It's official; Joe Sibley, one of the two lawyers for Jammie Thomas-Rasset, told CNET News on Wednesday she intends to appeal her case.And the RIAA's response:
"She's not interested in settling," Sibley said in a brief phone interview. "She wants to take the issue up on appeal on the constitutionality of the damages. That's one of the main arguments, that the damages are disproportionate to any actual harm."
"The defendant can of course exercise her legal rights," said Jonathan Lamy, an RIAA spokesman. "But what's increasingly clear, now more than ever, is that she is the one responsible for needlessly prolonging this case and refusing to accept any responsibility for the illegal activity that two juries decisively found her liable for. From day one, we've been fair and reasonable in exercising our rights and attempting to resolve this case."After the enormous $1.92 million verdict, I thought Thomas-Rasset would come to her senses and realize that paying a modest settlement is a much more attractive option than fighting an uphill battle to overturn a huge award -- after which she could still end up in bankruptcy. But just as it takes two to tango, it takes two to settle, and if she refuses, it's simply not going to happen.