Callous Lawsuit of the Day
Here is a lawsuit sure to tug at the heartstrings of even the most callous among us -- with the possible exception of the lawyers for the RIAA. In the latest of its battery of lawsuits targeting illegal music downloads, the RIAA has won a default judgment against a young Pittsburgh woman who is disabled and in need of a transplant.
Ciara Sauro, 19, is overwhelmed with medical debts, requires weekly hospital visits, and suffers from severe depression, according to WTAE TV in Pittsburgh. When she failed to respond to the RIAA's lawsuit against her, a federal judge found her liable. Now she faces some $8,000 in fines.
The RIAA claims she downloaded 10 songs. She denies she did anything unlawful. "I already have severe depression," she told WTAE. "I mean, it's so hard to sit there and think that I have to get in trouble for something that I didn't do. It's not fair."
At least one lawyer has a heart. Pittsburgh lawyer James Brink told a reporter that he is offering to represent Sauro for free and seek to have her case reopened. The attorney representing the RIAA did not return the station's calls seeking comment.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 3, 2008 at 12:05 PM | Permalink
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