On May 11, 2010, EchoStar, NagraStar, and Bell ExpressVu obtained an injunction against Lance Pellettier a.k.a. “Paramount” of Ontario, Canada, which prevents him from operating the HashHU piracy forum web site, selling FTA receivers through other web sites, and otherwise participating in, or aiding and abetting, piracy activities. In the litigation, Pellettier denied that he owned and operated the HashHU web site and that he posted messages as “Paramount”.
Based on the evidence obtained through the Plaintiffs’ investigations, the Court was ultimately satisfied that the Plaintiffs had established a strong basis for their claims that Pellettier was “Paramount” and that his activities contravened the Radiocommunciation Act, and aided and abetted others in engaging in piracy. As a result of the injunction, Pellettier will be required to shut down his web sites and cease engaging in all forms of piracy activity. The Court also awarded the Plaintiffs their costs of the injunction proceedings against Pellettier in the amount of $42,500.
On May 6, 2010 Judge Whelan of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California entered a Preliminary Injunction against Viewtech owner Jung Kwak freezing all of Kwak’s assets. In the Order, the Court found that DISH Network and NagraStar were likely to prevail on the merits of their claims at the conclusion of the litigation and therefore the injunction was warranted. The Court found further support in the admissions made by Kwak in the criminal proceeding against him for conspiracy to hack the NagraStar conditional access technology used to protect DISH Network programming from piracy. A copy of the Order is attached.
On April 16, 2010, Judge Thomas Whelan (Federal District Court for the Southern District of California) granted the plaintiff’s DISH Network and NagraStar a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against Jung Kwak, the owner of Viewtech (Viewsat).
A hearing is set for May 6th to determine if the judge will convert the TRO to a preliminary injunction pending resolution of the claims against Kwak.
Seized FTA’s for use in the theft of television on their way to be destroyed and scrapped!
ORDER Granting  Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction: Plaintiffs’ request that no bond be required is granted.
(1) The Court’s Order preliminarily enjoins Sonicview “and all persons and entities in active concert or participation there with, including, but not limited to, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and cooperative members . . . from designing, manufacturing, developing, trafficking, selling and marketing 8PSK Turbo Boards, Sonicview iHubs, and Pirate Software at any physical address or on the Internet, including at www.sonicviewusa.com, www.kingsatellite.com, www.xtraba.com, www.extremesats.com, www.satfire.com, www.megadropshippers.com, www.satster.com, www.speedyfta.com, www.pansat3500sd.com and www.ftalife.com”
The SonicviewUSA site has stopped the sale of iHubs and the posted announcement states:
“Until further notice, Sonicview iHub has been discontinued. Due to a court order, Sonicview will not be able to sell, traffic, or market this product until a final decision has been made in the court. . . . We are aggressively defending ourselves and our products, and do not recommend purchasing the Sonicview iHub or clones of it at this time”.