YANML. Please help me find a lawyer to resolve a subpoena sent to my ISP, and give me an idea of what to expect from this situation.
I received a letter from my ISP saying they had gotten a subpoena for the account name for file sharing (almost certainly a single file via bittorrent). I am in the Boston area, and the suit was filed in the Chicago area. The account with the ISP is under a relative's name, and I hope to keep them out of this process as much as is possible.
I have a little under 30 days to respond in some fashion, and think it's time to find a lawyer to help me. This is all new to me, so I have a few questions:
(1) How do I actually go about finding a lawyer for this? I've been to the EFF subpoena defense
list, but don't know who to get in touch with. Looking at some of the Boston names gives some personal injury lawyers, and some that seem to be on the side of protecting intellectual property. Would it be better to go with a lawyer in Illinois? How do I tell who is the most qualified?
(2) Quashing the subpoena is a possible avenue from what I understand. Assuming the subpoena is quashed, does this mean I'll be left alone, or is it just a stalling tactic?
(3) How much should I expect to be charged for legal counsel in this process? I've never had to retain a lawyer before.
(4) From what I understand, a lot of times these suits can be made to go away out-of-court for some amount of money. Does anyone have any idea what kinds of cost this would be?
(5) Are there any suggestions for ways to get this problem out of my life?
I have some money in savings that can be flexibly applied to solve this problem. In an ideal world, I would be able to quickly exchange some reasonable amount of money to keep my and my relative's name out of any legal proceeding.