Friday, April 21, 2006

RIAA Case Against 14-Year-Old Brittany Chan Dismissed

The RIAA's case against 14-year old Brittany Chan, in Port Huron, Michigan, has been dismissed, due to the RIAA's disobedience of the Court's order to submit a functional proposal for the appointment of a guardian ad litem for the defendant:

Opinion and Order Dismissing Case in Priority Records v. Brittany Chan*

* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation

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1 comment:

StephenH said...

I feel that RIAA deserves the judges action. For one, what kind of damages could they get out of a 14 year old girl? Not Much, she is probably only a 9th grader, and probably under the legal age to be employed in many cases! Next, the RIAA did not comply with the judges orders to sumbit a proposal, and therefore was essentially in comtempt of court. Because of this, it was only right to give the win to Brittany Chan by dismissing the case against her.

I personally will wonder if the RIAA will try to appeal, or if they will give up. After all, they aren't going to recover much money against the young girl, and going to Appeals court, they could very well put RIAA through the same hoops in terms of a guardian ad litem.