Judge finds in favor of Life360 in fight with patent troll, awards almost $700k in legal fees

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Last year, I wrote about the slightly wonderful response sent by Life360’s CEO Chris Hulls to a patent troll. 

The response, which began “Dear piece of shit,” made clear to Florida-based Advanced Ground Information Systems (AGIS) that Life360 would rather die than settle another baseless payment claim. 

As Hulls told me at the time: AGIS was “probably our 4th or 5th patent troll.  Previously, we would just pay these guys off.  Timing was never right for a fight as we always were working on some big deal or fundraise, and the specter of a lawsuit, even a bs one, was scary.” 

Scared or not, Hulls stuck to his word and Life360 fought back against AGIS, eventually spending nearly $ 700k in legal fees. And, remarkably, the gamble paid off: A judge found in favor of Life360 and, earlier this week, ordered AGIS to pay $ 685,190.25 in fees, describing AGIS’s case as “exceptionally weak.” The judge did, however, rule that fees paid to expert witnesses could not be reclaimed…

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Academy fellowship judge tells woman her script could be ‘decent porn’

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LOS ANGELES — Rachel Koller is new at screenwriting, but her first experience should prepare her for a lifetime of being a woman in Hollywood.

An industry professional who reads scripts for the Nicholl Fellowship, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ prestigious screenwriting competition, dismissed her raunchy female-led comedy in the evaluation’s comments as something that “might make a decent porn picture, as the gals do seem kinda hot, at least on the page.”

After Koller (above, center) posted about the notes on Facebook, whoever was running the Nicholl Fellowship’s Facebook page labeled the comment a “failed joke” and strongly suggested that she disclose her film’s title (The Big D) among other things, for context. Read more…

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