Hurt Locker lawyers press on

The wonderfully-titled legal outfit Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, which represents about a dozen movie makers, including including the makers of “The Hurt Locker” are pressing on with their legal case.

Messers Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver have not been doing very well since they filed thousands of copyright complaints last year.

Last month, the firm’s efforts was forced to drop thousands of defendants from one of its suits because a leading ISP was taking too long to process its requests.

DGW, which also operates under the name US Copyright Group, expected Time Warner to hand over all their client’s details on request. Time Warner said it was washing its hair and it could only do about 28 a month.

A Judge refused to give the Copyright Group an extension of time and the whole lot were dropped.

One of the big problems for Messers Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver is that the court takes a dim view of lawyers trying to sue people from out of the State.

This week the outfit said that it has drafted in lawyers from as many as 23 US states to file lawsuits against thousands of suspected film pirates in local courts.

However it is being seen as another technique to scare those threatened by Messers Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver into reaching an out-of-court settlement.

Rival lawyers have said that it would cost a fortune to sue individuals for violating copyright to cover all the costs and still eke out a profit for attorneys as well as copyright owners.

Dunlap told CNET that he had already done it and it was happening. It now remains how many local courts will want thousands of copyright cases clogging up its legal system.