Judge McMahon has denied the RIAA's motion to dismiss its case against Patti Santangelo without prejudice in Elektra v. Santangelo, saying Mrs. Santangelo "is entitled to have her legal status resolved one way or the other."
The judge rejected the RIAA's intimation that Ms. Santangelo had defrauded the Court, saying "Nothing in any papers filed by plaintiffs suggests IN THE SLIGHTEST that Mrs. Santangelo has ever perpetrated any fraud on this court." (capitals in the original).
The judge ruled that either (a) the RIAA must stipulate to discontinue with prejudice no later than April 1st, or (b) the parties must attend the April 13th status conference with a pretrial order in hand:
Order Filed march 21, 2007, Denying Plaintiffs' Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice*
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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