There is no need to introduce this rookie arrogant lawyer, Joseph Perea of Prenda Law. If you read his motions, you can easily envision an angry junior with a serious face and inflated cheeks. The only problem is that except himself, no one really thinks that he is anything but a… well, a rookie arrogant lawyer.
Florida Bar investigation
I almost feel pity for Joseph Perea, though: he has been having so many problems recently that even being far away from him, I feel that he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Just read his letter (embedded below) to the Florida Bar to see the state of his nerves. The Bar currently investigates his obviously unethical behavior based on several complains. The complaint that triggered this response alleges that while Perea recently officially “divorced” Steele and his gang Prenda Law to pursue a solo troll career, he has been sending interstate extortion letters using Prenda’s letterhead without Florida address and with no indication that he is licensed to practice Law only in Florida. The letter directed victims to send money to Chicago. Or did he really leave Prenda? Who knows, I don’t have a PhD in douchebaggery to understand the details of every game these crooks play.
Mark Twain once famously said:
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Obviously, Perea has to remember many things. For example, I can remind him that his “departure” from Prenda was not a secret as early as on June 1st, and “six weeks” would be a bit more truthful assertion than “two weeks”. There are more documents directly contradicting Perea’s explanations, but the time to publish them has not come yet. Borrowing Perea’s serious face, I proclaim in emotionless voice: “It is against our policy to comment on an ongoing investigation.”
“Plaintiff shall not use the information for any purpose”
As if it is not enough trouble, a judge recently ordered Perea to destroy the personal information he got from ISPs. Why? Because, like many crooks before him, he did something that judge specifically ordered not to do. District Judge Particia A. Seitz ordered to severe all Does but one from Bubble Gum Productions v. Does 1-80 (12-cv-20367) case on July 19th. Keeping the middle finger extended in his pocket, Perea nonetheless contacted at least one severed Doe, stating that the claim against him is not dismissed. Too bad for Perea, this Doe hired Kubs Lalchandani. Kubs notified the Court and understandably angry judge issued the following order:
It will be fun to read what kind of excuses Perea will come up with on Augus 9th. I’m afraid that Perea the Bubble will not be able to hold the pressure anymore and burst with some irrational, unpredictable actions. Avoid being nearby.
Who is Prenda’s Chief Extortionist in Florida now?
Since Perea was the only Prenda’s lawyer with a Florida license (and I’m not 100% sure that he will be able to keep it for long), his departure, real or fictional, has created a hole in Prenda. They quickly found a local attorney and he filed a couple of cases, but once he learned what kind of manure he stepped in, he ran away to the nearest shower. I don’t want to mention his name: this blog is highly searchable and he does not deserve to be associated with Prenda.
Yesterday Steele crawled from under the bridge to puke out a new doze of FUD. He bragged that Prenda has representatives in 35 states. It’s a shame he has a hard time funding a scumbag immune to any reputational loss in his own backyard.
Pissed off Does wanted
Last but not least. Many think that complaining to Bars, Attorneys General, etc. is a good idea, but most don’t do it for various reasons. While I can understand the desire to lay low to avoid being targeted for retaliation, people don’t file complaints mostly because they don’t believe filing a complaint works. Well, as you see, it does work. The person who filed the Bar complaint featured above is not a lawyer, but just a pissed off Doe who did not like the idea of being extorted over obscene materials by con artists pretending to be attorneys.
Strength is in numbers. Stand up for your dignity and you will be surprised to find out that these dogs bark but don’t bite unless you are scared; once you confront them, they run away whining. Just think about it: a couple of dozen con artists managed to terrorize hundreds of thousands! Does it make any sense, seriously?
Perea reacts to Judge Seitz’s order. What can I say? “Dog ate my homework” sounds much more plausible. Sad. Poor fella…