Boston is a very small town.
First we learn that Federal District Judge Nancy Gertner, who is presiding over the case of accused peer-to-peer infringer Joel Tenenbaum, was once represented in a criminal grand jury matter by Tenenbaum's counsel, Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson. But it turns out that there are still more connections among Judge Gertner and the attorneys in this increasingly "funky" case.
But Gertner also has a connection to the record label Plaintiffs' attorneys. Plaintiffs' local counsel is
Will the labels actually seek Judge Gertner's disqualification? I have no idea. It's a very serious step, and an unsuccessful disqualification motion risks turning the possible appearance of bias into very real anger on the part of the judge (though I should add that I have no reason to doubt that Judge Gertner would treat a potential disqualification motion here dispassionately, by simply applying the appropriate law).