RIAA Agrees To Settlement, Then Asks For Twice As Much

from the anything-they-can-get-away-with dept

Ray Beckermann is, once again, highlighting some highly questionable activities by the RIAA, noting that after getting defendants to agree to a settlement amount, the RIAA sometimes immediately asks for double the agreed upon amount, and submits that proposal to the court. It's unclear how widely this is happening, but at least in one case, it's good to hear that a judge has prevented the RIAA from getting away with this practice by denying the agreement, noting the different sum than the one agreed to by the parties:
Judge Nancy Gertner: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered re Stipulation To Judgment and Permanent Injunction filed by All Plaintiffs as to defendant LaShaana Straw. "The parties' Stipulation to Judgment is DENIED. Plaintiffs request that the Court approve a Stipulation requiring the Defendant to pay $10,700, yet state in their Response that they have agreed to accept half that amount, $5,350, in full satisfaction of the monetary portion of the proposed judgment. The Plaintiffs do not provide any reason for this highly unusual arrangement, and the Court will not approve a stipulation which fails reflect the actual terms of the agreement. The Plaintiffs must present to the Court a proposed judgment which accurately states the amount the Defendant will be required to pay to settle the claims."
This would be the same judge, by the way, who slammed the RIAA for its questionable legal tactics just a few months ago. You would think that the RIAA would know better than to try to play legal games with Judge Gertner.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 1:30pm

    RIAA = Real Ignorant Arrogant Assholes

     

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    Vukovar, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 1:44pm

    Amazing...

    Nothing like seeing the RIAA redefine 'good faith" and "settlement agreement" - then again, no one should really be surprised by it. Sssaaaayyy, maybe the RIAA can ask for a federal bailout too.

     

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    Pitabred, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Amazing...

    They've already asked for and gotten a bailout, without even being in dire straits. Didn't you see the DMCA, PRO-IP and other such asinine legislation?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 1:47pm

    One day these assholes will go too far and they'll get nailed hard for their raping of our legal system. Worhless POS excuses for humans. I hope they all suffer a collective brain aneurysm and their families get saddled with the bills.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 2:08pm

    Wow, I'm sure glad the judge nailed them to the wall after they pulled this kind of stuff the second time on her...

    What? She didn't!?!1 Well no wonder they keep doing these sorts of things...

     

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    Doogie, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re: Amazing...

    You said "Dire Straits". You now owe the RIAA $1,000. Or is it $2,000?

     

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    Stuart, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Amazing...

    Its $2,000.00 .
    now give me $4,000.00 !

     

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    TPBer, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 2:36pm

    I wonder

    What they would ask for the 50,000+ tunes I have collected over the years :)

    Like they would even get 1 cent. Why anyone even pays is way beyond me, they cannot make you do anything.

     

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    Vukovar, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 3:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Amazing...

    More bad news - you just commited secondary copyright infringement; since you already agreed to $2000, we'll be needing $4,0000. Make that payable to Isle Of Man Offshore Banking, please.

     

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    Vukovar, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 3:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Amazing...

    Whoops - my bad - I see someone already said $4000 in the conversation - call it $8000.

     

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    eleete, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 4:15pm

    Re:

     

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    Mark Regan, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 5:14pm

    That's Called Bait and Switch "Settlements"

    RIAA Lawyer: But your honor, it says right here that they ADMIT their violation. All we want you to do is order them to pay what they agreed to already in writing, PLUS our attorney fees on top of that. It's only fair, your honor.

    Judge: No, the agreement stands as it is written.

    RIAA: But judge, the law only applies to them, not US.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 5:37pm

    Pathetic. (The RIAA, that is.)

    If I was judge, not only would I throw the case out, I'd have the RIAA pay the defendant the amount of the settlement, no ifs, ands, buts, appeals, further chicanery, or crying like arrogant babies.

    I can dream, can't I? :-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 6:12pm

    Ok, I'd like to purchase this CD.
    And I'll take that one too.

     

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    Ray Beckerman (profile), Nov 19th, 2008 @ 7:22pm

    Extortionists

    "It's unclear how widely this is happening"

    The RIAA lawyers have told me that they have gotten many defendants to agree to that 'double judgment' provision.

    I asked them how many of those defendants who agreed to it were represented by counsel.

    My recollection is that they never answered that question.

    I would not be in the least surprised if they have gotten people to sign off on that; that's what extortion is.

     

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    Mr Big Content, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 7:25pm

    This Judge Shouldn't Be Allowed

    Any judge that doesn't instantly get the RIAA's arguments is obviously incompetent, corrupt or just plain insane, and should be sacked or impeached or whatever the hell it is you do with these rogue mavericks who won't follow orders and toe the establishment line.

    The law is too good for criminals who won't follow it. If they won't respect the legal rights of the good guys, then why should we respect theirs? Good guys doing bad to bad guys isn't bad, it's good. Lock them up and throw away the law books. There should be more places like Guantanamo Bay, I say!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2008 @ 4:58am

    mr big content

    two "bads" don't make a good. the law also applies to you.

     

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    Too Scared of the Lawyers, Nov 20th, 2008 @ 5:05am

    RAII

    Why doest Techdirt name the actual lawyers and lawfirm who use these untoward tactics? It's the lawyers telling the clients what tactics should be used - hih?
    WHO ARE THE LAWYERS? WE WANT FIRMS and NAMES!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2008 @ 5:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Amazing...

    $8000, do I hear 10?

     

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    HFC, Nov 20th, 2008 @ 5:54am

    Judge Gertner

    For what it's worth, Judge Gertner is a bit technologically aware. She presided over the Courtroom 21 Lab Trial in 2002, involving holographic and immersive virtual reality evidence. Case description here.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Nov 20th, 2008 @ 6:44am

    Re: mr big content

    It was satire silly.

     

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    yuthan, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 2:35am

    RAII:
    Why? I'm sure you could find it out by doing some research about the case. Generally there are public case filings of various sorts that say that kinda thing.

    And the lawyers/law companies for the whole SCO thing are well known, doesn't seem to have stopped them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 4:33am

    Re:

    One day they'll go too far? Just how do you define too far, dude? You think there's still a-ways to go before they reach that hypothetical state of 'too far', which is when they ought to be nailed hard? What's wrong with here and now when it comes to utterly, completely obliterating any and all signs of these pricks from the face of the Earth?

     

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    corwin155, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 10:22am

    call it what it is

    its called bait and switch
    wonder why courts let the riaa break the law so much

     

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