Prenda fables get craftier yet less believable

Background (which is not really relevant): DieTrollDie wrote in a recent post that on 5/17/2013 Judge Murray Snow stayed AF Holdings LLC v. Harris (AZD 2:12-cv-02144) due to concerns based on the sanctions laid down in Judge Otis Wright’s order:

IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff show cause within seven (7) days of the date of this Order why this Court should not dismiss this case. To the extent that Plaintiff asserts a right in the continuation of this case, Plaintiff is ordered to identify: (1) the persons who signed Exhibit B in the names of Raymond Rogers and Alan Cooper; (2) all persons who hold any interest in Plaintiff; and (3) if Exhibit B to the Complaint is in fact not signed by Alan Cooper and/or Raymond Rogers why Plaintiff and/or counsel should not be sanctioned pursuant to the Court’s inherent power and Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 for filing a fraudulent document with this Court. In the interim, this action is stayed until further Order of this Court.

Why did I say that the background is not really relevant? Well, the following story could be injected by Prenda into any lawsuit where a judge questioned Alan Cooper’s signature. When after 6 months of struggling with writer’s block, Steele and Hansmeier came up with a story that “plausibly” connects the dots in what we call Coopergate, the judge’s order directing troll Steven Goodhue to confirm the validity of the copyright assignment signatures was a convenient moment. Emboldened by recent relative victories, the gang is gambling on judge’s gullibility, yet with Aaron Kelly’s firm involvement in this case, I wouldn’t bet a single penny on Prenda’s “red” (herring).

Yes, it took six months of inventive evasion, attempts to remove a judge from a case, lies, invoking the Fifth Amendment to finally come up with a crafty plot that for the first time explicitly accuses Steele’s caretaker Alan Cooper of willfully participating in Prenda’s “business.” Furthermore, the trolls accused Cooper of changing his story with a goal of extorting Steele & Co.!

While this is no more than one in a series of delaying tactics, it is really sad that the crooks continue bringing hell to a simple man’s life. Sad, but inevitable: you cannot expect anything but a blank stare from these heartless creatures when they witness suffering.

(Note than none of the supporting documents referred in the Goodhue’s reply was filed. Update: all the exhibits were finally filed on 5/29/2013.)




Yesterday, 5/27/2013, defendant David Harris filed his response to the fable:


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13 responses to ‘Prenda fables get craftier yet less believable

  1. And for a little time I thought the AZ AF Holdings cases were not going to amount to much. The judge has pushed back the hearing date to 7 Jun 13, so there is plenty of time for Prenda to keep digging their hole. I wonder if troll Goodhue has been trying to contact Mr. Harris to cut a deal and close this powder-keg down before it explodes. 🙂 I will bet he (or other Prenda crew) are doing this. I smell the fear and sense the forboding. They already were able to cut a deal in FL – I’m sure Syfert was able to make it costly. Still, they do not have the sense to pay (or post bond) the sanctions and remove this festering sore. I cannot believe you guys (Prenda) already blew all that money. If you did, you are even stupider than I gave you credit for (my opinion). This ship is already floundering and I need to find a new target. 😉

    DTD “)

  2. Funny: the document metadata reveals the “Title”: Microsoft Word – FINAL Response. Yes, all capitals. So at least they are contemplating a possibility of cutting and running.

  3. Very entertaining, I think I read this story when I was young, it was called Dr Alan Jekyll & Mr. Cooper Hyde. Of course there is a police record after Alan stole “hundreds” of items, threatened people, took a chain saw to St. John’s cabin, stole a trailer full of furniture and cut down the forest?

  4. The story is plausible on its surface. BUT.

    If this story was true, why wasn’t it filed when the issue of Alan Cooper’s signature first arose? Why would Steele default instead of using this story as the opportunity to slam Cooper and feel vindicated? Why would Steele invoke the 5th instead of gleefully telling Judge Wright about the ‘truth’ in April? Why wouldn’t Hansmeier mention it in the initial responses to Godfread? Why wouldn’t all of the Prenda affiliated attorneys file copies of this everywhere instead of merely relying on the “assignee’s signature is irrelevant” legal theory? Why wait until after a sharp but limited and another utterly devastating judgment to bring it out?

  5. ISTM that this should be easy to counter – a Cooper declaration that he never signed any documents, nor gave anyone else permission to sign for him. And then attach the order from the Minnesota* judge saying never to use Cooper’s name again, sanctions should follow.

    *Was it Minnesota or Illinois? I can’t keep them all straight anymore.

  6. And throw in Judge Wright’s finding of fact from the California case:

    “9. The Principals stole the identity of Alan Cooper (of 2170 Highway 47
    North, Isle, MN 56342). The Principals fraudulently signed the copyright assignment
    for “Popular Demand” using Alan Cooper’s signature without his authorization,
    holding him out to be an officer of AF Holdings. Alan Cooper is not an officer of AF
    Holdings and has no affiliation with Plaintiffs other than his employment as a
    groundskeeper for Steele. There is no other person named Alan Cooper related to AF
    Holdings or Ingenuity 13.”

    Is is a coincidence that this response showed up right after Cooper’s Minnesota law suit was concluded?

  7. @DarthSkeptic: The answers to your questions are very simple–plausible deniability for Steele. If Steele tried to pull that fable on Judge Wright, he’s just turn to Cooper or Cooper’s attorney and ask if any of it’s true. On the other hand, if he can get Nosehair to put that story out there, then Cooper is slimed, and his hands are clean. Notice that there is nowhere in the filing where Steele says anything under oath.

    Of course, the secondary purpose is continue to hassle Cooper. Now, he has to expend time and money to fight these allegations, further disrupting his life. It is odd, though, that it’s totally OK for lawyers to pay for expert witnesses, fly them in to court, and everything’s hunky-dory. But, for EFF to fly Cooper to LA is somehoe irrretrievably tainting.

    These clowns can’t be taken down soon enough for me.

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