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Lawyer in music-download case wants out

The attorney for Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Brainerd, Minn., woman battling the recording industry in a case involving music downloading, has asked to withdraw from the case.

The attorney for Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Brainerd, Minn., woman battling the recording industry in a case involving music downloading, has asked to withdraw from the case.

Brian Toder filed the request with the U.S. District Court for Minnesota on Friday.

Toder said Saturday that he stayed with the case long enough to assist with settlement talks in Duluth last week. Those talks failed.

"I really thought that I could help Jammie out [with the settlement process] before I withdrew," Toder said Saturday.

In October 2007, a Duluth jury found Thomas-Rasset liable for $222,000 for downloading copyrighted songs using the KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network; the jury ruled that Thomas committed copyright infringement. But last year U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled he had erred in his jury instructions and granted a retrial.

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In a document filed with the court, Toder said he has accumulated nearly $130,000 in unpaid time spent on the case. This is Toder's second attempt to withdraw from the case; an earlier motion was denied.

The document also states that Thomas and the recording industry do not object to Toder's withdrawal. However, the recording industry would object to any delay in the case.

Toder said Saturday he is "confident" that there are other lawyers interested in taking on the case, and that he'll "be as helpful as we can" in the transition, if his request to withdraw is granted.

The retrial is scheduled to begin June 15 in Duluth.

Thomas could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The News Tribune contributed to this report.

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