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Music companies appeal judge's ruling for new file-sharing trial

The plaintiffs in the music file-sharing case againstJammie Thomas have filed for an appeal of last month'sruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis that set aside the $222,000 jury verdict against the Brainerd mother.

The plaintiffs in the music file-sharing case againstJammie Thomas have filed for an appeal of last month'sruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis that set aside the $222,000 jury verdict against the Brainerd mother.

The case, heard in Duluth's federal court last year, was the first music file-sharing dispute to go to a jury. Davis later declared he had erred in issuing jury instructions and set aside the judgment.

Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who frequently takes on the music industry in illegal sharing cases, said "the motion has the likelihood of being granted of a snowball in hell."

"In federal practice you can't appeal from an 'interlocutory' order," he told the News Tribune late Wednesday. "Almost never is permission granted."

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