Earlier this week, a judge awarded former P2P defendant Tanya Andersen over $100,000 in court costs and lawyer fees.
The sum is only a third of what Anderson had originally sought, but is still the highest amount awarded to a former P2P defendant since the beginning of the RIAA's litigation onslaught began.
If you’ll recall, the RIAA sued Andersen for illegal file sharing, a case that eventually dropped last summer. But the Portland single mom sued for her legal expenses and also launched a malicious prosecution suit against the RIAA that case remains ongoing.
Meanwhile, a Minnesota judge is considering the appeal of Jammie Thomas, the first P2P defendant to force a jury trial. She lost the trial and was ordered to pay $222,000 in damages. The judge says he is now leaning towards granting a new trial, citing a potential "error of law" that specifically refers to whether making a track available in a shared folder on P2P networks is actually infringement if the track was never actually downloaded by anyone.
Oral arguments on the appeal are scheduled for July 1.
Billboard.com: RIAA To Pay Over $100K