LHF Productions, Inc., which holds copyrights to the action flick London Has Fallen, has filed BitTorrent copyright infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. This follows many other LHF suits recently filed in other jurisdictions.
London Has Fallen features Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart in an assassination plot caper. As of press time, London Has Fallen boasted a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and according to a Richard Roeper review, “this is a cliché-riddled, aggressively violent, laughably plotted exploitation flick that leaves few stereotypes unturned.”
The new lawsuits in Oregon allege copyright infringement by “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Along with generic allegations of BitTorrent-based copyright infringement, the suits seek statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.
The complaints in the LHF lawsuits allege that each company “is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, production companies and distributors of a notable catalog of major motion pictures.” In addition to London Has Fallen, several other films distributed or produced by Nu Image/Millennium have been the subject of prior enforcement actions, including Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.
Like many other similar lawsuits filed in the District of Oregon, the LHF cases were filed by Salem, OR attorney Carl D. Crowell and Crowell Law. A case listing with links to the complaints is below.
UPDATE (2/1/17): After a hiatus of many months, LHF Productions filed five new Oregon actions in recent days. Notably, the recent complaints reflect the continuation of the tactic of making passing reference to the alleged infringement of one or more additional film titles, although the rights-holders associated with such titles are not plaintiffs in the actions. As Troll Defense has reported, the additional titles named are usually the subject of past, pending (or future) BitTorrent lawsuits involving the same attorney. ISP subscribers and others implicated in these cases should prepare for settlement demands based on these additional, not-filed claims.
Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.
Case No. 3:16-cv-00591
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11
Case No. 3:16-cv-00592
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168
Case No. 3:16-cv-00716
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124
Case No. 3:16-cv-00717
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-126.96.36.199
Case No. 3:16-cv-00745
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-188.8.131.52
Case No. 3:16-cv-00746
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-184.108.40.206
Case No. 3:16-cv-01000
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11
Case No. 3:16-cv-01441
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168
Case No. 3:16-cv-01524
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124
Case No. 3:16-cv-01747
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-126.96.36.199
Case No. 3:17-cv-00154
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-188.8.131.52
Case No. 3:17-cv-00155
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-184.108.40.206
Case No. 3:17-cv-00159
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-220.127.116.11
Case No. 3:17-cv-00160
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168
Case No. 3:17-cv-00161
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Doe-22.214.171.124