Dmitriy Shirokov (U.S. Copyright Group)

Shirokov v. Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver PLLC et al., No. 10-cv-10243 (D. Mass. 2014)

U.S. Copyright Group, the first of the “copyright troll” law firms, began filing mass lawsuits against thousands of alleged John Doe infringers in 2010, not to obtain judgments on the merits but for the quasi-extortive incentive of quick settlements in bulk. Dan Booth aggressively challenged the copyright trolls, filing a putative class action on behalf of a client falsely accused of copyright infringement, contesting both the copyright owner’s registration and its law firm’s fraudulent demands. After we defeated motions to dismiss the core of our client’s claims, the copyright owner declared bankruptcy, and the copyright troll law firm consented to judgment against it on claims including fraud, fraud on the Copyright Office, conspiracy, and violations of Massachusetts’ unfair business practices act (Chapter 93A). We secured a substantial judgment assessing attorney’s fees and costs in our clients’ favor.