone if he had in fact issued subpoenas without the court's permission.

Godbey ruled yesterday that Stone "grossly abused his subpoena power," obtained subscriber names he was not entitled to learn, and then contacted an unknown number people to demand money or they would be taken to court.


Nick Farell

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+2 #1 Alterecho 2011-09-12 14:17
Quote:
Judge David Godbey was furious when he discovered that Evan Stone had sent out the subpoenas and settlement letters for those accused of sharing a German porn film called Der Gute Onkel without the judge's permission.


:eek:
 
 
+1 #2 ASilver 2011-09-12 17:21
Quoting Alterecho:
Quote:
for those accused of sharing a German porn film called Der Gute Onkel without the judge's permission.


:eek:


Yes, a good example of what can happen when you don't use punctuation.
 
 
0 #3 Tasty Taste 2011-09-12 19:51
isnt Evan Stone a pornstar?
 
 
0 #4 SlickR 2011-09-12 21:20
I think the punishment was too little !
 
 
0 #5 yasin 2011-09-13 00:24
Quoting Tasty Taste:
isnt Evan Stone a pornstar?

You know your stuff, clearly o.O
He is, but I'm sure this is someone else lmao
 

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