After photographer Alexander Stross sued Ivymedia for copyright infringement relating to IvyMedia 2019s alleged use of a Stross photograph in its on-line advertising, Judge Sorokin denied IvyMedia 2019s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim on which relief could be granted. IvyMedia subsequently answered and counterclaimed for extortion and fraud. Stross moved to dismiss the counterclaims as being legally and factually baseless and designed to drive up the costs of litigation. Stross further sought an award of attorneys 2019 fees as a sanction for IvyMedia 2019s continued baseless motion practice. Judge Sorokin granted Stross 2019 motions and awarded Stross $9671.09 in fees and costs in connection with the motion to dismiss.
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