Two Oklahoma City attorneys are the first lawyers to win a federal court order forcing record companies to pay legal fees in a case brought against a woman and her daughter for infringing on copyrights while downloading music on the Internet.

Sole practitioners Marilyn Barringer-Thomson, who was the lead attorney on the case, and Warren Henson won payment of $68,685 for their work on behalf of Deborah and Amanda Foster, who were sued by Capitol Records Inc., UMG Recordings and other music companies in 2004. The companies agreed to dismiss the lawsuit last July after it was shown that Deborah Foster didn’t own a computer, though her daughter may have downloaded the music. Capitol Record et al. vs. Debbie Foster, No. 04-1569 (W.D. Okla.).

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