The Tampa, Florida, case, UGM v. Del Cid, has been settled.
This is the case in which the Court had sustained 5 of the 6 counterclaims interposed by Ms. Del Cid.
The court sustained defendant's counterclaims for
-trespass to defendant's personal property based on the RIAA's having accessed files on Ms. Del Cid's computer without her permission,
-violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act based on the RIAA's unauthorized intrusion into defendant's computer,
-violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act,
-a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, and
-conspiracy to commit extortion, since defendant sufficiently alleged "a peculiar power of coercion possessed by Plaintiffs [by] virtue of their combination, which an individual alone would not possess".
Defendant's sixth counterclaim, which the Court upheld, alleged:
Plaintiffs have conspired among themselves and with others to commit the
following illegal acts to further the ends of their conspiracy: (a) use of private
investigators to conduct investigations in Florida against Florida residents,
without license, in violation of Fla. Stat. Chapter 493; (b) unauthorized access to a
protected computer system, in interstate commerce, for the purpose of obtaining
information in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030; and (c) extortion and attempted
extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. 1951.
Ms. Del Cid was represented by Michael Wasylik of Ricardo & Wasylik, in Dade City, Florida.
October 3, 2007, Notice of Settlement*
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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