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  • Another Day, And Another Smackdown For Righthaven: Told To Pay Up For Misleading The Court

    07/15/2011 5:50:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    TechDirt.com ^ | 7/15/11
    Yes, another day and another judicial smackdown for Righthaven. In the case before Judge Roger Hunt, where he dismissed Righthaven for its sham copyright assignment claims and threatened sanctions against the company, it appears that Judge Hunt was not convinced by Righthaven's grovelling, that it was all the fault of former in-house attorneys, who failed to disclose that Stephens Media had a 50% stake in the outcome of any of these lawsuits. Hunt has gone forward with the sanctions, telling Righthaven to pay $5,000 for misleading the court. It seems that defendants in the 200+ other lawsuits now have reasons...
  • Judge Rules that Reposting an Entire Article Without Permission Is ‘Fair Use’

    06/22/2011 12:58:30 AM PDT · by paltz · 25 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 6/21/11 | Ujala Sehgal
    A federal judge ruled in favor of a defendant who reposted an entire article in a copyright case on Monday, Wired reports. The lawsuit was brought by Righthaven, a Las Vegas-based “copyright litigation factory,” according to Wired, that has sued more than 200 websites, bloggers, and commenters for copyright infringement. This particular lawsuit targeted Wayne Hoehn, who posted an entire editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its headline, “Public Employee Pensions: We Can’t Afford Them” on a website medjacksports.com. Hoehn was not an employee of the site.
  • Judge rules Righthaven lacks standing to sue, threatens sanctions over misrepresentations

    06/14/2011 3:54:47 PM PDT · by redreno · 63 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2011 | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas today issued a potentially devastating ruling against copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC, finding it doesn't have standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal stories, that it has misled the court and threatening to impose sanctions against Righthaven. Because he found Righthaven doesn't have standing to sue, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt dismissed Righthaven's copyright infringement lawsuit against the Democratic Underground.
  • Judge unseals Review-Journal/Righthaven contract

    04/15/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    VegasInc ^ | Friday 15 April 2011 4:41 p.m. | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday unsealed the agreement for prosecuting copyright infringement lawsuits between Righthaven LLC and Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC. As expected, the Jan. 18, 2010, Strategic Alliance Agreement shows the previously-confidential deal calls for Stephens Media to receive a cut of Righthaven's lawsuit proceeds, minus costs. That cut is 50 percent. Over the objections of Righthaven and Stephens Media, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt issued an order allowing the public to see the agreement allowing for copyrights from Stephens Media to be assigned to Righthaven for lawsuit purposes.
  • Righthaven lawsuits backfire, reduce protections for newspapers

    03/19/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 19, 2011 | Steve Green
    One year ago, U.S. newspapers and broadcasters could feel confident they controlled the news content they created. It was understood that competing and special-interest websites couldn't appropriate that content and post it without authorization. When such infringements occurred, they were dealt with swiftly and effectively with a simple phone call or email. Infringing websites typically had re-posted material out of ignorance they were violating the Copyright Act and agreed to remove the material or replace it with a link to the source newspaper or broadcaster. Then along came Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the self-appointed protector of the newspaper industry...
  • Righthaven loses second fair use ruling over copyright lawsuits

    03/18/2011 6:55:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. | By Steve Green
    An Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal story on its website, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a hearing he planned to dismiss, on fair use grounds, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), in Portland, Ore. The lawsuit was filed last year by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner that also enforces copyrights for the Denver Post.
  • Copyright lawsuit defendant hits Righthaven with counterclaim

    02/26/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    A group of South Carolina attorneys is putting up the stiffest resistance yet to a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit, threatening Friday to press for sanctions against Las Vegas-based Righthaven and to hit it with a malicious prosecution claim. Righthaven is a company that has filed at least 239 copyright infringement lawsuits since March over copyrights it obtained from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. The South Carolina attorneys filed a counterclaim Friday in Charleston, S.C., federal court against Righthaven that, among other things, accuses Righthaven of violating South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act when it sued Dana...
  • Union challenges Righthaven’s demand for legal fees in copyright suit

    11/24/2010 7:15:13 PM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 | 12:48 p.m. | By Steve Green.
    division of the Teamsters union has signaled it's not going to be railroaded into paying the legal fees of Las Vegas online copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC. The Cleveland-based Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' railroad unit, was sued for copyright infringement Oct. 12 in federal court in Las Vegas by Righthaven.
  • Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

    10/04/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Monday, October 04, 2010 - 12:23 PM EDT
    "Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen," Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. "The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict," Decker reports. MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket. Decker reports, "Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale...
  • Defendant accuses Righthaven of misusing legal system

    09/05/2010 2:15:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 | 1:50 a.m. | By Steve Green
    Even as Righthaven LLC made headlines for suing Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle last week, attorneys in another Righthaven case accused the firm of misusing the legal system to carry out its copyright infringement lawsuit campaign. Righthaven, controlled by Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson and the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens, has contracted with the Stephens Media LLC-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal to file copyright infringement lawsuits against 117 website owners and bloggers since March.
  • One Protest, 52 Arrests and a $2 Million Payout [in New York City]

    08/20/2008 1:51:21 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 1,119+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2008 | Jim Dwyer
    The city has agreed to pay $2,007,000 to end a lawsuit brought by 52 people who were swept up in a mass arrest along a Midtown sidewalk during a protest against the invasion of Iraq. They were charged with blocking pedestrians, but videotapes show that at their most annoying, they might have slowed a few people carrying coffee into work. Public order did not seem to be in unusual danger that morning — certainly nothing that called for rounding up 52 people, or spending millions of dollars. Only two people were tried; they were acquitted, and charges against the other...
  • Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

    04/05/2004 3:53:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 763 replies · 202,406+ views
    April 5, 2004 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Note: Don't post anything at all from the Las Vegas Review Journal or anything from organizations run by Stevens Media, LLC or RightHaven, LLC until the lawsuit brought against us by them is resolved.</p>
  • Lawsuits anger businesses

    04/05/2006 6:46:01 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 927+ views
    San Diego UNION ^ | April 5, 2006 | Anne Krueger
    The lawsuits the shop owners have received by mail or hand delivery in the past two weeks contain virtually identical claims that their businesses are not hospitable to disabled people. In a letter accompanying the lawsuits, Pinnock offers each owner the option of settling by correcting the problems and paying him $10,500. The owners are outraged, and some say they'll fight back. “He's picked the wrong person to mess with,” said Mike McKany, owner of Alpine Liquor. McKany and others are banding together to figure out how to deal with the lawsuits. The Alpine Chamber of Commerce is holding a...
  • Clinton: Impeachment Not Serious

    08/16/2005 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 99 replies · 2,627+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Ex-President Bill Clinton said Monday that he had to assure world leaders that there was nothing seriously wrong with America after the Congress impeached him in 1998. "During that time, a lot of world leaders would ask, 'What is going on? Is this serious?'" he told New York magazine. "I kept assuring them that nothing bad had happened to America," he recalled, "but that we periodically went through spasms." Interviewed while traveling in Africa, the ex-president claimed, "Africans saw [my impeachment] for exactly what it was: an abuse of power." "They got it here," he insisted. The magazine noted that...
  • Men Arrested For Telling Lawyer Jokes While Waiting At L.I. Court

    01/12/2005 7:17:28 AM PST · by esryle · 217 replies · 6,780+ views
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Two men have been arrested for trading lawyer jokes while waiting on line to get into First District Court in Hempstead. The two men, 69-year-old Harvey Kash, of Bethpage, and 65-year-old Carl Lanzisera, of Huntington, were in court Monday as part of their work with Americans for Legal Reform, a group that monitors how the courts serve the public. While waiting on a long line to get through into court, they began telling each other lawyer jokes such as, "How do you tell if a lawyer is lying? Answer: his lips are moving." Well, an attorney within...
  • Make millions while having great sex and makin' babies with your teacher!

    03/21/2002 1:40:28 PM PST · by Registered · 25 replies · 2,074+ views
    AP-Yahoo. ^ | 03.21.02 | Registered
    Vili Fualaau, 18, who fathered two daughters with his sixth-grade teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, watches court proceedings following opening arguments in a $1 million lawsuit filed by his mother, Soona Vili, Thursday, March 21, 2002, in Kent, Wash. The suit accuses the Highline School District and Des Moines police for failing to protect the boy from sexual exploitation. Letourneau is in prison for child rape. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) "I'z a victim..."   Mom's making some dough too...Convicted Teacher Profits From Sex With StudentJudge Rules Mary Kay Letourneau Can Get Royalties April 18, 2000 SEATTLE (AP) -- Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted...