Philadelphia Judge Says No To RIAA

In another unfavorable decision for the RIAA, senior judge Clarence C. Newcomer of the District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania yesterday (April 5) denied the label body's requested reconsideration of

In another unfavorable decision for the RIAA, senior judge Clarence C. Newcomer of the District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania yesterday (April 5) denied the label body's requested reconsideration of his March 5 ruling to forbid "bundling" of lawsuits against suspected peer-to-peer file-traders.

The RIAA had attempted to bundle 200 actions against alleged infringers into one lawsuit in that court.

Siding with defendants who might want to challenge the lawsuits, Newcomer said "wholesale litigation of these claims is inappropriate, at least with respect to a vast majority (if not all) of defendants."

Yesterday, a federal judge in Florida made a similar ruling denying the RIAA's efforts to combine lawsuits against customers of Internet service provider Bright House Networks.
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