LimeWire’s antitrust countersuit was thrown
out last week after a federal judge granted the RIAA’s motion to dismiss
claims against the company.
Many of the claims were dismissed “without prejudice,” which
would allow LimeWire’s parent company, Lime Group LLC, to file new lawsuits
under state courts.
Lime Group listed a wide variety of complaints against
record labels and the music industry, with the overall theme being that
industry execs conspired against LimeWire and others using a variety of schemes
to undermine P2P and P2P companies’ efforts to legitimate themselves.
Some of these complaints include:
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Gerald Lynch wrote that
most of Lime Group’s claims “fail to allege an adverse effect on competition
market-wide.” Additionally, Lynch noted that record labels presented over 100gb
of data totaling 29 million pages worth of information for their defense, while
LimeWire failed to produce “any additional facts it would plead that would
enable it … to demonstrate the existence of a conspiracy.”
Lime Group’s countersuit was filed in response to the RIAA’s lawsuit
against the P2P client, which was launched just days after its $100 million legal
victory over Kazaa.
RIAA executives applauded Lynch’s ruling, noting that Lime Group’s
countersuit was nothing but a diversionary tactic designed to “take attention
away from … [the] massive infringement that is the real focus of this case.”