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Recording Industry ponies up lawyers fees for former copyright case target

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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Reader Comments


August 17, 2008 10:49 AM

Well that's money well spent RIAA!


You are the dumbest people on Earth!


August 17, 2008 02:26 PM

Outstanding effort on Tanya Anderson's part. She took on the 800lb gorilla and beat it's arse but good.

Now maybe the RIAA will finally use a bit more common sense in who they sue and under what reasons.

But probably not, as they refuse to see that file sharing of whatever kind is here to stay and no amount of mafia style tactics plied to the respondents of said lawsuits will change this fact.


March 24, 2009 10:19 AM

This has nothing to do with file sharing, and everything to do with wrongful lawsuits.

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