A federal judge in Texas has sanctioned the attorney of a defendant in one of the RIAA's countless file-sharing lawsuits after the attorney himself requested sanctions for the RIAA's counsel. Not long afterwards, the parties agreed to the settlement and the case will be dismissed.
Atlantic v. Heslep started like every other case, and after the defendant Diane Heslep decided not to avail herself of the record labels' settlement offer, the case went to court. Heslep denied infringement, choosing to fight against the RIAA's allegations. Unlike other cases we have reported on, the RIAA's case that Heslep had directly infringed the labels' copyrights was relatively strong.