Two-and-a-half years soon after Prenda Law’s “porno-trolling collective” began to fall apart in a Los Angeles courtroom, one particular of the two principals, Paul Hansmeier, may shed his law license.
Minnesota’s Workplace of Lawyers Expert Responsibility has requested that Hansmeier be disbarred or suspended. The petition (PDF) is dated October 28 but was released to the press yesterday, and it describes Hansmeier’s alleged misbehavior in 4 separate legal situations.
Hansmeier and his colleague John Steele are believed to be the masterminds behind Prenda Law, the name beneath which they acquired porn copyrights and then sued thousands for downloading them. They are believed to have made numerous million dollars until the project fell apart in 2013 beneath a barrage of sanctions. Hansmeier’s response to this new document is due later this month.