The dismissal happened immediately after a defendant’s attorney Charles Thomas removed this case to the federal court (PAED). I believe that there is more than one reason for this rather unexpected dismissal:
- This particular federal court is ripe for getting rid or trolls for good.
- Comcast was serious about not giving away its customers’ identities easily.
- As I tweeted and wrote in comments, I had a gut feeling that Liberty Media’s counsel Jordan Rushie is not a greedy scum like the majority of the bittorent trolls, but rather a guy who was deceived by Marc Randazza, and who actually believed that he was doing the right thing. I hope that he realized that it is better to keep away from mass-suing individuals, especially given the flawed infringement detection methods that result in many innocents dragged into this misery.
- I hope that the publicity we helped to create was also a factor. I doubt that Pennsylvania’s pre-complaint discovery loophole will be abused again in order to generate shakedown lists.
- Read about this dismissal on Charles Thomas’ site (Wayback Machine cached)
An elephant-sized bullet point is missing. As we didn’t possess all the information, it was not possible to tell the whole story at the time of the writing of this post: Randazza’s scandalous departure from Liberty was one of the main reasons of the dismissal. This mega-frivolous fishing expedition would crumble anyway, but the haste of the dismissal was surely related to the linked event.