Trials & Litigation

RIAA Reportedly Spent More than $17M in Legal Fees in 2008

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The Recording Industry Association of America has long pursued aggressive litigation seeking damages for illegal downloading, but just how successful has it been?

In monetary terms, the effort was a bust, according to the blogs Recording Industry vs The People and ITProPortal, relying on information unearthed by

The blogs say the RIAA paid more than $17 million in attorney fees in 2008, but recovered only $391,000. The breakdown: $9.36 million went to Holme Roberts & Owen, $7 million to Jenner & Block, and $1.25 million to Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Spokespersons for the RIAA and the law firms didn’t immediately return messages and e-mails seeking comment.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal: “The Record Business Blues” “Judge Slashes ‘Excessive’ $675K Award in Music Download Case to $67.5K”

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