Judge Blasts Financier For Impropriety In Napster Case

Law360, New York (October 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Delivering a significant blow, a California district judge has ruled that software company financier Hummer Winblad Venture Partners inappropriately urged employees to dump e-mail about Napster Inc., the latest chapter in the ongoing copyright battle over the online music company.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled that Hummer had improperly convinced employees to destroy materials, according to court papers filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.

“Plaintiffs in this suit allege that by investing in Napster and assuming...
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