umm several shell companies? i guess its a lawyer thing
AF Holdings is one of several shell companies linked to Prenda Law, which threatened thousands of Internet users with lawsuits over downloading pornography. Now Prenda's on the ropes and the key lawyers behind it have been hit with a tough sanctions order telling them to pay $81,000. They haven't paid, and now those sanctions are growing at a rate of $1,000 per day, per person.
Another nail in Prenda's coffin has been hammered down today. AF Holdings was ordered to pay $9,425 in attorney's fees to Nick Ranallo, a defense lawyer working on several Prenda defense cases. That's exactly what Ranallo asked for in his March motion requesting fees be paid, plus an extra $1,000 for drafting a later document.
The order by US District Judge Charles Breyer isn't in the public docket yet, but the outcome was tweeted by Kurt Opsahl, an Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer who observed the hearing. Prenda lawyer Paul Duffy was allowed to appear at the hearing by telephone.