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.Judge Hunt did not just dismiss Righthaven's suit; he gave them two weeks to respond as to why they should not be sanctioned by the court and held liable for the legal fees of Democratic Underground. My hope is that once this is settled, there will be a massive dogpile of all the people that were intimidated into settling out of court with Righthaven, and the net effect will be both immediate bankruptcy for Righthaven, and perhaps the destruction of Stephens Media as well.
It will entertaining to watch Righthaven get stuck with repaying not only the settlement amounts, but legal fees, and oh yes, emotional suffering claims. I never really understood the "emotional suffering" claims associated with lawsuits, until I was on the receiving end of this absurd suit. I suspect that what I suffered from was pretty minor compared to the people that I talked to who could not afford lawyers, and were just going to go bankrupt on the huge default judgments that Righthaven was demanding.
Righthaven's scalp needs to be clearly visible as a reminder that being a lawyer has ethical requirements.
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