We reported 2 weeks ago that the Fort Worth, Texas, case of Arista v. Greubel had been settled. This is the case in which Nettwerk Music was paying for the costs of the defense.
We have since learned, through a comment posted here, that the RIAA has sued Mr. Greubel's children. The name of the case is UMG v. Greubel.
The docket number is 06-860, N.D. Texas.
Among the things we have learned through an examination of the docket sheet is that
-one of the four defendants is a minor;
-a motion for appointment of a guardian ad litem had been made, and was then withdrawn;
-a settlement conference was held at which Matthew Oppenheim, instead of any record company representatives, was the sole "client" representative;
-the RIAA has attempted to subpoena, from the father, David Greubel, his communications with his attorneys and with Nettwerk Music;
-Mr. Greubel has made a motion to quash the subpoena, and the motion has been referred to the Magistrate Judge; and
-a hard drive inspection was done under a stipulated protective order similar to the protective order in SONY v. Arellanes.
We have posted a sampling of miscellaneous documents from the Court file.
Hard drive protective order*
Motion to file reference list under seal*
Answer of Adam Greubel*
Reply memorandum in support of motion to appoint guardian ad litem for minor child*
Withdrawal of motion to appoint guardian ad litem for minor child*
Defendants' report of settlement conference*
Motion to quash subpoena served upon defendants' father*
Order referring motion to quash to Magistrate Judge*
[Ed. note. The report of settlement conference is interesting. Once again Matthew "the Enforcer" Oppenheim was there to insist upon his pound of flesh. For how much suffering has this one man been responsible? -R.B.]
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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