Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tanya Andersen Brings Class Action Against RIAA

Ever since the RIAA's litigation campaign began in 2003, many people have been suggesting a class action against the RIAA.

This afternoon I learned from Jon Newton of that Tanya Andersen, in Oregon, has taken them up on it.

The RIAA's case against this disabled single mother, Atlantic v. Andersen, has received attention in the past, for her counterclaims against the RIAA including claims under Oregon's RICO statute, the RIAA's insistence on taking a face-to-face deposition of her 10-year-old daughter, the RIAA's eventual dropping of the case "with prejudice", and her lawsuit against the RIAA for malicious prosecution, captioned Andersen v. Atlantic.

Now she's turned that lawsuit into a class action. The amended complaint seeking class action status sues for negligence, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, federal and state RICO, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespass, invasion of privacy, libel and slander, deceptive business practices, misuse of copyright law, and civil conspiracy.

Amended complaint*

Ms. Andersen continues to be represented by Lybeck Murphy of Mercer Island, Washington.

Commentary & discussion:
Heise Online (German)
TribalWar Forums
The Register
Digital Media Wire
Yahoo! Tech
The Consumerist
Guru 3D
TT Hardware (French)
Steve Hoffman Music Forum
Family First
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (Swedish)
Ars Technica (Associated Press)
ABA Journal

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AMD FanBoi said...

You go Girl!

Unknown said...

Bout time!

StephenH said...

I just cant want to see RIAA's answer and reply to this complaint. I am not sure if they will file a dismiss motion, or take this to a high court. Its possible that they could settle, considering it is a class action.

I bet to settle this, they would have to change the way the P2P Lawsuit Campaign is run signifigantly. At the very least, the RIAA would have to provide some protection for innocent users, and allow people to question the MediaSentry process and have access to their "secret documents". Also, I hope the RIAA learns their lesson that "IP Address logs are nowhere near as accurate as DNA and fingerprints".

Random said...

Could it be? Are we finally going to see this farce turned back on the RIAA? Will our so-called justice system finally start giving out justice?

Today's Quote:
If you bite the hand that feeds you... it's going to smack the heck out of you. -Me

Unknown said...

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to go against this sharks and thief
that sueing little childrens for somting thay didnt know
i hoep the becuse of what you are doing meny others will follow you and sue the for every peny they take thief like that we dont need in society

with regards to you i wish you
happines and sucses with you sue
thank you for the hope

respectfully yours

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