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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    Sorry Dr, 14 Jul 2006 @ 1:19pm

    Umm, not so fast

    So doctors are completely innocent? I diagnosed myself online with Pneumonia 4 years ago after pleading and debating with 4 Dr's at the local clinic (I had to healthcare during the .com death).

    They refused to give me the proper medication. 1 week later my roomate gets VERY ill. Goes to his doctor which he has health coverage for. Diagnoses Pneumonia, he comes home with a mask and information about how easy it is to contract from others.

    I go back to the clinic with my info, and they now give me the drugs.

    THIS is professional? Going on MY word? Not SPENDING the money to give me test for Penumonia?

    Stop pointing the fingers JUST at lawyers, Doctors are pretty friggin bad too. They dismiss you in 5 minutes, hate when you bring in a grocery list of ailments that you are having and generally are dimissive.

    The legal system as well as the health care system are corrupt beyond all hope. Its a question of which came first, the chiken or the egg.

    Both should be rejected.

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