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StreamCast has just expanded its lawsuit against the firms to include eBay, Skype's new owner. With the new addition, the stakes in the case are substantially higher—StreamCast is now asking for US$4 billion in actual damages, US$12 billion in treble damages, along with various and sundry other damages and fines.
The complaint itself has more strange plot twists than a soap opera, but it remains to be seen whether the case is anything more than an attempted money grab now that Skype has made it big.
About "Treble Damages":-
That could sting...
The amended court filing details a labyrinthine story of alleged greed, backstabbing, and conspiracy that culminated in Morpheus being mysteriously booted from the FastTrack network in 2002, a move that StreamCast says cost it millions of customers.
So now FastTrack users are customers? Customers?!? And all this time I thought they were just kids downloading pirated MP3s.
Could be more complicated than this, however I don't think so. This is roughly analogous to your competitor not paying thier thier hosting fees, and you becoming insanely succesfull, then the company which buys you gets into a law suit over it.