In an interesting twist, the Goldieblox case has been reassigned to a judge currently hearing one of the many Google privacy cases–that is, someone who is very, very familiar with Silicon Valley shenanigans. And she’s not afraid to threaten the attorneys with sanctions.
If you believe as I do that the Goldieblox attorneys are walking a very, very fine line in bringing this case in the first place, this is good news. A case that appears to be clearly “marketing by lawsuit” is a prime candidate for nice juicy sanctions for wasting the court’s time.
Judge Koh recently expressed some exasperation with one of the Apple lawyers in a different case:
“Come on,” Koh told Bill Lee, one of Apple’s lawyers. “You want me to do an order on 75 pages? Unless you’re smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren’t going to be called.”
Judge Koh also recused herself from the Facebook “Sponsored Stories” class action settlement. This is particularly of interest given that her court house has seen its share of scammy class action settlements that have resulted in millions in loophole payoffs (aka “cy pres” awards) from Big Tech defendants to the EFF, Berkman Center, Santa Clara law school, among others. Oh, and somewhere between zero and practically zero for the class members.
Hmmm…sounds like a judge who knows what a duck is when she sees one. See order reassigning to Judge Koh.