The RIAA escaped a court sanction when it dropped a lawsuit against a homeless man it had accused of copyright infringement. The recording group attempted to serve him at his last apartment but was unsuccessful in delivering its summons.
Judge Fox, who oversaw the case, stated "the plaintiffs demonstrated they never intended to conduct 'a thorough address investigation'." Rather than deliver the summons to the man, the server stuck it onto his old apartment.
US District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr. decided not to sanction the RIAA because he saw this as sloppiness on the RIAA's part instead of a deliberate attempt to mislead the court.