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MP3.com jury poor at maths

Written by Jari Ketola @ 10 Apr 2001 5:18

It appears that the MP3.com jury, who ordered MP3.com to pay $300,000 in damages to TVT, could have used a calculator when determining the exact amount.
The jury was put up to a challenge when they had to award the amounts per album instead of a one single amount. It was only after the members of the jury read the press reports they realized that they had made a mistake.

Two jurors have contacted U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff and said that the figures were too small by ten-fold. Rakoff summoned jurors to an hearing to interview them, but this hearing was not open to the public.

It remains to be seen whether or not the judge re-opens the case. If he does, I'd suggest they put the jury to a maths test before proceeding further. Obviously the first jury should still be at school studying addition and multiplication.

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