April 4, 2012 | By Mark Jaycox

27 Copyright Troll Cases With Over 3,500 Does Dismissed in Florida—Copyright Troll Lawyer Practicing Without License

In February, we documented how a judge in the Northern District of Florida halted 27 copyright troll cases naming over 3,500 individuals to determine whether the copyright troll lawyer, Tarik Hashmi, initiated the cases while being unlicensed to practice law in Florida.

In response to the judge, Hashmi did not deny practicing without a license and instead tried to substitute a lawyer to continue the cases. This week, as noted in the Order attached below, the court not only dismissed the substitution, but also all of the cases.

The Order notes that Hashmi had signed an affidavit promising not to practice law in Florida until he was properly licensed. It states that Hashmi "suggested no plausible reading" of the affidavit that nonetheless allowed him to file the actions. Finally, it noted that dismissal of the cases was proper because Hashmi's clients in the 27 cases had presented no evidence, including evidence that they were unaware of Mr. Hashmi's illegal status or whether they had "demanded settlements through Mr. Hashmi and retained the proceeds."

The cases were dismissed "without prejudice," meaning that they can still be refiled by other lawyers, but the order provides further evidence about the dubious business model of copyright trolls. We will keep an eye out to see if the cases are refilled. For now, the current cases are dismissed.

 

 

 

 


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

EFF "Stupid Patent" Buster @DanielNazer explains how we saved podcasting from a patent troll on @slategist https://eff.org/r.fhzl

May 6 @ 7:50pm

Good news: Virginia now requires warrants for drones. Bad news: @GovernorVA vetoed license plate reader limits. https://eff.org/r.xpit

May 6 @ 3:48pm

Libraries and HTTPS go together like 323.445 Freedom of information and 005.8 Data security. https://eff.org/r.s2d1

May 6 @ 1:17pm
JavaScript license information