Posted by: Heather Green on August 14, 2008
After a looong drawn out battle, the recording industry paid Tanya Andersen’s lawyers’ fees. I wrote about her case this spring. The RIAA sued her for copyright infringement, but finally dropped the case after Andersen spent two years defending herself in court. She’s since sued them under conspiracy laws and is trying to get class action status.
Now, nearly a year after the court ordered that the recording industry pay her lawyers fees for her defense, the industry finally cut the check, according to an Aug. 12 court filing by Lory Lybeck, Andersen’s lawyer. Hattip p2pnet.
The two sides have been battling it out over the fees. Lybeck initially asked for about $300,000, applying a multiplier of two to his $150,000 in fees because of the “high risk” of the case. The RIAA’s lawyers countered, arguing he should get $30,000. Essentially, there was a lot of bickering going back and forth about what valid fees should be for the different lawyers and assistants involved in the case, whether a multiplier should be granted, etc. etc.
The judge finally set the award at $107,834 in May. Which, after more back and forth between the two, the RIAA finally paid this month. Along with $117.03 in interest.
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