Congratulations to all 670 defendants dismissed in the Mick Haig Productions copyright infringement lawsuit.  The plaintiff attorney was Evan Stone, and the case number was 3:10-cv-01900-N in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The interesting thing about this case is that it appears as if the case was dismissed with prejudice.  This means that regardless of whether defendants were initially sued in the incorrect jurisdiction, the plaintiff attorneys have lost their chance to later file against the John Doe defendants in their home states.

Like most other copyright infringement lawsuits against John Doe Defendants, Mick Haig Productions used a common legal strategy used by copyright holders to pursue individuals who were alleged to have infringed upon their intellectual property rights. In these cases, the copyright holder filed a lawsuit against anonymous defendants whose identities were unknown at the time of filing. The purpose of these lawsuits were to uncover the identities of the alleged infringers through the legal process and seek appropriate remedies for the copyright infringement.

It’s worth noting that like the Mick Haig Productions lawsuits, not all copyright infringement lawsuits against John Doe Defendants resulted in legal action against each individual. I believe the plaintiff attorney found it impractical or not cost-effective to pursue every defendant.

Thus, while our Cashman Law Firm, PLLC represented a number of clients in this lawsuit, none of our clients settled. It simply did not make sense to have clients settle, because the probably outcome was that the Mick Haig lawsuit was going to go bust simply because they did not have the ability to name and serve each and every defendant.

Thus, our law firm’s “ignore route” strategy was effective in this case.

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