Another RIAA Collection Setback [4:34 pm]
A woman who was sued for allegedly sharing copyrighted music files over the Internet can proceed with two of her claims against a company retained by the Recording Industry Association of American to collect “settlements” from accused file-sharers, a federal judge in Seattle has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, in an Aug. 22 ruling, allowed plaintiff Dawnell Leadbetter to amend two of her claims — for fraud and violation of the Washington Collection Agency Act — against Settlement Support Center LLC, which assists the RIAA in collecting money from people who have been sued for file-sharing.
Judge Martinez dismissed the remainder of the suit, which included claims by Leadbetter against her Internet service provider, Comcast Cable Communications Inc., for disclosing her identity to the RIAA. Leadbetter’s attorney, Lory R. Lybeck of Lybeck Murphy LLP in Mercer Island, Wash., said his client will appeal those portions of Judge Martinez’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.