Should I Settle?
Clients often indicate this decision was an emotional one. Be sure you have enough facts to believe you are reasonably informed before you make your decision. The following is not intended to be legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for your specific situation.
For you, a settlement buys you peace of mind and, if you settle through an attorney, the ability to settle and make payment anonymously. But it also ensures the plaintiff a profit. Again, we want our clients to be sure they have the facts they need to make an informed decision: to settle, to fight, or to do nothing and wait.
Failure to settle may put you at risk of having to appear in court, and the possibility of being held legally liable for a large amount of money. Not settling forces the plaintiff to have to prove their case in court - something they may or may not be able to do. If the plaintiff cannot prove their case in court, you may have to pay nothing to them. In no event should you ignore being served a summons.
Can I Just Do Nothing and Wait?
Yes. You can also do nothing and wait. I have often described this phase as a game of chicken (a horrible game in real life) where you can either not spend a dime because the case goes away (or they don't get to sue you for some reason), or if they do sue you it will cost you more for defending it, to settle the case, or both. You should reflect on how you feel about these outcomes. Nobody is in your shoes but you.
Call attorney Jeffrey Antonelli for a free initial consultation at 312-201-8310 or email him at Jeffrey@Antonelli-Law.com. This is a swiftly changing area of law and we continually follow the latest developments. Comparing lawyers? We're no johnny-come-lately to tech law. Our last complex trial involved computer firewalls, sophisticated commercial networks, and a Microsoft certified expert.
Many people are receiving notices from their ISP (Internet Service Provider) informing them a subpoena was received demanding their name and address. If you do nothing, the ISP will release your name and address to the plaintiff's attorneys on the date indicated in the notice. People are also receiving Summons in the mail requesting waiver of service of process. Call us for a free initial consultation if you receive either of these.
offer a reasonable Flat Fee for helping you settle and remain anonymous
in many cases; and reasonable fees for motions to quash and for
defending you if you are named as a defendant in a copyright
infringement lawsuit. We gladly accept referrals from other
attorneys and accept clients for Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, and other states' federal courts on
pro hac vice application around the country.
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