The attorney representing four members of a Chicago law firm accused of trying to get settlements from Internet-pornography consumers has questioned a federal appeals court's decision to require the defendants to post a $237,000 appellate bond. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright demanded a second bond of $136,000, part of the total bond required, "to cover costs on appeal, which includes attorneys' fees since the underlying case is a copyright case." The attorneys allegedly threatened to sue people over downloads without ascertaining whether copyright laws were breached, the judge said in his order.

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