'Patent Troll' Complains Adam Carolla Won't Let Them Drop Lawsuit Against Him
July 31, 2014 at 5:11 AM (PT)
The "patent troll," which has sued several parties over a patent it says covers the process of distributing podcasts, says it wants to drop its suit against ADAM CAROLLA, but the comedian and podcaster refuses to allow the suit to be dropped. CAROLLA, who has in part crowdfunded his defense against PERSONAL AUDIO LLC in a case the latter brought in the notoriously patent-plaintiff-friendly eastern district of TEXAS, is seeking to get the patents invalidated.
PERSONAL AUDIO CEO BRAD LIDDLE issued a statement complaining that CAROLLA is wasting their money by pressing on with his defense while they want to walk away, and charged that CAROLLA is spending his fans' money on lawyers' fees. LIDDLE called CAROLLA's claims of the suit's threat to podcasting "ludicrous on their face," added that CAROLLA "is asking people to donate money to him for a lawsuit that he no longer needs to defend," and appealed to CAROLLA's fans to "understand this situation when deciding whether or not to donate additional money to his cause." LIDDLE added that PERSONAL AUDIO decided to walk away from its suits over the patent after discovering that podcasters are not making significant money.
CAROLLA told ARS TECHNICA that he will press on to invalidate the patent to prevent future suits (cases against TOGI NET and HOW STUFF WORKS were dropped but the dismissals were "without prejudice") and noted that he has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the case. A jury trial is scheduled for SEPTEMBER.