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Defendant denied fees and costs

As I wrote in the FAQ section, just because someone fights and wins doesn’t mean the court will grant them fees and costs.

In a nutshell, Malibu Media sued someone and then decided they couldn’t win so they tried to dismiss the case. The defendant wouldn’t agree unless Malibu payed $17,500 in his attorney fees. Instead of agreeing, Malibu decided not to dismiss the case and push forward with discovery. A little later, Malibu changed their mind and offered to pay $13,000 in legal costs. The defendant rejected the offer because additional work since the $17,500 offer had brought the total fee to $24,000. Malibu dismissed the case and defendant requested that the court order Malibu to pay his fee.

The court decided that Malibu acted in good faith in bringing the lawsuit even though they later decided to drop it, so the court didn’t award the defendant any fees for that. The court also decided that Malibu’s actions in deciding to press on and threatening that the defendant would “lose everything he owns and owe my clients hundreds of thousands of dollars” did constitute bad faith, so costs incurred because of that were recovered by defendant, for a total of $6815.70.

Look at those numbers for a minute. The defendant paid $17,500 to get though an early part of the litigation. If it had gone further, that amount would have steadily climbed, and based on the eventual fee award, none of that would have been recovered if he won. It is only the part of the fees that were incurred after Malibu threatened to pursue the case because they were angered at the demand for fees.

This particular client was accused of downloading 700 films, so maybe $17,500 was less than he could have paid to settle; I don’t know what, if anything, was offered.

If you’ve been contacted by Malibu Media or another copyright owner, keep in mind that like in this case, legal fees can easily get to $17,500 by a fairly early stage of litigation and those fees might not be recoverable.

You can read the fee order here (it has a nice discussion of the factors a court will look at in deciding whether a copyright defendant should be awarded fees or not), and the appellate opinion here.

***New Cases***

The hits keep coming.

Malibu Media and their lawyers are as active as ever and there are also a number of cases involving the move “Plastic.” Plastic isn’t an adult film but I never heard of it before these downloading cases started being filed. It stars that one flirtatious footman from Downton Abbey that Thomas kissed and who was dismissed after sleeping with his former employer when she visited Downton, you know the guy. It also stars that dude who was sent to live with the Starks as a boy who then much later turned on them and eventually was taken prisoner by that one psycho who cuts off his penis and brainwashes him into being a lapdog on Game of Thrones.

Plastic has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 3.3/10 after 25 reviews which makes me wonder if the downloaders haven’t already suffered enough.

Of course, a court won’t care if a downloaded movie was any good.

If you’ve been contacted about any of these cases, contact me now, before your information is turned over. I’m just listing those cases filed in the last month or so in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you have a similar demand from a court in another state, I can still help you.

New Jersey:
3:2015-cv-02424, 3:2015-cv-02425, 3:2015-cv-02442, 1:2015-cv-02446, 1:2015-cv-02448, 1:2015-cv-02452, 1:2015-cv-02454, 3:2015-cv-02450, 3:2015-cv-02455, 1:2015-cv-02441, 3:2015-cv-02459, 1:2015-cv-02443, 1:2015-cv-02445, 1:2015-cv-02447, 1:2015-cv-02449, 1:2015-cv-02451, 1:2015-cv-02453, 3:2015-cv-02456, 3:2015-cv-02457, 2:2015-cv-02476, 2:2015-cv-02475, 2:2015-cv-02474, 2:2015-cv-02471, 2:2015-cv-02470, 2:2015-cv-02469, 2:2015-cv-02468, 2:2015-cv-02467, 2:2015-cv-02473, 2:2015-cv-02981, 2:2015-cv-02985, 2:2015-cv-02984, 2:2015-cv-02982, 2:2015-cv-03003, 3:2015-cv-03005, 2:2015-cv-03002, 2:2015-cv-03009, 2:2015-cv-03019, 2:2015-cv-03020, 2:2015-cv-03048, 2:2015-cv-03049, 2:2015-cv-03039, 2:2015-cv-03041, 2:2015-cv-03054, 2:2015-cv-03060, 3:2015-cv-03061, 3:2015-cv-03063, 3:2015-cv-03064, 2:2015-cv-03042, 2:2015-cv-03052, 2:2015-cv-03050

Pennsylvania:
2:2015-cv-01675, 2:2015-cv-01672, 2:2015-cv-01673, 5:2015-cv-01674, 2:2015-cv-02288, 2:2015-cv-02315, 2:2015-cv-02316, 2:2015-cv-02325, 2:2015-cv-02321, 2:2015-cv-02317, 2:2015-cv-02326, 2:2015-cv-02323, 2:2015-cv-02318, 2:2015-cv-02324, 2:2015-cv-02314, 2:2015-cv-02322, 2:2015-cv-02319, 2:2015-cv-02320

Malibu Media cases since June 1

Since June 1, Malibu Media has filed the copyright infringement actions listed below.

They are nothing if not active.

If you’ve been notified that you’re a party to one of these cases, contact me now to learn about your options.

Colorado
1:2014-cv-01801, 1:2014-cv-01802, 1:2014-cv-01803, 1:2014-cv-01804, 1:2014-cv-01805, 1:2014-cv-01798, 1:2014-cv-01799, 1:2014-cv-01800

Florida
8:2014-cv-01568, 8:2014-cv-01566, 8:2014-cv-01570, 8:2014-cv-01572, 8:2014-cv-01574, 8:2014-cv-01577, 8:2014-cv-01581, 8:2014-cv-01569, 8:2014-cv-01578, 8:2014-cv-01580, 8:2014-cv-01584, 8:2014-cv-01571, 8:2014-cv-01573, 8:2014-cv-01575, 8:2014-cv-01579, 8:2014-cv-01582, 8:2014-cv-01583, 8:2014-cv-01567

Illinois
1:2014-cv-04394, 1:2014-cv-04395, 1:2014-cv-04396, 1:2014-cv-04397, 1:2014-cv-04398, 1:2014-cv-04399, 1:2014-cv-04457, 1:2014-cv-04459, 1:2014-cv-04460, 1:2014-cv-04461, 1:2014-cv-04463, 1:2014-cv-04465, 1:2014-cv-04474, 1:2014-cv-04476, 1:2014-cv-04478, 1:2014-cv-04480, 1:2014-cv-04483, 1:2014-cv-04484, 1:2014-cv-04487, 1:2014-cv-04493, 1:2014-cv-04500, 1:2014-cv-04504, 1:2014-cv-04450, 1:2014-cv-04451, 1:2014-cv-04454, 1:2014-cv-04456, 1:2014-cv-05228, 1:2014-cv-05229, 1:2014-cv-05230, 1:2014-cv-05234, 1:2014-cv-05236, 1:2014-cv-05237, 1:2014-cv-05217, 1:2014-cv-05218, 1:2014-cv-05220, 1:2014-cv-05238, 1:2014-cv-05240, 1:2014-cv-05241, 1:2014-cv-05244, 1:2014-cv-05245, 1:2014-cv-05247, 1:2014-cv-05248, 1:2014-cv-05221, 1:2014-cv-05222, 1:2014-cv-05223, 1:2014-cv-05224, 1:2014-cv-05225, 1:2014-cv-05226

Michigan
4:2014-cv-12412, 2:2014-cv-12415, 2:2014-cv-12424, 2:2014-cv-12409, 2:2014-cv-12430, 5:2014-cv-12431, 2:2014-cv-12432, 2:2014-cv-12433, 2:2014-cv-12434, 2:2014-cv-12462, 2:2014-cv-12464, 4:2014-cv-12465, 2:2014-cv-12468, 2:2014-cv-12470, 5:2014-cv-12471, 2:2014-cv-12473, 2:2014-cv-12459, 2:2014-cv-12460, 2:2014-cv-12474, 2:2014-cv-12475, 2:2014-cv-12457, 5:2014-cv-12458, 2:2014-cv-12461, 2:2014-cv-12435

New Jersey
2:2014-cv-03982, 3:2014-cv-03981, 3:2014-cv-03977, 2:2014-cv-03873, 2:2014-cv-03875, 2:2014-cv-03874, 2:2014-cv-03856, 2:2014-cv-03858, 2:2014-cv-03870, 3:2014-cv-03864, 3:2014-cv-03866, 2:2014-cv-03859, 2:2014-cv-03871, 3:2014-cv-03944, 2:2014-cv-03931, 2:2014-cv-03933, 3:2014-cv-03945, 2:2014-cv-03930, 2:2014-cv-03988, 3:2014-cv-03984, 3:2014-cv-03975, 3:2014-cv-03974, 3:2014-cv-03986, 3:2014-cv-03980, 2:2014-cv-03990, 2:2014-cv-03969, 2:2014-cv-03989, 2:2014-cv-03968, 2:2014-cv-04333, 2:2014-cv-04335, 2:2014-cv-04337, 2:2014-cv-04334, 2:2014-cv-04339, 2:2014-cv-04343, 2:2014-cv-04336, 2:2014-cv-04340, 2:2014-cv-04342, 2:2014-cv-04387, 2:2014-cv-04389, 2:2014-cv-04386, 2:2014-cv-04390, 2:2014-cv-04392, 2:2014-cv-04394, 2:2014-cv-04396, 2:2014-cv-04398, 2:2014-cv-04393, 2:2014-cv-04397, 2:2014-cv-04338

Ohio
1:2014-cv-01384, 1:2014-cv-01387, 3:2014-cv-01388, 1:2014-cv-01389, 1:2014-cv-01390, 1:2014-cv-01423, 1:2014-cv-01424, 3:2014-cv-01421, 1:2014-cv-01422, 1:2014-cv-01425, 1:2014-cv-01426, 1:2014-cv-01427, 3:2014-cv-01428, 3:2014-cv-01429, 3:2014-cv-01430, 3:2014-cv-01431, 3:2014-cv-01432, 3:2014-cv-01433, 3:2014-cv-01434, 3:2014-cv-01436, 2:2014-cv-00557, 2:2014-cv-00558, 1:2014-cv-00492, 3:2014-cv-00183, 3:2014-cv-00184, 2:2014-cv-00559, 2:2014-cv-00560, 1:2014-cv-00487, 1:2014-cv-00488, 2:2014-cv-00563, 2:2014-cv-00564, 1:2014-cv-00490, 1:2014-cv-00491, 2:2014-cv-00568, 1:2014-cv-00493, 3:2014-cv-00186, 1:2014-cv-00494, 1:2014-cv-00495, 2:2014-cv-00569, 2:2014-cv-00570, 1:2014-cv-00556, 1:2014-cv-00557, 1:2014-cv-00558, 1:2014-cv-00563, 1:2014-cv-00564, 1:2014-cv-00565, 2:2014-cv-00804, 2:2014-cv-00805, 2:2014-cv-00806, 1:2014-cv-00568, 1:2014-cv-00569, 1:2014-cv-00571, 1:2014-cv-00573, 1:2014-cv-00574, 1:2014-cv-00575, 1:2014-cv-00577, 2:2014-cv-00815, 2:2014-cv-00816, 2:2014-cv-00817, 2:2014-cv-00818, 2:2014-cv-00814, 2:2014-cv-00819, 2:2014-cv-00820, 2:2014-cv-00821, 2:2014-cv-00822, 2:2014-cv-00823, 2:2014-cv-00834, 2:2014-cv-00835, 2:2014-cv-00836, 2:2014-cv-00837, 2:2014-oe-00833, 2:2014-cv-00831, 2:2014-cv-00824, 2:2014-cv-00825, 2:2014-cv-00828, 2:2014-cv-00829, 2:2014-cv-00830

Pennsylvania
5:2014-cv-03153, 2:2014-cv-03156, 2:2014-cv-03158, 2:2014-cv-03154, 5:2014-cv-03165, 2:2014-cv-03163, 5:2014-cv-03164, 2:2014-cv-03152, 2:2014-cv-03159, 2:2014-cv-03161, 2:2014-cv-03160, 5:2014-cv-03162, 2:2014-cv-03157, 2:2014-cv-03155, 2:2014-cv-03362, 2:2014-cv-03750, 2:2014-cv-03796, 2:2014-cv-03804, 2:2014-cv-03803, 2:2014-cv-03802, 2:2014-cv-03794, 2:2014-cv-03799, 2:2014-cv-03797, 2:2014-cv-03801, 2:2014-cv-03795, 2:2014-cv-03793, 2:2014-cv-03798, 2:2014-cv-03800, 2:2014-cv-04194, 2:2014-cv-04195, 2:2014-cv-04196, 2:2014-cv-04191, 2:2014-cv-04192, 2:2014-cv-04190, 5:2014-cv-04188, 5:2014-cv-04189, 2:2014-cv-04193, 2:2014-cv-04209, 2:2014-cv-04207, 2:2014-cv-04211, 2:2014-cv-04210

Virginia
1:2014-cv-00711, 1:2014-cv-00712, 1:2014-cv-00713, 1:2014-cv-00700, 1:2014-cv-00701, 1:2014-cv-00702, 1:2014-cv-00703, 1:2014-cv-00704, 1:2014-cv-00705, 1:2014-cv-00714, 1:2014-cv-00715, 1:2014-cv-00716, 1:2014-cv-00717, 1:2014-cv-00718, 1:2014-cv-00719, 1:2014-cv-00706, 1:2014-cv-00707, 1:2014-cv-00708, 1:2014-cv-00709, 1:2014-cv-00710