Two notorious BitTorrent “troll-style” plaintiffs have enlarged their national litigation scheme to include suits against scores of “Doe” defendants in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
A new case was filed by CELL Film Holdings, LLC, which claims copyrights to the John Cusack/Samuel L. Jackson zombie-themed movie Cell. As noted by Troll Defense in a post on similar Oregon CELL Film Holdings cases, Cell is based on a 2006 Stephen King novel of the same title about a signal sent out over the global cell phone network that transforms every cell phone user into a mindless killer.
CELL Film Holdings is an affiliate of Benaroya Pictures. As predicted earlier in a Troll Defense post, the Cell lawsuits confirm Benaroya’s foray into a national, multi-title “troll-style” lawsuit campaign, along wither earlier cases involving Queen of The Desert.
Another action was lodged by September Productions Inc., which holds rights in the 2015 film Septembers in Shiraz, described by Variety as an “autobiographically inspired tale of a wealthy Jewish family in Tehran suffering under Iran’s shift to fundamentalist Islam.”
As reported elsewhere, September Productions is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, which hold interests in films that have been the subject of ongoing and prior enforcement actions, including London Has Fallen, Criminal, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.
The new lawsuits each allege copyright infringement by unknown “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. The cases seek statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.
Like other similar BitTorrent lawsuits filed in the same District Court, these more recent Southern District filings were each made by Houston attorneys Joshua S. Wyde and Gary J. Fischman. Case listings with links to complaints are below.
Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.
Case No. 4:16-cv-02781
CELL Film Holdings, LLC v. Does 1-20
Case No. 4:16-cv-02784
September Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-16