The following supposed to be an update to my previous coverage of a curious development in the Western District of Washington: a bittorent copyright troll David A. Lowe (Guardaley) became a laughing stock over the last couple of months by predictably dismissing his victims – one after another – as soon as the next said victim retained attorney Christopher Lynch, and Mr. Lynch sent a demand letter threatening to expose the troll’s fraudulent conduct.
When I reported this pattern for the first time, there were only four dismissed defendants. Today the count is eleven.
I diligently posted an update every time the troll dismissed a new defendant, which made the original story too lengthy. So, I decided to spawn a new post. Also, updates usually enjoy much less exposure than new blog posts, and undoubtedly this development deserves more attention (particularly from the FBI and DOJ).
The eleventh dismissal
In this Letter, Mr. Lynch questioned whether Guardaley-driven trolls (including Mr. Lowe) routinely fail to disclose real parties of interest – such as an infamous Guardaley’s shell Anti-Piracy Management Company. In particular, Mr. Lynch points to a recent filing in Louisiana, in which a local troll attorney Pierre V Miller II (Patrick Miller LLC) filed a time sheet with highly inflated fees for his purported work, which was billed not to the nominal plaintiff (Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which BTW was alleged to be a bogus entity that has nothing to do with actual filmmakers/rights holders), but to the German puppeteers (emphasis is mine):
This past week we became aware of ECF No. 34-1 in ED LA in Case No. 3:16-cv-112 where the plaintiff’s attorney moving for default judgment did not provide a summary of his law firm’s time sheets like your law firm submits. On March 21, 2017, that plaintiff’s firm submitted its actual bills. These bills are to “Anti-Piracy Management Company” c/o Carl Crowell.