The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently ordered Ross Rodgers and Palma Rodgers of Barrie, Ontario, Canada to pay $50,000 in costs to Bell TV, EchoStar and NagraStar for contempt of Anton Piller (civil seizure) orders granted in February 2010. The costs are to be paid in addition to serving consecutive jail sentences of four months each.
The Rodgers are the parents of Steven Rodgers a.k.a. Tomico-ind, who also served four months in jail for contempt of Anton Piller Orders obtained by Bell TV, EchoStar, and NagraStar in 2008. The Rodgers refused to permit representatives of the Plaintiffs entry into their residence as required by the Orders. The costs of $50,000 are on a “substantial indemnity” scale to reflect the seriousness of the offence. The Court recognized that the costs order would be “ruinous” to Ross and Palma Rodgers, but was appropriate because the Rodgers were convicted of contempt after fair warning and then attempted to avoid arrest.