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With Copyright Troll Liebowitz Suspended His Firm Still In Line for Fees From Sell It Social

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 17 – The Liebowitz Law Firm, sometimes called copyright trolls, appeared on December 17 in their lawsuit against Sell It Social, LCC. Relatively news U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held it. Inner City Press covered it - in fact, live tweeted it, here

  But Liebowitz, in October 2020 prior to his suspension, had named the wrong website: Singer's Room. No matter - Sell It Social didn't show up, and a default judgment for statutory damages is in the work.

 Judge Cronan diligently asked if Liebowitz worked on the case after this suspension (no, was the answer) and how many of the other cases against Sell It Social were by the firm.

  During the proceeding, Inner City Press looked up the most recent one, from 2020 - and yes, it was subject to default judgment, for $12.352.50 including $1912.50 in attorney's fees.

  Judge Cronan has yet to issue his ruling in this case. It is Farrington v. Sell It Social, LLC, 18-cv-11696 (Cronan).

Inner City Press will have more on this.

 Back on December 4 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Louis L. Stanton held a proceeding, and took his time.

Insider, Inc.'s lawyer, Oren J. Warshavsky of Baker & Hostetler, said his client pays him $1,500 an hour.  His point was they don't mind fighting - they just don't want to pay legal fees to LLF which keeps suing them.  

LLF's James H. Freeman said despite Liebowitz's actions in a few case - he is now subject to an interim suspension order by the SDNY Grievance Committee, M-2-238, cited by SDNY Judge Jesse M. Furman in his November 30 order in Usherson v. Bandshell Artist Management, 19-cv-6368 - doesn't change that he is fighting for "working class photographers." 

  The Baker & Hostetler lawyer sneered, "Let's not pretend you're in this for the public interest."

 Judge Stanton, noting that he practices law for 30 years and so understood fees, set a next conference for January 15, on issues including when the registration in this case was filed.

 The case is Chin v. Insider, Inc., 20-cv-4707 (Stanton)


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