How Long Does The RIAA Get To Abuse The Legal System?

from the keep-on-suing dept

The RIAA has dropped its file-sharing suit against an Oklahoma mother who had no connection to any such activities, beyond paying an ISP bill. Good news -- sort of. The case was dropped after the woman filed a claim to have it dismissed, then faced with the prospect their case would be thrown out, the RIAA asked -- and was allowed -- to withdraw it on their own instead. This is basically the same scenario as that of a Michigan woman who the group sued because her kids were alleged to be file-sharing, though in this most recent case, the RIAA will have to pay the defandant's legal bills. Several questions are raised here, but first and foremost is why does the RIAA simply get to drop these lawsuits with little or no repercussions when it becomes clear they're bogus? Again and again, the RIAA has filed these spurious lawsuits, simply bullying people and employing dubious tactics. And despite not ever actually winning a fully litigated case, instead just trying to steamroll people into paying ridiculous damages, the RIAA rolls on. At some point, shouldn't somebody put a stop to these bogus suits, and force the RIAA to own up to the consequences of using the legal system as its personal sandbox? The costs of these individual cases mean nothing to the RIAA, even if they have to pay a defendant's legal bills, but the costs to the people they're suing -- who are often innocent, but are bullied into settling -- are significant. Why are they allowed to continue? Keep in mind, too, that the lawsuits have done nothing to stop file-sharing.

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    Concerned Momma, 13 Jul 2006 @ 7:13pm

    Only tort reform that provides for the financial rewards are paid to the winning defendant for damages both financial and emotional will reduce the absurd way the American tort system behaves.

    This is very true. Like it or not (sidestepping the snide comment made by poster 5 which really shows a lack of intelligence) He makes a valid point. You scream about the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs but how do you think it got that way?? Bender and Bender and every other ambulance chasing lawyer out to make a killing on the next ridiculous lawsuit that overinflates the "victim's" income for an error, valid or not that was made.

    We push to have FDA shorten limits on testing new drugs then sue the pants off the drug companies when they can't finish sufficient testing. Now they're all moving overseas to protect themselves and putting the US at risk should we have an epidemic or a shortage (recall the flu vaccine snafu).

    Seems off topic, but it is just another oozing sore that is our legal system. If you really want to get snide with someone, sic your sarcasm on the lawyers that are really causing all the damage. I congratulate you Doc, that you survived through your practice to retire. You deserve it!!

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