San Francisco – Having been forced to dismiss thousands of
lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt
Locker," due to having grouped numerous defendants together into single
complaints, the law firm behind those suits has now begun filing individual
copyright infringement suits against defendants in their home jurisdictions, CNET reported.

Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver has formed a network of attorneys
across the various jurisdictions where it has begun filing "John Doe"
lawsuits to obtain the identities of suspected file-swappers from their
Internet service providers, as well as actual lawsuits against named

Actions are being filed by the firm in states including
Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota and West Virginia, with more expected to be
filed in coming weeks in California, Texas, Washington and Oregon.

are typically offered a chance to settle charges against them for between
$1,500 and $3,000.


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