Judge Says RIAA Should Be Fined For Bundling File Sharing Lawsuits
from the abusing-the-system dept
Years ago, before the RIAA's decision to sue individual file sharers, the group used to send subpoenas to ISPs asking for IP addresses of users even though no lawsuit had actually been filed. Verizon actually stood up and fought the RIAA on this, eventually winning. In response, the RIAA started filing mass lawsuits, suing multiple "John Does" and then using those lawsuits to get subpoenas to the ISPs. Soon afterwards, a judge noticed that this seemed odd, and told the RIAA it needed to start filing individual lawsuits rather than bundling them all together. Unfortunately, other judges have allowed the "bundled" lawsuits, so the RIAA still files them. However, a magistrate judge in Maine is suggesting that the district court judge fine the RIAA lawyers for the practice, noting that the RIAA shows little explanation for why the lawsuits should be bundled.