Label Ordered To Pay Country Singer's Attorney's Fees After Dropping Copyright Suit

A-Blake Records v. Cassidy, No. 14-cv-3401 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 23, 2016).

A record label that sued a country singer for copyright infringement, but then conceded that there was no liability and asked the court to dismiss the case with prejudice, was ordered to pay the country singer's attorney's fees under the Copyright Act.  "Because the original suit was baseless, retaliatory, and it promotes the purposes of the copyright law, the singer will be awarded litigation costs and reasonable attorney's fees."  The label, apparently, filed the suit in retaliation for the singer filing for bankruptcy with a $700,000 debt owed the label (the label failed to meet the deadline to dispute the discharge of its claim in the bankruptcy).