A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload’s request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold for another six months. The request was made after the New Zealand extradition hearings of Kim Dotcom and his colleagues were postponed several times.
Well over three years have passed since Megaupload was shutdown and Dotcom and his fellow Megaupload defendants are still waiting to hear whether they will be sent to the U.S. to stand trial.
But there’s more legal trouble for the defunct file-hosting service. In addition to the criminal case, Megaupload and Kim Dotcom were sued last year by the major record labels and Hollywood’s top movie studios. Fearing that they might influence criminal proceedings, Megaupload’s legal team previously managed to put these civil actions on hold.
After being delayed for a year the proceedings were expected to continue this month. However, since the extradition hearing has yet to take place, Megaupload asked the court to freeze the MPAA and RIAA cases until October.
This week District Court Judge Liam O’Grady granted the request under the same conditions as the previous order.