This year has been no different than the last for Malibu Media LLC, widely believed to be the most prolific filer of copyright lawsuits in the United States federal court system . They continue to file more copyright infringement lawsuits than any other company focusing on single John Doe defendants and they have remained active in a number of jurisdictions. For this year, 2015, they added California to their panoply of enforcement targets, after having a silent 2014.
New York and New Jersey top this list of busiest jurisdictions with 273 cases and 263 cases filed respectively. Illinois and Ohio were close behind, both having more than 200 John Doe defendants targeted. Florida was the quietest of this group with only 19 cases filed in 2015.
A few states got lucky and did not see any Malibu Media cases filed in 2015 even though they had in 2014. Residents of Colorado, Indiana and Wisconsin were breathing a little easier this year but it is hard to say what the future holds for these states.
In all, this year has seen lawsuits from Malibu Media in 11 jurisdictions against a total of 1,718 John Doe defendants. (That number could continue to rise in the remaining weeks of 2015.) They filed lawsuits in the previous year in 10 of these jurisdictions: Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Individuals in all states should be especially cautious when using BitTorrent to download, especially states in which Malibu Media has been active in the past. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Washington are states that have experienced lawsuits from various other copyright trolls, but not Malibu Media. They too could easily be targeted by this company in the future.
For more information about lawsuits filed by Malibu Media LLC, call Antonelli Law at 312-201-8310 and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys about Malibu Media and BitTorrent copyright litigation, or fill out the contact form below to request a convenient time for a detailed free initial consultation about each of your options. We’re very experienced – we’ve represented nearly 600 people targeted by Malibu Media LLC nationwide, and nearly 2,000 people targeted by copyright trolls and satellite trolls nationwide. We can answer your questions about motion to quash subpoena.
Cases filed by Malibu Media LLC by jurisdiction:
Washington D.C.- 26
New Jersey- 263
New York- 273