"The case is a reminder that in civil trials, simply raising some doubt about liability is not enough; lawyers need to raise lots of doubt to win the case, and Camara and Sibley were unable to do so here."
In a surprise decision, the jury imposed damages against Thomas-Rasset, who was originally accused to sharing more than 1,700 songs, at a whopping $80,000 for each of the 24 songs she was ultimately found guilty of illegally sharing..
"Today Thomas' current counsel Brian Toder filed a motion to substitute out of the case and be replaced by Camara, now a partner at Houston's Camara & Sibley, and Garrett Blanchfield of Reinhardt, Wendorf & Blanchfield of St. Paul. The motion indicates that Thomas will not request a continuance of the June 15 trial date....
Camara may not be a copyright specialist per se -- but specialization is not what his firm is about. In February of this year, he and partner Joe Sibley started Camara & Sibley, a Houston-based firm that will handle a wide range of litigation and corporate matters. Camara described the firm's caseload as 'commercial litigation, and commercial transactions with contested acquisitions.'
'We're generalists who handle the most complex, unique, one-off matters,' explained Camara. 'If you take a complex matter to a big firm, you'll be routed to twenty different hyperspecialists. You'll end up settling for partial advice -- "Do this, but we haven't considered this aspect" -- or you'll end up paying huge fees, because you're getting specialized advice from twenty different people who don't work well as a team.'
Camara & Sibley's model is different, according to Kiwi: 'The idea here is that you get generalists who learn the intricacies of your one-off, unique case. You don't want a hyperspecialist. You just want a good lawyer.'
....Having just joined the litigation [a few weeks ago], will the firm be ready by trial time?
Camara did not seem fazed. He cited the firm's involvement in the English and Tenenbaum cases, whose issues substantially overlap with those raised in the Thomas case. 'And we don't sleep,' Camara added.
At the same time, he acknowledged, 'it's going to be an all-hands effort at the firm.' Camara & Sibley's two summer associates -- see, not everyone is killing their summer program -- will be pitching in. 'If you're a summer associate at a big firm, you might have a bowling party,' he said. 'If you're a summer associate here, you have a jury trial in Duluth.'"
the artists and producers of that CD face a literally incalculable, and in many cases probably substantial, injury in terms of lost potential sales
It strikes me as entirely reasonable that the penalty for the latter crime should be greater than the penalty for the former.
« Older Civilization... | Michigan Congressman @petehoek... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt