It is ironic that copyright troll M. Keith Lipscomb cries on every corner that his gang is not like Prenda, yet he consistently continues following the lead of the self-proclaimed “original copyright troll.”
In September 2013 I wrote about sanctions imposed upon Malibu and its counsel in the Eastern District of Wisconsin by Judge Conley. I did not cover a similar event in the Western District: I was busy at that time, and Judge Randa’s order was basically a reference to Conley’s ruling: even the fine was the same — $200 per case, $600 in total. That happened on 12/12/2013, almost half a year ago.
During approximately the same time frame, Prenda’s principals were sanctioned, did not pay and were found in contempt for not paying. Today I learned that Lipscomb is not eager to pay his dues either (apparently his definition of the term “cash flow” assumes only the single direction → to his wallet). And while I can understand poor Prenda stooges — quarter a million dollars is not a pocket change even for them — in Malibu’s case, not paying mere $600 is nothing more than the middle finger to the court.
P.S. Formally the sanctioned person was Lipscomb’s Illinois and Wisconsin counsel Mary K. Schulz. It seems that she fell out of favor recently: Paul Nicoletti appeared on many Illinois cases, and trolls are definitely done in Wisconsin. Lipscomb and Nicoletti continue using her ECF login (I bet they don’t even bother notifying her), but I have a feeling that she is finished as a part of the shakedown conspiracy. Imagine that our trolls decide to throw Mary under the bus (hello, Brett Gibbs!): if you look like Prenda, swim like Prenda…
Prenda (oops) Malibu media paid its fines on 5/5/2014.