Chicago attorney John Steele, who through his law firm has sued thousands for downloading porn through file-sharing networks and now sees himself at center of accusations over attorney misconduct, says he shouldn't be sanctioned by a federal judge in Los Angeles.
Steele told XBIZ on Wednesday that while he can't discuss details of his 5th Amendment invocation to the court two weeks ago, he and his law firm, Prenda Law, have done no wrong.
"Obviously I disagree with some of the bizarre claims of criminal conduct thrown around by people without any proof," Steele said. "I can say that I never even heard of the case in front of Judge [Otis] Wright until two months ago, and have never appeared in a California case in my life."
Prenda Law and numerous affiliated attorneys nationwide have filed thousands of porn file-sharing suits during the past few years, with some describing the enterprise as mass copyright trolling.