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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    Bill, 14 Jul 2006 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Post 17

    I can't agree with your stance concerning P&S for several reasons, mainly being you cannot predict the future.

    I coached High School baseball and a 16 year old player was injured when hit by a UPS driver who was later to be found high on drugs at the time of the accident. The kid had hip replacement surgery as well as 5 other operations, spanning 6 months time. He is in perpetual rehab and will be for life. He can walk, talk and even jog but with some pain afterwards. He was scouted by 8 MLB teams at the time of the accident. The doctor's did a great job piecing him back together.

    Point being, what is the pain that wakes him at night sobbing worth? How about the loss of playing professional baseball, which was his dream since 5 years old and something in which he gave up thousands of hours of youth to get better at. How about the fact that he can't play the game AT ALL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, his favorite thing to do.

    After medical expenses, he walked away from court with about $5MIL. Under the scenario of tort reform, he would get what $80K for the loss of almost all that is important to him in life. He is now a 28 year old man and a volunteer coach for me. He still cries when we talk about it and he will never get over it.

    12 years later and he has not gotten over it. He lost his dreams and everything that he worked his ass off to achieve. What is that worth to you?

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