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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    Albert M. Menduni, 13 Jul 2006 @ 4:26pm

    RIAA "Legal" Tactics

    As a retired physician, I can tell you this is not the only use/abuse of our tort system. My colleagues and I have faced abusive legal tactics by the "legal" system, worsening over the last three decades. There are never any consequences to the abusive plaintiffs or their lawyers. In medicine contingency fees have allowed unscrupulous lawyers to get rich while plaintiffs, even those with valid suits, receive little; while their lawyers make money to pay for their third vacation homes and their filth alimony payments. For physicians the injuries by our present tort system are the emotional damage done to conscientious providers as well as the economic consequences. Our legal system primarily shows that you get as much justice as you can afford.

    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.

    Good luck to all of us. In a perfect world some legislature will eventually get the courage to begin the return to sanity in our corts.

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