The saga of the $220,000 fine levied against a supposed file sharer continues. After a judge declared the case to be a mistrial last month and threw out the previous judgement, the RIAA is now petitioning for an appeal.

The Recording Association has been battling against file sharers for a long time, but this is the only file sharing case that has ever gone to trial. An initial decision of fining a woman, mother of three, for $9,250 for each of the 24 song violations was overturned a month ago by judge Jammie Thomas. All other lawsuits (estimated at over 30,000) filed by the RIAA over the past few years have been settled out of court, making this of utmost importance for the RIAA who could be left without solid legal backing if their case is dismissed for good.