HFCS isn't sugar.
Wow. Talk about failing reading comprehension. High Fructose Corn Sugar.
The common sweetener in U.S. soft drinks is fructose. Fructose is a sugar.
Cane sugar, sucrose, is not the only sugar.
The $5400 consists of a $400 filing fee and $5000 lawyer bills. The copyright holders are getting NOTHING. It's a virtual certainty that the lawyers persuaded the copyright holders to sue, just so that the lawyers could have a nice payday.
If the GP truly wants justice out of this, find the lawyer's car and fill it with manure.
Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They've just learned to hide in the trees.