Righthaven Lambasted By Nevada Federal Judge

(What’s that? Righthaven might have to go out of business? Darn!

*Note: Righthaven was not involved in the “cease and desist” letter sent by The Denver Post last year. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Righthaven, in a copyright suit against the Democratic Underground website, has been had its case dismissed by a Nevada federal judge on grounds that threaten the validity of every single one of its other pending lawsuits (specifically that it didn’t own the copyrights that it claimed to be suing on), faces punitive sanctions in this case and more than two hundred other lawsuits, and has been found to have probably engaged in frauds on the court and other serious litigation misconduct.  The June 14 ruling would put Righthaven out of business if not reversed on appeal.

Righthaven has also initiated litigation on behalf of the media group that owns the Denver Post and sent a cease and desist letter to Colorado Pols which has impacted its citation practices for many months.  Its litigation strategy has been remarkably aggresive towards bloggers and the subject of widespread criticism.  It has recently lost at least two significant cases on fair use grounds and been criticized for claiming greater scope for newpaper copyrights than is allowed by law.  

Thirty-five Colorado lawsuits have been stayed by U.S. District Court Judge Kane since late May pending allegations of similar misconduct in Colorado.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ArapaGOP says:

    I think we can all agree that Righthaven, and the Denver Post, have made fools of themselves.

  2. ohwilleke says:

    “The State Bar regulates attorneys. Since September or earlier, it has been looking into multiple grievances involving Righthaven and its CEO, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson.”

    From here.

  3. Canines says:

    Hope the owners of the Denver Post were sitting down when they heard about that decision.  

  4. abraham says:

    Sooner or later bottom feeders get hooked.  There is a difference between pursuing a legitimate legal claim for damages and extortion.

    Good for the judge.

    So, does this mean McInnis gets vindicated?  

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