Duff & Phelps Provides Forensic Expert Services to Major Hollywood Studio in $10 Million Anti-Piracy Victory

Joe Coltson and Joel Bowers, members of the  eDiscovery, Forensic Technology and Analytics practice, provided forensic expert services in an anti-piracy licensing matter involving a major Hollywood studio and an alleged former operator of a site dedicated to linking episodes of a successful TV program to which the studio owned the rights. Duff & Phelps was hired by counsel and on behalf of the major Hollywood studio to serve as the forensic technology experts to firstly, assist with the search and seizure pursuant to a search and seizure order and, subsequently, to undertake forensic technology analysis and provide an independent opinion for submission to the Court. After conducting an extensive analysis, our experts located the evidence specific to the claims and issued an expert report with the findings to the court. The evidence was monumental in the award of a $10 million default judgment in favor of our client. This marks one of the largest awards of its type - specific to anti-piracy - in Canadian history.

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