In the continuing saga of Righthaven (remember them?), the firm is trying to hold off on paying the legal fees ordered by the court in one of the many cases so far (more legal fee awards are likely on the way). The defendant, Michael Leon, and his lawyers (from the Randazza Group) have filed a motion (embedded below) that rips into Righthaven, claiming that the company is looking to avoid paying. They claim that they contacted Righthaven to arrange payment, but instead, Righthaven asked the court for a 30 day stay to avoid having to pay the $3,815 it owes.This is amazing. Does Righthaven not $3,815 to pay this? If they actually get rid of assets to avoid paying this, it implies that they are going to file for bankruptcy--and to dispose of assets before going bankrupt to avoid paying your debts, as I understand it, is illegal. And yet, like a moth to a flame, Righthaven continues filing these suits when federal judges are clearly not impressed. Steven Green at Vegas Inc. reports that in spite of the fact that judge are not impressed with Righthaven's continuing revisions to the contract with Stephens Media:
Hours after a federal judge dismissed a Righthaven copyright lawsuit against Dean Mostofi on Wednesday, Righthaven sued Mostofi again — this time based on its updated lawsuit contract with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.This smells like desperation--especially because so many of the other suits that Righthaven have not just been losers for them, but are now turning into little piles of debt that Righthaven owes to defendant lawyers. I am really looking forward to Righthaven going bankrupt. I can only hope that some federal judge will personally assess penalties against Righthaven's CEO Steve Gibson.
“The dismissal for lack of standing in Mostofi I was based exclusively on the contents of the SAA (the lawsuit contract between Righthaven and Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC),” Righthaven said in its new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada. “The Mostofi I decision did not consider Righthaven’s standing based on the terms of the (SAA) clarification, the restated (SAA) amendment and the specific assignment for the work (R-J story).”
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