FUNimation pressured some defendants in its One Piece downloading case (see “FUNimation Sues 1,337 Downloaders”) to settle before the cases were tossed or dropped (see “Can Anti-Piracy Enforcement Work?”), according to Anime News Network
FUNimation’s attorney in the case used a controversial technique to file 49 subpoenas with ISPs without the benefit of a judge, according to the report, and some complied by providing the identities of the downloaders. The downloaders were then contacted (the original suit was filed against “John Does”) and $1500 settlements demanded.